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Devastated couple forced to end their £7k dream honeymoon after South Africa was put on the red list

A NEWLYWED couple landed in Cape Town for their £7,000 honeymoon only to learn they would have to fly back to the UK and be immediately isolated.

Cat and Grant Norton landed from Edinburgh South Africa was only told this morning that the country had been added to the red list – and would have to pay an extra £3.7k to go into isolation.

A couple have been forced to return from their dream honeymoon due to a red list change

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A couple have been forced to return from their dream honeymoon due to a red list changeCredit: Alamy
Cat and her husband Grant just flew to Cape Town to see their family after getting married

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Cat and her husband Grant just flew to Cape Town to see their family after getting married
Cat said she was in tears because of the new regulations

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Cat said she was in tears because of the new regulations

Dr Cat, 29, and police officer Grant, 34, must now board the earliest flight back to Britain next week on December 3.

After that, they will have to spend 10 days with expensive expenses quarantine hotel – costs around £3,700 for both.

The couple chose to honeymoon in Cape Town so they could also visit the Grant family, who are from the city and were unable to attend their wedding in July due to Covid.

Cat and Grant were left devastated after turning on their phones as they landed to see text messages from loved ones informing them of the country’s new travel status.

Cat claims that they were not notified of the change in travel restrictions before, during and after the flight.

She immediately went to the international counter at Cape Town International Airport to be told that all flights back to the UK were canceled until further notice.

Speaking today, Cat said: “We turned on our phones when we received a million WhatsApp messages from family and friends saying South Africa had been redlisted.

“We have no news that it will leave the plane.

“We went straight to the international counter to try to catch a flight back home, but we were told there wasn’t one. Also no reply from our travel agent.

“We don’t have a plan, we’re trying to go home, but we have to make a quarantine hotel.

“The Grant family couldn’t have a wedding so this was our chance to meet them.

“I’ve been crying basically since I got here. British Airways has told us that the earliest we can go home is December 3.

“We need to go home as soon as possible because I have work to do, I work for the NHS.

“We cannot return to Scotland before 4am on Saturday, that is their judgment to avoid quarantine.

“The quarantine needs to be booked in advance through the UK government website, and for two is £3,715.”

Last night, it was announced that South Africa is on the red list since midday today.

No new guests will be allowed into the UK without hotel quarantine.

British health officials are concerned about a new, unnamed variant of Covid-19 that originated in Botswana, but has now begun to appear in South Africa.

The variant is thought to have about 30 mutations, more than half of what the Delta variant has.

South Africa has slams UK travel ban as “urgent” although a new, more contagious Covid variant is spreading among young and unvaccinated people at lightning speed.

Senior Minister Naledi Pandor has urged the UK government to reconsider the ban.

They said they were not informed on the flight about the changes in the red list

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They said they were not informed on the flight about the changes in the red list
After landing, they were informed that there were no more flights, and would have to return from December 3

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After landing, they were informed that there were no more flights, and would have to return from December 3
South Africa among six countries added to tourism RED list in desperate bid to contain ‘worst ever’ Covid variant

https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/16859033/couple-honeymoon-south-africa-red-list/ Devastated couple forced to end their £7k dream honeymoon after South Africa was put on the red list

Tom Vazquez

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