Omicron chaos ruined our hols... we can't see our kids for another ten days

'Omicron red list chaos ruined our holiday... now we face £4k quarantine bill'

12/3/2021 12:30:00 AM

'Omicron red list chaos ruined our holiday... now we face £4k quarantine bill'

A BRITISH couple facing a £3,700 quarantine bill say Omicron red list chaos has ruined their dream holiday in Cape Town. Simon Heaton, 45, and wife Kerry, 45, from Chislehurst, Kent, were furious o…

The couple left son Alex, 13, and daughter Georgie, 3, with their grandparents to get a well-deserved break but quickly made plans to get home.Kerry said: "We tried all the airport desks at Cape Town International to try and get home and were told there was absolutely nothing so we just had to resign ourselves to it.

"I think Boris was totally wrong to ban all flights back as if we had just got off a plane and had not even got into Cape Town we should have been allowed an immediate return."After we got to our hotel and had to start hitting the phones but it became clear that we would have to quarantine at a cost of £3700 even though we are both double jabbed.

"It would seem that our holiday insurance will not cover us to we have to pay for it ourselves."Simon explains they feel fortunate to be able to afford the heavy costs, but is worried about putting the children’s grandparents through an 18-day ordeal.

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He claims their time away was "shadowed by anxiety" having to make constant phone calls to get a flight home that fitted with hotel quarantine.He said: "It would have helped if the UK Government allowed newly arrived British tourists to come back home without quarantine on landing but banned South African’s from flying.

“We love South Africa and will be back but this has been handled so badly."Photographer Mandy Tredoux, 57, from Leeds, Yorkshire, works out of Cape Town but has a daughter with an autistic child and toddler at home.She said: "I planned the trip a month ago to help get my daughter Casey, 37, who is a single mum get Michaela, 13, who is autistic and her toddler Casey through Xmas and the New Year.

“They were all expecting me and I could not let Michaela down as she was so excited so I have no choice but to soak up the £2285 and sit in a hotel in quarantine for 10 days."This Omicron does not even seem to have started here and I think what Boris has done not only banning flights is shocking and I feel disgusted that South Africa was red listed."

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Last week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announcedOn Sunday, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola were also added to the travel red list.5Holidays in Cape Town became nightmares for Brits due to OmicronCredit: EPASajid Javid said: “We will do all we can to protect the UK public against this emerging threat and that is why we are surging testing capacity to the impacted communities and introducing travel restrictions on a further four countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola."

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