Just 34 people in England fined for flouting coronavirus quarantine rules

Just 34 fines have been issued to travellers for breaching quarantine rules after arriving in the UK, new figures have reveal.

Police forces in England have handed out only 20 fixed penalty notices, while the Border Force has given out 14 across the UK up to September 7, according to Home Office data.

The 14-day isolation policy for UK arrivals was introduced by the Government on June 8 for people returning to or visiting the UK.

The only exemptions are for countries on the official list of travel corridors during the coronavirus pandemic.

In England, people can be fined £1,000 for failing to self-isolate and up to £3,200 for not providing accurate contact details which aid track and trace.

Figures show 1,966,394 spot checks have been carried out on passengers to ensure they have filled out passenger locator forms, including contact details, passport number and address while in the country.

Public Health England (PHE) carries out further compliance checks on a random sample of travellers who live in resident in England and Northern Ireland, to make sure they are self-isolating.

The service has made a total of 149,579 calls and text messages – each person can be called up to three times on subsequent days and sent a text.

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Successful contact, where the traveller has been spoken to or responded to a text, was made 66,773 times with 64,800 people confirming they were self-isolating.

Portugal, Hungary and French Polynesia were last night taken off the travel corridor list.

The figures come after Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press conference the enforcement of quarantine rules for travellers entering the country will be stepped up.

He indicated the Border Force will take a more proactive role and said the passenger locator form for travelling to the UK would be simplified to make the situation clearer.

But the Department for Transport and No 10 are facing increasing pressure to implement testing in airports to help save the struggling aviation industry.

Immigration minister Kevin Foster said: "These measures are informed by science, backed by the public and designed to keep us all safe.

"I'm pleased the vast majority of travelling public continue to comply with these important measures to stop the spread of the virus.

"As the Prime Minister outlined yesterday, we must do all that is necessary to stop the spread of the virus and save lives, which is why we are simplifying the passenger locator form and taking further steps to ensure passengers complete it before departure.

"This will allow Border Force to focus on targeting their enforcement efforts to ensure all arriving in the UK comply with this requirement."

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