Travellers face a jail sentence of up to 10 years if they try to hide a trip to a ‘red zone’ country, as ministers tighten borders to prevent the spread of new strains of coronavirus.
All international arrivals to the UK will also have to take two coronavirus tests from next week, health secretary Matt Hancock has announced.
He repeated his claim that the UK is “turning a corner” in the battle against the global pandemic.
But he warned that ministers “must protect this hard fought progress”.
“Everyone has a part to play in making our borders safe”, Mr Hancock told the Commons, a process that was crucial to “securely” restart travel in the future he said.