But the tourist, arriving from Switzerland, told a journalist that he was “feeling unwell” while he walked towards the London Underground and claimed he was ignorant about any order to stay in one place.
The UK government has said that anyone entering the country must self-isolate for two weeks or risk being hit with a £1,000 fine in a bid to reduce new coronavirus infections.
The tourist said he had no idea he was supposed to self-isolate for two weeks upon arriving at the UK’s busiest airport, London Heathrow, and said he was sick and planning to travel on the London Underground
A tourist who said he was sick and needed to go to a hospital appeared baffled when he heard about the new 14-day travel quarantine and claimed nobody has told him at Heathrow Airport.
ITV broadcast journalist Martin Stew asked him: “Nobody told you that you have to stay in one place for two weeks?”
He told ITV that he had no idea he was expected to self-isolate for a fortnight after landing and had not been told to do so.
“If nobody has told you it’s a problem.”
The reporter adds: “And you could have a fine of maybe £1,000 if you don’t stay in one place. It’s quite bad isn’t it?
Shaking his head, the man says: “No.”
The man believed he had an ear or tooth infection and said he thought he had immunity from coronavirus after experiencing symptoms before, the journalist said in a later tweet.
The passenger looks nervous and laughs, adding: “Yeah. I still have other issues right now so I wanted to go to the hospital.”
The Home Office said: “Transport operators are required to make sure that passengers travelling to the UK are provided with information on the measures.”