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British holidaymakers have been dealt yet another blow tonight, with the Government announcing travellers arriving from France will still have to quarantine – even if they have had both Covid jabs.

Holiday hopefuls had previously been told that they would be able to avoid ‘Amber List’ quarantine rules from Monday.

That’s the date when the Government had set down for allowing double jabbed Britons return from Amber List countries without having to quarantine.

But France will now be made an exemption to that rule. It comes amid concerns over the spread of the Beta (South African) strain in France.

However it has raised eyebrows because in the seven days to July 14 there were 244,691 Covid cases in the UK, compared with 27,713 in France – while France’s vaccination rates have almost caught up with Britain’s.

The sudden reversal, which will likely throw thousands of summer holiday plans into disarray, comes just days before the school summer holidays and the July 19 ‘Freedom Day’.

Airline bosses said the move would be another blow to the travel industry.

In other developments:

  • Daily Covid cases topped 50,000 for the first time since mid-January as another 51,870 tested positive. A further 49 deaths were recorded;
  • Chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned the situation in hospitals could rapidly get ‘quite scary’ after the number of virus patients doubled in a fortnight;
  • Solicitor general Lucy Frazer admitted ministers could consider reimposing restrictions if the spread of the virus became ‘unacceptable’;
  • Health Secretary Sajid Javid was urged to end ‘excessive’ Covid travel test costs to stop families being priced out of foreign holidays;
  • Scientists joined the revolt against rules requiring people to self-isolate if ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid-19 app;
  • There was fresh confusion after the meat industry claimed officials had said their staff did not need to quarantine if contacted by the app.

British holidaymakers were dealt yet another blow tonight after the Government announced travellers arriving from France will still have to quarantine – even if they have had both Covid jabs

The summer holiday plans of thousands lie in ruins this morning, with people cancelling their planned trips to the Balearic Islands after they were axed from the green list while the cost of flights back from Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca soared nine-fold after last night's announcement

The summer holiday plans of thousands lie in ruins this morning, with people cancelling their planned trips to the Balearic Islands after they were axed from the green list while the cost of flights back from Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca soared nine-fold after last night’s announcement

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: 'Travel will be different this year'

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: 'With restrictions lifting on Monday across the country, we will do everything we can to ensure international travel is conducted as safely as possible, and protect our borders from the threat of variants.'

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (pictured left) said: ‘Travel will be different this year’. Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid (pictured right) said: ‘With restrictions lifting on Monday across the country, we will do everything we can to ensure international travel is conducted as safely as possible, and protect our borders from the threat of variants.’

A spokesperson for trade body ABTA said: ‘While we understand that public health must come first, this announcement will undoubtedly dent consumer confidence in overseas travel just as we are about to see many amber-listed countries opening up for UK visitors in time for the summer holidays.

‘Continuing changes to travel restrictions will delay any meaningful recovery for the industry and this news is just the latest example of why a tailored package of financial support for the travel and tourism sector must be introduced.’

Reports earlier this week suggested that the Government was considering putting France on the Red List – meaning those arriving in the UK from France would have had to isolate in a quarantine hotel for 10 days.

But the Government has instead opted for a less extreme option by keeping France on the Amber List but maintaining the quarantine requirement.

Those arriving back from France will now still have to isolate at home for up to 10 days. They will also need to take a Covid test after two and eight days in quarantine.

However travellers can be released after five days providing they test negative under the Government’s test and release scheme.

The rules also apply to fully vaccinated individuals who transit through France from either a green or another amber country.

Young British holidaymakers scramble to get back to the UK after Balearic quarantine change

Instead of partying, young British holidaymakers in Ibiza queued for PCR tests yesterday as they scrambled to get back to the UK ahead of the quarantine deadline.

The Spanish island will turn amber on Monday along with the rest of the Balearics, meaning travellers who are not double-jabbed must quarantine on their return. All travellers need a PCR test to be allowed back in the UK.

Many youngsters – many of them unvaccinated – flocked to the party island after it turned green at the end of June, meaning they could travel without isolating later.

Yesterday dozens of holidaymakers, mainly in their 20s and 30s, queued outside a pharmacy in the resort of San Antonio as they need to get home before 4am on Monday.

Moving the Balearic Islands, which also include Majorca, Menorca and Formentera, on to the amber list is a blow to younger travellers as many of them are not fully jabbed.

