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Holidaymakers scramble to return to UK as flight prices rocket from three new quarantine nations

Prices for flights from quarantine nations have rocketed after Croatia, Austria and Trinidad & Tobago were removed from the UK's safe travel list.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Thursday that travellers from those countries to the UK would be required to self-isolate for 14 days with the restrictions coming into effect from Saturday at 4am.

He made the announcement in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus, with cases spiralling in those countries.

The announcement saw prices for flights rise from the quarantine nations, with British Airways advertising tickets for an early Friday morning flight between Zagreb, Croatia to London at 308 euro (£276) for economy class.

An economy seat on a flight from Vienna to London Heathrow was advertised for 538 euro (£482) by the airline on Thursday night.

Flight prices from the UK to Portugal went up sixfold following the Government announcement, reports the Daily Mail. Average fare prices to Faro increased from £35 to £190.

In Scotland, travellers from Switzerland will also be required to quarantine for a fortnight on their return to the country.

Meanwhile, new figures reveal that less than a third of people in England being tested for coronavirus in the wider population are receiving their results within 24 hours.

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