Travelers returning to the UK from France are now required to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival, even if they are vaccinated.
Stoker, 41, and her husband, who received both doses of the Covid vaccine, had already factored in the additional costs they would incur to go on vacation during the pandemic.
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“We had agreed that we were going to have to pay the cost of all the extra tests and things which were going to be around £ 700 more for our trip, but we decided that for mental health reasons we really needed vacation, ”Stoker said is.
While Stoker, who is a doula, had factored the extra costs into her plans, she is unable to self-isolate for 10 days upon her return to the UK as she has to help with the delivery of one of his clients.
“There was no way I could be off for 10 days and then not work for 10 days after we got back because it would go away [my client] without support for almost three weeks, ”she said.
This is the fourth time Stoker has had to cancel the vacation since she booked them in 2019.
“I was pretty devastated because we normally go out and visit our friends at least once a year.
She said: “We originally booked the trip in 2019 to travel last Easter. We then had to move it in mid-October last year which didn’t happen because travel restrictions returned. Then we moved it to Easter this year and we couldn’t travel anymore, so we moved it to the summer – and again, we can’t travel without having to quarantine ourselves, which is really disappointing knowing that my husband and I have both been vaccinated.
The Frimley resident said she was “very confused” by the rule change, adding: “bearing in mind that the whole point of being vaccinated was that it was supposed to allow us to start coming back to a certain sense of normalcy, it’s really frustrating. ”
She added: “We were on our way to an area in the Dordogne countryside where our friends live and they said there was no case of coronavirus. “
The timing of the government’s announcement meant Stoker was able to secure a refund for the trip. If that had happened a few days later, she would have been left out.
She has booked the holidays for October but remains cautious.
Stoker explored a stay in the UK as an alternative, but said it was way overpriced.
“I started looking yesterday just to see if maybe we could take our kids just three days here instead of going to France and the cost was absolutely outrageous. ”