London, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- All citizens and permanent residents of the United Kingdom returning from high-risk countries to England will have to undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine starting Monday in a bid to curb the spread of new variants of the coronavirus pandemic.
The UK government has released a “red list” that has 33 countries such as South Africa and Brazil, where highly transmissible coronavirus variants have been detected.
From Monday onwards, travelers who have been in one of those countries in the past 10 days will have to isolate themselves for 10 days in a government-designated hotel quarantine at a cost of 1,750 pound sterling ($2,431) per person.
Those in quarantine will not be able to leave their rooms and there will be surveillance to ensure they are complying with the measures.
The government has also added two other Covid-19 tests to the one that is already required for all travelers before starting the trip to the UK in order to prevent the spread of new variants.EFE-EPA