Britain will impose sentences of up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to £ 10,000 for people who do not follow the rules or lie when returning from “red list” countries


Anyone returning to the UK and violating the travel rules in place to stop the spread of coronavirus will face huge prison and fines, said Matt Hancock, the British Secretary of Health.

The United Kingdom expects all people arriving in the country to perform, after arrival, two tests for COVID-19, to avoid the import of cases of infection with new variants of the coronavirus, the British press wrote on Tuesday.

 Residents of the UK and Ireland returning from hot spots with coronavirus will face fines of up to £ 10,000 and sentences of up to 10 years in prison if they break the new travel rules, said Health Secretary Matt Hancock, quoted by BBC. The new security measures will take effect on February 15.

Imprisonment will be directed at people who lie or give false information on arrival in the UK. Also, people who insist on leaving in dangerous areas must be quarantined on return, in hotels specially designed for this purpose and will have to pay 1,750 pounds, an amount that covers the costs of accommodation, transport and testing.

”Strengthening our regime testing to cover all those who arrive during the isolation period will provide an additional level of protection and allow us to better detect new cases that could reach our country, giving us more opportunities to detect new ones. variants ”,

indicated a spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, without providing other details. Minister Matt Hancock would also detail the quarantine arrangements in hotels from 15 February for British residents arriving from about 30 countries considered to be at high risk, especially South Africa, where a new variant of coronavirus considered more virulent is circulating.

In the UK, which has a death toll of almost 113,000, the worst in Europe, a strict lockdown is currently in place following an increase in the number of contaminants attributed to a more contagious variant in the south of England. What government measures provide:
– For all arrivals: PCR tests will have to be done on the second and eighth day of quarantine. Tests will need to be booked through the government’s online portal before traveling.
– Imprisonment and fines of up to £ 10,000 for anyone who ignores the new rules.
– A fine of £ 1,000 for any international arrival that does not support a PCR test. The fine increases to 2,000 pounds for those who do not take the second test.
– A fine of £ 5,000, amounting to £ 10,000, for red-list arrivals who do not go to the hotel in quarantine.
– Anyone who is on a passenger location form and tries to hide that he has been on the red list of countries in the last 10 days faces up to 10 years in prison.
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