Many Britons currently sunning it up in Croatia face a race against the clock with the country set to be axed from the travel corridor list as of Saturday morning at 4am. From then onwards, any UK residents returning home will face a mandatory period of quarantine.
Though some holidaymakers may think it wise to rearrange their flights to get them home ahead of this time and beat quarantine, one travel expert has warned it could cost them.
Speaking on ITV’S Good Morning Britain, travel expert Simon Calder revealed that flight “prices are going through the roof.”
He explained: “Overnight British Airways has laid on one extra flight from the capital Zagreb to Heathrow A seat on that will cost you £275.
“The surge of people going North, particularly from the Istria region of Croatia, across Slovenia into Italy is picking up pace.
“Very few flights out of Venice of later on today.
“And if you are going to go online and try to find a connecting flight, well you’re going to be paying probably hundreds of pounds.”
He also warned that Britons looking at connecting flights as a way of making it back onto UK soil before 4am could still land them in quarantine.
“Please whatever you do don’t go via Paris or Amsterdam because if you do you will then be liable for quarantine when you get back,” he urged.
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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is now advising against all but essential travel to Croatia.
The decision was made following a sudden rise in coronavirus cases across the country, which the Joint Biosecurity Centre has determined will pose a risk to UK health.
“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to Croatia. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks,” states the FCO.
Despite this, however, the Government says people currently on holiday in the country can finish up their vacation.
“The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Croatia to leave at this time,” it continues.
“You should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect yourself and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.
“Contact your travel operator if you have any questions about your return journey.”
In the wake of the travel corridor change, Mr Calder also found that flights to the hotspot are rapidly decreasing in price.
He added that many are still set to fly.
“Anybody heading off to Croatia now, well lots of cheap flights but with the Foreign Office advice against travel your insurance will be invalid and you have got those two weeks [of quarantine] unless you stay there for a very long time,” he said.
Along with Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago were also axed from the travel corridor list for all nations of the UK.
Portugal, on the other hand, has finally been added to the list meaning Britons may now jet off on holiday to the country without the threat of quarantine.
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