Amanda Holden rages over forking out £2.5k on Covid tests for family Portugal holiday

AMANDA Holden has shared her anger at having to fork out £2,500 for Covid tests to cover her family when they travelled to Portugal earlier this month.

The TV star, 50, acknowledged she was in a place of privilege to afford the private tests – but said she believes other Brits, who aren't in the same position financially, are being taken advantage of.

Speaking on Alan Carr's Life's A Beach podcast, the BGT judge said: "We went from the Friday to the Friday, but getting there cost over £2,500 in tests, which I don't want to rant on and on about it, but I think that is taking advantage of the British public.

"I'm in a position where I can afford to chuck that money. It's a huge amount of money – someone's taking the p**s.

"If I'd chose to, I could have got in a queue at Faro airport and got one for 25 Euros, but I probably would have caught Covid as well, because the queue was round the block."

The Heart Breakfast presenter explained that she and her husband Chris Hughes along with their daughters, Hollie and Alexa, returned from Portugal before it was switched from the green to the amber list on June 8.

Reflecting on her experience, the star said there should be an "inquiry" into the price of the private PCR tests when she was asked by Carr whether it was worth dropping £2,500 for them.

Amanda added: "It was worth it in the sense that we got away as a family, because so many other people didn't get away.

"But never again am I paying that sort of money. There should be some sort of inquiry into that."

Amanda then turned her attention onto her confusion about Government guidance surrounding the pandemic.

The broadcaster continued: "None of it makes any sense. I've so much goodwill and I've abided by every flippin' rule, but now I've gone 'no more'.

"I feel like we need to stand together now. Wimbledon, Ascot, football, anywhere there's money needed, but I can't go to my own kids' sports days which are outside, but Wimbledon can happen, the football can happen.

"My children were so disappointed."

Portugal was relegated from its green status on June 3 after ministers sounded the alarm about a worrying new "Nepal mutation" of the Indian variant detected in the holiday hotspot.

Confirming Britain's "difficult but decisive decision" – first revealed by The Sun – Transport Secretary Grant Shapps warned 68 cases of the Indian "Delta" variant had been identified in Portugal.

They include cases of the emerging Nepal mutation – and the minister said it was currently unclear if vaccines were effective against the strain.

However, from June 30, Madeira will be placed on the green travel list – with mainland Portugal and the Azores remaining on amber.

People travelling to the UK from amber list countries have to quarantine for 10 days at home.

All amber list arrivals will also need a pre-arrival Covid test, as well as tests on day two and day eight of quarantine.

However, Brits can pay for a fourth test as part of the Test to Release scheme, meaning they can leave the self-isolation earlier.

While travelling to amber list countries is not banned – unlike red list countries – the government has warned against holidays to them.

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