However the Government says operators may make specific arrangements in line with public health regulations for transit without quarantine, such as those travelling by train from Belgium.

In a statement, a Department of Health spokesman said: ‘Anyone arriving from France to England must continue to quarantine for ten days at home or in other accommodation, even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

‘It has been clear swift action will be taken on travel list allocations should the data show that countries risk to England have changed, including in France.’

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘Travel will be different this year and whilst we are committed to continuing to open up international travel safely, our absolute priority is to protect public health here in the UK.

‘We urge everyone thinking about going abroad this summer to check their terms and conditions as well as the travel restrictions abroad before they go.’

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘We have always been clear that we will not hesitate to take rapid action at our borders to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the gains made by our successful vaccination programme.

‘With restrictions lifting on Monday across the country, we will do everything we can to ensure international travel is conducted as safely as possible, and protect our borders from the threat of variants.’

The news has been criticised by the travel industry, with Airlines UK chief executive Tim Alderslade saying: ‘These random rule changes make it almost impossible for travellers and industry to plan ahead, and can only further undermine consumer trust at the very peak of the summer season.’

Meanwhile, Johan Lundgren, chief executive of EasyJet, said the government was ‘making it up as they go along and causing confusion and uncertainty’.

He said: ‘It is not backed up by the science or transparent data and this move pulls the rug out from under our customers who have already travelled to France or who are booked to travel there and so it is them I feel for.’

The news has been criticised by the travel industry, including by Airlines UK chief executive Tim Alderslade

Johan Lundgren, chief executive of EasyJet, said the government was 'making it up as they go along and causing confusion and uncertainty'.

The news has been criticised by the travel industry, including by Airlines UK chief executive Tim Alderslade (pictured left). Johan Lundgren (pictured right), chief executive of EasyJet, said the government was ‘making it up as they go along and causing confusion and uncertainty’.

England’s hospital situation could become ‘quite scary’, warns Chris Whitty

Chris Whitty has warned that the situation in England’s hospitals could rapidly become ‘quite scary’ after the number of Covid patients doubled in a fortnight.

One of the country’s largest hospitals scrapped all planned surgeries yesterday as the NHS struggles to cope with surging admissions and unprecedented staff shortages.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham said a lack of intensive care beds has forced it to cancel dozens of operations including liver transplants over the past two days.

Professor Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, warned the NHS could ‘get into trouble again surprisingly fast’ after infections rose 67 per cent in a week.

His comments came as ministers admitted lockdown measures could be reimposed after Freedom Day on Monday if cases become ‘unacceptable’. Yesterday, 717 people with Covid-19 were admitted to hospital, taking the total number in hospital to 3,964. This is twice what it was at the start of July but still down 90 per cent on the January peak.

Daily cases have topped 50,000 for the first time since mid-January as another 51,870 tested positive yesterday. Deaths are up 57 per cent in a week and there were another 49 yesterday.

Professor Whitty warned: ‘I don’t think we should underestimate the fact that we could get into trouble again surprisingly fast.’ He said the UK is ‘not out of the woods yet’ and that figures for those in hospital with coronavirus could reach ‘quite scary numbers’.

‘We’ve still got 2,000 people in hospital and that number is increasing,’ he said. ‘If we double from 2,000 to 4,000 to 8,000 and so on it doesn’t take many doubling times until you’re in very, very large numbers indeed.’

Health officials are alarmed by the ferocious spread of the Indian or Delta variant. The third wave is showing no sign of slowing despite nine in ten adults having been jabbed.

Solicitor General Lucy Frazer admitted that ministers could consider reimplementing restrictions if the spread of the virus becomes ‘unacceptable’.

She said: ‘If we get into a situation where it is unacceptable and we do need to put back further restrictions, then that of course is something the Government will look at.’

Operations have also been cancelled in Newcastle and Leeds, while in Sunderland staff have been asked to consider postponing holidays.

Hospitals in London have reopened Covid units to deal with rising admissions.

It comes as British holidaymakers in Ibiza are dashing back to the UK before Monday’s 4am quarantine deadline after ministers announced plans to strike Spain’s Balearic Islands off the Government’s green list of foreign travel destinations – despite having lower Covid rates than Britain.

Passengers could be seen queueing at a clinic in San Antonio to get PCR tests and racing to Ibiza Airport today, after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca will be demoted to the amber list.

