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Coronavirus: Huge Criticism over the Re-imposed Quarantine Rules of Spain

Coronavirus: Huge Criticism over the Re-imposed Quarantine Rules of Spain

Ministers announced on Saturday that holidaymakers who had not returned from Spain and its islands by midnight would be forced to quarantine for 14 days after Covid-19 second wave fears saw the European country struck off the UK’s safe list.

Consumer rights and travel groups have criticised the Government after it moved suddenly to re-impose quarantine restrictions on people returning from Spain.

The new coronavirus travel rule was announced on Saturday following a spike in the number of new cases in Spain this week.

London-based World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) said the decision to remove Spain from the travel corridor exemption list was “disastrous” for the travel and tourism industry, both in Spain and the UK.

Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, said he knows it will cause disruption for holidaymakers but the government "can't make apologies".

"There is a cut-off with changes in rules and advice we give, so I appreciate that that's difficult and it can be disruptive," he said.

"But it would be far worse to either muddy the waters or to hold back and delay from taking the measures when we need to take them."

Among those affected by the new rules is Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who began his holiday in Spain on Saturday. He is expected to continue his trip as planned and isolate in line with guidance on his return.

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