Health Secretary for England Matt Hancock has unveiled tough new rules for anyone who wants to come into the UK – including the potential for people to be jailed for up to 10 years.
Mr Hancock, speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, said he made ‘no apologies’ for how tough the new punishments will be.
He said people lying about where there have been when coming to the UK in a bid to avoid hotel quarantine could be jailed for up to 10 years.
People refusing to quarantine on arrival from one of the ‘red list countries’ can be fined between £5,000 and £10,000.
Anyone who refuses to take a first Covid test two days after arriving in the Uk will be fined £1,000 – and those who fail to take the second test will be fined £2,000.