‘Up to 10 years in prison’ if travellers break rules

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Published on February 9, 2021 by

The Health Secretary has announced new rules for international travellers arriving in England.

Anyone who lies on a passenger locator form faces up to 10 years in prison.

The new rules for England include:

• Hotel quarantine for UK travellers from 33 “red list” countries for 10 days in an assigned hotel room. They must book a quarantine package which is £1,750 for an individual travelling alone, including the room and transport. This booking system will go live on Thursday.

• For all arrivals: PCR tests will need to be taken on day two and day eight of quarantine – these will need to be booked through the government’s online portal before they travel.

A prison sentence and fines up to £10,000 for anyone ignoring the new rules:

• £1,000 fine will be given to any international arrival who doesn’t take a PCR test. This will rise to £2,000 for those who don’t take a second test.

• There is a £5,000 fine, rising to £10,000, for red list arrivals who don’t go to hotel to quarantine.

• Anyone who lies on a passenger locator form and tries to hide they have been to red list country in last 10 days faces up to 10 years in prison.

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