All travellers flying into the UK, including Brits, will be forced to self isolate for two weeks when new rules are introduced.
Boris Johnson tonight?announced that that he will be imposing stricter measures upon travellers in a bid to avoid a deadly?second?wave of?Covid-19.
In an address to the nation, the Prime Minister said the tougher measures would be necessary to avoid re-infection.
And whilst he warned that it will not happen immediately - the PM has said that it "will soon be the time", dashing hopes of holidays abroad for thousands of people.
In his speech, he said: "And I must stress again that all of this is conditional, it all depends on a series of big Ifs.
"It depends on all of us – the entire country – to follow the advice, to observe social distancing, and to keep that R down.
"And to prevent re-infection from abroad, I am serving notice that it will soon be the time – with transmission significantly lower – to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air.
"And it is because of your efforts to get the R down and the number of infections down here, that this measure will now be effective.
"And of course we will be monitoring our progress locally, regionally, and nationally and if there are outbreaks, if there are problems, we will not hesitate to put on the brakes."
It had been reported that the stricter measures would see people be forced to hand over an address when arriving back in the UK, where they will then have to quarantine for two weeks.
This would mean that for a two week holiday in the sun, Brits could have to take four weeks off work.
It was not outlined tonight how long this may have to go on for as the Prime Minister did not address a specific timescale.
But according to government sources, quarantine will be for 14 days.
In a statement, Airlines UK, which represents UK carriers such as British Airways, warned the move could kill international travel.
A spokesman said: “Nobody is going to go on holiday if they’re not able to resume normal life for 14 days, and business travel would be severely restricted.
"It will also make it all but impossible for aviation to resume any time soon, thereby setting back the UK’s economic recovery still further.”
What are the rules about going on holiday currently?
Under current government rules, most people who work a fie day week have at least 28 days' paid holiday.
This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks of holiday.
Part-time workers are entitled to at least 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday, but this depends on how many days they work.
So, if you work three days a week, they must get at least 16.8 days’ leave a year.
A calculator on the government website works out how much time off you're entitled too.
In March, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said key workers would not have to use all their annual leave allocation this year.
He said at the time: “Whether it is in our hospitals, or our supermarkets, people are working around the clock to help our country deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Today’s changes will mean these valued employees do not lose out on the annual leave they are entitled to as a result of their efforts, and employers are not penalised.”
It’s not clear how this will affect holiday entitlement as it was not addressed by Prime Minister this evening.
But once it has been explained, we will update the story.