Gillian Laidlow is desperate to see her daughter Hannah and granddaughter Phoenix (Image: Gillian Laidlow)
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A nurse desperate to see her daughter in Portugal has had to cancel her visit yet again after the country was reclassified as amber.
Gillian Laidlow and her husband, also a nurse, were scheduled to fly out to Lisbon in October and then May, but had to cancel both times because of travel bans.
After Portugal was placed on the green list last month, the Bristol based NHS workers were over the moon at the prospect of seeing their daughter Hannah and granddaughter Phoenix for the first time in almost a year.
On Thursday evening best-laid plans unravelled when Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the country would turn amber from 4am on Tuesday.
Gillian, who has been working overtime to vaccinate Brits against the coronavirus, is now gutted she's had to cancel the trip once again.
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Gillian has been working hard to vaccinate Brits
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Because she works in a clinic and not at home, the ten day isolation period renders the trip impossible.
"It leaves us not being able to go, doing the jobs we do," Gillian told The Mirror.
"I get that a lot of people are working from home. For a lot of people there is a possibility to self-isolate, even if it costs more for a lot of people.
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"Now I need to wait until the next review, but I can't imagine things will change.
"I think it is terrible. It's not a case of wanting to go on holiday, it's a case of wanting to see my daughter and granddaughter.
The nurse couple were due to fly into Lisbon
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"I can swab and vaccinate other people so they can do whatever they do, but we can't have a ten day period working from home, we don't have that much leave.
"I find it very frustrating. I got this close (to going)."
An NHS doctor, who asked to remain anonymous, has been similarly frustrated by the reclassification of Portugal.
Along with two other medic friends he booked a holiday in the country a week and set about swapping shifts to get the time off.
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"The day after we booked the accommodation we got news that Portugal was back in amber," he explained.
"I know you shouldn't go if it is amber, but also we can't quarantine when we get back, and we can't take time at home."
He added: "At what point do we say it's safe? I would say if there is any shred of doubt why make something green in the first place.
"To have something change so quickly gives a false sense of security.
The doctor has had to cancel his trips to Portugal
"This would have been the first foreign holiday since January 2020. It's been a hard year for us, but we have job security.
"It's not that we're doctors and we think we should go away more than anyone else.
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"My issue is not being able to not go away, that time will come, it's the lack of clarity.
"Compared to close family members dying, it's not that big a deal. I just care that we are unable to make plans."