Britons holidaying in Portugal this winter have vowed to skip Boris Johnson’s hotel quarantine diktat by travelling home to the UK via the EU, MailOnline can reveal today.
Mr Johnson’s plans to forcibly confine travellers from up to 30 ‘high risk’ countries was branded ‘another omnishambles’ amid claims it can easily be bypassed by flying home via Spain or Ireland, or driving to Calais to cross the Channel.
MailOnline has previously revealed that travellers from South Africa, where a mutant strain of Covid was found before Christmas, were flowing into the UK via Paris and Amsterdam after direct flights were scrapped.
Portugal, visited by 2million Britons each year before the pandemic, is expected to be among the 30 ‘high risk’ states on the list because of rocketing infection and death rates as well as its links to Covid-ravaged Brazil.
But some Britons, many of whom have second homes on the Algarve, are already planning to bypass the rules.
There are currently no direct flights between the UK and Portugal.
Ken Browne tweeted: ‘If you want to escape highly expensive hotel quarantine, 수원셔츠룸 just cross from Portugal into Spain and travel from there. It’s another omnishambles’.
Paul Snape wrote: Won’t everyone just go via a different country? U could drive from Portugal into Spain, get on a flight and get into the country without quarantine’.
Tahir Habib said: ‘I know friends planning to come from Portugal via France!
You either quarantine everyone coming into the UK from all countries or no one. Plenty of alternative routes back’. One BBC listener told Radio 2 today they planned to travel back to the UK by flying to Dublin and then to Stansted to avoid paying £1,500 for ten days in a hotel.
Travel agents have told MailOnline the uncertainty for customers is killing their businesses.
Karen Slater, from Inspire Me Travel, said sales jumped 70 per cent after the vaccines were approved in December, but have turned off like a tap after the Government urged people not to book foreign holidays and mooted the quarantine plans in recent days.
She said: ‘If the Government apply Quarantine hotels for all arrivals with no end date, and the end date is the key, then we will not survive as people are fed up with their bookings being constantly cancelled and nobody is going to book a holiday and then have to stay in a hotel in London for £1,500 per person’.
‘We all want the numbers and the death rates to keep coming down, that’s what we want more than anything but some of the restrictions put in place have, as we read so often, no scientific basis and are causing more ongoing destruction’, 인계동셔츠룸 she added.
Plans to add Portugal to the quarantine list due to its high infection rates and links to Brazil will be bypassed, Britons have said
Portugal will be among the 30 ‘high risk’ states on the list because of rocketing infection and death rates.
Its beaches, including Carcavelos Beach near Lisbon, are hugely popular with Brits who also flock to the Algarve
Thousands of hotel rooms are going to be used to house travellers — including many at Heathrow (pictured)
These are the daily average of cases per million people in the countries that could be on the UK quarantine list
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