Tougher travel measures are to be introduced for UK nationals amid increased concern over coronavirus variants.
Stansted Airport in Essex is still operating flights even though all travel corridors have been suspended on January 18.
From Monday, February 15, anyone who comes to England who has visited or passed through a country on the UK Travel Ban list in the last ten days, must quarantine for ten days in a managed quarantine hotel.
They must also take a coronavirus test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining and of course, follow the national lockdown rules.
Earlier this week, the Health Secretary announced that providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out a passenger locator form can now be punishable by a fine or imprisonment.
People could be fined for up to £10,000 or imprisoned for ten years – or both – if they do not provide accurate details about the countries visited in the 10 days before arriving in the UK.
Announcing the tougher travel restrictions in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Matt Hancock said he made ‘no apologies’ for how tough the new punishments are.
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The full list of countries where visitors into the UK are banned
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- French Guiana
- Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
What does hotel quarantine mean?
If you are a British or Irish national, or third-country national with residence rights in the UK and you have been in or passed through a red-list country (listed above) in the 10 days before your arrival, you will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel – unless you are exempt.
You will be required to quarantine in your room at the managed hotel for ten days, where you will be provided with your meals.
Passengers will need to agree to pay for, and book, a quarantine package before they complete their passenger locator form (PLF) and board their return journey to the UK.
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The package includes the costs of transport from the port of arrival to the designated hotel, food, accommodation, security, other essential services and testing, which Matt Hancock said would cost £1,750.
For those facing significant financial hardship as a result of this charge, there will be an opportunity to apply for a deferred repayment plan when booking.
If you have not arranged a quarantine package prior to your arrival in England, you face a penalty of up to £4,000 and will still have to pay for your quarantine package on arrival.