Here’s how much you could be fined if you flout quarantine rules after travelling

Friday, 22nd May 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd May 2020, 4:00 pm
International travellers, including residents returning from abroad, could face police spot checks and fines if they fail to self-isolate on arrival in the UK (Photo: Shutterstock)
International travellers, including residents returning from abroad, could face police spot checks and fines if they fail to self-isolate on arrival in the UK (Photo: Shutterstock)

International travellers, including residents returning from abroad, could face police spot checks and fines if they fail to self-isolate on arrival in the UK.

Those coming into the UK must provide an accommodation address where they will quarantine for 14 days under measures that will be put in place to protect against a second wave of Covid-19.

100 checks per day

Border Force, police and Public Health England officers will run and enforce the quarantine measures, and it is expected that 100 checks will be made per day.

Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected to outline the plans at the daily Downing Street briefing on Friday 22 May, and they are set to be introduced in early June.

Anyone arriving in the UK from abroad could be fined £1,000 if they fail to self-isolate for 14 days, the government is expected to announce as part of the new measures.

The common travel area with Ireland will be unaffected and exemptions for road haulers and medical officials will apply. However, unlike originally thought, arrivals from France will not be exempt.

Travellers will be asked to fill in a form which will include with their contact information, and health officials will perform spot checks.

The regulations are expected to be introduced under the Health Protection Act, but it remains unclear if MPs will vote on the matter.

Plan set to anger some sectors

The new regulations could anger some sectors. Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said that the plan is "idiotic" and "unimplementable".

Trade body Airlines UK has previously said a quarantine "would effectively kill" international travel both to and from Britain.

Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith also told the Daily Telegraph that he is against the measures.

He said, “The Government needs to rethink this quickly and not go into quarantine. If they got their testing level up, then anyone coming in would be tested and put on the tracking app.”