Four travellers are fined £10,000 each after failing to declare they had arrived in the UK from ‘red-list’ country so they could avoid £1,750 hotel quarantine
- Passengers ‘attempted to hide their routes’ when landed at Birmingham Airport
- Not clear where they arrived from, but they ‘received £10,000 fines as a result’
- Arrivals from 33 countries have to pay £1,750 to quarantine in hotel for 10 days
Four passengers arriving in the UK have been fined £10,000 each for failing to tell authorities that they came from a ‘red-list’ country.
The passengers landed at Birmingham Airport where they ‘attempted to hide their routes’, West Midlands Police revealed.
Police have not revealed where the four people arrived from, but they were ‘identified and received £10,000 fines as a result’.
Arrivals from 33 ‘red list’ countries now have to pay £1,750 to quarantine in a hotel for ten days.
The passengers landed at Birmingham Airport where they ‘attempted to hide their routes’, West Midlands Police revealed (file image)
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
- Those travelling to England must take two tests after arriving. 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 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
- In Scotland, arrivals from all international destinations have to quarantine, even if they are not on the red list.
They face £10,000 fines if they fail to follow quarantine rules and could be hit with a 10-year jail sentence if they lie about it on their passenger locator forms.
West Midlands Police temporary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Todd said: ‘By midday yesterday, on the first day of implementation, we have received six passengers who had declared travelling from a red list country, who were taken to the quarantine hotel.
‘We also had four passengers who were identified as having travelled from a red list country, that hadn’t declared it.’
The group are understood to have been fined individually, The Sun reports.
Countries on the Red List include Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal and South Africa.
And the list is set to ‘get longer before it gets shorter’ due to the Government’s concern over the spread of new variants in nations not already on the list.
At least four countries are reporting more than 30 cases of the Brazilian and South African variants.
They include Austria, which has seen 300 positive tests, and Belgium, with 55 – putting them at risk of being added to the list.
A further 33 countries where mutant strains have been found are not on the list.
These include Denmark, France, Greece, Japan, Kenya, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and the United States.
Today, it emerged that travellers from red list countries face an additional £1,200 bill on top of the original £1,750 if they test positive during their stay.
Meanwhile, concerns have again been raised about the safety of the current system.
Britain has banned flights from all red list countries, so passengers must take connecting flights, mixing with passengers from countries not on the list.
Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds claimed the policy ‘creates an unacceptable risk to the health of the British people’.
It also emerged that Border Force staff were only emailed official guidance about how to execute the new rules two and a half hours before they came into force.
Officers received a lengthy message with five attachments at 9.25pm on Sunday – giving them barely any time to prepare for their implementation at midnight.
One Border Force member at Heathrow called the process ‘an absolute joke’, as sources said many guards had not read the email by the time they started their shifts on Monday.