UK and Irish nationals and third country nationals with residence rights returning to the UK * from government Covid-19 countries red list, like Portugal, South Africa and Brazil, are now required to quarantine themselves in hotels for 10 days upon arrival at a cost of £ 1,750 per person.
* In Scotland, the requirement to enter ‘managed’ quarantine in approved accommodation applies to all international arrivals.
Matt Hancock, the Secretary of Health, announced last week that the diet would begin on Monday, February 15.
Foreign nationals who have stayed or traveled to Red List countries are not and will not be allowed to enter the UK until further notice.
Before traveling to the UK, authorized travelers will need to book and pay for a quarantine package that includes hotel, transport and testing for £ 1,750.
Upon arrival, travelers are escorted to a designated hotel for 10 days, during which two tests will be administered (on days 2 and 8 of their stay). If they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay, they will need to stay longer.
People will be forced to stay in their rooms and isolate themselves from other guests and staff. Security will be deployed to ensure compliance.
The government says it has made arrangements with 16 hotels to secure 4,600 rooms. Others will be introduced into the system as needed.
Travelers from countries not on the red list are required to self-isolate at home for 10 days. All international arrivals, whether in home quarantine or hotel quarantine, are required by law to pass additional testing on day 2 and day 8 of their quarantine.
Passengers will need to book these tests through the government’s dedicated online portal before traveling.
If any of these post-arrival tests come back positive, individuals will need to be quarantined for an additional 10 days from the date of the test.
Penalties for non-compliance
Sanctions for non-compliance with the new rules include:
- Penalty of £ 1,000 for any international arrival that does not pass a mandatory test
- £ 2,000 fine for any international arrivals that fail to pass the second mandatory test, as well as the automatic extension of their quarantine period to 14 days
- Notice of fixed penalty of £ 5,000, up to £ 10,000, for arrivals that do not quarantine at a designated hotel.
Anyone who willfully provides incorrect information on a passenger locator form and attempts to disguise that they have been in a government redlisted country in the 10 days prior to arriving here, faces a prison sentence of up to in 10 years.
The government says hotel quarantines, which have already been introduced in Australia, New Zealand and China, will reduce international travel, help protect the coronavirus vaccination program and reduce the risk of the introduction of disease. ‘a new variant of coronavirus in the UK.
According to the latest government figures, more than 12 million people in the UK have received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and more than 510,000 have received a second.
Since the government suspended its safe travel corridors program on January 18, all travelers, including UK nationals, were required to provide a negative Covid-19 test performed up to 72 hours before leaving for the UK.
Arrivals were also required to self-isolate for 10 days or use the official Test to Release program after five days.
The government also announced that:
- anyone traveling outside the UK will be required to state their reason for travel – without a valid essential reason travelers will have to return home and may be fined
- police enforcement will be stepped up at airports and ports
- travel exemptions will be reviewed and only the most important and exceptional ones will be maintained
- more police checks will be carried out at addresses to ensure people are self-isolating.
Interior Minister Priti Patel said: “There are still too many people entering and leaving our country every day. The rules are clear: people must stay at home unless they have a valid reason to leave. Going on vacation is not a valid reason.