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The quarantine must be reduced from 14 to 10 days because millions of summer holidays are at stake


Ministers are ready to reduce the quarantine to 10 days to save summer vacation for millions of families whose trips abroad were at stake last night.

The government fears that its sudden decision to force British people returning from Spain to self-isolate for 14 days will frighten mass cancellations and end the holiday season.

Quarantined tourists fear that the two weeks at home could cost them paid work, especially for those who cannot work from home.

If you shave four days before the two-week quarantine, you can convince those who grapple with the question of whether or not to fly to advance their journey.

According to Matt Hancock's suggestions, returning travelers who take a negative test eight days after landing will be given the go-ahead to break the quarantine two days later.

The additional two days are a buffer in the event of symptoms, according to the Daily Telegraph, which first revealed the planned reduction.

A source informed MailOnline that reducing the quarantine time from 14 to 10 days was a "live discussion".

British arrive at Malaga-Costa del Sol airport and are quarantined on their return to the UK

British arrive at Malaga-Costa del Sol airport and are quarantined on their return to the UK

Travelers could lose their vacation AND cash as airlines refuse to cancel flights to Spain

The airlines refuse to cancel flights to Spain – although the government advises against all but essential travel.

The move means that hundreds of thousands of British families are in the balance and are at risk of losing thousands of pounds.

It also conflicts with the government because it ignores an edict of public security.

The government issued the travel warning after the appearance of a second wave of corona viruses in parts of Spain.

Customers would normally expect travel agents to cancel flights and offer refunds.

But all major airlines that have suffered massive losses after the collapse of air traffic continue to offer the flights.

This means that families may lose their vacation and money.

It comes after the government has extended travel restrictions to the Spanish islands and warned that other vacation destinations could follow.

The Federal Foreign Office is now warning of "anything but essential" trips to the Balearic and Canary Islands, which have already done this for the mainland.

The travel company Jet2 reacted to yesterday's dictation by canceling flights to all Spanish destinations and asked passengers not to go to the airport.

Downing Street warned, "Unfortunately, no travel is risk-free during this pandemic." Sources said there were "no immediate plans" to change travel and quarantine advice to other countries.

However, Croatia and Belgium are worrying and the ministers are also monitoring France and Germany.

Last night, Grant Shapps canceled his own vacation in Spain to deal with the crisis.

The Minister of Transport, whose wife and children continue their vacation without him, has to be quarantined at home for two weeks.

He told the mail that he felt "not right" and would go on vacation if others ruined her plans.

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove canceled a trip to the Balearic Islands on Saturday.

Ministers faced a backlash from travel experts and the aviation industry last night over the "chaotic" approach to airlift policy that has only existed for three weeks.

The Spanish government, international airline bosses, vacationers and travel agents said Britain was wrong about security, science and economic impact.

Former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo said it was "a deliberate attempt to ruin recovery."

However, a government source said: “This has always been a security policy. If we believe that there is a risk that we will import cases from overseas, we will act decisively to prevent this. & # 39;

The advice was changed as follows:

  • The British began to cancel trips across Europe because they feared the trip would be prohibited and quarantine rules imposed.
  • The head of Tui, Britain's largest travel company, called for tax breaks for the industry as the sector's stocks plummeted.
  • The company canceled holidays in the Balearic and Canary Islands last night.
  • Health Minister Lord Bethel said the government relied on vacationers to voluntarily isolate themselves because they could not monitor the rules.
  • Downing Street admitted that some returning Britons may have to sign up for benefits if their employers refuse to pay them while isolating themselves.
  • There were fears that some British tourists in Spain could be locked up if the number of cases increased;
  • The Spanish government said Britain had overreacted and should immediately lift the quarantine rules on its islands.
  • No. 10 declined calls to replace the quarantine with a test regime at airports.

The government shocked the nation and the travel industry over the weekend with new advice against all but essential travel to mainland Spain.

Tourists today walk in front of the airport with their luggage upon arrival in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Tourists today walk in front of the airport with their luggage upon arrival in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

At the same time, it was said that anyone returning from there should go into 14-day quarantine. If you break the quarantine, you will be fined GBP 1,000.

