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The cost of hotel quarantine for travellers arriving
in the UK from red-list countries is to jump as part of the government’s review of the traffic light
Under rules introduced in February, anyone arriving in the UK from a country on the red
list must stay for ten full days in a managed quarantine hotel and take Covid
tests on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantining.
Since its introduction, the cost of a quarantine package for adults (transfers, hotel, food and drink, and Covid tests) has been £1,750 with additional adults charged at £650. From
4am on 12 August, these figures will increase to £2,285 (up 30 per cent) and £1,430
(up 120 per cent).
Announcing the changes, the Government said, “In order
to ensure taxpayers are not subsidising the costs of staying in these
facilities, which have gone up, the cost will increase from Thursday 12 August.
Alternative payment arrangements remain available to those who genuinely cannot
afford to pay.”
The hotel quarantine scheme is managed by CTM North.