Vacation-goers and other travelers from the United Kingdom will face a whopping £5,000 fine if they get caught leaving the country without a “reasonable excuse.” The new law went into effect on Monday.
According to the Daily Mail, the threat of fines has been extended until the end of June, making foreign summer holidays look increasingly unlikely as a third wave of coronavirus sweeps across Europe.
France will most likely be added to the already-growing ‘Red List’ of countries that require a two-week hotel quarantine for foreign travelers.
The ban may last until August, while senior UK officials double down and suggest all of Europe should be put on the red list due to a rocky vaccine rollout.
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A ‘traffic light’ system is under consideration, allowing travel to ‘green’ countries without the need for quarantine on return.
Government sources stressed however that no decision has yet been made.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is leading a taskforce that will report by April 12 on how and when the ban on non-essential travel can be lifted. It can be no sooner than May 17 under Mr Johnson’s official roadmap.
That might mean the need to quarantine after foreign trips would stay in place until at least August.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs, said extending travel restrictions will be ‘devastating’ for millions of people working in tourism.
The revelation comes amid warnings from Boris Johnson about a third wave of coronavirus currently sweeping across Europe – which could ‘wash up on our shores’.
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