© Reuters. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London
LONDON (Reuters) – UK ministers are due to discuss further tightening of travel restrictions on Monday, the BBC reported on Saturday, adding that people arriving in the country may need to be quarantined in hotels.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a news conference on Friday that the UK may need to take further measures to protect its borders from new variants of COVID-19.
The UK's current restrictions ban most international travel, while new rules put in place in early January require a negative coronavirus test before departure for most people arriving, as well as a quarantine period.
The government is considering obliging travelers to spend that 10-day quarantine period in a hotel that they would have to pay for to enforce quarantine rules, the BBC said.
With concerns about new COVID-19 variants growing, critics of the UK's current quarantine policy say it is not being adequately enforced.
Tighter border regulations would be a new blow to the aviation and travel sector, which has been under huge financial strain for nearly a year with COVID-19 restrictions and minimal revenue.
In England, the 10-day quarantine requirement can be reduced if the traveler has a negative COVID-19 test after five days, while slightly different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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