Hotel quarantine website taken offline on day of launch

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 14, 2021

The opposition Labour Party's Home Affairs spokesperson Nick Thomas-Symonds called on the government to urgently fix the portal.

The government's new quarantine hotel booking platform is now up and running after going down "for maintenance" immediately after being launched.

The costs - which the Department of Health said will be reviewed before the end of March and may change - cover transport to the hotel, food, accommodation, security, other essential services and testing.

If you travel from a red list country and so are required to quarantine in a hotel, you can only arrive in England at Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, Birmingham Airport and Farnborough Airfield.

How much does hotel quarantine cost?

The guidance states that it will cost £650 for a second adult or child aged over 12 to stay in the room, and a further £325 for a child aged between five and 12.

On Tuesday, the government confirmed it had secured 4,600 rooms at 16 hotels and announced punitive punishments for non-compliance.

People facing significant financial hardship as a result of this charge, can apply for a deferred repayment plan when booking.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said there would be "firm enforcement" with prison sentences of up to 10 years for those who lie on passenger locator forms, and fines of up to £10,000 for those who fail to quarantine in assigned hotels.

Anyone who arrives in the United Kingdom without having booked their £1,750 hotel, food, transport and two Covid test package faces a £4,000 fine, according to Government guidance published on Thursday.

Six hotels, near to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, have been block-booked to house travellers quarantining - with a combined total of up to 1,300 rooms available.

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