I am a Spanish citizen and I would like to travel to the UK from Spain, Edinburgh more specifically. But currently, I would need to self-isolate for 14 days since the country is not on the list of exemptions since the 26 July.

Spain (this does not apply to arrivals from 00:01 on 26 July 2020)

I have friends in other countries which are exempt to make the confinement, Poland for instance. Then I could spend all those days in their home and avoid expensive accommodation in Edinburgh, I think it is not worthwhile paying so much just to stay in a flat all the time. So, my question is:

Can go there to spend the 14 days in self-isolation and then justify in some way that I have been there doing my confinement. Is this possible?

Actually I don’t know where I could ask this question, is there any contact number or email from the UK government where I can reassure this?

I also found that some people could not travel from the UK to Spain by plane? Can that happen to me if the rules change these days?

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    The Home Office makes itself unreachable to the public about these matters
    – Crazydre
    Commented Sep 4, 2020 at 11:57
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    I have to ask- how do you intend to travel from Poland to the UK while isolating? I'm assuming a private plane and a giant hamster ball are involved? Commented Sep 5, 2020 at 0:34
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    @Studoku nope, I might not explain correctly. First, I would take a flight to Poland or any other country from where the UK accept people directly without self-confinement. Then, 14 days later I would take the flight to the UK. Poland was just an example, I think currently they do not accept passengers from Spain as far as I know (just tourists I mean). Anyway I would take some risks, as jcaron says, the UK could remove some country from the list of exempts. This map says that flights Spain-Poland are suspended
    – ChesuCR
    Commented Sep 5, 2020 at 1:38
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    I think you know the answer. Just follow the rules and don't try to invent exceptions that do not exist. Everyone is in the same boat, just follow the rules. If you don't like it, don't travel. Commented Sep 5, 2020 at 10:46
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    @LittleCode I'm not sure that's fair. If OP travels to a country with a lower risk first and stays there long enough to tell if they got sick from their ordinal country, then they aren't posing any higher of a risk than someone who is originally from the lower risk country. And a lot of the rules are about what country you spent the last two weeks in, not your resident country, so it's not unreasonable to ask if this is within the rules.
    – Kat
    Commented Sep 5, 2020 at 18:19

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Your citizenship is irrelevant, the only question is where you have been recently. So if you are arriving from a country which is exempt from quarantine requirements, and have been there long enough (I think this is 14 days, that needs to be checked), you don't need to quarantine when you arrive in the UK.

If that other country does not require you to quarantine when arriving from Spain, then you don't need to quarantine at all, though you most certainly should.

Note however that countries which are exempt from the quarantine requirement today may not be exempt in 2 weeks, as has been seen repeatedly for many other countries.

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    It is in fact 14 days — see paragraph 6(1)(b) in the regulation here. Commented Sep 4, 2020 at 11:49
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    "though you most certainly should" +1
    – Mawg
    Commented Sep 5, 2020 at 8:38

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