Who will pay?
Travellers will foot the bill, Mr Hancock confirmed. It will cost £1,750 for an individual travelling alone, which includes the hotel, transport and testing. For an additional adult or child aged over 12, the cost is £650, or for a child aged between five and 12, £325. There is no charge for children under the age of five. Those already in receipt of income-related benefits can apply for a deferred payment plan.
For comparison, the cost of 14 days in a quarantine hotel (set as standard rather than by individual properties) for an adult is £1,692 in Australia, £1,630 in New Zealand and £642 in Thailand – three countries that have introduced the measure so far.
How long will you have to stay?
All travellers will have to stay for the duration of their quarantine, with tests taken on days two and eight, with results of the latter arriving at the end of the stay, and a negative required to leave.
What happens if I test positive?
Those who test positive on day two must quarantine until day 12. Those who test positive on day eight must stay until day 18. Any extra days will cost £152 per day.
When will it happen?
The plans are due to come into effect from February 15.
What about Scotland?
Scotland has also imposed mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine for travel from any country outside of the Common Travel Area (that is the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) from February 15. Covid tests will be required on day two and eight of the isolation.
Six hotels close to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports with a combined capacity of 1,300 rooms will be used to implement the quarantine at a cost of £1,750 per individual traveller. Final costs for those not travelling alone are currently being worked through, as well as the details for a Managed Isolation Welfare Fund which will be launched for those who cannot afford the charge.”
What are the other quarantine requirements now?
The UK’s ‘travel corridor’ system has been suspended, so all arrivals into the UK must quarantine for at least 10 days. The Government announced it will be strengthening testing measures for all travellers, starting February 15.
From Monday, all international arrivals, whether under home quarantine or hotel quarantine, will be required by law to take PCR tests on day two and day eight of that quarantine. This will be enforced with new fines.
Anyone planning to travel to the UK, from Monday, needs to book these tests. The online portal where these tests can be booked will go live on February 11.
If either of these post-arrival tests comes back positive, they’ll have to quarantine for a further 10 days from the date of the test.
This is in addition to the negative result required to enter the UK.
There will be a £1,000 penalty for any international arrival who fails to take a mandatory test either within 72 hours of departure or on the second day of quarantine and a £2,000 penalty for any international arrival who fails to take the second mandatory test on day eight.
Any failure to be tested will also automatically extend the errant travellers’ quarantine period to 14 days.
All UK arrivals from countries other than the 33 mentioned above must quarantine at a fixed address: at home, with a relative or friend, or in a hotel or self-catering property. Any hotel is sufficient, though most of the country’s hotels are currently closed.
Do I have to quarantine if I’ve had the vaccine?
Though no specific information has been released on this, the DHSC said that quarantine rules still apply whether you’ve been vaccinated or not if you are returning from a red list country. The only exemptions apply to a small group of individuals including hauliers travelling from Portugal, Defence personnel, visiting forces and government contractors.