Good Morning Britain viewers were left furious after travel expert Simon Calder revealed a loophole for British holidaymakers in red-list countries to avoid forking out thousands to quarantine.
The government announced on Wednesday that from 4am on Sunday, people returning to the UK from Mexico will have to stay in isolation in a hotel for 10 days.
Rebecca and her family were on their way to their dream holiday when she heard the news and said she was in ‘complete disbelief’.
Simon joined today’s programme where he shared advice with Rebecca on how to get back to the UK without having to pay to isolate.
“Of course, anybody who is in Mexico and has got a bit of time and money to spare, the other way to get around this is flying to somewhere like lovely Spain, having a 10, full day holiday there, and quite legally and responsibly you launder your red-list status,’ he said.
“When you turn up at Manchester or Gatwick airport, you just say, “I’ve been in Spain for the past 10 days”.’
Simon Calder shared a travel loophole on today’s GMB (Picture: ITV)
Viewers were unimpressed by Simon’s ‘irresponsible’ advice and called him out on social media.
‘I really don’t think you should be advising viewers how to get around the quarantine system by travelling to other countries,’ blasted one. ‘It’s there for a reason.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another raged: ‘So Calder encouraging people to travel from a high-risk Covid country to Spain to avoid financial penalties? This pandemic will never end then on that logic. The blokes a menace.’
‘I think it is totally irresponsible to suggest people fly from a red country to an amber one, maybe spreading Coronavirus, just to beat the system,’ a third added. ‘This is a pandemic, not a game.’
Mexico, Georgia and the French overseas departments of La Reunion and Mayotte have been put on the red list.
Quarantine hotel costs are soaring to ‘better reflect the increased costs involved’, according to the Government.
From August 12 the rate for solo travellers will rise from £1,750 to £2,285.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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