Travellers face £1,000 fines for breaking United Kingdom quarantine

UK government set to announce 14-day quarantine on arrivals

Exemptions for road hauliers and medical officials will apply, while the common travel area with Ireland will be unaffected.

Britain will introduce a 14-day quarantine for travellers arriving from overseas from June 8, interior minister Priti Patel said, with the government warning that anyone breaking the rules would face a fine or prosecution.

Breaches can be punished with a $1,220 spot fine, or by prosecution and an unlimited fine.

This comes just hours after British authorities announced exactly the same measure in a bid to prevent a second wave of Covid-19.

Failure to complete the form will carry a penalty of up to 2,500 euros ($2,725) and/or up to six months' imprisonment.

The dramatic move, confirmed at the daily Downing Street briefing yesterday, is likely to make foreign holidays virtually impossible for most Britons this summer.

All worldwide arrivals, including returning Britons, will have to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying under the plans, which were criticised by airlines, business groups and politicians alike.

Travellers arriving in France from Spain by plane will also be asked to go into quarantine from Monday.

Ms Patel said the Home Office was bringing in the measure at the stage in the outbreak when it will be most effective.

The stringent new system will be reviewed every three weeks.

Ministers were continuing to consider forging so-called air bridges with other nations that have low transmission rates in order to allow some global travel.

"The other point to note is that advice from Government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is you're not to travel and to please follow the advice they are putting on their website, which is nothing but essential travel. We want to avoid a second wave and that is absolutely vital". But the government has today reminded us that travel as we once knew it might still be a long way off returning. We are not closing our borders.

The government argues that it simply wouldn't have made enough of a difference while the virus was spreading widely within the UK.

Transport minister Grant Shapps has also suggested the government would seek to negotiate "air bridges" for travelers coming from countries with low virus infection rates.

"I would urge the government to get on with it and give us the details about how it " s going to work in practice", he said.

He said: "As long as the quarantine is in place then nobody is going to be flying any more than we have today, which is only about 5,000 passengers daily, when normally we would expect at this time of year almost a quarter of a million passengers".

The move will anger some sectors, with Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary earlier this week branding the plan "idiotic" and "unimplementable", while trade body Airlines UK has previously said a quarantine "would effectively kill" worldwide travel to and from Britain.



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