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Woman from West Sussex arriving home from Portugal hit out at quarantine madness

Pa Media - Passengers arrive at Gatwick Airport, before Tuesday's 4am requirement for travellers arriving from Portugal to quarantine for 10 days comes into force

Britons who arrived back in the UK from Portugal have vented their frustration at having to quarantine at home.

Travellers who landed in the UK after 4am this morning (Tuesday) are required to self-isolate at home for 10 days due to the Government’s decision to remove the country from its green travel list.

Among them was Yasmin Iqbal, 31, from Crawley, West Sussex, who had been in Porto for three days to visit her grandmother, who has cancer, along with her mother Khay and nine-month-old daughter.

Speaking at Gatwick Airport on Tuesday morning, she said: “I’m due to finish maternity leave and go back to work, but I’ve had to delay that for a week.

“She’s (her daughter) due to go to nursery, that’s all had to be moved, we looked at flights to come back on Monday, it was £500 or more, as soon as you click on it, it just goes.

“It was just no option but to stick with what we were doing.”

Ms Iqbal added: “We booked it a long time ago, we went to see family because my mum’s Portuguese, so we had family there, my grandma’s not very well so we weren’t sure if it would be the last time we could see her.”

She went on to criticise the “ridiculous” and “completely confusing” rules, saying it was “so difficult” to get back before 4am.

Ms Iqbal said: “I’ve now got to sit at home with my daughter for 10 days when I’ve been in a country that’s probably safer than this country.”

 

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