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Britain's hotel quarantine booking system crashes after launch

Farnborough Airfield is one of the entry points Farnborough Airfield is one of the entry points
Cecil Davis | 15 February, 2021, 12:57

Passengers arriving in England from Monday (Feb 15) from any of 33 "red list" countries will have to spend 14 days quarantined in a hotel room under new border restrictions created to stop new variants of the coronavirus.

The UK now requires all arrivals from non-"red list" countries to show negative Covid-19 tests and then self-isolate for 10 days at a place of their own choosing.

"The rules coming into force today will bolster the quarantine system and provide another layer of security against new variants at the border", said Health Secretary Matt Hancock, adding that they would also protect the national vaccination programme as the country worked "towards restoring normal life". But with the leisure club, swimming pool, restaurant, bar and other communal areas closed to me on my one-night stay - as they would be were I actually quarantining - the four walls of my standard room were my only company.

The full list can be found on the Government's website here.

Yes. In Scotland the policy applies to all arrivals, but in England it is only relevant for those who have been in a country on the Government's travel ban "red list" in the past 10 days.

THE FIRST GUESTS who will check into government-designated accommodation have arrived in England as the UK's hotel quarantine regime begins.

Wales, which receives fewer global arrivals than its larger United Kingdom neighbours, has said it will not adopt hotel quarantines while Northern Ireland is still to decide. Travellers could be fined up to £10,000 (about R 200,800) or imprisoned for up to 10 years for not providing accurate details about countries visited in their 10 days before arriving in the UK.

Travellers must take a coronavirus test and get a negative result in the three days before they travel.

The government has struck deals with 16 hotels so far, providing 4,963 rooms for the new quarantine system with a further 58,000 rooms on standby.

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A single adult will be charged £1,750 for one room for the duration of their stay, an additional £650 for anyone over the age of 12 and £325 for children aged between five and 12.

Those who provide false information on their locator form could face up to 10 years in prison.

Guidance for those who have to quarantine in hotels was published on Thursday and states that anyone with a booking that brings them to a different "port of entry" from February 15 must change it to one of those specified.

No. Those booked into a quarantine hotel can only fly into Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Birmingham and Farnborough airports.

The hotel was charging £65 for members of the public staying on Sunday night, while travellers using it to quarantine from Monday must pay £1,750 for 10 days.

The government has struck deals with 16 hotels so far, providing 4,963 rooms, with a further 58,000 rooms now on standby, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.

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