Holidaymakers can find themselves trapped in hotel rooms abroad for two weeks due to new rules preventing UK tourists from returning home if they test positive for Covid-19.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will introduce laws this week requiring travelers to produce a negative test result no later than 72 hours before boarding a plane, boat or train to the Kingdom -United.
But Britons who test positive at the end of their vacation or business trip will have to follow that country’s local quarantine rules – which could mean up to two weeks confined to a hotel room in shelters. places such as Italy, Spain and Dubai.
UK holidaymakers can find themselves trapped in overseas hotel rooms for two weeks if they test positive at the end of their vacation or business trip
Travel expert Alex Macheras told The Mail on Sunday: “People should remember that if you test positive in a foreign country they will be bound by their local laws and may need to quarantine for up to two. weeks. “
In Italy, travelers must test negative twice before being released from the two-week quarantine in the country. Dubai has also put in place two-week isolation orders for those infected.
Spain has banned British tourists from going there, but those who are already in the country can return home. If they test positive, they will need to be quarantined in their hotel or vacation home for 14 days.
Mr Macheras said: “If people are traveling in a global pandemic, they have to accept that there will be disruption and that your trip could end up being much longer than expected. “
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (pictured) will introduce new laws this week that will require travelers to test negative 72 hours before boarding a plane, boat or train to the UK, with fines of £ 500 for those breaking the rules.
From Thursday, all travelers will need to provide a negative test before arriving in the UK to prevent the spread of new variants of Covid. Results must be obtained within 72 hours of departure, with a £ 500 fine for those breaking the rules.
Fears have been expressed that if strict border controls remain in place after travel reopens, holidaymakers could have to pay hundreds of pounds for costly tests both before departure and upon return, which could prevent many families to travel.
Travel agencies, including Thomas Cook, are considering offering testing as part of their package holidays.
Fears have been raised that once the trip reopens holidaymakers could have to pay hundreds of pounds for costly tests both before departure and upon return, which could prevent many families from traveling (file image )
Rapid private tests can be bought online for as little as £ 30, while ‘standard’ PCR swab tests range from around £ 80 to £ 300 for same-day results.
Meanwhile, airline bosses say passengers who test negative for Covid-19 up to three days before takeoff should be allowed in and out of Britain without having to put themselves in and out of Britain. quarantine.
The managing directors of British Airways, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Heathrow Airport want the government to urgently introduce pre-departure testing as standard in the UK – then end the ten day quarantine rule.
They say measures to remove quarantine restrictions are key to restarting international travel and want the government to establish a “clear timetable” to end lockdown restrictions at the borders.
Rapid private tests can be bought online for as little as £ 30, while ‘standard’ PCR swab tests range from around £ 80 to £ 300 for same-day results. Pictured: London Heathrow Airport
Under the new rules on testing negative for the virus, international travelers arriving here still have to self-isolate for ten days, with the quarantine being halved for those who test negative after five days.
Travel experts have warned that the test plan alone would do little to help struggling airlines, as the majority of vacationers would not book overseas trips for later in the year. ‘they were to self-quarantine upon return or arrival in the UK.
A spokesperson for the Department of Transport said: “We are still in the midst of a global pandemic and travel involves risk. Everyone should stay at home unless they are traveling for a very limited set of reasons, including work.
“If you are abroad and you test positive, you don’t have to go to the airport, but you have to follow local guidelines.
Love Island influencers and stars ‘inundated with abuse’ for going on vacation during pandemic as thousands scramble to return to UK before new testing regime begins
Influencers, including Love Island stars, have been ‘inundated with abuse’ for going on vacation during the coronavirus pandemic – as Britons scramble to get home before the Kingdom’s new testing regime begins -United.
Downing Street confirmed yesterday that all international arrivals to England, including British citizens, will soon be required to show a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before departure.
However, scientists have warned that cases of the virus could be missed at the border if the government allows travelers to choose “less precise” lateral flow tests to prove they are free from Covid.
Pictured: Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury, star of Love Island in Dubai last month, there is no indication that they are the reality TV stars referred to as receiving ‘death threats’
Influencers, including Love Island stars, have been “inundated with abuse” for taking vacations during the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: Maura Higgins seen in Dubai in December
The new rule, which will go into effect ‘next Wednesday or Thursday’, means that around 100,000 Britons who are currently abroad will face a rush to find Covid tests abroad before returning home.
Those who will not be allowed to travel or will have to pay a fine of £ 500 on arrival. It is not known whether those who arrive without testing will then be forced into quarantine.
The celebrities came under heavy criticism on social media for traveling during the holiday season, with an agent claiming that an unidentified star had received “death threats in [their] direct messages ”following a recent trip to Dubai.
“It was relentless,” they told the Mirror. “We warned them not to travel abroad when much of the country is under severe restrictions because it is a terrible look, but they ignored it. “
The source added that the “job” for influencers is “vlogging” and “advertising diet drinks,” which allows stars to travel in exchange for advertising.
They added: “But he fell like a lead balloon with their fans, and you have to wonder if it’s really worth it. “
Pictured: Love Island star Laura Anderson is among those who visited Dubai in December
Pictured: Georgia Harrison in Dubai on Friday. There is no suggestion that she is the referenced reality TV star.
The Love Island stars are among those who have traveled to the United Arab Emirates in recent months, some taking off as parts of the UK have remained strictly confined to levels 3 and 4.
However, others left areas under Level 2 lockdown in December, when international travel was allowed.
Before the third lockdown began, the Love Islanders including Laura Anderson, Molly-Mae Hague, Maura Higgins, Amber Davies, Georgia Harrison and Kady McDermott were all pictured in Dubai.
Although some have since returned to the UK, figures like Anderson, McDermott and Harrison are said to still remain in the UAE.
The Desert City has been an ideal choice for many, as visitors are currently not required to self-quarantine upon returning to the UK.
Many stars have insisted their trips are for ‘work’ as the government is currently asking UK residents to avoid non-essential travel.