The decision was made for fear of a second wave of Covid in Spain after the number of cases increased by 75 percent in just 48 hours last week.

The infection rate in Spain is 35.1 cases per 100,000 people, while the UK is 14 according to the latest figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands were included in the quarantine restrictions, but were excluded from the Federal Foreign Office's warning against "all but essential travel".

The omission had raised hopes yesterday that the islands, where coronavirus cases are said to be lower, could be removed from Spain after intensive lobbying.

These hopes were dashed last night by the latest advice from the Federal Foreign Office.

A spokesman for the Federal Foreign Office said: "We have examined the overall situation for British nationals traveling to and from the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, including the impact of the self-isolation obligation on returning to the UK, and have concluded that we should advise British citizens against all non-essential trips to all of Spain. & # 39;

It was alleged last night that the chief medical officer had warned that ten Britons who had tested positive for coronavirus since July 1 had reported visiting Spain in the 14 days before their test.

What happens to the quarantine? Travel agencies are on the brink of the British withdrawing from travel across Europe

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British holidaymakers cancel trips through Europe because they fear that travel bans and quarantine rules will be imposed.

Ministers' warnings that they could extend new controls for trips to Spain to other nations have shaken the travel industry.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and Health Minister Helen Whately have announced the possibility of expanding travel bans. It was suggested that France, Belgium and Germany could join Portugal on the list of countries with restrictions.

Downing Street warned tourists last night, "No travel is risk free" as the prospect of the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands being exempted from quarantine for Spain has waned.

British quarantined may need to register for benefits

Vacationers returning from Spain may need to sign up for benefits if their employer doesn't pay them for quarantine, Downing Street said yesterday.

The sudden change in tour guide for Spain over the weekend means that hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers who are currently in Spain have to isolate themselves at home for 14 days when they return.

According to the regulations, you risk a fine of GBP 1,000 if you leave your home during this time.

Persons who are asked to self-isolate after contact with an infected person are entitled to statutory sick pay.

However, a legal loophole means that those who are asked to quarantine after returning from vacation will not do so.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said that vacationers who are unemployed or unemployed due to the quarantine period could instead be eligible for universal credit or employment benefits.

He said the government expects employers to be "flexible" so that employees can work from home while isolating themselves.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman added: "Anyone traveling abroad should be aware that our travel advice is constantly being reviewed."

It came when tour operator Jet2 said he was canceling flights to Spanish destinations, along with Faro Airport in the Algarve.

She asked the government for "clarity" in this "fast moving situation".

Industry expert Paul Charles of the PR agency PC Agency and a member of the Quash Quarantine printing group said the decision to limit visits to Spain has "almost canceled the summer season".

He said, "Many people fear that the government will set up quarantine for other countries. Companies will not be able to survive the winter.

“People are not only canceling Spain, but also other short-distance bookings. We have heard of many cancellations for vacations in France, Italy and Greece.

"If no bookings are received in late summer, it means that a lot more jobs will be lost and more companies will go under in the travel industry."

Former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo warned that leaks suggesting France or Germany might come next cause "chaos and lack of trust".

Tim Hawkins of Manchester Airports Group said the impact on some vacation companies could be "the last nail in the coffin".

Ms. Whately said, "We need to continue to review the situation and I think the public would expect us to."

When asked about the inclusion of France and Germany, she said: "If interest rates rise in a country where quarantine is not currently required, we should take action."

Health Minister Lord Bethell added: “Within individual countries there is no way for us to control domestic traffic. It is therefore very difficult to have a regional list of exceptions and that is why we have not been able to adopt any exemptions for the EU Balearic Islands. & # 39;

Cabinet Minister Michael Gove, who may have to cancel a trip to Ibiza, said: "It is an inconvenience to me, but nothing compared to the importance of putting public health first."

It is feared that Belgium may be the next country to be removed from the list of travel corridors after drastic instructions on social distancing have been issued.

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