6m Brits face ruined summer holiday plans if Spain and Greece go on ‘amber plus’

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Many British holidaymakers could see their summer holiday plans ruined if Spain and Greece be put onto the amber plus Covidtravel list.

Statistics suggest that the move could see around six million people from the UK facing a last-minute quarantine which the Government already applied to France.

Fully vaccinated Brits can visit countries on the amber list without quarantining when they return home, but these exceptions were removed for France due to concerns over the prominence of the beta variant.

There has been speculation that Greece and Spain could follow France into the special category as case numbers rise in the traditional summer holiday hotspots.

Both Greece and Spain have recently moved to tighter Covid-19 restrictions to cope with the latest wave of the pandemic.

Spain has seen night curfews being reintroduced in more than 30 towns in the region of Valencia.

Labour has estimated 5,857,558 holidaymakers would be affected by looking at official data on past travel made with adjustments for lower willingness to travel by comparing survey data.

Speaking to the Independent, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon said: “Not only have they failed to protect our borders, allowing Covid cases to rocket, they also refuse to be straight with the public and give them the information they need to book travel with confidence, with clear information on the direction of travel of infections in each country.

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“Families who have booked holidays in good faith now risk losing out – a 10-day quarantine is simply not an option for many people who are already struggling financially thanks to the pandemic.”

In response to Labour’s comments, a spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “The travel list allocations have not changed for Spain or Greece.

“We are closely monitoring the data and will take swift action on travel list allocations and international travel requirements should the data show that countries’ risk to England has changed.”

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