British holidaymakers quarantined after return flight from Gibraltar was diverted to Spain

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A plane laden with British holidaymakers who visited Gibraltar has been forced to self-isolate – despite the territory being exempt from the Foreign Office’s quarantine list.They are facing the 14-day isolation period as low-cost airline easyJet flew them to Spain after a flight delay.

Passengers returning directly from Gibraltar have reportedly avoided quarantine because British overseas territory is on the UK’s safe list, reports the Manchester Evening News.

But the service to Gatwick was postponed on Monday due to bad weather conditions so they needed overnight accommodation.

All the rooms in the tiny Mediterranean colony were full, so easyJet had to offer alternative accommodation across the border in Cadiz.

This triggered the two-week quarantine when passengers returned home on Tuesday.

Charlie Markham, 22, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, told a newspaper: ‘EasyJet flew everyone to Spain for the night and now they’re going to mingle with people on the return flight who were safe at Gibraltar. ”

An easyJet spokesperson said: “We have tried to provide as many hotel rooms as possible in Gibraltar.

“However, due to a shortage, it was not possible to provide them to all customers. We offered accommodation in Spain to those who wanted it. ”

Spain was removed from the list of destinations exempt from quarantine late last month due to an increase in coronavirus cases in the country.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office still advises against non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.

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