I can¡¯t afford to self-isolate. Can I get my money back?
Simon Calder answers your questions on quarantine measures, the new ¡®traffic light¡¯ system and navigating the world of refunds
Q I have a holiday on the Algarve booked for 16 July. If Portugal is on the government¡¯s ¡°red list¡±, ie quarantine still applies on return to the UK, I will need to cancel because I can¡¯t afford to spend two weeks in self-isolation when I come back. Will I be able to claim on my travel insurance?
A The UK Joint Biosecurity Centre is categorising countries popular with British tourists with a ¡°traffic light¡± system. Each nation is rated green, amber or red, depending on the prevalence of coronavirus, the trajectory of disease and the centre¡¯s assessment of the data¡¯s reliability. Holidaymakers to countries rated green or amber need not quarantine on return.