Sunseekers who have not yet been fully vaccinated are scrambling to get home from the Balearic Islands to avoid 10 days of self-isolation.
Switching the holiday isles of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza from the green to amber watchlist has caused chaos.
Tourists are cutting short holidays, queuing for rearranged Covid tests and forking out for new flights so they can be back in Britain by 4am tomorrow.
Then the Spanish islands will move to the amber list – after just 15 days on the green – and those not double-jabbed will have to quarantine at home.
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There were fears even the fully vaccinated would have to isolate if our Government extended its clampdown on travellers from France.
From tomorrow, double-jabbed arrivals from amber nations will avoid quarantine – unless they come from France, which has seen a rise in cases of the Beta variant.
France is the UK’s second most popular holiday destination and the latest ruling left tens of thousands of people rushing to get trips refunded.
Yesterday in the Majorcan resort of Magaluf, warehouse worker Owen Hayes, 26, from Cardiff, said: “I’ve had to cut my holiday short to avoid quarantine. After flying out on Friday, I’m going back tomorrow.”
He has been double-jabbed but not within the necessary time period so has paid £75 for a new TUI flight.
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He said: “The football at Wembley gives the impression things are getting better, but then within a couple of weeks, Majorca and other Balearic Islands change from green to amber. It’s confusing for people.”
Automotive buyer Nicky Watt, 24, is on holiday with her non-jabbed social care worker partner Max Day.
Nicky, who has had one jab, said: “We had to pay an extra £100 to book a new flight with Ryanair. It’s disappointing we had to cut our holiday short.”
Expat drug and alcohol rehab counsellor Alex Newman paid out for an early flight to Britain to avoid quarantine and save her 50th birthday party in Bath with friends and family.
She said: “I’ve had a party planned for my 50th for so long. When it was announced Majorca was moving to amber, I knew I needed to get back before Monday and was in a panic.
“It’s cost me £120 and I’ve had to get a ‘gold standard’ PCR test.
“You just can’t plan anything. The current traffic light system is disorganised chaos and should be scrapped because it’s constantly changing.
“The whole situation is a mess and causes more stress and upset for everyone everywhere. People need more clarity to enable them to live their lives.”
Reacting to the news about France, Karl Clasper, from Middlesbrough, said: “If they do the same with the Balearics that they have done with France, we’ll be screwed with work and family life. Statistically, the Covid situation is worse in the UK than here in Majorca so I don’t see why they would need to.”
And NHS Covid care worker Megan Amott, 23, of Barnsley, South Yorks, said if Spain had the same curb as France she would have to stay off work.
Megan, who is fully vaccinated, said: “I probably wouldn’t get paid and I don’t think my bosses would be best pleased.”
One Brit from Birmingham aiming to travel to Majorca at the end of this month has booked a one-way flight home halfway through her stay in case Spain ends up on the UK’s red travel list.
Michelle Hyde, who runs a party supply and rental shop, posted online: “This lady is determined to get a holiday. Flight was £16 to come home and I prefer to waste £16 than give the Government £1,700.”
The Balearics had 752 new Covid cases yesterday following two days of record rises, with 864 on Friday and 795 on Thursday.
Parts of Spain have re-introduced night-time curfews, meaning tourists in Costa resorts, like Salou near Tarragona, have to be indoors by 1am.
Benidorm hotel bosses have given up on the idea of a bumper summer, despite the end of quarantine requirements from tomorrow for double-jabbed British tourists.
Travel consultant Paul Charles said the French restriction applied to the thousands driving through France to the UK.
He said: “There is now the fear the Government is moving stealthily to create a blanket quarantine again. If they’ve done it for France, one of the three big destinations for Britons, could they do it for Spain and Greece?”
And Rory Boland, of consumer watchdog Which?, said: “Many will struggle to get a refund or claim on their insurance.” He urged travel firms to do all they can to support holidaymakers.
The Government blamed the extra restriction on France on a rise in Beta variant cases – first identified in South Africa.
Meanwhile, in London, the Metropolitan Tube line was suspended yesterday because of a staff shortage triggered by workers told to self-isolate by the NHS Covid-19 app. The Piccadilly and District lines were also affected.