COVID-19: Passengers in quarantine face extra £1,200 bill if they test positive towards end of stay | Politics News

Travellers required to quarantine in government-sanctioned lodges may end up paying an extra £1,200 if they test positive for coronavirus towards the end of their stay, it has been revealed.

Anybody arriving in the UK who has been in one 33 “pink checklist” international locations in the final 10 days now has to self-isolate for 10 days in a quarantine resort at a price of £1,750.

It has now emerged that extra fees will apply to company who’re required to increase their stay past the preliminary interval because the outcome of a positive COVID-19 test.

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‘How we ended up in resort quarantine’

Info on the £152 day by day price of longer quarantine stays was printed on the federal government’s web site on Monday – after some company had began checking in.

Visitors can go away quarantine after 11 nights if they get a unfavorable outcome from checks taken on the second and eighth days of their isolation.

However if somebody returns a positive outcome from the primary test, they must stay in quarantine for an extra two nights at a price of £304.

And a positive outcome from the second test will imply the visitor has to stay in the resort for one more eight nights at a price of £1,216.

Requested what is going to occur if somebody can not afford the extra charges, Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised a Downing Road information convention: “It’s presently unlawful to journey overseas for holidays anyway.

“We might count on people who find themselves coming in from one of these pink checklist international locations to have the ability to cowl their prices.”

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What it is like staying in a quarantine resort

The 33 international locations on the “pink checklist” contains Portugal, the United Arab Emirates, South America and southern Africa.

Scotland has opted to require arrivals from all international locations to isolate in a quarantine resort, until they have travelled from the Frequent Journey Space, which incorporates the UK and Eire.

UK and Irish nationals and UK residents going again to England who’ve been in a “pink checklist” nation in the final 10 days nonetheless should isolate even if they have come again by way of the CTA.

Scotland’s CTA exemption allowed a father and daughter who had entered quarantine to depart simply at some point into their isolation and full it at house.

Talking to BBC Scotland, Chun Wong stated he and his daughter flew again to Scotland from america by way of Dublin, and went straight to a resort at Edinburgh Airport.

“I obtained a name from reception saying a gentleman from the airport want to speak to me,” Mr Wong defined.

“He stated that since I landed in Dublin first after which received a connecting flight to right here, I used to be not required to quarantine in a resort.

“I nonetheless should quarantine and do the self-testing package on the second and eighth day, however they stated it was an error on their half.”

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has beforehand expressed issues that England’s quarantine necessities don’t go far sufficient.

“It could be higher if we had that 4 nations method, or no less than a 3 nations method the place the border of the island that Scotland, England and Wales share, had the identical provisions in place,” she stated on Monday.