Anyone entering Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 33 countries on a red list must immediately be quarantined in a hotel for ten days.
The measure is intended to protect the country from the spread of CoV variants and has been in force since yesterday. From Europe only Portugal is affected, plus all South American countries as well as states in southern Africa and the United Arab Emirates. All other immigrants, including those from Austria, must continue to self-isolate ten days after arrival.
What is new for everyone is that in addition to one CoV test before leaving for the United Kingdom, they now also have to take two tests in the country itself - no later than the second and no earlier than the eighth day after entry. For this, the equivalent of 240 euros would be due for each, so the ORF. Proof of booking an appointment must be presented on arrival.
The government has initially reserved 4.600 rooms in 16 hotels near the airport for the red list. The cost of the stay is around £ 1.750 per person. Violation threatens draconian penalties: anyone who does not check into one of the specified hotels has to pay up to £ 10.000. Up to ten years imprisonment is possible for incorrect information on the mandatory entry form!