Wednesday, 23 Sep 2020

Travellers without track & trace form to be banned from entry to UK

TRAVELLERS will be banned from entering the UK unless they’ve filled out track and trace forms under new government plans.

Ministers aim to make the form a “condition of travel” to free up Border Force staff so that they can focus on enforcing those who have to quarantine.

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Officials are working with airlines to make sure passengers cannot board a plane if they haven’t filled out the form.

They will also make sure the form matches up to booking data – to make sure people don’t put down fake addresses.

Speaking from Downing Street yesterday Boris Johnson said: “We will simplify the Passenger Locator Form needed for travelling to the UK, and take measures to ensure these are completed and checked before departure.”

He added: “Border Force will step up enforcement efforts at the border to ensure arrivals are complying with the quarantine rules.”

The new system is similar to Greece, which bans tourists from entering unless they have filled out the form 24 hours before travel, and shown the form at the check in desk.

The government will also hire a “Dad’s Army” of recently retired and newly qualified Environmental Health Officers to crack down on those ignoring rules in town and city centres.

An army of Covid Secure Marshalls will patrol the streets to make sure rules are being enforced.

And they will also snoop on pubs and restaurants to ensure they are all taking punter's details so they can be tracked and traced in the event of an outbreak.

Hospitality venues which are found flouting the rules will be fined £1000.

 

 

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