Allow immigrants to visit their families.

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Covid-19 regulations mean than everyone must self-isolate for 14 days when arriving to the UK from a country outside the common travel area.

The UK government has recently eased this measure in England, having introduced travel corridor exemptions for some countries and territories.

The pandemic has had a massive impact on the world's economy and people's lives. It is crucial for any government to ensure the safety of their citizens as well as working to control the spread of the virus amongst the population.

However, countless people are now unable to visit their families in their countries of birth, unless they quarantine for 14 days, which for most workers is not possible. Although the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has considered some exceptions, travelling to visit the family is not yet considered essential.

The list of countries and territories exempt from advice against 'all but essential' international travel is under constant review. This has brought a lot of uncertainty and suffering for the immigrants living and working in the UK who understandably want to travel to visit their families (and not simply to enjoy a holiday abroad).

The aim of this petition is to allow those who live and work in the UK to travel to their country of birth without having to quarantine on return. Although we may understand that a holiday abroad is not essential, visiting our loved ones most certainly is. 

Thank you for signing this petition. 

Update, 28.07.2020:

I want to highlight the importance of the safety measures put in place in the UK, such as the use of face masks and hand hygiene. 

We are not, by supporting this petition, encouraging any kind of disrespect of the law. 

All we ask is for travelling to our country of birth to be considered essential and therefore an exception to the mandatory quarantine.

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