A system of mandatory hotel quarantine has been announced for Northern Ireland.

The "managed isolation" arrangements were confirmed late last night, ahead of the return of international flights to local airports from Monday.

Passengers who have been in or transited through so called "red list" countries in the previous 10 days must book and pay for a 10-day stay (11 nights) in "managed isolation" at a designated hotel.

The cost for one adult passenger will be £1,750, and £2,400 for a couple.

A child aged 5-12 will cost an additional £325 but there is no charge for children under 5.

There are currently 39 countries on the "Red list" including Brazil, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

The booking includes airport pick-up and transfer to a designated hotel, PCR testing kits, as well as food and drink.

Passengers will be able to book through an online portal which is now live.

The first international flight into Northern Ireland will not arrive before Monday 19 April and Belfast City and International airports will be designated places where passengers can arrive after being in a red list country

People who do not book their managed isolation package before arrival face fines of between £5,000 and £10,000.


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Those who enter Northern Ireland having been in a "red list" country without coming through a designated port, or who travel directly to their accommodation over the land border will also face a fine of £10,000.

Passengers who haven't come from red list countries can book PCR tests through the online portal to be carried out during isolation in their own homes.

Those who have been outside the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands) in the previous 10 days must provide a negative PCR test taken up to three days before departure, fill in a passenger locator form two days before arrival into the UK, isolate for 10 full days and book tests for day 2 and day 8.

A range of fines are also in place for not complying with these rules.

Meanwhile, two further coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Northern Ireland during past 24 hours, taking the official toll to 2,135.

Also, there have been 99 new cases and there are 70 confirmed coronavirus patients in hospital, with eight in ICU, five of whom are on ventilators.