Spain: Brit traveller slams ‘ridiculous’ amber list rules after spending £450 on tests

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It was during her stay that a swathe of new travel rules came into force, including the traffic light travel list.

As a result, Sarah found herself in an amber list country and facing mounting testing costs in order to return home to the UK.

“I flew out right on the cusp [of restrictions],” she explained.

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“I flew out on December 19, and then the next day [the Government announced] London was in Tier 4.

“I thought ‘Thank God I’m in Spain.’ I only went out for Christmas, but I ended up staying because then Boris brought in all these rules in January and I just thought: ‘It’s ridiculous. There’s no point going back.’”

Sarah was able to work from home overseas, trying to maintain her UK-based business. Eventually, though, she knew she had to return to London.

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“I came back on April 5 so I had to quarantine,” she explained. For Sarah, thanks to her ability to work remotely, quarantine itself wasn’t a problem.

“I self quarantined for the 10 days, which was absolutely fine. It doesn’t bother me as I work from home. I had a supermarket delivery. It wasn’t a big issue.”

However, what left Sarah reeling were the huge costs for Government-approved PCR tests.

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For countries on the amber list at the time, the Government requires all passengers to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of travel before being allowed to enter the UK.

Passengers are also required to book and pay for PCR tests to be taken on days two and day eight of their self-isolation.

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