Arrivals into the UK have been threatened with a huge fine if they break self-isolation rules (Picture: EPA)

Overseas visitors who break new lockdown rules requiring them to self-isolate for 14 days will be fined £1,000.

From June 8, anyone entering the UK will have to spend the first two weeks in quarantine in a bid to prevent coronavirus spreading.

Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed the new measure at today’s Downing Street press briefing.

She said people could be refused entry into the country if they don’t comply with the new guidance, and that spot checks will be carried out to ensure people don’t break the rules.

Ms Patel said. ‘We are working across all four nations of the UK to make these public health measures work, but I will now turn to the enforcement approach that is being taken here in England.

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‘We will conduct spot checks by mid-June to ensure that people are self-isolating. And those from overseas who refuse to comply could be refused entry.

‘Public Health England will set up an assurance service to contact people at random to ensure that they understand the requirements and to also ensure that they are self-isolating.

‘And our outstanding police will continue to do as they have done diligently across the country – to engage, explain and encourage people to follow the rules. We will empower them to use enforcement as the last resort. ‘

She said anyone caught breaking the 14-day quarantine could face a penalty of £1,000, which go into potential prosecution or unlimited fine for failing to comply with the initial sanctions.

‘We will keep these penalties under review and will be unafraid to increase them if that is required’ she said.

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The UK is one of the only countries with no border checks currently in place.

The government has faced criticism for failing to introduce this at the start of the crisis, when thousands of people entered the country from virus hotspots such as Italy, the US and China, without having to self-isolate.

Critics question whether the measure is too little to late, while aviation bodies have said it will cripple the already decimated industry.

Ms Patel said the government was following the science and introducing public health measures that are supported by its expert group of advisers, SAGE.

She said: ‘This will require international arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days – that is the incubation period of the virus so that if people have become infected overseas, we can limit the spread of the virus at home.

‘And as we are taking this action, we are taking it at a time when it will be the most effective.

‘Passengers arrivals have been down by 99% compared to the previous year. Now we are past the peak of this virus, we must take steps to guard against imported cases, triggering an insurgence of this deadly disease.’

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Source: Metro