Enforced quarantine from February 15th

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Trialled well over a week ago, it now looks likely that hotel quarantine will come into force as from 15th of February.

Rio de janeiro in Brazil. One of the aims of the hotel quarantine is to keep the Brazilian strain minimised.

But, as I said in an earlier article, it will only apply to people returning to or travelling to the UK from those destinations that appear on the UK’s red list and they are

Angola

Argentina

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi 

Cape Verde

Chile

Colombia

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ecuador

Eswatini (previously known as Swaziland)

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 (Dubai in is the UAE)

Uruguay

Venezuela

Zambia

Zimbabwe

It does include people who live in the UK and British nationals so you will have to stay in one of the named hotels for up to ten days in quarantine and only then will you be allowed back to your homes.

You will also have to pay for the cost of the hotels.

At present the hotel costs haven’t been announced.

The rules don’t just apply to those flying into London airports. Hotels near airports at Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester are also expected to be reserved. Cardiff and Belfast hotels won’t be used as the airports are either not open or see only domestic flights.

It is thought that about 12,000 people a day are travelling although, since international travel is banned, you do wonder who these people are.

Bear in mind that the named thirty-three countries can change. Usually on a Thursday, the government annouces additions to and removals from this list.

For all other countries, existing rules apply but, as I said earlier, international travel is banned.

Readers in Scotland should also be aware that the Scottish government is making noises about tougher rules but no action has been announced at the time of writing.

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