Flight prices from the islands have soared by as much as nine times, with budget airline Ryanair’s morning and evening trips from Palma de Mallorca to Manchester Airport rocketing from just £12 at the start of Wednesday to nearly £110, an hour before Mr Shapps’ announcement.

Saturday’s mid-afternoon British Airway flight from Ibiza to London Heathrow was priced at around £115. Within two hours, tickets for the same journey had increased to £220 – a 92 per cent increase.

On the last easyJet flight from Menorca to Gatwick before the deadline, the last three seats on the passenger carrier cost £118 – around two-thirds more than the preannouncement fare, the Independent reports.

Double-vaccinated people will still be able to return from the Balearics quarantine free, even though they are on the amber list, when travel rules change on Monday. But the move will be a blow to younger holidaymakers who are not yet fully jabbed and will now have to quarantine on their return to the UK or cancel their booking altogether.

Air industry bosses lined up to blast the Government’s ‘bitterly disappointing’ move, while MPs warned that the ‘on and off again’ decision-making was ‘creating huge uncertainty in the sector’ and could lead to a jobs bloodbath in the autumn.

Furious Twitter users accused the Government of ‘taking the pi**’ and complained there is ‘absolutely no point going abroad’ until next year. One wrote: ‘We’re staying in the UK this year. We decided to not even try to go abroad, too much hassle, quarantines etc… and way too expensive’.

Holidaymakers in Spain’s Balearic Islands are now scrambling back to the UK to beat the latest quarantine deadline at 4am on Monday, July 19 – when most legal restrictions are due to be scrapped on England’s so-called ‘Freedom Day’.

TUI UK and Jet2 Holidays told MailOnline that they are not cancelling trips to Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca but blasted the sudden move. A spokesman for Jet2 Holidays said: ‘Hardworking customers and families continue to be judged by a different and stricter set of rules when it comes to taking their well-deserved holidays. Travel is not, and should not be, the preserve of the wealthy and powerful.’

One unvaccinated couple told MailOnline they would have to cancel their trip to Ibiza to reunite with their grandchildren for the first time since the pandemic began, now that self-isolation rules for returning travellers are being re-imposed on the Balearics.

Another family who are due to fly to Menorca on Friday revealed that they were now stuck in limbo with travel agents and airlines refusing to offer refunds. Others who flew out from Gatwick said they were already considering cutting their holidays short to bypass the 10-day home quarantine.

Holidaymakers can be seen queueing outside a clinic in San Antonio to get PCR tests ahead of their flights back to the UK

Holidaymakers can be seen queueing outside a clinic in San Antonio to get PCR tests ahead of their flights back to the UK

British holidaymakers in Ibiza are dashing back to the UK before Monday's 4am quarantine deadline

British holidaymakers in Ibiza are dashing back to the UK before Monday’s 4am quarantine deadline

Are these the figures that sparked the Government into putting the Balearic Islands back on the Amber List?

The Balearic Islands’ 14-day new infection rate has surged to around 408 per 100,000 of the population.

The total number of coronavirus cases across the islands on Wednesday stood at 4,896, up 6 per cent on the previous day.

The number of adults who have been fully jabbed is 510,108, or 49.2 per cent of the adult population.

Sixty-four per cent – or 665,809 people – have had their first jab. However, just 81 Covid patients were in hospital in Majorca.

Arriving back after Monday would also mean having to shell out as much as another £100 for an extra post-arrival Covid test.

Though Bulgaria and Hong Kong have been fully downgraded to the green list, Croatia and Taiwan are on what’s known as the ‘green watch list’ which means they can be reverted back to amber at any moment. Those looking for a quick switch from the Balearics could face an uphill battle, with red tape potentially getting in the way of a trip to Croatia and Bulgaria.

Speaking to MailOnline, Mark Littlewood, director-general at the Institute of Economic Affairs think-tank, said: ‘Moving a country from green to amber might be as easy as flicking a switch for policymakers but it will deliver a devastating blow to industries that have been clobbered by 18 months of Covid restrictions.

‘Companies in the aviation and tourism sectors are clinging on by their fingernails. Their survival hinges on certainty and a summer boost. Government is providing neither. Business owners – and the public at large – are finding it increasingly difficult to discern exactly what is changing on our so-called Freedom Day.

