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Fines And Jail Sentences Threatened For People Breaking Travel Rules

Fines And Jail Sentences Threatened For People Breaking Travel Rules

Matt Hancock has set out what will happen if people don't comply with the rules

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

People breaking Covid-19 travel rules could face fines of up to £10,000 and even a 10-year prison sentence, according to the BBC.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock today set out 'tough fines' for people who aren't sticking to the government-imposed rules.

International arrivals that fail to take a covid test could be fined £1,000.

These include a £1,000 fine for any international arrival who fails to take a mandatory coronavirus test, and £2,000 fine for failing to take a second test - with quarantine then extended to 14 days.

There will be a fine of between £5,000 and £10,000 for anyone failing to quarantine in one of the designated hotels. Meanwhile, for anyone providing false information on their passenger locator form about having been in one of the countries on the red list, there will be a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Matt Hancock set out the details when he spoke in the House of Commons, telling MPs: "Anybody who has been in a red list country in the past 10 days must declare it in a passenger locator form," before adding: "Nobody can come directly from a red list country anyway because those flights have been stopped."

He went on to say: "The virus doesn't treat people differently just because they are better off and might be able to fly to Dubai for the weekend."


This latest announcement has come in a bid to drive down the number of people coming into the UK and potentially bringing in new variants of the deadly virus.

Mr Hancock also said that UK and Irish residents coming from a 'red list' country must book a place in a quarantine hotel before travelling.

The BBC reports that people doing this will be charged fees equivalent to £1,750 for one person travelling alone. This will include 10 days accommodation as well as testing and transportation.


All travel corridors to the UK 'temporarily' closed on 18 January 2021, meaning anyone travelling to the country - regardless of where - must provide proof of a negative Covid test taken in the 72 hours before leaving.

They also must have filled in their passenger locator form - the airline will ask for proof of this before take off.

In addition to this, people travelling to the UK will have to quarantine for 10 days - or they can take another test on day five and wait for another negative result.

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Topics: UK News, News, UK