Quarantined travellers have to pay extra Â£1,200 if they test positive for Covid-19 - EVENING STANDARD
FEBRUARY 17, 2021
Travellers shipped to airport quarantine hotels will be landed with an extra Â£1,200 bill if they test positive for coronavirus, the Government has revealed.
This is on top of the Â£1,750 fee for entering the programme and will apply to guests required to extend their stay beyond the initial 11 nights.
Information about the Â£152 daily cost of longer stays was only published on the Governmentâ€™s website on Monday, after some guests had already checked in.
From 4am on Monday, travellers arriving in England must quarantine in a hotel if they have been in a country at high risk of coronavirus variants in the previous 10 days.
Guests are allowed to leave after 11 nights if they receive negative results from tests taken on day two and day eight of their isolation.
A positive result from the first test will extend a travellerâ€™s stay by two nights at a cost of Â£304.
If the second test returns a positive reading, the guest must remain in their room for an additional eight nights and pay Â£1,216.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was asked at Mondayâ€™s Downing Street press conference what will happen if a traveller cannot afford the extra fee.
He replied: â€œIt is currently illegal to travel abroad for holidays anyway.
â€œWe would expect people who are coming in from one of these red list countries to be able to cover their costs.â€
There are 33 countries on the Governmentâ€™s â€œred listâ€, which includes Portugal, the United Arab Emirates, South America and southern Africa.
UK and Irish nationals and UK residents returning to England who have been in a country on the list in the previous 10 days must enter a quarantine hotel, even if they have travelled via the CTA. © Provided by Evening Standard Passengers arriving at Heathrowâ€™s Terminal 5 are escorted by security personnelGetty Images On Monday the first flight arrived at 6.20am but travellers found to be on the red list only emerged through immigration nearly two hours later.
Passengers reported big queues in the immigration hall with Border Force staff trying to establish who was on the red list.
Scotlandâ€™s exemption for people travelling from the
CTA led to a father and daughter who entered the programme on Monday being allowed to leave after just one day and complete their isolation at home.
Chun Wong told BBC Scotland he and his daughter flew into the country from the United States via Dublin, and went straight to a hotel at Edinburgh Airport.
Mr Wong told the broadcaster: â€œI received a call from reception saying a gentleman from the airport would like to talk to me.
â€œHe said that since I landed in Dublin first and then got a connecting flight to here, I was not required to quarantine in a hotel.
â€œI still have to quarantine and do the self-testing kit on the second and eighth day, but they said it was an error on their part.â€
Additional reporting by PA