UK Covid travel: Britons already cancelling holidays as Ibiza and Majorca join amber list

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Holiday hopefuls faced fresh heartache after the latest travel update (REUTERS)
Holiday hopefuls faced fresh heartache after the latest travel update (REUTERS)

Holidaymakers have been dealt yet another blow with plans left in tatters as the Spanish Balearic Islands set to return to the amber travel list.

Britons are already rushing to cancel holidays to Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera which will be removed from the quarantine free green list from Monday.

However, quarantining on return from Croatia and Bulgaria will end from 4am Monday July 19.

The Spanish islands have been among the most popular holiday hotspots on the green list but its status fell under threat after cases tripled in Spain in just two weeks to 368 per 100,000 people.

Panicked tourists have taken to social media to share their fears with many already making the painful decision to cancel their trip.

Among the tweets, one person tweeted: “We decided to cancel our holiday to Ibiza. Had only paid a small deposit. Decided it wasn’t worth the stress and expense of tests.

“We are double vaccinated but still have to pay for PCR tests and then have the stress of hoping they are negative, who needs that while on holiday?”

Another said: “Having to cancel Ibiza really has broken my heart.”

Another added: “I want to cry at the fact I’ve had to cancel Ibiza.”

TUI UK Managing Director Andrew Flintham said the changes will bring disappointment and criticised the “continued lack of transparency.”

“The latest travel announcement will be disappointing for customers who are not yet fully vaccinated, looking forward to well-deserved holidays, or to reconnect with loved ones.” he said.

“The continued lack of transparency about the methodology and data behind these changes make it incredibly difficult for customers to book far in advance with confidence.”

Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon hit out at the government for announcing the changes on Twitter.

“Yet again the transport secretary has chosen to announce these changes on Twitter, despite being before Parliament just a few hours earlier,” he said.

“The government has been asked over and over again to publish the country-by-country data that informs its traffic light system.

“People are booking holidays in good faith and now face the prospect of losing out because ministers refuse to be straight with the public.”

Travel Announcement: Positive Outcomes

Hope remains for some travellers as the change will coincide with the end of the need to quarantine for fully vaccinated UK residents and under 18s returning from amber list destinations.

Hong Kong and Taiwan will also go green, while the British Virgin Islands will be added to the amber list.

Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone will go red, meaning 10 days of isolation in a quarantine hotel are mandatory.

The moves do not mean travel as normal, however, with a pre-departure test being required as well as another two days after returning back in England, even from green nations.

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