Travellers arriving from Montenegro and Thailand after 4am on Monday face mandatory hotel quarantine as the two nations join the red list – forcing thousands of Britons to scramble together plans to rush home before the deadline.
The changes to the Government travel list have caught hordes of Britons, who are currently overseas in both destinations off guard – many are reporting a lack of direct flights to enable them to return home over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Rebecca Woodward on Twitter told Telegraph Travel: “In Montenegro now, due to travel home Monday morning. There are no flights back to the UK before then so what does the government expect us to do?”
A snap search for flight on Skyscanner shows that this direct flight from the European destination appears to have sold out – instead holidaymakers will be forced make one, even two connecting flights, in the likes of Poland or Serbia, to return to the UK before Monday morning.
It’s a similar story for anybody wanting to return from Thailand. The only direct flight available before the deadline is from Phuket this evening, at a cost of £507.
Jan Martinovic is currently in Montenegro and has managed to secure flights home, she told Telegraph Travel: “It’s cost us just short of £1,000 to book additional flights last night and we’re going to have to pay around £300 for a hotel as the stopover is 12 hour.” She stresses there was “absolutely not enough notice given by the Government.”
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