Saturday 24 July 2021 / 10:30 PM Jim McMahon / Transport

Labour analysis shows nearly six million Brits could have summer holiday plans ruined

Analysis by Labour shows nearly six million Brits’ summer holiday plans could be ruined if Spain and Greece are added to the Government’s ‘Amber plus’ list along with France.

Figures show that an estimated 5,857,558 have booked holidays to France, Spain or Greece during Quarter 3 of 2021 but could find themselves slapped with last minute quarantine requirements – an unaffordable additional cost for many families.

Ministers made abrupt changes to their traffic light system for international travel on Friday evening, introducing a new category which requires those travelling to the UK from France to quarantine for 10 days, even if they have been double vaccinated.

The move drew criticism from French officials, who were reportedly not told about the new measures until they appeared in the press, and from senior figures in the travel industry, who accused the Government of “making it up as they go along and causing confusion and uncertainty”.

Reports suggest Spain and Greece are likely to be added to the same list in the coming days, but ministers have refused to confirm whether that will be the case.  They have also refused to publish the full country-by-country data that informs the traffic light system, showing the number of Covid cases, direction of travel, restrictions and vaccinations, despite repeated requests from Labour.

Jim McMahon MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

“Boris Johnson is presiding over a summer of chaos.  He and his cabinet appear to be in meltdown with their mixed messages and making up policy on the hoof, with one million children out of school at the end of term and international travel rules causing widespread confusion.

“Not only have they failed to protect our borders, allowing Covid cases to rocket – they also refuse to be straight with the public and give them the information they need to book travel with confidence, with clear information on the direction of travel of infections in each country.

“Families who have booked holidays in good faith now risk losing out – 10-day quarantine is simply not an option for many people who are already struggling financially thanks to the pandemic.”