Finding yourself stranded in a foreign country is a worst nightmare for holidaymakers, and probably the last thing they would anticipate when jetting off on that initial flight. However, for many people across the world, that nightmare has rapidly become a reality due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
For those of us at home with cancelled holiday plans, such restrictions may be cumbersome, but it is even worse for those who are still abroad.
“Along with border closures, we’ve seen countries such as Argentina, Australia and South Korea, impose 14-day quarantines on all foreign travellers who’ve arrived from a country with a recent coronavirus case,” continues Myles.
“This not only limits what the holidaymaker can do during their trip, but also means that they are at risk of missing their flights home and being stranded abroad with other alternative flights either unavailable or at a huge additional cost.”
So what can travellers do if they find themselves in this position?
“For anyone trapped abroad, airlines, travel companies and insurers should be your first port of call,” advises Myles.
“But if these options are unavailable and you are truly stranded, then you need to contact the British Embassy and make yourself known to the government.
“Since the coronavirus outbreak, the government has arranged to repatriate Britons stuck in countries with no open commercial routes at a cost of approximately £75million.
“These flights are advertised by the embassy or high commission on their travel advice pages and social media. Therefore, it is paramount that anyone stuck abroad monitors these two channels of communication.”