International travellers arriving into the UK will have to go into quarantine for 14 days – the incubation period of the infection – in a bid to prevent “a devastating second wave” of Covid-19 virus. The measures will be put into place in June.
Home Secretary, Priti Patel said Public health restrictions at the border are in place “to protect hard-won progress”. She said that quarantine restrictions will be reviewed every three weeks.
An online form will have to be filled in before travelling to gather personal details such as forward travel plans and the address they are staying. Health officials will spot check at the border to ensure compliance. For non-residents, this could lead to refusal of entry into the UK when there is non-compliance.
There will be spot checks and those that fail to self-isolate for the duration face fines from £100 for failure to fill in the online form and rising to £1,000 if the traveller fails to show that are self-isolating. This could escalate into a prosecution if necessary.
This also applies to Britons who are returning home from a trip abroad.
There are exemptions including travellers from Ireland and medics.
The plans dubbed “idiotic and implementable” by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary have so far been deemed an unwelcome measure across the travel industry who see the prospect of selling summer holidays abroad dwindle.