Quarantine Hotel Rules – 10 Must-Do Facts, Including Costs & Exemptions

One of the main reasons holidaymakers are so keen to see the latest country updates on the UK’s travel list is whether they will need to self-quarantine when they return.

It also affects the plans of people abroad to come to the UK to visit family, or for business trips or to study at university.

Entering the UK from an Amber List country means 10 days of quarantine at home (or where you stay) if you haven’t been double vaccinated.

And entering the UK from a Red List country means 10 days of quarantine in a managed hotel.

READ MORE: Holidaymaker forced to stay in ‘worse than jail’ quarantine hotel turned down flight back to Birmingham

The announcement of India’s move to the Amber List has been welcomed as around 65,000 Indian students are planning to come to the UK for college courses and have reportedly not been able to afford the tuition fees. hotel. They will now be able to quarantine themselves on campus instead.

But the decision to keep Pakistan on the red list has sparked outrage as it means many people cannot afford the cost of quarantine to come to the UK, wanting to return home after travel. to see family for weddings and funerals or to visit relatives in UK or come here to study.

MP Yasmin Qureshi, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pakistan, said: and exorbitant quarantine costs and children unable to see their often sick parents and grandparents. “

So how does it all work? Where are the quarantine hotels, what are the prices and who is exempt?



Novotel London Heathrow which is one of the government designated quarantine hotels

1. Registration rules

You cannot travel to the UK if you have been in a Red List country in the last 10 days, unless you are:

  • a british national
  • an Irish national
  • anyone with residence rights in the UK

2. Quarantine and Covid test rules

Anyone authorized to enter England who has been in a Red List country in the 10 days prior to arrival must:

  • quarantine for 10 full days in a managed hotel (the day you arrive in England counts as day 0). The hotel must be booked within 14 days of arrival. The stay totals 10 days (or 11 nights).
  • take a Covid test no later than day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantine. Children aged 4 and under will not need to take these tests, but they and their families or caregivers should only leave their 40s if they are well.
  • follow all national rules and restrictions that are in place here

You don’t need to quarantine if you’re immediately traveling to another country by plane, train, or ferry.

Only service animals, such as guide dogs, can accompany you in managed quarantine.



Holiday Inn Express at the NEC is a quarantine hotel for those arriving at Birmingham Airport
Holiday Inn Express at the NEC is a quarantine hotel for those arriving at Birmingham Airport

3. Warning of fines and prison

You could be fined up to £ 10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both, if you don’t provide specific details about the countries you visited in during the 10 days prior to your arrival in the UK.

If you break the quarantine rules, you could incur a penalty of up to £ 10,000.

If you have not arranged a Quarantine Package prior to your arrival in England you will incur a penalty of up to £ 4000 and will still have to pay for your Quarantine Package upon arrival.

4. Who is exempt?

Most people who need to stay in managed quarantine will stay in a government-approved quarantine hotel.

Exceptions to this rule include:

  • nurses arriving in England to work for the NHS can self-quarantine in managed quarantine accommodation provided by the NHS trust they will be working for
  • students traveling to attend a boarding school in England may be able to self-quarantine at their boarding school
  • People with specific jobs, including airline pilots and crew, UK border security personnel, prison escorts, sailors and ship captains / inspectors / inspectors, and those carrying cells human or blood

5. Costs increase

The cost of hotel stays in quarantine is increasing. It drops from £ 1,750 to £ 2,285 for adults for bookings made from 4 a.m. on August 12, 2021.

At the same time, the additional rate for an adult (or child over 11) drops from £ 650 to £ 1,430. The additional rate for a child aged 5-11 remains the same at £ 325.

There is no charge for children under five.

6. Payment plans if you can’t afford hotel costs

Anyone unable to pay the quarantine hotel fee can request a deferred repayment plan when booking. You then pay the cost to the government in 12 monthly installments.

7. What if your test is positive on day 2 or 8?

If you get a positive result on one of your tests, you will not be able to leave the quarantine for 10 days from the day after the date of the test.

If, despite testing negative on day 8, you develop new symptoms of Covid-19 on day 9 or day 10, this will trigger further testing and a 10-day extended quarantine, if the new test is positive.

There is no additional charge to your initial booking fee if you need to extend your stay as a result of testing positive on day 2 or day 8.



Redlisted passenger coach dropped off at Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel near Heathrow for 10-day quarantine
Redlisted passenger coach dropped off at Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel near Heathrow for 10-day quarantine

8. Where are the hotels?

If you need to quarantine yourself at a managed quarantine hotel, you can only arrive in England at these airports:

  • heathrow airport
  • Gatwick Airport
  • London City Airport
  • Birmingham Airport
  • Bristol Airport
  • Farnborough Airport
  • Biggin Hill Airport

Direct flights from Red List countries must arrive at dedicated Red List terminals. Currently these are located at London Heathrow and Birmingham Airport.

If you need to quarantine yourself in a hotel and do not arrive in England at one of the designated airports, you incur a penalty of up to £ 10,000 and the cost of transport to the airport. designated closest will be charged.

9. What happens when you arrive?

Upon arrival in England, you will need to hand over your completed Passenger Tracking Form to border officials along with your passport and negative Covid-19 test result.

You will then be escorted through the airport with other passengers who need to be quarantined at a hotel. Your quarantine package includes transportation to your quarantine hotel (and return to the airport at the end of your quarantine to reconnect with your travel plans). Follow the signs and instructions for the Managed Quarantine Service.

If you have a car parked at the airport, you will need to extend your parking period and pay the additional charges. If you need help with this, you can ask for it once you arrive at your hotel.

Everyone will need to wear a face cover at all times (unless you are exempt).



A couple gives the go-ahead from their room at the Radisson Blu hotel near Heathrow where they were staying during the 10-day mandatory quarantine
A couple gives the go-ahead from their room at the Radisson Blu hotel near Heathrow where they were staying during the 10-day mandatory quarantine

A staff member will note where everyone is seated on the bus, so that if anyone later tests positive for Covid-19, NHS Test and Trace can identify who has been in close contact.

You should only get to your hotel by the means of transport specified in your quarantine package and not by public or private transport.

At the end of the quarantine, you will be returned to the airport where you were collected upon arrival in England.

10. What is happening at the hotel?

Upon arrival at the quarantine hotel, you will be required to stay in your room for 10 full days. The hotel will provide meals.

You cannot choose your room or request an upgrade.

You are allowed to quarantine yourself with people you have traveled with – hotels will favor larger or adjoining rooms over families.

No visitors to your hotel room are allowed unless they provide:

  • emergency assistance
  • care or assistance, including personal care
  • Medical assistance
  • veterinary services
  • some critical utilities

The hotel staff will provide you with information on the services available, including food, laundry and free wifi. They must be able to adapt to dietary needs.

You are only allowed to leave your room in exceptional circumstances such as reception of dying family members and funerals.

You may be able to go out for exercise, but only with special permission from hotel security.

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