The British government imposed, from June 8, a 14-day quarantine for tourists or anyone arriving in the UK from abroad, with fines of up to £ 1,000 for those who fail to comply.
The new rule was presented this afternoon by the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel.
The measure comes amid recommendations from the European Commission (EC), which presented a series of tips last week so that the borders between its 27 countries can be reopened and the means of transport as well as the tourism sector operational, guaranteeing the safety of travelers and industry workers.
France and the United Kingdom, meanwhile, agreed not to apply restrictions to citizens transiting between the two countries, while Spain has already begun to apply a 14-day quarantine to travelers arriving from abroad since May 15.
According to local media, for the rest of the visitors, the United Kingdom will request that they share their contact details and the officials of the British health department will carry out punctual controls to ensure that they comply with the regulations.
However, road transportation and medical officials will be exempt.
The measure must first go through Parliament’s approval, which will give the police the power to carry out the controls.
According to The Telegraph newspaper, the control will also be exercised by the Border Force, the police and the Public Health of England (PHE).
The measure would put more pressure on the tourism and air sector, the most affected by the health crisis.
In this sense, Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, the largest low cost airline in Europe, criticized the UK government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and considered the idea of imposing a 14-day quarantine on International visitors is “stupid and implementable”.
O’Leary said there was no point in quarantining international travelers, but not controlling people who use other forms of public transportation.
“This government tells us that you cannot fly unless you isolate yourself for 14 days, however you can use the London Underground and you don’t have to isolate yourself for 14 days. They are making these things up as they go and nothing like that it has no scientific basis, “he said.