The England authorities have imposed fresh measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus variants among travelers.
According to the health secretary, Matt Hancock, the new measures would “secure the nation” against mutations.
Consequently, all arrivals into England from “red list” countries must book hotel quarantine before leaving their destination.
Countries tagged on the red list include South America, South Africa, Portugal and others.
Hancock explained that travelers would pay fees amounting to £1,750 for individuals, which would cover ten-day accommodation, testing and transport.
According to the health minister, not less than 16 hotels with 4,600 rooms around the ports and airports in England have been booked for travelers.
However, failure to comply with the directive would attract a fine of up to £2,000 for failing to take a booked test. Travelers are also liable to pay a fine of £10,000 for avoiding hotel quarantine and up to ten years in prison for lying on passenger locator forms.
This is just as the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) urged governments to focus on individual ‘high-risk travellers’ instead of labelling nations as high-risk countries’.
According to WTTC’s recommendation, only persons who test positive for coronavirus would be isolated while other passengers would continue their journey in line with safety protocols.
Consequently, travelers would be able to move their destinations quickly instead of being isolated without having the virus.