27 March 2021  /  Updated 17 July 2021
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jrrm
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How has it been like since returning to the UK.? Do they actually check if you're quarantining or booking an overpriced test or not?


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Theinstaller
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Numerous friends have popped back to the UK from Spain and I can assure you that they check your locator form pre departure including that you have booked a day 2 and 8 test, they check on arrival in the UK and the tracer people will call you every bloomin day and ask the same questions. If you do not answer, your registered address (on the form) will get a visit. As to fines for non compliance, I'll let you know as a friend returned to Spain within the quarantine period (no PCR required on return bizarrely) and got a visit to his Mum's house in the UK where he isolated and a text message warning that he could get a fine for not completing the day 8 test despite being back home in Spain.

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burke19
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How has it been like since returning to the UK.? Do they actually check if you're quarantining or booking an overpriced test or not?

I returned from Germany and they check the passenger location form on entry. They also phone you to give advice on how to isolate. Have to say that once you’ve answered the call and listened to the advice they don’t phone again.


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covidiot
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CAN you actually be fined for not completing the tests on return???

I know the law says you have to book them and can be fined if you don't book them, didn't think there was anything stopping you binning them.

Especially as the papers we're full of stories of the test firms not sending them on time.


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Splatt
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Interested in what type of questions they ask.

In other words, can they be answered on your mobile whilst out and about or by someone else.


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Richard789
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Interested in what type of questions they ask.

In other words, can they be answered on your mobile whilst out and about or by someone else.

There was an article in the Telegraph several months ago from someone told to isolate (not sure whether because of a positive test or because of travel). She got a call on her mobile while in the supermarket. The background noise was low enough for her to be able to say "Yes, I am at home". (She only answered because she had already missed about four calls, so thought she had better not leave it too long.) The response was "Then why aren't you answering your doorbell?".

Lesson: the jobsworths will use any tactic they can to catch you out. For the good of the people, you are to be monitored and controlled all the way.


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burke19
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Interested in what type of questions they ask.

In other words, can they be answered on your mobile whilst out and about or by someone else.

In my case it was solely advice on isolating, no intrusive questions.


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Shotclog
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Two close relatives of mine returned from an amber list country last Saturday afternoon. They received a knock on their door at 9:30am the next day (Sunday morning) and have been called at least once (and once twice) a day every day since. One of them tested positive on their Day 2 test and now has to isolate for 10 days from the date of the test, but no longer has to take the Day 8 test. They travelled together and so the other one was contacted two days later to be told "you have been in contact with someone who recently tested positive for Covid. You must isolate for 10 days from the last time you were in contact with that person." No really, it says that. That message will have been sent to everyone on their plane. Utterly bonkers.

In general, they seem to call on a mobile first, and if they get no answer to that they call the landline. The callers simply read from a script, and seem pretty clueless, but they are calling every day (there have been no more home visits, possibly because they have so far managed to take every call).

God, I hate this police state. But the sad fact is that based on their experience, you can expect a call every single day.


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Shotclog
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Oh, and I would add that the positive test is a classic false positive. My relative had Covid just over 6 weeks ago whilst abroad and fully recovered. They obviously have no symptoms now. The PCR test has just managed to pick up a tiny scrap of dead RNA.

And of course, despite that, there is simply no means of challenge or appeal to that result. It is treated as absolutely correct. Madness.


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jrrm
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Surely if you're self isolating/potentially infections you could refuse to answer the door? Or is that too logical for the jobsworths


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PJ1
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My 23 year old son came back from Germany and quarantined at our house. They phoned him a few times on his mobile and asked him if he was quarantining - he said yeah. They asked him if he had done his day 2 test - he said the testing kit hadn't arrived on time (although he had no intention of doing it) and they said OK. On day 7 we were out at the shops together and when we were walking back we saw someone in a high-vis jacket leaving our front gate. My daughter said that it was track and trace and they asked if my son was home. She had said no, he's out and they just said "oh, well tell him someone is likely to call around again". At this point my son thought it best to play safe (except for Church on Sunday - he says that this isn't something to render to Caesar) and someone from track & trace came round again on day 9 around 8.30 in the morning. They said - are you quarantining? He said, yeah. They said have you done test on day 2 and 8? and he said "no - the testing company has problems" and the guy said "that sounds about right - have a good day".


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charlie-bird
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Do they ask for proof you booked Day 2/8 tests?
I'm thinking, my company has a free testing programme where they can send free weekly tests (they're PCR) so can I use that to show that I will do the tests when I'm back (even if I have no intention to)?


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Splatt
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Do they ask for proof you booked Day 2/8 tests?
I'm thinking, my company has a free testing programme where they can send free weekly tests (they're PCR) so can I use that to show that I will do the tests when I'm back (even if I have no intention to)?

Yes they do on check in to return.
They need confirmation of the tests and it *has* to be via one of the providers on the governments approved list so unless your work is one of those, it wont be accepted and you'll be denied boarding.

Part of the reason is they want the ability to sequence every positive returning positive if required and the other, bigger part is to make money and make travel inconvenient as they really don't want anyone doing it.


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MFvH
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I have travelled 4 times having to quarantine. 2 times in 2020 whilst there was no testing requirement. During these 2 quarantines I was never called or checked, my husband was called once.
2 times in 2021. First time (not a lot of people travelling) in April. I was called every day up to day 5 and visited on day 6, despite the fact I was actually free after my day 5 test to release test.
Second time (June) I was called once, my husband was called once.

So in short very varied,
You have to book day 2 and 8 testing before re-entering the U.K., but these tests are an absolute joke. I am still waiting for my day 8 test results now 12 days after taking the test. No use to anyone, so money for old rope!


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Splatt
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. I am still waiting for my day 8 test results now 12 days after taking the test. No use to anyone, so money for old rope!

Friend of mine never had his 2nd test result back at all. That was in March/April.

He had to get special allowance to be allowed "out" to walk to the nearest priority box because it was a bank holiday, did that, never heard a thing.
2 weeks later he chased it up just for curiosity and got "oh, maybe it never arrived or got misplaced. Don't worry about it".


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