HUNDREDS of British holidaymakers landed in the UK from Ibiza and Mallorca before being added to the UK Orange List.
But many more face a mad race today before changes for those returning to England, Scotland and Wales from the Spanish Isles are put in place at 4 a.m.
Holidaymakers are desperate to return home as any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated British traveler will have to self-quarantine for 10 days after returning from the islands.
Britons were seen this morning landing at various airports across the UK, with Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca all being de-listed.
Palma de Mallorca airport was packed yesterday as the British rushed for a return flight.
It comes after passengers were seen lining up at a Covid testing clinic in San Antonio on Friday to get PCR checks.
The government infuriated travelers and was accused of “double standard” on international travel after the U-turn.
There have been criticisms after the announcement that Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca would be added to the amber travel list due to an increase in coronavirus cases, just over a fortnight after going green.
The change for those returning to England, Scotland and Wales from the Spanish Isles will take place at 4 a.m. on Monday July 19.
This means that the vacation plans of the unstung Brits who have already booked overseas trips are in tatters.
RUN TO RETURN HOME
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the change was due to the fact that the rate of Covid cases had doubled since the Balearics were added to the green list on June 30.
Mr Shapps said: “Travel is not the same as it was before the global pandemic.
“Clearly, if you book in a country on the Green Watch List, you need to make sure you can get your money back and change accommodation.”
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Infections on the islands soared to 258 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The double-hit Britons coming back after the change will not have to isolate themselves.
But they will still need to take a test before they return to the UK and on the second day after they return home.
Children will also be exempt from isolation, but those without a vaccination passport will have to spend ten days at home and take three expensive PCR tests.
Travelers will be able to prove their vaccination status on their NHS app.
Brits can still travel to the islands by showing their app or proving they tested negative 72 hours before travel.
This means that the Costas from Spain will remain off-limits to the unvaccinated as they will remain amber.
The islands of Malta and Madeira are currently on the green or green watch list.
British holidaymakers must book refundable trips as destinations risk being suddenly taken off the green list, Mr Shapps warned earlier this week.
However, Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, noted that Covid infection rates were increasing in the UK but remained lower in much of Europe.
“So we cannot understand why the government is going to allow people to go to a nightclub – without masks or social distancing – and yet is not comfortable with people who go to the beaches of Europe, where infection rates are lower than in the UK, ”Lundgren said.
“Again, we see this double standard where travel is treated differently from the national economy.”