‘Costs £1,639 more!’: ‘Devastated’ Britons desperate to leave Mexico after red list update

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The traffic light announcement of Wednesday night may have been fantastic for holidaymakers looking forward to a European getaway, but for people with their sights further afield, the story is quite different. Approximately 5,000 to 6,000 Britons are currently holidaying in Mexico, with most desperately trying to come home.

If they fail to secure seats on a flight home, Britons in Mexico will have to quarantine, with hotel prices absolutely soaring.

The Government has increased the price of hotel quarantine to “reflect increased costs,” but this means a single person will have to fork out £2,285 for their stay, while additional adults and teens will be £1,430.

The insanely high price is not worth a holiday in the sun for most Britons who are taking to social media to rant over the short notice of the change.

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From a couple who’ve had to cut their honeymoon short – from two weeks to two days – after the red list announcement to Britons with internet on their flights finding out in mid-air, Mexico’s move to the red list is causing quite a stir.

More than one Briton who had not yet gotten on a flight shared their disappointment, with one saying: “Devastated. We were flying to Mx for 3 weeks after not seeing our family for two years. Why now?!”

Someone responded: “Same here, finally schedule time off for my family to come from the UK in September, we are wondering what to do. I’m heartbroken.”

The nightmare is real for a lot of tourists, with one saying: “Due to land in the UK from Mexico at 8am on Sunday. Just discovered that Mexico moves to red from 4am on Sunday which means isolation in a hotel at cost of around £5k. Absolute nightmare unless we can get an earlier flight.”

Someone else said: “We are in Cancun due to fly back with BA next Wednesday but managed to change the flight on the app to this Friday it might be worth a try rather than wait for phones to open… Prices have increased cost an additional £1639 on top of what we already paid for two seats.”

And even with the exorbitant price, the tourist was considered lucky, with another tourist replying: “You’re lucky. I’m not being given an option to change our flights.”

Some people just needed to explain the situation in more details, with one Twitter user who lives in between the UK and Mexico saying: “I travelled to Mexico last Friday. I have received two AZ vaccinations several months ago and did not require a test to travel here, or for my transfer in Amsterdam. I went to Glasgow Airport at 11:00 to get an antigen test as the testing closed at 13:00. My flight was at 16:55.”

He continued: “Mexico now on red list then. Amazing. I took a Covid test on way out, I didn’t have to. I’ve been tested since I came here. I’ve been double vaccinated in the UK. This is just a lot of nonsense. The Covid restrictions here are much stricter than in Scotland.”

And to finish, he explained his situation: “I will not be able to return to Scotland before Sunday, as we have to complete the registration of our son’s birth next week. To give such short notice in moving Mexico from Amber to Red list is beyond belief. India has 4 times the Covid rate, yet is being moved to Amber.”

Holidaymaker Claire told Mail Online: “I had access to the Wifi so I found out in mid air.
“I just wanted to grab the tannoy and tell everyone because I could see all these families looking forward to their holiday and it was obvious they didn’t know.
“It’s crazy the lack of notice. I had no inkling Mexico was about to go on the red list.”

While most people seem to find the move unbelievable, one crafty Twitter user had a workaround: “If you’ve been in Mexico for 14 days, you can go to the US, and spend that £2,285 having a blast in Louisiana or Texas instead. If not, go to Aruba, and stay in paradise instead of in prison conditions of quarantine hotels, then re-enter UK.”

As incredible as it sounds, this may be an advice some people decide to follow if they cannot get on a flight home.


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