It has been understood that the Government in England has reportedly “expressed an interest in procuring all hotels within 90 minutes of airports”. This may suggest the Government could be looking to expand its already expansive list of countries on the quarantine list.
The list includes destinations such as Portugal, South Africa and Brazil.
According to the Government website, if Britons have been through any of the countries on the list in the last 10 days before arriving in England must quarantine in one of the hotels for 10 days.
Travellers must also take a coronavirus test on or before day two and on or after day eight in quarantine.
The Government website warned: “Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form is an offence punishable by imprisonment.
“You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both, if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK.”
There is separate advice for those arriving in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
The prospect of more countries on the red list and quarantine hotels has angered many Twitter users.
One user said in response: “Having read this again, this can’t be right.
Another user said: “What a mess, just hotel quarantine all foreign arrivals.
“High risk passengers are mixing with people who are being let free on arrival on the planes anyway.”
Currently, Britons must stay at home during lockdown and cannot travel abroad unless it is for an essential reason.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: “Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home.
“You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so.
“It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.”
Published at Mon, 15 Feb 2021 18:30:00 +0000