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Travellers who try to conceal visits to “red list” countries face up to 10 years in jail, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs today. Under the new measures, which come into force on 15 February, passengers from 33 countries will have to quarantine in hotels, and all arrivals will have to pay for two coronavirus tests during quarantine:
“Anyone who lies on a passenger locator form and tries to conceal that they’ve been in a country on our red list in the ten days before arrival here, will face a prison sentence of up to 10 years,” he said.
Hancock also announced that the government would be “backing this new system with strong enforcement of both home quarantine and hotel quarantine”. This involves a £1,000 penalty for any international arrival who fails to take a mandatory test, a £2,000 penalty for failing to take the second mandatory test and a £5,000 Fixed Penalty Notice, rising to £10,000, for arrivals who fail to quarantine in a designated hotel.