All persons arriving in the UK must undergo a period of ten days in quarantine, as the country has closed all its travel corridors until February 15, the UK government has announced.

The decision has also been announced by Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who stressed that the recent decision comes in an effort to protect the country against new contagious variants of the Coronavirus pandemic, VisaGuide.World reports.

Persons arriving in the United Kingdom’s territory by train, plane or boat will also be required to present a negative result of the Coronavirus test, not older than 72 hours, upon their arrival. If arrivals do not comply with this requirement, they will face fines of up to £500.

The 10-days quarantine period can be shortened if travellers agree to undergo a COVID-19 testing process after five days, and they result negative.

The UK’s PM has stressed that it was essential to take other preventive measures now “when day by day, we are making such strides in protecting the population.”

“It’s precisely because we have the hope of that vaccine and the risk of new strains coming from overseas that we must take additional steps now to stop those strains from entering the country,” Johnson pointed out.

The UK’s authorities will also tighten their controls to ensure that all persons are correctly complying with the quarantine rules. Arriving travellers will still be allowed to use public transport in order to travel from the airport to their home.

British nationals will also be required to stay self-isolated upon their return in the UK but will be exempted when travelling back from Ireland.

Citizens coming from countries where the number of COVID-19 infections remains low will be excluded from the quarantine requirements when arriving in the UK.

Last week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, stressed that citizens of international countries must present a negative result of the Coronavirus test, before departing for England, in a bid to stop the spread of the disease.

Shapps stressed that from January 15, the decision would be effective for all persons arriving in the country by train, boat or plane.

The United Kingdom is among the five most affected countries worldwide from the Coronavirus pandemic disease. The country has registered 3,395,959 cases of infections, as yet, and 89,261 persons have died.

Although 1,534,736 persons have been totally recovered from the virus, the country has 1,771,962 active cases, according to the statistics published by Worldometers.