Travel chaos as Poland and Turkey added to UK's quarantine list - penalties to be increased say government

Travellers arriving in the UK from Poland, Turkey and three Caribbean islands will have to self-isolate for 14 days from 04:00 on Saturday.

And British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also reveals that the penalties for people who refuse to self-isolate will be increased.

Those arriving from Turkey and Poland will have to self-isolate for 14 days and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba have also been added to the list.

The move leaves British nationals with just six quarantine-free holiday destinations.

The Transport Secretary said data from Poland showed that “test positivity has nearly doubled increasing from 3.9% to 5.8% alongside a rapid increase in weekly cases”.

He said Turkey had been added to the list because the UK had concerns about the way in which the authorities there reported their data.

The seven-day rate of new coronavirus cases in Poland stands at 25.9, up from 15.6 the previous week.

Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba also reported 142.4 new cases per 100,000, unchanged from the previous week.

Shapps said that fines for first offence of failing to self-isolate when required will start at £1,000, before increasing to £2,000, then £4,000 and up to a maximum of £10,000 in England for repeat offenders. The upper limit for repeat offences was previously £3,200.

The fine increase will be in force from Friday.


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