Brits going on holiday face being sent home from airport and issued £200 fines

Brits going on holiday could face being turned away at the airport and given a £200 fine in a crackdown against the coronavirus pandemic.

Home Secretary Priti Patel announced tighter restrictions, stating "going on holiday is not a valid reason" to travel.

People attempting to go on holiday will be stopped at the border – although it is unclear when the tighter rules will be enforced.

It comes as social media influencers face backlash for travelling abroad despite the pandemic.

Priti Patel told the Commons: "For those travelling out of the UK we will also be enhancing and stepping up enforcement rules.

"Because despite the stay-at-home regulations we are still seeing people not complying with these rules. The rules are clear, people should be staying at home unless they have a valid reason to leave.

"Going on holiday is not a valid reason, so we will introduce a new requirement so that people wishing to travel must first make a declaration as to why they need to travel.

"This reason for travel will be checked by carriers prior to departure and this approach effectively mirrors the checks on arrivals that are already in place with the passenger locator form."

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Those flouting rules will be forced to pay the £200 fine in a bid to prevent the spread of the new Covid strain. reports The Telegraph.

Ms Patel spoke about social media influencers, she told MPs: "We see plenty of influencers on social media showing off about which parts of the world they are in, mainly in sunny parts of the world.

"Going on holiday is not an exemption and it's important that people stay at home."

Travellers arriving in the UK could also end up paying an accommodation bill of up to £1,500 as the Government have confirmed people from certain countries will be forced to quarantine in a hotel.

Individuals travelling from certain "red list" destinations will need to isolate in a hotel for 10 days at their own expense upon return to Britain.

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