Travelers visiting the UK can face 10 years in prison if they lie about where they have been, as part of strict new rules intended to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Details of new plans to prevent different strains of coronavirus from crossing the border were laid out on Tuesday by Health Minister Matt Hancock.
Visitors from a “red list” from 33 countries will be placed in quarantine hotels by the government for 10 days and asked to submit three COVID-19 tests during the period. Read: Europe gives the bull runs another turn of the screw Travelers will have to pay £ 1,750 ($ 2,423) to be transported to hotels, room and food. Couples will be charged £ 2,400, children will not be charged. Anyone who tries to avoid quarantine faces a fine of up to £ 10,000, and anyone who lies about where they came from faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years. The length of the sentence has caused some controversy because it is on par with those accused of attempted rape and assault. Read: Boris Johnson ‘deeply regrets every life lost’ as the UK surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 Speaking in the House of Commons, Hancock said: ‘Anyone who lies on the passenger locator form and tries to hide that have been to a red-listed country in the 10 days before you arrive here, you will face a prison sentence of up to 10 years. “We will establish heavy fines for people who do not comply. This includes a £ 1,000 fine for any international arrival that does not undergo a mandatory test, ”Hancock told Parliament.