Covid-19: Traveler’s arriving in the UK could be forced to pay for two weeks in hotel quarantine
Travelers arriving in the UK could be forced to pay to stay in a ‘quarantine hotel’ for two weeks.
Under plans similar to the Australian border system, government officials are reportedly talking with hotel
groups over potentially using their facilities as quarantine centres for arrivals. It comes as the Government
suspended all ‘travel corridors’ amid concerns around new strains of coronavirus, with passengers being forced
to produce a negative test upon arrival to the UK.
The ‘hotel quarantine’ system has been used in Australia and New Zealand, which have recorded 204 and 81
cases respectively in the last fortnight – a tiny fraction of the 38,905 new daily cases the UK recorded yesterday.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We have strong measures at the border in place which are vital as we roll out
the vaccine.” ”Meanwhile, another suggested move is for people arriving in Britain to be forced to quarantine in a
hotel with facial-recognition technology to ensure they do not leave their rooms.”
Ministers last week ordered a study of New Zealand‘s “directed isolation” policy where everyone arriving in the
country is charged to stay at a hotel for two weeks.
Australia also has a similar scheme where travellers are charged up to £2,500 to stay in a hotel room for between
14 and 24 days. New UK Laws introduced earlier this month will force travellers to show a negative test up to 72
hours before they board a plane, boat or train to Britain.