Returning holidaymakers have been told they should expect a ‘knock on the door’ when they return from abroad to make sure they are following self-isolation rules.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said enforcement was being stepped up to make sure travellers who visit amber-list countries such as France, Spain and Italy obey the 10-day quarantine rule.
Officials have the capacity to carry out 10,000 home visits a day and 30,000 were conducted last week.
Anyone found to be out when supposedly self-isolating risks a fine of up to £10,000 – although few have been levied so far.
Despite the change in coronavirus guidance from Monday May 17, the Welsh Government continues to advise people to only travel abroad for essential purposes as the Indian coronavirus variant is an ongoing cause for concern.
England’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock defended the UK Government’s moves to open up international travel via a traffic light system after the ban on international holidays was lifted on Monday, as part of the latest phase of lockdown easing.
There had been confusion after his Cabinet colleagues offered different answers this week about the circumstances under which people could visit countries on the “amber list”, to which travel is allowed but not encouraged.
Mr Hancock said the messaging had been “crystal clear” that the public “should not go to an amber or red list country on holiday” and that any visits could only be in “exceptional circumstances”.
Passengers arriving from amber list countries are required to self-isolate for 10 days and take two tests, with Mr Hancock saying 30,000 home visits had been carried out in the last week to check people were quarantining.
However, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said “most of the UK population doesn’t understand” the rules on travelling to amber-listed destinations, with people “booking in their droves” to take holidays in places not on the green list this summer.
International travel rules for England, Wales and Scotland are broadly similar.
On Thursday, easyJet announced their passenger figures in the last six months are down by 90% and their revenue is also down by 90%.
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