£1750 for 10 nights… in an Ibis.

If you’ve decided to come back from being off-grid, you may have missed Foreign Secretary Raab announce the fact you’ll need to quarantine for 10 nights at a hotel if you return from a country on the “Red” list. Remember this is Feb 2021, not Feb 2020… 12 months on

The Red list countries

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Eswatini
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

What it’s going to cost you

For a single person flying home to the UK from any of the above countries, you’ll need to fork over £1750 for an 11-night quarantine stay. If you’re travelling with someone it’ll be an extra £650 for that person if they’re over 12. If they’re between 5-12, it’ll “only” be £325.

So, as a couple £2,400… for a family of 4 atleast £3,050…

And now for the kicker…

You won’t be getting a room like in the opening image. This could be your room… 11 nights in this beauty with no going outside unless you’re escorted by a security guard for a limited period of time.

The math’s

Burst out the fag packets, its numbers time. Ibis will typically run you £500~ for 10 nights for 2 people including breakfast. Say you use double the government’s figure of what a child should be able to live on a week £30. That’s £176 for 2 adults for food for 10 nights. 2x covid tests twice that’s £260 from Bupa. Oh let’s not forget you get a shuttle bus to the hotel, we’ll put that down as a very generous £20 for 2.

With a rough bit of rounding and being very generous, a couple of 2 should be paying £900-1000 for those 10 nights. £2,400 – £1,000 = £1,400.

£1,400… where does that £1,400 go?

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