A ten-year-old boy has been forced to quarantine in an airport hotel during a two-week trip to see his family in the UK.
Sami Caraballo's dad Antonio has blasted the "draconian" Covid rules as he stumps up more than £2,000 to isolate with him for 11 nights at the Edinburgh Hilton.
The boy, who lives with his mother in Finland, had flown to see his three-year-old sister in Scotland for the first time since July, the Daily Record reports.
Antonio, a key worker for an oil and gas firm, said Sami only has 15 minutes of fresh air each day during an escorted tour of the hotel’s car park and won’t eat his meals.
The dad, from Edinburgh’s Marchmont, said: "We are just very frustrated with the whole situation.
"If we had cancelled the flight and flown him to London there would have been a loophole but we thought this was the right thing to do and the least risk.
"The whole process is all very draconian, but the most annoying thing is there seems to be no one we can contact to explain our situation."
Sami's father last flew out to see him in October for his birthday but when Sami’s plans to visit at Christmas had to be cancelled the family decided they could wait no longer to be together as Sami's mental health was suffering.
The youngster arrived on Saturday evening on a flight from Helsinki and the family assumed because of his age he would be allowed to isolate at home, saying they were not advised of the need to book into a quarantine hotel before his departure.
But on arrival, the family were devastated to be told he Sami must go immediately to a hotel for 11 nights.
They were left with no choice but to pay the £2,400 bill upfront for Antonio to be with him at the Hilton Doubletree.
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Antonio has to be tested for Covid-19 on his exit from the hotel but his son does not need to be tested due to his age.
He said: "Sami is obviously very frustrated. It was really shocking for him and his sister at the airport.
"She was so excited to see him so we took her along. She’s only three and was expecting to see her brother come home then all of a sudden her dad and her brother were gone and she couldn’t process it.
"It’s been a long time without each other."
A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We understand how difficult this is for families with children, but to manage the risk of importing new variants and to give vaccine deployment the best chance of bringing us closer to normality these limits on international travel are necessary."
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