TRAVELLERS returning from 33 "red list" countries must isolate in quarantine hotels for 10 days.
Here is everything you need to know about the scheme including which countries are affected.
Which countries are on the quarantine hotels list?
The full list of countries which will have to stay at a quarantine hotel are:
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- French Guiana
- Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
- South Africa
How will the quarantine hotels work?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson explained: "They will be met at the airport and transported directly into quarantine.
“The Department of Health and Social care is working to establish these facilities as quickly as possible.”
Documents seen by The Telegraph show Government appointed security would patrol all floors of the hotels and that guests would have to clean their own rooms.
It's thought security teams will escort guests outside if they need to smoke or get fresh air.
Anyone who is required to quarantine will get three meals a day and unprepared guests can have their laundry done.
Will I have to pay to quarantine in the hotels?
Yes – it will cost each passenger £1,750 and the cost will also include the two mandatory coronavirus tests as well as the room and all food.
An additional guest must pay £650, while kids cost £325.
Any guests who try to escape before their self-isolation has finished will face up to £10,000 fine.
Which hotels will be part of the quarantine hotel restrictions?
16 hotels are part of the scheme, with 4,600 rooms available although which hotels is yet to be revealed.
However, it is estimated that 28,140 rooms will be needed to cover all arrivals to the UK, according to the plan, as each room will require a 72-hour deep clean after each stay.
The new measures join the new Covid rest rules which requires three tests from all arrivals.
All travel corridors have also been scrapped meaning all UK arrivals must currently quarantine for 10 days but this can be done at home and can be reduced to five days with another negative coronavirus test.
Travel expert Paul Charles, founder of the PC Agency, warned that the UK could be cut off from the rest of the world for a year if an end date to the new measures is not put in place.
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