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Incorrect Covid paperwork results in 630 fines for airlines

Written by: Emma Lunn
The Civil Aviation Authority has issued 630 fines since February to airlines carrying passengers without the right coronavirus documents.

Under coronavirus restrictions, all passengers arriving in England must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than three days before departure and also self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. A passenger locator form (PLF) must also be completed.

Passengers arriving without a completed form and negative test face a £500 fine. People who are required to quarantine at home but fail to do so face a £10,000 fine.

Airlines are obliged to ensure passengers have these documents before they arrive in England. Carriers can face fines of £2,000 for each passenger who doesn’t have a valid pre-departure test certificate, and £2,000 for each passenger who does not have a completed PLF.

This is in addition to fines of £4,000 for failing to provide the correct information to passengers before departure and during the journey informing them of their requirements. Airlines also face a £2,000 fine for carrying passengers who have been in a red list country in the previous 10 days to a non-designated port.

According to the government, the Civil Aviation Authority has issued 630 fines since 11 February 2021 to airlines carrying passengers without the right documents.

Border Force is currently checking every individual coming into the country, no matter where they have come from, and will continue to carry out thorough checks at the border to keep the public safe.

While the ‘stay in UK’ requirement is in place, you are only allowed to leave the UK from England if you have a reasonable excuse. Those who don’t have a valid reason face a fine of up to £6,400.

Following the publication of the Global Travel Taskforce report international travel, including holidays, is due to re-start on 17 May.

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