UK Arrivals From ‘Red List’ Countries Will Now Face £1,750 Hotel Quarantine Fee

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UK Arrivals From ‘Red List’ Countries Will Now Face £1,750 Hotel Quarantine Fee

Those returning to England from high risk countries will now have to self-isolate in ‘quarantine hotels’.

It was recently announced that all international travellers would need to provide a negative Covid-19 test in order to enter the UK. In another attempt to limit the spread of new coronavirus strains, the UK government has also introduced a ‘quarantine hotel’ system. From February 15, those returning to England from ‘red list’ countries will have to pay £1,750 to self-isolate in a government-appointed hotel for 10 days.

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A ‘quarantine package’ must be purchased online by all travellers heading to England through a booking system which will go live later this week. The package includes the hotel stay, transport to the hotel, and Covid-19 tests, all of which will come under the £1,750 required fee. As it stands, the new system only applies to arrivals in England, however government officials are currently devising similar schemes with the devolved nations.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock also announced a range of new strict laws that will help to implement the hotel quarantine system. From next week, travellers who refrain from self-isolating in the hotels can be fined up to £10,000 and those who fail to disclose that they’ve visited a ‘red list’ country can be sentenced up to 10 years in jail!

Hancock told the Commons “Passengers will only be able to enter the UK through a small number of ports that currently account for the vast majority of arrivals. When they arrive they will be escorted to a designated hotel which will be closed to guests who aren’t quarantining, for 10 days, or for longer if they test positive for Covid-19 during their stay.”

In other news, the UK has closed all travel corridors to control new Covid-19 variants.