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From Monday, June 8 any new arrivals to the UK will be subject to a 14-day quarantine, in a bid to prevent a new surge in coronavirus cases from abroad. Anyone who breaks the quarantine rules will be fined under the new guidelines.

Speaking from the daily coronavirus press conference, Home Secretary Priti Patel detailed the reasoning for the measures was to prevent a “devastating second wave” of coronavirus”.

Ms Patel said: “We will support [the sector] to find new way to open international travel and tourism. We are introducing these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.

“I fully expect the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures. But we will take enforcement action against the minority of people who endanger the safety of others.”

She added the new measures will be reviewed every three weeks, and arrivals will be required to provide contact and address details to help them be traced should they need to be.

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Will I have to quarantine after flying?

Ms Patel revealed on Friday mandatory self-isolation would not apply to people coming from Ireland, medics tackling COVID-19 and seasonal agricultural workers.

Anyone arriving in the UK will have to fill a form providing their contact and travel information so they can be traced if infections arise.

People will need to provide onward travel plans and details about where they are self-isolating.

They could also be contacted regularly during the 14 days to ensure their compliance.

Breaches of the isolation will be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England, or prosecution with an unlimited fine.

Fines of £100 could be issued to those who fill out forms incorrectly.

Elsewhere, devolved nations can set out their own enforcement approaches.

Border Force will be able to refuse entry to foreign citizens who are not UK residents during border checks, and removal from the country could be used as a last resort, the Home Office said.

Arrivals to the UK will be advised to use personal transport to travel to their accommodation and once there told not to leave for 14 days.

They will also not be allowed to accept visitors unless they are providing essential support like food, medications and other essentials.

Those under the quarantine should not go out to buy food or other essentials “where they can rely on others”.

The Home Office said if the accommodation does not meet necessary requirements – with hotels, or with friends and family listed as options – they will have to self-isolate in “facilities arranged by the Government”.

Ms Patel said: “As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.

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Fresh questions will also be asked why the measure was not imposed earlier in the pandemic.

Home Office chief scientific adviser Professor John Aston said: “The scientific advice so far has been clear: while there has been significant community transmission of the virus within the UK, the impact of putting in place additional border restrictions would have been negligible to the spread of the virus.

“However, the spread of the virus within the UK is now lessening. We have been successful in getting the reproduction number R – the average number of new people infected by one infected person – below 1.

“As the number of infections within the UK drops, we must now manage the risk of transmissions being reintroduced from elsewhere.”

The Home Office said arrivals would be encouraged to download the NHS contact tracing app at the border “once rolled out nationally”.

A full list of exemptions from the measure will be published online, but it will include:

Road haulage and freight workersMedical professionals travelling to help the coronavirus effortAnyone moving from within the common travel area covering Ireland, the Channel Island and the Isle of ManSeasonal agricultural workers who will self-isolate on the property they are working

Ministers were continuing to consider forging so-called air bridges with other nations that have low transmission rates in order to allow some international travel.