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Lockdown measures are in place for the foreseeable future, with Britons only allowed to leave home for essential reasons, and travel abroad banned unless for select legal reasons. Now the Government has introduced additional measures for any travellers, in a bid to prevent any further strains of coronavirus entering the country.
Both UK and foreign nationals who arrive in the UK must produce evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result, which must be taken up to three days before departure.
There is now a red list of 30 countries, and travellers returning from those countries must isolate for 10 days in a specified accommodation.
These so-called quarantine hotels will see travellers escorted from the airport to selected venues to remain for at least 10 days.
After 10 days spent isolating and coronavirus testing throughout their stay only then can travellers from these countries enter the UK.
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As yet there is no date for the quarantine hotels to begin, with people returning from the banned countries told to isolate at home for the time being.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Department of Health and Social Care was working to establish quarantine facilities “as quickly as possible”.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today announced the addition of the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda to the UK’s red list.
Mr Shapps tweeted: “From tomorrow (Friday 29 Jan at 1pm), we’re extending our travel ban with the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda all added to the UK’s red list.
“This means people who have been in or transited through these countries will be denied entry, except British, Irish and third country nationals with residence rights who must self-isolate for ten days at HOME.
“Passengers must still have proof of a negative test and completed Passenger Locator Form before arrival – or could otherwise face a £500 fine for each.”
Warnings have been issued to those seeking to travel abroad for leisure in recent days, following a swathe of influencers heading to countries like Dubai.
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Mr Johnson said under England’s national lockdown, it is currently “illegal to leave home to travel abroad for leisure purposes”.
He said the government would “enforce this at ports and airports by asking people why they are leaving and instructing them to return home if they do not have a valid reason to travel”.
Which hotels will be used in the scheme, and the cost to the traveller has not yet been announced.
However, estimates show it could cost more than £1,000 per person for the 10 day stay.
The countries on the ‘red list’ are:
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- French Guiana
- Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
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