A holidaymaker who spent just one day with his family after testing positive for Covid in Barbados says he has no complaints about the 'harsh' quarantine regime.
Michael Peacock was separated from his wife, two young children and mother-in-law on the 10 day, £20,000 break as he was taken to a remote isolation facility.
However he says the UK could learn from the strict monitoring system, which meant he had to spend the entire length of his trip in quarantine and self-isolation.
The insurance broker and his family were tested on arrival at the airport on July 17 and he was taken in an ambulance from their hotel, the Colony Club, by staff wearing hazmat gear to Harrisons Point Isolation Facility the following day.
After four nights at the holding centre, which is by the coast in the northern parish of St Lucy, he was released to self-isolate in a Government-approved hotel, where he spent the rest of his holiday.
Mr Peacock arrived back home in Redhill, Surrey , on Sunday after extending his break on the Caribbean island, which is on the UK's green list for international travel, by four days.
He said: 'It was a bit of a shock when they phoned up to say I had tested positive as I had been double-vaccinated and I had the PCR and lateral flow tests in the UK before we flew out. After they ring up they arrive in a couple of hours in an old ambulance and take you straight there.
'It's not ideal and it is a fairly basic facility set in an abandoned prison which they have done up, the government has provided the building but pretty much everything inside is from donations or the staff themselves.
'I was worried about my family and one-year-old son but they were really understanding, they should an incredible level of compassion and care.'
Mr Peacock disputes claims from other British travellers that Harrisons Point is like a 'prison camp' with a lack of amenities for those placed in isolation, particularly parents with young children.
'You are not allowed to leave but you can walk around outside where there's an exercise area and you can look out over the ocean,' he said.
'I had my own room, which I shared with a crab for my stay, and each room has a TV and a fan. At the end of the day it's their island and they want to look after it.
'Anyone testing positive for Covid could pass it on to lots of people, so putting me in isolation probably makes sense and they provided the care as best they could.'
After four nights at the facility, Mr Peacock, 36, went to the five-star The Crane hotel, paying £1,600 for five days in a penthouse suite with room service until his release date.
He then had one day with his family, who spent five days in isolation, after he left the hotel before they flew back to the UK without him while he extended his holiday.
'In hindsight there was always a risk but we took all the precautions and I don't have any complaints, you have to be reasonable when you are travelling in a pandemic,' Mr Peacock said.
'The minute I tested positive they took action to make sure I couldn't cause harm to their country.
'There's nothing comparable that is happening in the UK to check up on travellers outside of the quarantine hotels.
'The system is harsh but they are making sure that people are not a threat, while in the UK there is nothing to check if people are flouting the rules.'
Mr Peacock believes he caught Covid at the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy, which was marked by violent and chaotic scenes.
He arrived back in the UK as the Government abandoned plans for an 'amber watch list' under its traffic light system for international travel. The results of the latest review are expected to be announced later this week.
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