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Quarantine hotel regime begins

Written by: Emma Lunn
The first travellers required to stay at quarantine hotels have begun arriving at UK airports.

All British and Irish citizens and UK residents who arrive in England after being in a high-risk ‘red list’ country now have to self-isolate in hotels. The red list of 33 countries includes Portugal, Brazil and South Africa.

All arrivals in Scotland are required to stay in hotel quarantine for 10 days.

The new regulations, which aim to stop Covid variants entering the country, apply to arrivals who have been in one of those places in the past 10 days.

The new hotel quarantine regime requires arrivals in England from red list countries to prove a negative test result 72 hours before they travel to the UK. They will then have to book their hotel stay online before they travel to the UK.

Hotel quarantine costs £1,750 per person for 11 nights. An extra adult (aged 12 or over) in a room costs £650 – so couples sharing a room will pay £2,400.

Children under five are free, while there’s a £325 charge for children aged five to 12.

People facing significant financial hardship as a result of this charge, can apply for a deferred repayment plan when booking.

There is a £1,000 penalty for any international arrival who fails to take a mandatory test and a £2,000 penalty for any international arrival who fails to take A second mandatory test.

Arrivals who fail to stay in hotel quarantine as required face a fine of up to £10,000, while travellers who lie on a passenger locator form, and try to conceal that they’ve been in a country on the red list in the 10 days before arrival, will face a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

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