Covid UK: Quarantine captives wave and pose for photos near Heathrow


All smiles at the quarantine inn! Captives wave and pose for photos in bath towels, colourful leggings and waving football shirts on day five of compulsory ten-day isolation spell

  • Arrivals currently staying at the Radisson Blue Edwardian Hotel, near Heathrow
  • Travellers from ‘red list’ countries spotted at windows appeared in good spirits
  • It comes amid reports that Spain and the US could soon be added to the UK’s list

Travellers from ‘red list’ countries have been posing for photos in bath towels, colourful leggings and football shirts as their compulsory ten-day isolation spell continues.

Arrivals in quarantine at the Radisson Blue Edwardian Hotel, near Heathrow, appeared to be in good spirits as they peered out of their windows during their continued stay.

It comes amid reports that Spain and the US could soon be added to the UK’s list as officials consider the risk of new variants from the two countries.

Arrivals in quarantine at the Radisson Blue Edwardian Hotel, near Heathrow, appeared to be in good spirits as they peered out of their windows during their continued stay

One guest looked cheerful as she leant towards the window in a bath towel and beamed down at those outside

One guest looked cheerful as she leant towards the window in a bath towel and beamed down at those outside

One woman in colourful leggings looked equally as happy as she posed like a ballerina for the cameras

She continued to look out of the window while on the phone

One woman in colourful leggings looked equally as happy as she posed like a ballerina for the cameras while on the phone

Many residents appeared to be unfazed by the enforced stay as one woman gave a thumbs up and another in colourful leggings posed like a ballerina.

A third guest looked equally as cheerful as she leant towards the window in a bath towel and beamed down at those outside.

And two enthusiastic sports fans proudly displayed a football shirt for Argentina-based Boca Juniors.

As this week, travellers arriving in England must quarantine in a hotel if they have been in one of the Government’s 33 ‘red list’ countries – which includes Portugal, the United Arab Emirates, South America and southern Africa – in the past 10 days. 

Another guest gave a hint of a smile as he stood at the window and indicated the duration of his stay so far

Another guest gave a hint of a smile as he stood at the window and indicated the duration of his stay so far

Two enthusiastic sports fans proudly displayed a football shirt for Argentina-based Boca Juniors

Two enthusiastic sports fans proudly displayed a football shirt for Argentina-based Boca Juniors

Many residents appeared to be unfazed as their compulsory ten-day isolation spell continued with one woman waving to those outside

Many residents appeared to be unfazed as their compulsory ten-day isolation spell continued with one woman waving to those outside

As this week, travellers arriving in England must quarantine in a hotel if they have been in one of the Government's 33 'red list' countries. Pictured: Radisson Blue Edwardian Hotel, near Heathrow

As this week, travellers arriving in England must quarantine in a hotel if they have been in one of the Government’s 33 ‘red list’ countries. Pictured: Radisson Blue Edwardian Hotel, near Heathrow

The 33 ‘high-risk’ nations

Angola

Argentina

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi

Cape Verde

Chile

Colombia

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ecuador

Eswatini

French Guiana

Guyana

Lesotho

Malawi

Mauritius 

Mozambique

Namibia

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)

Rwanda

Seychelles

South Africa

Suriname

Tanzania

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Uruguay

Venezuela

Zambia

Zimbabwe 

All arrivals in England from 33 banned countries must book government-approved accommodation at an initial cost of £1,750 under a scheme that came into force on Monday. 

The hotel quarantine initiative is intended to stop dangerous Covid variants being imported into the UK and there are no exemptions for illness of people who have suffered bereavement.

Upon arrival, travellers must show Border Force evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within three days of leaving the previous country.

Quarantining guests are then tested on days two and eight using PCR tests self-administered in their own rooms.

They can leave after they have received a negative result and quarantined for 10 days.

Meanwhile, guests who test positive on the second occasion will have to pay £1,200 to extend their stay for an extra eight nights at £152 per day. 

It comes amid reports  passengers arriving from Spain and the US could soon be added to the UK’s ‘red list’.

Officials are considering the risk of new variants from the two countries.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will decide this week if those arriving from the two countries should isolate for ten days in one of the 16 quarantine hotels approved by the Government in an effort to stop the mutant variants from spreading. 

Both Spain and the US have seen new mutations of the coronavirus transmitted locally and are close to South America and Portugal – which are both on the Government’s ‘red list’.

A Government source told The Daily Telegraph: ‘The US and Spain are on the list so it means some of the bigger markets will be considered by officials as part of the discussions before being put to ministers.

‘It will be based on evidence from the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC).’

What are the rules for entering Britain? 

  • You cannot enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK
  • You must either quarantine where you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days
  • What you need to do depends on where you travel in the 10 days before you arrive – if you travel in or through a country on the banned travel list within 10 days, you must stay managed quarantine hotel; if not, you can quarantine at home
  • You need to provide your journey and contact details in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. You must do this by completing the online passenger locator form
  • You’ll need to show proof that you’ve completed the form when you arrive at the UK border as well as proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken three days before departure 
  • You could be fined £500 when you arrive at the border if you cannot provide proof that you have had a negative coronavirus test
  • You do not need a test if you’re travelling within the UK, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey; from Ireland; from Ascension, Falkland Islands or St Helena; and children under 11 do not need a test 
  • After arriving at a quarantine hotel you will be tested on days two and eight of your stay using a PCR test self-administered in your room
  • In Scotland, arrivals from all international destinations have to quarantine, even if they are not on the red list. 

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