The British government has announced fines of up to £10,000 for anyone who flouts a new 14-Day quarantine rule on arriving back in the country.
Fines are to range from £1000 to £10,000 it has been confirmed with some ministers even considering “unlimited fines” for persistent offenders.
The quarantine rule, which will come into effect at the end of the month, means travellers would have to self-isolate at a private residence and, according to the government, may have to provide proof of their residency on arrival into the country.
It is not clear how long the new travel restriction would be in place and whether non-UK residents would be allowed to stay in rented private accommodation.
It is also unclear whether there are plans to quarantine people arriving to the UK via other modes of transport such as via train or ferry.
The news of fines comes after it was revealed ministers are looking at introducing so-called “travel bridges” between countries with low infection rates such as the UK and Spain who share a ‘common interest’ such as tourism.
The Republic of Ireland are exempt from the 14 day quarantine rule as are UK nationals to there.
Some professions are also exempt from the rule, such as aid workers, diplomats, logistics drivers, health professionals and military personnel.