Families to pay £1,315 more for a holiday under crushing new quarantine rules
A family holiday could cost an extra £1,315 under the government’s new quarantine plans for red list countries, taking the total bill to £11,869.
The same holiday without pandemic-related costs would be around half that – £6,183.
Brits returning from red list countries will soon face increased prices for mandatory stays in Government-approved quarantine hotels.
From August 12, adults will have to pay £2,285 each for a 10-day stay in a quarantine facility if they have visited a red list destination such as Egypt or the Maldives.
The cost falls to £1,430 for the second adult, while children aged 5 to 12-years-old pay £325 and under 5s are free.
Currently single adults pay £1,750, additional adults and teenagers £650 and children aged 5 to 12 pay £325.
The cheapest package holiday to the Maldives with tour operator Tui costs £6,183 for a family of four for seven nights.
This is for a beachfront cabin at the Summer Island resort, with breakfast and dinner included.
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But from August 12 a family of two adults and two children aged 5 to 12 will pay £4,365 just in quarantine costs, up from £3,050 now.
They will also need to pay for Covid tests in order to make the trip – which could be up to £1,229.92 for our four-person family example.
All Brits going to the Maldives need to take a PCR test, which costs between £50 and £250 each in the UK – so between £400 and £1,000 for a family of four.
They will also need to take tests in the Maldives before returning.
The cost of a single PCR test in the Maldives varies from $50 to $80 (£35.92 to £57.48) in many Maldives resorts and hotels.
That’s £143.68 to £229.92 for a family of four, though children under 10 don’t need to take the tests.
If you arrive back in England without proof you tested negative, you could be fined £500 per person.
So that’s £61,83 for the package holiday, up to £1,229.92 for the tests and £4,365 for quarantine costs, taking the total bill to an eye-watering £11,869.
How to lower the cost of holidays
One surefire way to have a cheaper holiday is to pick trips in Blighty – though competition is fierce.
If you do have your heart set on an overseas holiday you can lower the cost in several ways.
Firstly, consider visiting a country on the government’s green and amber travel lists.
Doing this means you will have to be tested but won’t have to quarantine when you return – provided you are fully vaccinated against Covid.
You can also bring down the cost of tests by taking advantage of deals offered by airlines, tour operators and hotels.
Depending on where you’re going, these can slash the cost of testing by 75%.
Vacations are also more expensive at the moment due to it being the school holidays, when prices tend to rise due to demand.
Travel money experts FairFX said family holidays taken from July 25 to September 3 are on average £418 more expensive than those taken outside this period. Some trips cost up to £1,400 more.
So if you can, consider taking holidays outside this period to save yourself some cash.
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