PUBLISHED: 20:46, Thu, Sep 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:47, Thu, Sep 3, 2020
Many Britons with impending holiday plans in Portugal, or those who have already jetted off to the nation’s sunny shores, may be anxious about the looming threat of quarantine. Though Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has advised no more travel changes are expected today, he added: “Holidaymakers are reminded - 14-day quarantine countries can & do change at very short notice."
With this in mind, a travel expert has issued a stark warning to holidaymakers with hopes of a Portuguese getaway.
As has been the case with countries including Croatia and France, many Britons have faced a race against the clock to get home before quarantine rules hit.
However, with that comes the risk of huge financial cost.
As Coby Benson, Solicitor at Bott and Co explains: “The airline or tour operator have no obligation to pay for passengers to come back early.
“Unfortunately travellers will need to pay those additional costs themselves.”
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Yet, with sudden surges of people rebooking onto earlier flights, ticket prices can skyrocket.
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, travel journalist Simon Calder said: “Of course you want to hope for the best but if there's a reason why you cannot self-isolate for two weeks when you come back - you've got to go to school or you've got to go to work - then I would be making plans to get out.
"That's a lot easier said than done because the price of flights has gone through the roof.”
He added: “It's a really stressful and potentially extremely expensive time for people."
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