Hotel quarantine prices for red list arrivals to rise by £500

By Lisa James
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The Government has hiked the price of a 10-day stay in its approved quarantine hotels by £500 for an adult.

From 12 August, a single adult – or the first adult in a family – from countries on the red list will have to pay £2,285 for a 10-day stay.

The cost for a second adult will rise from £650 to £1,430, while the cost for children aged five to 12-years-old stays the same at £325, and there is no charge for under-fives.

Red list countries now include Mexico, as well as Georgia and the French overseas territories La Reunion and Mayotte, which will go on to the list from 4am on Sunday morning (8 August).

The Government said the price increase – up from £1,750 per person – reflects the cost of transport, welfare and PCR tests for arrivals.

However, people who have stayed in quarantine hotels have reported the service has not been value for money. They include Rhodri Dafydd, who checked into a quarantine hotel last month, on his return from Mexico.

He shared images of his hotel food with Travel Gossip and said guests at the hotel he was staying in ‘felt like prisoners’.

Although Mexico was amber-listed at the time – and still is until 4am on 8 August – Mr Dafydd had a three-hour stopover in red-listed Turkey on his way home from a work trip.

Brits must quarantine for 10 full days in a managed quarantine hotel, with the day of arrival in England counting as day 0. They must take a Covid test on or before day 2 and one or after day 8.

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