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22 May 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

UK arrivals will face two-week quarantine from 8 June, those failing to follow rules could be deported

By Samuel Horti

Visitors arriving in the UK from 8 June will face a two-week quarantine, and failure to follow the rules could lead to heavy fines or, ultimately, deportation, Home Secretary Priti Patel has said.

At the border, arrivals will have to provide contact details and an address where they will self-isolate, and will face a £100 if they fail to provide the information. Border police can ultimately refuse entry if a new arrival fails to comply.

Police will regularly contact visitors after they have arrived to ensure they are self-isolating, and conduct spot checks on addresses. Anyone failing to comply faces a £1,000 fine. Repeated failure to follow rules will lead to heavier fines, with deportation a last resort.

The fine could increase if infection rates from abroad rises, Patel said. 

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Visitors from the common travel area, which includes Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, are exempt, as are certain other groups such as fruit pickers or freight drivers.

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The rules will be reviewed every three weeks.

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