THOUSANDS of Brits deal with Christmas in quarantine after the Canary Islands was chopped from the travel corridor list from 4am tomorrow.
Holidaymakers and expats flying home after December 18 can not see family as they need to self-isolate for 5 days, then have a test and wait 24-48 hours for the result.
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50,000 Brits had actually trips reserved for our most popular winter-sun destination – and some of the islands’ 25,000 expats prepared to check out the UK for Christmas.
Mum Leanne Barker, from Manchester, said: “I landed in the Gran Canaria on Thursday and the earliest flight house gets to 5pm Saturday. I’ll now need to quarantine for Christmas.”
Adam Kearey, from Lancashire, stated: “I got here in the Canaries with my household 10 minutes before the travel corridor statement. How can I go to work when I get home if I have to self-isolate?”
Flight rates practically trebled as Brits hurried home the other day to beat the 4am quarantine due date. Jet2’s Tenerife-London Stansted flight rocketed from ₤ 71 to ₤ 190.
Many families scheduled to go to the Canaries for Christmas scrapped trips.
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Airlines are set to set ditch flights amid a rush of cancellations.
Julia Lo Bue-Said of Benefit Travel Partnership stated: “The majority of winter sun departures over Christmas would have been to the Canary Islands, so removing them from the safe list is extremely damaging for the tourist industry.”
Critics say the Government must have done island-by-island travel corridor guidelines for the Canaries, just like Greece, which saved half-term when popular traveler areas such as Crete were allowed, when some other parts of Greece were off-limits.
Canary Islands OFF the travel passage list with Brits forced to quarantine