Brits are fleeing home early from their island summer holidays in hopes of beating quarantine orders.
The Spanish holiday islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca have been moved from the UK’s green to amber, meaning anyone over 18 who is not fully vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days upon their return.
Holidaymakers have until 4am on Monday, July 19, to return home as the new rules kick in at the same time as ‘Freedom Day.’
Monday’s unlocking comes as Brits scramble to get home by the deadline.
Reports of airports filling with travellers returning from the Balearic Islands in the nick of time after the popular destinations were moved to amber.
Brit travellers were seen landing in the UK’s airports on Sunday morning as they arrived home from their holidays in the Spanish island chain.
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Scores of passengers were seen arriving at Manchester Airport on Sunday morning as flights landed from the Balearic island chain.
Palma de Mallorca airport was pictured rammed yesterday as Brits began flocking in hopes of getting a last-minute flight home.
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According to The Sun, passengers were seen queuing Covid testing clinic in the Ibiza resort region of San Antonio to get PCR checks on Friday, with just two days left before they needed to get home to beat quarantine.
It has been a week of holiday chaos with France suddenly plunged under special quarantine rules.
The government said travellers arriving in the UK must now quarantine for 10 days at home upon arrival, despite the country remaining on the amber list.
From Monday, fully vaccinated travellers can return from amber list countries without the requirement to quarantine.
However France has been exempted from the rule-change.
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Reports have speculated the country could be added to the red list in the next round of official traffic light travel alert system changes.
The changes mean many holidaymakers’ summer abroad plans now lie in tatters as only the fully vaccinated can travel to amber list countries without quarantine on return.
Furious Brits yesterday told the Mirror their France trip plans had been left in ruins after the government’s shock quarantine announcement on Friday.
The summer holiday travel chaos has left the government facing accusations of ‘flip-flopping’ as holidaymakers are forced to cancel plans, leaving many out of pocket.
And the more than half-a-million people pinged to isolate by the NHS Covid app in a single week during the during the summer holiday season has added to the travel woes.
Travel leaders have slammed the system, as bosses fear a summer of uncertainty will cause Brits to avoid overseas travel in another blow to the devastated industry.