Airlines sue UK government over compulsory self-isolation for international travellers

Go Jamaica has reported British Airways, Ryanair and Easyjet have demanded an urgent judicial review of the quarantine rule, the news source said.

The rule, established by the UK government, requires compulsory 14 days of isolation for travelers from abroad. Authorities said the measure would further curb the spread of coronavirus.

The only country exempted from the quarantine rule is Ireland.

Airlines have urged the government to return to the previous rule requiring quarantine for arrivals from high risk countries. They warned that it will have a devastating effect on British tourism and the wider economy and destroy thousands of jobs.

The companies said there was no consultation and no scientific evidence provided for such a severe policy.