The Foreign Office has issued a major holiday travel advice warning for Brits who have jetted into Spain and to others thinking about going on holiday.
Sun-starved Brits flew into Spain yesterday after the country reopened its borders to tourists.
This was despite the FCO advising against all but essential travel.
Londoner Ben Seager, who reunited with his ex-pat mum Sue after landing at Malaga Airport on Sunday, told The Sun that he was looking forward to topping up his tan.
He said: “The flight was packed and apart from the facemasks we had to wear and the fact you had to request a trip to the toilet and be escorted by an air stewardess so there was no queueing, it was all pretty normal.
“We got put in a sort of cattle grid-area when we got off the plane so they could take our temperatures and the passport control queue was longer than I’ve ever seen it because people were spaced out with social distancing. But they were the only real changes.”
But a government spokesperson pointed our their advice had not changed.
They said: “We know people want to start travelling again but it’s important to stress that our advice has not changed.
“We currently advise against all but essential travel globally as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
“We are closely monitoring the situation in each country and are regularly updating our travel advice in accordance with the risk to British travellers.
“Anyone thinking about travelling should check the FCO’s Travel Advice pages and sign up for country specific alerts so they are notified immediately when our advice changes.
“They contain up to date information for every country, including the latest on the local covid-19 measures in those countries.
“Future travellers should also speak to their insurer. COVID-19-related costs, including cancellation and medical, may not be covered.”
Travel to around a dozen countries is expected to be given the green light within days as the Government draws up plans to create ‘air bridges’, according to reports.
This could see Brits allowed to skip quarantine and enjoy a holiday in countries such as Greece, Portugal, Australia and France.
Currently, most travellers arriving in the UK must quarantine for 14 days under strict measures introduced this month.