During my time as a travel agent, I have listened to and taken advice from the government – and Foreign Office in particular – and followed their advice at all times when advising my clients.
Yet Covid has thrown a few curve balls our way in the last few months, and drawn into question things that we agents had always believed to be written in stone.
On 25 July, it was announced Spain would be withdrawn from the green list. I was booked to fly there the following week and this was an "essential trip". I was thrown into a quandary: should I go? What about insurance, and of course, quarantine?
To my surprise, my insurance company assured me that in fact I was covered for all but Covid. I was taken aback as all the media advice around this was negative, and certainly the government seemed to want you to believe that your insurance would be immediately invalidated too.
I decided since I was covered (for all but Covid) I would take the quarantine on the chin and do my 14 days in solitary on my return on 14 August.