At the same time, the U.K. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, encouraged Britons to be patient.
He said that further information on the subject would be available in the last week of February. Potential loosening of local restrictions is also part of the negotiations.
Additionally, new entry requirements are about to come into effect on Monday, February 15. All U.K. and Irish residents returning from the red-listed countries will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine at a government-designated hotel.
International travelers who have visited a red-listed country ten days before departure will be banned from entering the U.K.
Matt Hancock, the Secretary of Health, announced that passengers who shall conceal visiting affected destinations might be subject to a fine of £10,000 (USD$ 13,800) or even up to 10 years of imprisonment.
Incoming residents will have to purchase a quarantine package for £1,750 (USD$ 2,400), which includes COVID-19 testing at a government-approved accommodation, as well as transportation to the facility.
On arrival, passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted no more than 72 hours before departure.
They are also required to take a COVID-19 test on the second and eighth day of their quarantine. Those must be booked through an online portal before starting the journey.
The testing requirements and self-quarantining apply to other travelers.