Brit couple blast ‘ridiculous’ Spain travel rules as they have to quarantine

A British couple felt “hung out to dry” when the government changed its mind about Spain holiday rules.

Sophie Ingham, 23, and her boyfriend Nick Baldwin, are currently holidaying in Tenerife.

They are due to return to the UK tomorrow but will have to quarantine themselves for a fortnight when they land – even though they followed health and safety measures and wore masks when abroad.

Tenerife remains on list of destinations that are “exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel”.

But bizarrely, those returning from the 'low risk' location will still have to quarantine themselves for 14 days when they get back to Britain.

This is because mainland Spain, which is more than 1,000 miles away by air, has seen a spike in cases in recent days.

Sophie branded the confusing U-turn on travel advice as "ridiculous".

And in an interview with MailOnline, she added: "I think implementing this quarantine without giving people enough notice to get home is completely unfair.

"Spain's cases have been increasing for the past few days, the government have allowed families to travel in the past two days as the summer holidays have begun.

"Only to implement a lockdown 48 hours later? It makes no sense.

"The government knew the risks when they opened the air bridges and now they are hanging travellers out to dry when a lot of people will not be able to quarantine.”

The couple aren’t the only ones to oppose the government’s new rules.

Many have taken to Twitter to air their frustrations – with some saying the change in guidelines has left them fearing for their jobs.

One commenter wrote: “We arrived in Spain yesterday.

“I’m due to start a new job in August, now it’s in jeopardy as it’s too short notice.

“I would not have come out to Spain if I knew we had to quarantine.”

Another said: “I’m totally at a loss with the UK Foreign Office.

“How is it OK to fly out to Tenerife then two days after arrival have to quarantine for 14 days upon return because mainland Spain is bad for Covid-19?

“We’re bloody miles away. I have a job to get on with when I return – not sit at home.”

While the new rules may seem sudden, the government said it would be regularly monitoring “travel corridors” to see if they’re still safe to visit.

The gov.uk website explains: “We will keep the conditions in these (exempt) countries and territories under review.

“If they worsen we will reintroduce self-isolation requirements.”

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