The Secretary of State for Transport of the United Kingdom Grant Shapps told GMB viewers quarantining after travel was the “most important thing” to stop the spread to coronavirus. Failing to do so could see Britons slapped with a criminal record.
“In the UK it’s illegal to do all sorts of things, so we don’t do them just because someone’s not looking over your shoulder.
“It relies on people doing the right thing and we can’t be checking up on people all the time.”
He also explained the deadline for travellers needing a negative coronavirus test to enter the UK had been pushed back to avoid a “repatriation crisis”.
He told viewers: “When we looked at the 200 territories around the world all using different types of test, it turns out that there are so many different ones we didn’t want to make criminals out of people just because their test didn’t have the right specificity.
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“We didn’t want to create some repatriation crisis.”
The new testing regime has been delayed until Monday.
You will need proof of a negative test at least 72 hours before you plan to travel.
The Government website states: “For example, if you travel on Friday, you must take a test no earlier than Tuesday.”
Anyone who arrives in England without proof of a negative test result could be fined £500.
Arrivals from a host of South American countries will now be banned.