Jet2, easyJet, Ryanair, TUI and British Airways on alert at Leeds Bradford Airport as Spain and Greece risk joining ‘amber plus’ list

Spain and Greece are at risk of joining the new ‘amber plus’ list, alongside France, following a significant rise in coronavirus cases in both countries.

The travel list will be reviewed again next month by the government to determine whether any countries will move or see tougher restrictions.

Almost six million Brits could see their holiday plans dashed should the move go ahead, according to analysis from Labour.

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The last minute change could see double-jabbed and under 18’s holidaymakers facing quarantine restrictions if they travel to Spain and Greece this summer.

An exemption was introduced by government ministers for the requirement to isolate at home for 10 days for double-dosed holidaymakers returning from countries on the amber list.

However, concerns over the Beta variant saw ministers remove the exemption for France last week, creating what is being described as an ‘amber plus’ designation on the traffic light system for foreign travel.

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Labour’s shadow transport secretary, Jim McMahon, explained that if Spain and Greece do follow France on to the new list, an estimated 5,857,558 holidaymakers could see their travel plans ruined during the “summer of chaos.”

The decision would come as a huge blow the airlines including Jet2, easyJet, TUI, BA and Ryanair who are still recovering from the impacts the coronavirus pandemic has had on the travel industry.

It has not yet been confirmed by the government whether Spain and Greece will face the same restrictions as France, but an update is expected in the coming weeks.

Mr 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.

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

The opposition estimated the number of people to have booked holidays to those three nations by looking at official data for past travel and adjusting for lower willingness to travel during the pandemic by comparing with surveys.

A Department for Transport spokesman 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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