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Bookings to Greece surge as British holidaymakers flee Spain

greece - istock
greece – istock

British holidaymakers are flocking to Greece in lieu of Spain as the busiest month for summer holidays gets underway.

The chairman of Sunvil Holiday Group, Noel Josephides has reported a sudden rise in enquiries for ‘last-minute, flight-only’ bookings to Greece, and not from the company’s usual 50-plus demographic. “We know they are people who were likely to go to Spain,” he told iNews.

It comes as Europe’s largest tour operator Tui extended the cancellation of all UK holidays to the Spanish Balearic Islands and Canary Islands until August 10 and all holidays to mainland Spain until August

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Can I cancel my holiday to Spain and will my travel insurance cover me?

View of Punta Ballena street in Magaluf, Baleares, Spain: EPA
View of Punta Ballena street in Magaluf, Baleares, Spain: EPA

All travellers from Spain to the UK must self-isolate at home for two weeks, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

In addition, the Foreign Office says Spain poses “an unacceptably high risk for British travellers,” and now advises against all non-essential travel to the whole country, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.

Travel insurance for British holidaymakers already in Spain will remain in effect; UK travellers in Spain are not being advised to leave.

But anyone travelling to the mainland against Foreign Office advice will find their policy is

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Ryanair still flying to Spain despite quarantine

Ryanair has said it will continue its flights in and out of Spain as normal, despite the UK government’s decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on travellers arriving from the country.

Neil Sorahan, Ryanair’s chief financial officer, told the BBC: “The schedules remain in place.”

The travel industry has been plunged into confusion by the quarantine rule, which was announced over the weekend.

Airlines have called it a “big blow”, throwing travel plans into chaos.

But speaking on the BBC’s Today programme, Mr Sorahan said: “As things stand, the market remains open, the schedules remain in place and we continue

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Grant Shapps among British holidaymakers facing quarantine on return from Spain

Spanish beach - Getty
Spanish beach – Getty

Transport secretary Grant Shapps is among the British holidaymakers currently in Spain who will have to quarantine on their return. 

Ministers reimposed restrictions on travel from Spain, including its islands, on Saturday night following new outbreaks of coronavirus that prompted fears of a second wave of infections. This has thrown thousands of holidaymakers’ plans into disarray.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office changed its advice to warn against all but essential travel to mainland Spain. 

Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth said “you couldn’t make it up” after it was confirmed Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is currently in Spain and

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UK removes Spain from list of quarantine-free travel destinations

Sunbathers pack onto Barceloneta beach in Catalonia: REUTERS
Sunbathers pack onto Barceloneta beach in Catalonia: REUTERS

Boris Johnson has scrapped an air bridge agreement with Spain and reimposed quarantine measures on tourists re-entering Britain from the European country.

It comes after the Spanish health minister reported 971 new infections of coronavirus on Thursday – the biggest daily spike since the lockdown in the country was eased.

The change in policy from the government will mean any tourist returning to the UK from Spain will be requested to self-isolate for a 14-day period, or risk being fined by the authorities. It takes effect from midnight.

A government spokesperson said

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