At this evening’s Downing Street press conference, Home Secretary Priti Patel said steps must be taken to ‘guard against imported cases’ leading to a deadly second spike of coronavirus.
Anyone breaking the rules could face a £1,000 fine, but some foreign nationals will still be exempt from these new measures.
The Home Secretary added: ‘We will keep these penalties under review and will be unafraid to increase them if that is required.’
Speaking at today’s briefing, Border Force director general Paul Lincoln said: ‘We all look forward to a time when travel is fully back up and running, and when it is Border Force stand ready to provide a warm welcome to the UK.
‘In the meantime it is essential that we use the levers at our disposal to ensure the safety of our communities while still facilitating in the critical trade into this country.’
The two weeks foreign visitors will be required to isolate for covers the incubation period of Covid-19.
Penalties for breaching self-isolation rules could result in fines of up to £1,000.
Mr Lincoln added: ‘Border Force officers do reserve the right to refuse entry to any non-British or non-residents who do not follow these regulations. We expect the vast majority of people will take this seriously and do the right thing.
‘We will however take enforcement action against the small minority of people who may disregard these actions and therefore further endanger people’s lives.
‘The advice is quite clear, if you have the virus, of if you are displaying symptoms, or if you have been in contact with somebody with the virus, you should not travel. To do so otherwise is potentially putting people’s lives at risk.’
These measures will be under review every three weeks, to ensure they are effective, necessary and in line with the latest scientific evidence.
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