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Going away amid the Covid pandemic was never going to be straightforward.
While many wannabe holidaymakers have been forced to cancel trips just before flying over, one couple had to scrap their holiday while they were already three days into it.
Thousands of British holidaymakers were left stuck in Mexico – when is now set to go on the red list from 4am on Sunday – which means it is a no go country.
The government has been slammed for giving only three days’ notice of the change from amber – which meant that up until Thursday – it was okay to visit.
Martin Macdonald and his wife-to-be Caroline Macintyre had their wedding delayed due to Covid but had gone ahead with their dream trip to Mexico – before getting the shock news.
The couple were last night flying on one of British Airways’ last few flights home before the Sunday cut off point. Now they have had to fork out an extra £2,600 for flights to get them home to Fort William in Scotland.
Caroline, 45, told the Mirror: “We were by the pool when we found out. I felt sick. It is heart breaking.
“I went straight in to get into BA to change our flights.
“I’ve never been to Mexico, and I was so looking forward to it.
“There’s no common sense in how they decide this. It’s normally Monday; it changes but they even did that early.”
No one has this kind of money to spend extra.”
Martin, 39, who works for Network Rail, said: “I started shaking when I found out.
“We’ve paid for an all-inclusive hotel which we’re not going to be in and £2,600 more for flights.
“We’re just gutted.”
Another couple, Andrew and Karen Perry – were on holiday with their three children and had to cut their break short.
Car salesman Andrew, 43, told the Mirror: “Having to quarantine would have been financially catastrophic for us.
“The thought of having to go in to quarantine with three children, it would be terrible.”
The family from North Petherton, Somerset, are now trying to get money back for the hotel stay they will not be in Mexico for.
Karen said: “It’s shocking that we don’t know the criteria why countries are put on the Red List.
It nearly cost us around £6,000 to go into quarantine and we really wouldn’t be able to afford that.”