By Tony Winterburn •
Published: 23 Aug 2020 • 9:19
Outraged travellers arriving back to Heathrow Airport from Croatia were furious over the decision by the government to make returning Brits quarantine for 14 days.
BRITISH holidaymakers at Heathrow airport returning from Croatia have expressed their anger at the sudden change in quarantine rules. The UK government announced on Thursday that travellers returning to the UK from Croatia after 4am on Saturday would have to quarantine for 14 days.
Passengers arriving at Heathrow Airport after Saturday’s early morning deadline said they had ‘no time’ to travel back from the country ahead of the deadline and were ‘furious’ at being forced into quarantine. Many said they could now face the loss of their jobs and that their children would miss the return to schools as they have to isolate.
The vast majority also were angry at the sharp rise in airline ticket prices they had to pay, some fares went up by almost 1,000 per cent, but, as one passenger said, “We had no choice – we just had to get back.” One man said he tried to avoid direct routes, which were overcrowded, and booked instead a three-stop ticket back to the UK but that ended up a disaster when the middle flight got cancelled.
Thousands of holidaymakers scrambled back to the UK from Croatia to avoid a two-week quarantine. Croatia, as well as Austria and Trinidad and Tobago, are now on the UK’s ‘red list’ after a spike in coronavirus cases. It comes as tougher measures for areas of Greater Manchester and Lancashire came into force, with people advised not to socialise with anyone outside their household, and funerals and weddings limited to 20 people.
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Anyone booking a holiday abroad now has to understand that the country they are going to may suddenly be added to the quarantine list. If they want to take a chance then don’t complain if it happens.
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