TRAVELLERS starting to go on holiday again could face being put into quarantine, even if they don’t have the virus.
Airlines are being forced to locate passengers if someone tests positive for coronavirus on board, with them told to self-isolate for two weeks.
Flights have already resumed from the UK to a number of destinations, with the UK lowering the travel ban for 74 countries.
The quarantine restrictions in the UK have also been lowered for the air bridge countries announced earlier this week, while 25 of those countries also have no restrictions for British tourists on arrival.
Yet a number of flights have been forced to locate and quarantine travellers through contact tracing, even if they don’t have the virus.
This is because of the virus’ two-week incubation period, which could mean passengers are at risk even if they don’t have it after testing initially.
Fifteen passengers on an easyJet flight to Jersey have been told to self-isolate after someone on board tested positive.
A Jersey government spokesperson told local media: “Contact tracing has already taken place for the 15 passengers seated in the adjoining rows and they are self-isolating in private residences.”
A number of passengers were forced to self-isolate in Australia after six people tested positive on an Emirates flight.
Countries such as Greece are enforcing similar measures – the UK Foreign Office advises: “You should also be aware that if other passengers on your flight subsequently test positive, you may be subject to further quarantine/self isolation requirements.”
Holidaymakers could therefore find themselves unable to leave their hotels or resorts for two weeks while arriving in the country, even if they do not have the virus themselves, but are on a plane with someone who does.
Not only could it scupper holiday plans, but families face being unprotected by their travel insurance and left out of pocket.
Travellers are now being urged to check the terms and conditions of their travel insurance to see what it means for their trip, with fears growing that thousands of people may not be able to claim any money back.
Most travel insurers are also unlikely to offer a refund if your holiday hasn’t officially been cancelled by an airline or booking provider.
Resolver CEO Alex Neill told The Sun: “Anyone booking now needs to do their homework and be aware they’re the ones bearing all the risk.
“If you’ve already got a pre-booked holiday you may very well face the situation of being able to go, so the trip isn’t cancelled, but having to quarantine.”