Couple ‘ruined’ Mexican honeymoon as country joins Red List

A young couple has cut their honeymoon in Mexico short from two weeks to two days as holidaymakers are hit by the UK’s latest travel restrictions.

Mexican travelers will have to pay thousands of pounds for a quarantine hotel when they arrive in the UK from 4 a.m. on Sunday, after the country was placed on the red list.

Joe Coward, 29, discovered the new restrictions after landing in Mexico early Thursday morning and had to quickly book a return flight to London to avoid the fee.

The London student told the PA news agency: “Basically we landed to find that our two-week honeymoon, which had already been revamped several times, was going to be a two-day visit.

“We have arranged a flight for tomorrow and will spend today getting ready to turn around and go home.

“We are extremely angry at the government’s incompetent handling of international travel rules during this crisis, and incredibly sad and frustrated that the time that should have been spent enjoying being newlyweds has been wasted.”

Mr Coward said if the couple did not receive a refund from British Airways for their vacation, based near Cancun, it would cost them “several thousand pounds sterling”.

He said staying was not an option due to the cost of quarantine hotels – which from August 12 will rise to £ 2,285 for a solo traveler, plus an additional £ 1,430 for additional adults sharing a bedroom.

Ayo Faley, a call manager for NHS Test and Trace in London, also landed in Cancun on Thursday morning, but she plans to stay for her vacation as scheduled and pay for the quarantine.

She returns on August 11 and will therefore pay the lower rate of £ 1,750, but said she was “absolutely distraught”.

Ayo Faley landed in Cancun on Thursday and will have to pay nearly £ 2,000 to quarantine himself upon his return to the UK (Ayo Faley / PA)

The 24-year-old told PA: “I only found out (travel restrictions had changed) the minute I was able to connect to the wifi at the airport… I entered a state of panic “,

“(I tried) to locate other Brits and see if they knew and what their next course of action was… you could see the look of confusion and fear and regret on their faces.

“I am absolutely distraught… I have decided to stay and enjoy the time here… I will just have to face the consequences when I arrive.”

Ms Faley works from home and had planned to do so when she returned from Cancun, but said she will not be able to access her quarantined equipment.

She added, “How does (the government) plan to help people who have found themselves in a situation like this?

“Leave the UK thinking their destination country is safe and then land and find they had better come back ASAP or risk being stuck in a hotel for 11 days.”

Aaron, who did not wish to share his second name, moved his family to Edinburgh at the end of August and will now have to pay to have them all quarantined upon arrival.

The 43-year-old arrived in Mexico in early July to witness the birth of his son, Aviv, and his wife, from Sinaloa, had her UK visa approved on July 28.

“(Aviv) was due in July by Caesarean, but they brought the date forward, so I got to the airport at 3 am and just got to the hospital before my wife had an operation.” Aaron told PA.

Aaron, pictured with his son Aviv, moves his family from Mexico to Edinburgh in August (PA)

Aaron is an independent data and audiovisual engineer and said he “cannot quantify” how much the quarantine will cost his business.

“I have already taken out a rebound loan to keep my business afloat,” he added.

“I don’t know why I should pay to isolate myself in a hotel when I had both vaccines (Astrazeneca) in Edinburgh, proof of vaccination, I had a test on my way here and I will do one when I arrive in Scotland. ”

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said Thursday that the traffic light system allowed vacationers to travel abroad without “looking over their shoulders” for fear of being caught off guard by rule changes.

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