UK Hotel Quarantine Booking Site Crashes just Hours After Opening

The website where UK travelers are required to book their hotel quarantine has crashed just hours after it was opened.

The booking was required after the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) required people arriving in the UK from countries on the “red list” will need to pay £1,750 for a hotel stay at a government-approved location to have their quarantine.

“Red list” countries are deemed high risk due to emerging new virus variants and included Portugal, Brazil, UAE, and South Africa.

The £1,750 fee will reportedly cover transfer from the airport, food, board, security, and COVID testing for the travelers. 

Upon opening the site, visitors will see the message “We’ll be back soon! Sorry for the inconvenience but we’re performing some maintenance at the moment. It is expected that the site will be available again by 16:00hrs.”

The DHSC assured the travelers the site would be back soon and that rooms would be available from Monday 15 February through the site. 

Failing to undergo quarantine in a hotel can lead to a fine of up to £10,000 and 10 years in prison for people who try to conceal their visit or origin from red list countries.

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