A British couple, who are expected to be among the first tourists returning from Spain to be affected by the new two-week quarantine, lambasted the government’s “ridiculous” turnaround on travel.
Sophie Ingham, 23, and her boyfriend Nick Baldwin flew to Tenerife a week ago after the government announced travel to Spain was allowed again.
Now, however, the couple are expected to be among the first people returning from Spain to Britain who will have to self-quarantine for two weeks after Spain sees a spike in coronavirus cases.
Speaking to MailOnline Sophie after the government announced her travel U-turn, Sophie said: “We were shocked.
Sophie Ingham, 23, and her boyfriend Nick Baldwin flew to Tenerife a week ago after the government announced that travel to Spain was allowed again.
Bathers enjoy the beach in Cadiz, southern Spain, July 14
“I think it’s ridiculous, we’ve only been here a week and we followed all the rules. We wore masks when we needed them and we were only close to each other.
“We don’t even know if that definitely includes us, because it’s just mainland Spain suffering from a second peak, does that include the islands?
“All of this is not clear and upsetting because we really cannot quarantine. “
Her boyfriend Nick owns his own business and Sophie said he couldn’t afford to be quarantined for two weeks upon their return home.
The couple are now waiting at Tenerife Airport and plan to take off at 10:05 p.m. local time, arriving at Leeds Airport at 2:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.
However, despite the government putting the new quarantine rule in place, Sophie said she had not received any guidance.
No one told us anything. It’s very bad. Tons of Brits are now worrying at the airport and refreshing the news.
Sophie said the government was in a difficult position and could not win by imposing the quarantine rule anyway, but felt that British tourists had been left behind.
She said: “It’s a tough question because I don’t think Boris or the government can win anyway.
Now the couple are expected to be among the first people returning from Spain to Britain to be quarantined for two weeks after Spain saw a spike in coronavirus cases
“I think implementing this quarantine without giving people enough notice to return home is completely unfair.
“Cases in Spain have increased in recent days, the government has allowed families to travel in the past two days as the summer vacation begins.
“Only to implement a lockdown 48 hours later?” It does not mean anything.
“The government knew the risks when they opened the airlifts and now they are hanging travelers to dry when many people will not be able to quarantine.
“However, if he doesn’t implement a quarantine and a second peak hits the UK, he will be criticized. I just think he should have warned people or at least given them time to suggest flights.
Chloe Harris (right), 23 from Kent, booked a last minute trip to Lanzarote and arrived on the Spanish island this morning
Chloe Harris, 23 from Kent, booked a last minute trip to Lanzarote and arrived on the Spanish island this morning.
She told the PA news agency: “At the moment, we are just waiting to see if the quarantine will affect the Spanish islands or if it will just be the mainland.
“When I heard the news I was quite shocked because I thought they would have given us a warning. Even just a warning that it was something they would consider.
“We only booked the trip for Wednesday and we’re only here for a few days. We had done our research and knew that the island had only had a small number of Covid cases.
“I think a lot of people will be rushing to the airport, but since we’re only here for four days and only arrived this morning, it doesn’t seem like it is worth it. We’ll just wait and find out if the island is included in the quarantine.
“I would probably be fine to continue working from home and quarantining myself at home, even if I should stop going to the office. However, my friend I traveled with has to start a new job on August 3 so it will be hard to explain to her employer.
Britons cancel trips to Spain amid fears they will have to go into 14-day quarantine on their return if the airlift is canceled
British holidaymakers are canceling trips to Spain, fearing they will be forced to go into 14-day quarantine upon their return to the UK.
Sun worshipers fear the UK government could drop its airlift deal with Spain amid growing concerns of a second peak.
Such a move would leave holidaymakers in Spain facing two weeks of isolation upon their return to the UK – even though they would not have had to do so when they left.
It comes as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office today reduced its triennial review of 74 airlifts to just one week, while health officials in Spain have expressed concerns over a second coronavirus spike.
Vacationer Lynn Carratt, 39, said she had canceled her trip to Spain over fears the government would remove the country from the airlift list when it reviews the program on Monday.
Vacationer Lynn Carratt (pictured), 39, of London, said she had canceled her trip to Spain fearing the government would remove the country from the airlift list when it reviewed the program on Monday.
Ms Carratt, a native of London and director of public relations firm E20 Communications, was due to fly to Mallorca tomorrow for a week’s vacation with her husband, but has now traded flights from Spain to Greece.
She told MailOnline: “It’s a problem. When airlifts are reviewed on Monday, it looks like Spain is one of those countries at risk.
“We didn’t want to be on vacation and on Monday Spain is taken off the list and then we will be forced to quarantine for two weeks. “
The couple will be flying to Crete tomorrow, just a year after their wedding on the Greek island of Santorini.
She added: “Greece has only had 27 cases today on the mainland and islands. Spain had 2,615 yesterday.
“Anyone can get coronavirus, it’s just a matter of being sane and taking the right steps and the right protection to stay safe. “
Another vacationer told MailOnline: “We were supposed to be in Spain now.
“We had booked a month-long trip to spend with our daughter and son-in-law who live there.
“But we canceled it and even then when the airlift was installed we didn’t re-book as fears because of it and obviously not wanting to risk catching coronavirus . “