BRITS are facing a race against time to fly home before the Balearic Islands are added to the UK’s amber list on Monday.
Holidaymakers are desperate as any non-vaccinated British travellers will have to quarantine for 10 days after returning from the islands.
Palma de Mallorca airport was seen looking packed today as Brits scrambled for a flight home.
It comes after passengers were seen on Friday queuing at a Covid testing clinic in San Antonio to get PCR checks.
The Government has infuriated travellers, and been accused of “double standards” on international travel after the U-turn.
There has been criticism after it was announced that Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca would be added to the amber travel list due to a surge in coronavirus cases, little more than a fortnight after they went green.
RACE TO GET HOME
The change for those returning to England, Scotland and Wales from the Spanish islands will take place at 4am on Monday, July 19.
This means that the holiday plans of unjabbed Brits who have already booked trips abroad lie in tatters.
Mr Shapps said: “Travel is not the same as it was before the global pandemic.
“Clearly if you’re booking to a green watch list country you need to make sure you can get your money back and change accommodation.”
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Infections on the islands have soared to 258 cases per 100,000 people.
Double-jabbed Brits coming back after the switch will not have to isolate.
But they will still need to take a test before their return to the UK, and on the second day after getting home.
Travellers will be able to prove their vaccine status on their NHS app.
Brits can still travel to the islands by showing their app, or proving they have had a negative test 72 hours before travel.
It means the Costas of Spain and the campsites of France will remain off limits to the un-vaccinated as they will remain amber.
The islands of Malta and Madeira, are currently on the green or green watch list.
Brit holidaymakers must book refundable trips, as destinations risk being suddenly struck off the green list, Mr Shapps had warned earlier this week.
However, Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, noted that Covid infection rates were rising in the UK but remained lower across much of Europe.
“So we cannot understand why the Government is going to allow people to go to a nightclub – without a mask or social distancing – and yet is not comfortable with people going to the beaches of Europe, where the infection rates are lower than in the UK,” Mr Lundgren said.
“Yet again we see this double standard where travel is treated differently to the domestic economy.”