Boris Johnson is set to compel visitors from high-risk Covid countries to quarantine for ten days. The Prime Minister favoured a more targeted approach rather than making all air passengers quarantine.
Travellers from Brazil and South Africa, plus their neighbouring countries, will be met on arrival and escorted to hotels to quarantine for ten days under plans being discussed by Ministers.
Mr Johnson is expected to chair a Covid-O committee to finalise the measures today. Passengers will have to pay for the mandatory hotel stays.
Meanwhile, spot checks for quarantining travellers from all countries will be ‘ramped up’ this week with visits to make sure they are home.
The checks would be carried out by the police or Public Health England officials, a Government source said last night.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is among Cabinet Ministers who favour ramping up the checks.
People found not to be quarantining where they said they would will be fined. Ministers are understood to have rejected proposals for GPS tracking of all arrivals on civil liberty grounds.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there was ‘no such thing as closing the border entirely’, adding: ‘You always have to ensure you have a system where nationals can return.’
EU leaders are reportedly drawing up plans to ban flights from the UK to all member states.