‘As for me, I don’t care whether politicians think the colour of a specific destination is green, yellow, orange, pink or violet – and I’m inclined to ignore this nonsense on my travels to Majorca next month.

Holidaymakers in Spain's Balearic Islands are now scrambling back to the UK to beat the quarantine deadline on Monday

Holidaymakers in Spain’s Balearic Islands are now scrambling back to the UK to beat the quarantine deadline on Monday

Passengers could be seen queueing at a clinic in San Antonio to get PCR tests ahead of their flights back to the UK

Passengers could be seen queueing at a clinic in San Antonio to get PCR tests ahead of their flights back to the UK

Holidaymakers can be seen queueing outside a clinic in San Antonio to get PCR tests ahead of their flights back to the UK

Holidaymakers can be seen queueing outside a clinic in San Antonio to get PCR tests ahead of their flights back to the UK

Masked holidaymakers entering Ibiza Airport as they fly back to the UK today to beat Monday's quarantine deadline

Masked holidaymakers entering Ibiza Airport as they fly back to the UK today to beat Monday’s quarantine deadline

Double-vaccinated people will still be able to return from the Balearic Islands quarantine free, even though they are on the amber list, when travel rules change on Monday

Double-vaccinated people will still be able to return from the Balearic Islands quarantine free, even though they are on the amber list, when travel rules change on Monday

Passengers can be seen queueing at baggage drop-off inside Ibiza Airport ahead of their flights back to the UK

Passengers can be seen queueing at baggage drop-off inside Ibiza Airport ahead of their flights back to the UK

British holidaymakers in Ibiza are dashing back to the UK before Monday's 4am quarantine deadline

British holidaymakers in Ibiza are dashing back to the UK before Monday’s 4am quarantine deadline

Furious Twitter users accused the Government of 'taking the pi**' and complained there is 'absolutely no point going abroad' until next year. One wrote: 'We're staying in the UK this year. We decided to not even try to go abroad, too much hassle, quarantines etc... and way too expensive'

Furious Twitter users accused the Government of ‘taking the pi**’ and complained there is ‘absolutely no point going abroad’ until next year. One wrote: ‘We’re staying in the UK this year. We decided to not even try to go abroad, too much hassle, quarantines etc… and way too expensive’

Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he did not understand the decision to axe the Balearic Islands from the green list – calling the move ‘disappointing’.

Henry Smith, Tory chairman of the All-Party Future of Aviation Group, said the move is ‘creating huge uncertainty in the sector and for the millions of people desperate for a summer holiday’ as he slammed what he called on again, off again’ decision-making.

Speaking to MailOnline, he warned of a jobs bloodbath in the autumn, arguing that the move to strike popular holiday destinations off the so-called green list ‘is likely to create huge trouble for the industry, and could lead to significant unemployment in the coming weeks and months’.

Mr Smith, chairman of the said in response: ‘I think it’s incredibly disappointing, I would have liked to have seen the Government adding more countries onto the green list rather than removing them. I think we should be much more concerned with restarting international travel than we are, particularly as we move into the summer period.

‘There are two reasons for this. The first is the success of the vaccination roll-out, with even under-18s being offered the jab. The Government should be moving to allow people to head abroad without restrictions if they are jabbed because the vaccines significantly reduce the risk of serious illness.

‘The second is that the travel sector has been absolutely devastated by months of restrictions and this Government’s on again, off again attitude to international travel. We need a period of solid summer holidaying now to allow the industry to begin recovering from the effects of the pandemic.

‘Instead, the Government is creating an environment of tremendous uncertainty which is making it practically impossible for travel firms to operate. They need time to be able to adapt to any changes which are introduced.

‘I think if we are not careful, this on again, off again policy is likely to create huge trouble for the industry, and could lead to significant unemployment in the coming weeks and months.’

Flight prices from the archipelago have soared as much as nine times, with budget airline Ryanair’s morning and evening trips from Palma de Mallorca to Manchester Airport rocketing from just £12 at the start of yesterday to nearly £110 an hour before Mr Shapps’ announcement.

On the last easyJet flight from Menorca to Gatwick before the deadline, the last three seats on the passenger carrier cost £118 – around two-thirds more than the preannouncement fare, the Independent reports.

Double-jabbed Britons arriving back from France must quarantine for 10 days

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