Measures for UK Mandatory Quarantine announced – £1750 for hotel bill and 10 years in prison for lying on the arrivals form

The UK Government Minister in charge of Health, has finally announced the headlines of the new Mandatory Quarantine for passengers arriving from 33 red-list countries. In addition, there are additional penalties for those flouting quarantine, including for the first time a prison sentence for failing to comply.

These apply from Monday 15 February 2021. Abolition of the 5 day. Test and Release Scheme was not confirmed.

Highlights include:

  • All arrivals, from a red-list country or not will be required to take tests on day 2 and day 8 after arrival.
  • A positive test from either mentioned above triggers a further 10 day quarantine
  • The charge for those coming from a red-list country, including hotel, transport and testing will be £1,750 per person. This is much larger than the amounts previously suggested/leaked.
  • 4,600 hotel rooms in 16 hotels have been contracted. No details of which have been announced yet.
  • Penalties are to be increased also:
    •  For people who do not comply with quarantine rules:

      • £1,000 fine for any international arrival who fails to take a mandatory coronavirus test
      • £2,000 fine for failing to take a second test and quarantine is automatically extended to 14 days
      • Fines of between £5,000 and £10,000 for failing to quarantine in a designated hotel
      • Anyone who lies on their passenger locator form about having been in a country on the red list will face a prison sentence of up to 10 years


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