Quarantine hotel rules face legal challenge in UK

Posted on August 12, 2021, 3:46 pm
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LONDON: A British law firm representing travellers has described the UK’s quarantine hotel policy as an “unlawful deprivation of liberty” and is seeking a judicial review.

Currently, passengers must spend 11 nights in quarantine hotels on returning from red list countries, despite being fully vaccinated and testing negative for Covid.

London-based PGMBM believes requiring people who are fully vaccinated and have recently tested negative for coronavirus to spend 11 nights in a hotel is an ‘unlawful deprivation of liberty’ and violates their human rights.

Travellers arriving in the UK from a red list country must enter a quarantine hotel, even if they have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

There are currently 60 locations on the red list, such as Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey, and much of South America and Africa. The cost of staying in a quarantine hotel rose from £1,750 to £2,285 on Thursday.

PGMBM managing partner Tom Goodhead said: ‘Mandatory hotel quarantine is a fundamental breach of human rights.

‘It has led to the false imprisonment of people who are fully vaccinated and have tested negative.

‘Prisoners are entitled to more liberty than those forced to quarantine in hotels.

‘We have all read about the horrific experiences of some of the people in these hotels. We want to see this draconian policy scrapped and those affected to be properly compensated.’

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