Fines, prison and airport checks: European penalties for taking your kids out of school for holidays

As the cost of living crisis bites, a controversial trend is emerging: parents taking their kids out of school to take advantage of low season rates.

“There’s definitely a trend of parents willing to face the wrath of schools to get the better deal,” says Liz Mathews, general manager at Flight Centre UK.

After surveying parents on the phenomenon, the travel agent found that 67 per cent were considering taking their children out of school to secure a cheaper holiday.

But what are the consequences?

In the UK, parents can be fined between £60 (€68) and £2,500 (£2,846) for taking their kids out of school. Yet 36 per cent of parents surveyed said

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