Government’s grim holiday warning more countries may be axed from quarantine-free list

The government has issued a grim warning to holiday Brits saying they can’t guarantee more countries won’t be taken off the quarantine-free travel list.

Brit holidays have been thrown into chaos after the sudden announcement that all travellers returning from Spain will now have to self isolate for 14 days.

The FCO also updated its travel advice urging Brits against all but essential travel to mainland Spain.

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the government is able to monitor coronavirus rates in real-time

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the government “couldn’t give a guarantee” that other countries wouldn’t be taken off the ‘safe’ list.

In an interview with Sky’s Sophie Ridge Mr Raab said: “As we found with Spain we can’t give a guarantee.

“All we can say is we’ve got this joint bio-security centre – you can see we monitor the risk in real-time.

“We take decisive, swift action and so there is an element of uncertainty this summer to people who go abroad and that’s why our advice is to follow the Foreign Office travel advice which will also link in with the quarantine principle, look very carefully at doing that.”

Holidaymakers currently in Spain blindsided by the move have spoken of their ‘frustration’ and ‘confusion’ as they learned of the sudden decision tonight.

One factory worker learnt the news as he was packing his suitcase for a trip to Alicante tomorrow, as Brits’ summer holiday plans resurrected after vacations were halted by months in lockdown are in tatters once again.

Brit tourists already in Spain tonight say they face problems at work now they must return to unexpected 14 days’ isolation.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who is holidaying in Spain, will be among the tens of thousands affected.

In an update, the Foreign Office tonight warned Brits ‘against all but essential travel’ to Spain except the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, which are exempt from the warning but still come under the quarantine-upon-return order.


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