As of yesterday 15th February 2021, the British Embassy in Harare has issued new regulations for British Nationals or people with the Right of Residence in the UK when travelling to the UK from Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is one of the countries on the “red list” along with Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia due to the new variant which was discovered in South Africa in December 2020 and these countries’ proximity to South Africa.
From yesterday onwards before travelling to the UK all individuals are required to have a negative coronavirus test in the three days prior to travel. They are then required to book and stay in a managed quarantine hotel as well as complete a passenger locator form.
The managed quarantine package will include a hotel assigned by the government that is in a government-approved facility the passengers will also receive security, welfare and testing. Packages also include assigned government transport, food and drinks and accommodation. The price for an adult will be £1750.
To make sure that individuals are compliant fines will be issued that will range from £5000 to £10000 for anyone arriving from a red-listed country that proceeds to fail to quarantine in a designated hotel.
Young boy in quarantine….!
The British Health and Social Care Secretary is quoted as saying.
“Our fight against the virus has many fronts and just as we are attacking this virus through our vaccination programme which is protecting more people every day we’ve strengthened our defences through these vital measures so we can protect the progress that we have worked so hard to accomplish”
Furthermore, a penalty of £1000 will also be levied upon anyone from an international arrival who subsequently fails to take the mandatory test followed by a £2000 penalty for those who fail to take the second mandatory test. Additionally, the perpetrator will have to undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine period.
Individuals who attempt to deceive the British Immigration Authorities by concealing that they have travelled from a “red-listed” country are liable to face a fine of up to £10000 or prosecution of imprisonment of up to 10 years.
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