Bristol airport: Lockdown hero avoids quarantine of France but is forced to pay five times the price of the ticket


A named ‘lockdown hero’ has been forced to pay £ 300 to return home from France to avoid a 14-day quarantine. Samuel, a homeless support social worker who did not want to give his last name, paid more than five times the price of his original plane ticket to return to the UK after it was announced that people arriving to the UK from France after 4 am Saturday would be needed to self-isolate.

Samuel, 25, said he had paid the “astronomical” price because he was unable to work from home.

“As soon as we found out, we were frantically trying to access Ryanair’s website to bring me back to the UK,” Samuel told the PA news agency.

“It was a very stressful time last night trying to book my flight because I needed to be home; I cannot afford to quarantine for 14 days. There was no option.

Samuel, who lives in Gloucestershire, planned to visit Limoges with a friend until Monday, but returned to the UK on Friday morning.

He had initially paid £ 110 for a return flight to Bristol Airport via Ryanair, with prices rising after the announcement.

People returning from France will be subject to a two-week quarantine

Other airlines saw price hikes, with British Airways selling tickets for a Paris-London Heathrow flight on Friday night at £ 452.

The same trip on Saturday could be done with the airline for £ 66.

“By the time I was able to book it had risen to £ 300,” Samuel told PA.

“I wasn’t expecting it, I knew the government was monitoring the situation, but I thought they would give us a lot more advice.”

Samuel was named a ‘Lockdown Hero’ by Stroud City Council for his work with a homeless charity throughout the lockdown period.

He explained that he was in a privileged position to purchase a return ticket, but that other travelers “could not have afforded it”.

“I wish the government had subsidized travel back to the UK,” he told the AP.

“Or that the government gave us much more notice before implementing this measure, that would have been much fairer.

“It was only because I had saved money for a rainy day that I was able to afford to come back.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said around 160,000 holidaymakers are expected to try to return to the UK from France on Friday before the new measures are introduced.

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The conditions will also apply to travelers returning or visiting the UK from the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos and Aruba.

“It’s a hands-on approach, which has enabled the four regions of the UK – Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England – to implement the same time at 4 a.m. where there is no no flying in the air, at least tomorrow, ”Mr. Shapps said. BBC breakfast.

Ryanair did not respond to PA’s request for comment, but an update shared on the company’s website read: “Please note that the government-imposed advice on the quarantine period will not result in the cancellation of the flight and the automatic right to a refund. “


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