Published On: Sun, Jul 26th, 2020

Spain holiday news: British couple blast 14 day quarantine U-turn – ‘Hung out to dry!’ | World | News


Sophie Ingham, 23, and her boyfriend Nick Baldwin are now facing two weeks of quarantine after the Foreign Office announced isolation measures would be enforced on arrivals from Spain following a huge spike in coronavirus cases. The pair had been on holiday in Tenerife and were due to land at Leeds Airport shortly before 3am on Sunday morning.

Late on Saturday evening, the Government confirmed passengers arriving after midnight from Spain would need to quarantine at home for 14 days.

The popular summer destination for Britons had been given the green-light for travel to and from England as part of the so-called air bridge scheme.

The major U-turn was enforced after Spain recorded more than 900 new cases for a second day running – the decision even caught out Transport Secretary Grant Shapps who had been on a to the country.

Ms Ingham told MailOnline: “We were shocked. I think it’s ridiculous, we’ve only been here a week and we’ve followed all the rules.

“We have worn masks when we needed to and not been close to anyone other than each other.

“We don’t even know if it definitely includes us as it is just mainland Spain that is suffering a second spike, so does this include the islands?

“It’s all unclear and upsetting as we really cannot quarantine.”

Ms Ingham said they were given no warning in order to bring their flights forward and stated other families had also travelled out as the summer holidays began.

She said the Government “knew the risks” when travel was allowed to resume and insisted “now they are hanging travellers out to dry”.

She added: “I think implementing this quarantine without giving people enough notice to get home is completely unfair.

“Spain’s cases have been increasing for the past few days, the government have allowed families to travel in the past two days as the summer holidays have begun.

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The Foreign Office guidance advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain does not include the islands but ministers opted to apply blanket quarantine arrangements across the Spanish territories.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “We appreciate the disruption for travellers, anyone that’s at risk of losing money needs to go and talk to their travel operator and look at their insurance.

“But we must take these measures to avoid the risk of reinfection into the UK, given the very serious spike in cases in Spain.”



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