What it's like to be on holiday when a new quarantine rule is announced

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Where were you?

‘Spain. I was staying in a family member’s villa in a village 40 minutes from Alicante airport – essentially, in the middle of nowhere.’

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‘We were all lazing around the pool and my dad had a pop-up notification from BBC News. We thought he was joking.’

Did you have an inkling that this might happen before you booked your holiday?

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‘Honestly, no we didn’t. Thinking back maybe we were naive but this was the first of the updated UK quarantine rules, and the government had been telling us it was fine to go to Spain only the week before.’

Did you consider cancellation policies when you booked?

‘We booked our flights using Ryanair travel vouchers that we’d been given from a previous cancelled flight. The flights were £70 return, so it seemed worth taking the risk for a two-week holiday. In the future I’d make sure I can get a refund from the airline as the 14-day quarantine back in the UK has not been fun.’

If the rules come in while I’m away I wouldn’t rush back Advertisement How did it affect you?

‘I’ve been living on my own, so it’s been lonely not seeing anyone. Apart from that, it hasn’t impacted my life greatly. I had to visit the shops to buy groceries on the day I got home as there wasn’t anything in the house and I don’t have friends nearby. I’m lucky that I can work from home so my income hasn’t been affected. I’ve watched a whole lot of TV and stared out the window. It’s frustrating more than anything, as I didn’t have any symptoms for the whole two weeks. The person it affected the most was my sister – she had a trip planned and a driving test booked during the quarantine. My brother also had to fly home a few days early to be able to go to work on site.’

How was your journey home?

‘My flight from Alicante was empty, whereas the flight out there had been full. There were about 40 people on the flight to London, which meant we all had a few rows to

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