Amber list holidaymakers using ‘loopholes’ to be slapped with fines on return to UK

Travel: Dehenna Davison warns of ‘consequences’

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Britons heading to travel destinations designated ‘amber’ under the UK Government’s traffic light coronavirus risk system will face hefty penalties if found to have broken the rules. The Prime Minister has issued a warning to potential holidaymakers not to travel to ‘amber’ countries unless in “extreme circumstances.” It comes as Tory MP Dehenna Davison told BBC Radio that those people caught travelling to an ‘amber list’ country for a “jolly” will risk a fine.

Ms Davison told BBC Radio 5: “There are definitely checks going on and people who are found to be lying or people who are travelling just for a jolly when they shouldn’t be are going to be fined.

“Because you know it is easy to ask all of these questions, people want to find loopholes to be able to travel.

“I know I’m desperate for a holiday like the next person.

“But we are still living in this age of global pandemic.”

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The MP continued: “It is about public safety it is about keeping us safe.

“In the UK we are very lucky we have got a very strong vaccinated programme.

“We are head and shoulders above many of our neighbouring countries and others around the world.

“Which is fantastic for us but what we don’t want is people to then be travelling to other countries where countries is still much more a concern and bring back more cases.”

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Boris Johnson has advised British holidaymakers to only book a trip to ‘amber list’ countries in “extreme circumstance.”

The Prime Minister told MPs this week: “It is very, very clear – you should not be going to an ‘amber list’ country except for some extreme circumstance, such as the serious illness of a family member.”

Britons who do decide to jet off to locations on the amber list – including France, Denmark and Cyprus – will need to self-isolate for 10 days upon returning to the UK.

It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed that 30,000 home visits have been carried out over the past week to make sure quarantine measures are being followed. 

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The Health Secretary said: “If you go to an amber list country if you come back you have to go through the testing regime.

“You have to quarantine and I can tell you that we have in the last week done 30,000 home visits to check that people are quarantining.”

He added: “You should only go to a red list country or an amber list country if you have exceptional circumstances.”

Mr Hancock continued: “The purpose of the green list is that we have looked around the world at the countries where we think that it is safe to travel.”

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