Holidaymakers who fail to self-isolate after returning from Spain risk facing a £1,000 fine.
As the lockdown restrictions were lifted many people opted for booking a holiday in the sun, with Spain, Italy, Greece and France topping the list of destinations.
But its bad news for those who are currently in Spain.
From Saturday, Spain was removed from the list of safe countries after concerns the country was experiencing a second wave of coronavirus. This means non-essential travel to Spain is being advised against.
Health Minister Helen Whatley told the BBC this was the ‘right thing to do’, as the UK must keep the virus rate ‘right down’ to avoid its own second spike.
She urged anyone considering booking a holiday to “be mindful that we are still in the situation of a global pandemic”.
Despite the pandemic, the UK’s move to ask arrivals from Spain to self-isolate for 14 days has caused anger in travellers and travel operators.
British Airways said the move was ‘throwing thousands of Britons’ travel plans into chaos’, while TUI has cancelled all mainland Spanish holidays until August 9th, but those going to Balearic and Canary islands can still travel from today.
Andrew Flintham, the managing director of Tui UK and Ireland, told BBC Breakfast: “We’d really like a nuanced policy, so if there is a travel advice that says you can still go to the Canary Islands and the Balearics, we’d also like to have that backed up with a quarantine that obviously, isn’t in place.
“If there’s a travel advice that says you can’t go, then we believe that clearly the quarantine should be in place.
“If we can have a lined up and regional policy, it will be much easier for us to communicate that to customers.”
Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary, has defended the government’s ‘swift decision’, explaining that while he knew it would cause disruption for holidaymakers, the government ‘can’t make apologies’.
According to The PC Agency, around 1.8m people were due to fly from the UK to Spain before the end of August.
Returning travellers must provide an address where they will self-isolate for 14 days, and failing to do so could result in a fine of up to £1,000.
Within those isolated two weeks, individuals cannot go to work, school or public areas or have any non-essential visitors. They are also advised, where they can, to rely on others to buy food from shops.
Spain recorded 971 new infections on Thursday, the biggest daily increase since the country’s lockdown ended. The country recorded 922 on Friday.
Despite this, Spain’s foreign minister insists it is safe to visit the country and the outbreaks are ‘perfectly controlled’.
The UK’s Foreign Office states that all but essential travel to mainland Spain (not including the islands) is advised against.
If you are on holiday in Spain currently, continue your holiday and check the Foreign Office’s travel advice regularly.
Contact your travel provider if you have a trip booked. Anyone arriving from any part of Spain, including the islands, must quarantine for 14 days on their arrival in the UK.
Government issues warning to travellers heading to Greece for a holiday
The government has revealed new advice for Brits heading over to Greece as restrictions tighten in the country.
In one of the country’s holiday islands, Poros, there has been a new coronavirus outbreak meaning new strict measures and restrictions have been put in place.
Around 30 cases of the virus have been reported on the small island.
Travel between the UK and Poros is currently still allowed, but travellers are warned of a new range of measures which will change your holiday.
All restaurants and food shops will be closed between 11pm and 7am on the Island. Holiday makers are also warned that groups who can eat together are limited to a maximum number of four, or six if they are all related.
The number of people meeting in either public or private spaces has also been limited now to a max of nine people.
The new restrictions also see religious ceremonies, parties and open markets all suspended.
All holiday makers must wear face masks indoors and outdoors, excluding private areas such as your hotel room.
The country is still on the ‘safe list’, meaning you won’t have to quarantine when you arrive to the island or return back to the UK currently.
The Foreign Office has warned that large fines are in place for rule breakers, including additional compliance patrols on the islands.
A Passenger Locator Form must be filled in by holidaymakers travelling to Greece at least 24 hours before travel.
The FCO advises: “Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, €500 (£450) fine on arrival or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.”
You may also be required to take a Covid-19 test when you arrive as part of a health screening process. This may mean you have to self-isolate during the time you are awaiting test results, however this is usually within 24 hours.
NHS staff can get a free holiday in the UK as a thank you this summer
This is amazing!
Supercity aparthotel is offering NHS staff the chance to apply for a free stay at one of their hotels.
The two-night stay is to be enjoyed with family or friends on any date from August until October.
Staycity is found in all of the UK’s best cities, from Manchester to Brighton and London. Each one is equipped with its own private kitchen, living room and the usual bedroom and bathroom.
Alexis Burton, CEO of Supercity said: “ Thanking the NHS after everything they have done for us was a no-brainer for our business.
“Our UK health carers have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic, so when the time comes for them to take a well-deserved mini-break, we want to be there to help ensure that they feel safe in doing so.”
The free two-night stay is available to the first 120 NHS workers to apply. After that NHS workers will receive 50% off their stay.
To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred location and dates.
Find out more about the 50% off offer here. Don’t forget your full NHS identification!
Travelodge is having a huge sale with family rooms from £8.74pp at loads of seaside destinations
Perfect for a staycation!
Holiday in the UK’s top seaside spots for as little as £8.74pp in Travelodge’s latest sale.
The prices of over 250,000 rooms in coastal hotels at the budget hotel chain have been slashed with prices starting at £34.99 a night.
The best news is that includes a family room which sleeps four, meaning it costs just £8.74 per person a night, the Mirror reports.
36 hotels are included in the sale, including the likes of Blackpool, Brighton, Colwyn Bay, Llanduno and Newquay. It’s worth noting that the deals are subject to availability at each hotel, and the best deals are likely to be snapped up quickly.
The sale is live now on Travelodge’s website and the deals are valid on stays until March 4th next year!
The chain has implemented a range of measures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic including additional checks on rooms once they have been cleaned, increased cleaning in public areas, hand sanitiser stations, and social distancing measures such as protective reception screens, contactless payments/check-outs and PPE for staff.
Housekeeping team members will no longer be entering customer’s rooms during their stay to further minimise contact too.
Full list of hotels in the Travelodge sale:
- Barrow in Furness
- Blackpool South Promenade
- Blackpool South Shore
- Bournemouth Seafront
- Brighton Seafront
- Colwyn Bay
- Helensburgh Seafront
- Lytham St Annes
- Newport Isle of Wight
- Pembroke Dock
- Portsmouth Hilsea
- Ramsgate Seafront
- Rhyl Seafront
- Ryde Isle of Wight
- Scarborough St Nicholas
- Southend on Sea
- St Austell
- Wallasey New Brighton
- Worthing Seafront