‘Someone’s taking the p**s!’: Amanda Holden expresses her anger at forking out £2,500 on Covid tests for her family to be able to go on holiday to Portugal

Amanda Holden has expressed her anger at having to pay £2,500 for Covid tests to cover her family when they took a trip to Portugal earlier this year.

The 50-year-old TV personality was appearing on Alan Carr’s Life’s A Beach podcast on Monday when she said she is fortunate in that she could afford to splash out on the private tests.

However, she told Alan that she believes other Brits, who aren’t as lucky, are being taken advantage of.

‘Someone’s taking the p**s’: Amanda Holden (pictured in 2016) has expressed her anger at forking out £2,500 on Covid tests for her family to be able to go abroad on holiday earlier this year

She 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.’

Lucky few: The 50-year-old TV personality was appearing on Alan Carr’s Life’s A Beach podcast on Monday when she said she is fortunate in that she could afford to splash out on the private tests (Amanda and her family pictured in 2020)

Amanda said that she and her family had managed to return from Portugal before it was switched from the green to the amber list on June 8. 

When asked whether she believes it was worth paying the £2,500 it cost her for tests, Amanda told Alan: ‘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.’ 

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

She said: ‘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’.

Making a stand: She also told Alan that she believes other Brits, who aren’t as lucky, are being taken advantage of

‘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 is one of the countries that the Government has placed on their amber list for travel restrictions.

As such, anybody that travels back to the UK from a country on the amber list must take a Covid test before leaving for the UK, book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel tests, and complete a passenger locator form.

Not impressed: Expressing her confusion over what is currently allowed under Government guidelines, Amanda said: ‘I can’t go to my own kids’ sports days which are outside, but Wimbledon can happen, the football can happen’

After arriving back in the UK from the amber list country, the individual must then quarantine themselves for 10 days – ensuring that they conduct Covid tests on day two and eight after their return.  

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

Green list countries still require travellers to take a Covid test on or before day two after arriving back in the UK, but the individuals are not required to self-isolate unless their test comes back positive. 

Her comments on travel restrictions came as she also revealed on the podcast that  she sunbathes and swims naked on holiday and has even served lunch in the buff – but her attempts at joining the Mile High Club ended in failure. 

Privacy: The Britain’s Got Talent judge admitted she ‘doesn’t mix’ with other nudists while on holiday but has no problem baring all in her own private villa

She told Alan: ‘I never wear a bikini on holiday. But I wouldn’t mix with other nudists. There’s a difference. 

‘I have served the Sunday lunch naked. But no, I would never get my n*nny out in public. In a private villa, yes.’ 

Asked if she and husband Chris Hughes had sex on a plane, Amanda said: ‘Well, we’ve had a go, but we never quite made it. There’s too much scrutiny.

‘Everyone’s watching. There’s no way you can do that.’

The radio presenter added that it must happen on private jets.

Confident: Amanda also revealed on the podcast that she sunbathes and swims naked on holiday and has even served lunch in the buff

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