New arrivals to Britain must self-isolate for two weeks from June 8, with fines for anyone who breaches the measure created to prevent a second wave of coronavirus from overseas, Home Secretary Priti Patel said Friday. Her Cabinet colleague, Brandon Lewis, said the measures will be reviewed every three weeks, along with the rest of the government's coronavirus response.
Ms Patel said: "When it comes to air bridges, I think we should be absolutely open to all ideas".
Fines of £1,000 (1,100 euros) would be handed out to those breaking the restrictions. Failure to complete the form is also punishable by a £100 fixed penalty notice.
As part of the plans, which are aimed at guarding against a second wave of coronavirus infections, any passengers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train would need to provide UK Border Force officials with an address where they will self-isolate, otherwise accommodation will be arranged by the government.
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" global travel to and from Britain.
Border Force will be able to refuse entry to visitors, and the Home Office added that deportations could be used as a last resort.
She said those who breached the quarantine in England could be fined 1,000 pounds ($1,218), and that spot checks would be carried out by health and border officials.
Anyone who can not provide a suitable address will be provided accommodation by the Government.
Arrivals will also be strongly advised to download the NHS contact tracing app at the border "once rolled out nationally".
Yes, although you will have to abide by the quarantine on your return where you will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days.
There will be limited exemptions to the arrivals quarantine and a full list will be published soon on Gov.uk.
"I believe that passengers will be asked to give an address in the United Kingdom and there will be spot checks and fines for those people, but I don't know the detail of how that will be implemented", she told Parliament's Home Affairs Committee.
Road haulage and freight workers; medical professionals travelling to help the coronavirus effort; anyone moving from within the common travel area covering Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; seasonal agricultural workers who will self-isolate on the property where they are working.
That is bad news for those hoping for a foreign summer holiday. The quarantine is due to come into effect on June 8 and will be reviewed every three weeks, meaning the first will be on June 29.