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COVID-19 Staff FAQs: Quarantine

Information alert box Last updated: 5 August 2020

This is a fast moving situation and we will try to keep this page as up-to-date as possible.
Please continue to check national guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your question is not answered below, and you are a member of staff, please speak to your line manager or email

If your question is about an OUH HR matter that isn't addressed here, please discuss this initially with your line manager who can then raise it with the HR consultant for your Division.

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Please remember guidance is likely to change rapidly, so check back to see if you have the most up-to-date version of a document.

Quarantine FAQs

What about quarantine after returning from abroad?

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Individuals arriving in the UK are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period unless they are travelling from an exempted country ('travel corridors'). Please note that there is no exemption for health and care professionals travelling from a country that is not covered by the Government's 'travel corridors' - please see the updated Government guidance for more information.

Government advice is that any travel abroad carries risks as quarantine regulations may change in the UK or in the visiting country with little or no warning. If a quarantine period is required, it can be covered by using one or a combination of the following options:

  • Taking paid or unpaid leave
  • Working from home where possible
  • If staff are unable to undertake their usual work duties from home, the temporary reassignment of appropriate work may be possible to enable working from home
  • Making up some or all of the 14 days' leave over a period of time through working additional hours / shifts over normal contracted hours
  • Taking previously accrued time off in lieu (TOIL)

There is no 'one size fits all' solution, and managers will consider each situation fairly and equitably, seeking advice from Divisional HR colleagues as required.