A couple who paid £1,200 for 24 hours in Spain ended their planned 10-day trip – only to be told they could have stayed.
Dr Andras Szigeti, from Chelmsford, had flown to Malaga on Saturday with his partner – paying £600 each for the return flights.
But amid growing confusion around the government’s change of quarantine rules for those entering the UK from Spain, they decided to head home after just one day.
Dr Andras Szigeti explained how they were too worried about facing two weeks of quarantine and it’s affect on the family budget.
But they were then given the devastating news that they could have stayed in Spain as Andras is a key worker.
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Dr Andras Szigeti said: “We flew to Malaga on Saturday and flew back yesterday.
“It was fantastic for the 24 hours, but we returned because we decided 14 days in quarantine would have been an absolute kick to the family budget.
“But yesterday we got the news that because I am a health worker and don’t have to quarantine so it turned out we could have had our holiday.”
Dr Szigeti told BBC Breakfast he was “devastated” at missing out on their 10 day trip and “feel a little but let down by the government” over the confusion.
He added the whirlwind trip was “the most expensive holiday we will take anywhere in the world”.
Explaining what processes were in place when they returned to the UK, Dr Szigeti claimed there were no public health officials meeting passengers at the airport to advise them.
He also said many people were slipping through without even filling in the mandatory coronavirus quarantine forms.
Dr Szigeti added: “We arrived to Stansted Airprot and we were expecting health officials to help us, but unfortunately we didn’t see any public health officials and there were many people who didn’t complete the forms and slipped through the border without any checks.
“That really questions the government’s approach. I’m not really sure quarantine works at all because there’s no checks at the border.”
Dr Szigeti said people need “proper guidelines” saying the online health advice is too “confusing”.