UK arrivals could pay for two-week Australia-style quarantine stay in hotel

UK arrivals could be forced to fork out for two weeks in a hotel quarantine to stop the spread of Covid.

The Government has reportedly been discussing a quarantine plan with hotel companies, the Telegraph reported.

An insider reportedly said the idea would be a "highly-popular policy" with some ministers suggesting the UK should go even further and limit entry to UK and nationals only.

In Australia, the Government use a similar approach and ask those who travel to quarantine in a self-funded hotel stay to stop coronavirus spreading through the community.

The Telegraph said Whitehall sources confirmed "early discussions" are underway, but Downing Street denied the talks.

A Home Office spokesman said: "We have strong measures at the border in place which are vital as we roll out the vaccine."

They added that there was "no prospect" of any further limitations on who can enter the country or an addition of a hotel stay.

At present, the UK has banned travellers from South America, Portugal and Cape Verde amid fears over a new coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil.

Anyone entering the UK must also have filled in a passenger locator form and the airline will ask for that along with proof of a negative test before take off.

Passengers may also be checked upon landing and may face fines if they fail to comply.

People must then quarantine for 10 days, not leaving for any reason, before taking another test on day five and wait for proof of another negative result.

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Discussing the latest tightening of border controls, including the requirement to present a negative test before departure, Mr Johnson said on Wednesday, January 20, the measures were designed "to stop people coming back into this country and bringing infection back into the country while we’re getting the vaccination rolled out".

He added: "I think it would be absolutely crazy to be vaccinating our country as successfully as we are…doing that huge national effort while simultaneously allowing the virus or new variants of the virus to be reimported back into our country."

More than 4 million people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccine and over half of those aged 80 and over have been vaccinated.

The Department of Health and Social Care said: "The NHS vaccinated a total of 4.06 million people between 8 December and 17 January, including more than half of those aged 80 and over and more than half of elderly care home residents."

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