Major warning issued to all UK holiday-goers flying abroad this summer

Holiday-goers from every corner of the country are being warned they face massive uncertainty if they plan on flying abroad over the remainder of the summer months. It comes as travellers in Spain have been told by the Government that they must self-isolate for 14 days after returning to the UK due to a rising number of coronavirus cases in the mainland European country. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has stood by the decision saying that the Government "can't make apologies" for the change.

He also warned that there may be more changes to come. Now, there are fears that more European holidays could be thrown up in the air with French and German officials warning of future lockdown periods, the MEN reports. According the Telegraph, parts of Europe including France and Germany are bracing for a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

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Over the weekend French health authorities confirmed that the country's R-rate was up to 1.3 and that daily new infections on Friday had risen to 1,130.

These are numbers similar to those seen in May, when France was coming out of its strict two-month lockdown. And The Times has reported that trips to France, Greece, and Italy are being cancelled "in large numbers". The situation with Spain is likely to increase pressure on an already under-strain travel sector.

Tour operator Tui has already cancelled all holidays to mainland Spain until early August. Close to 1.8 million holidays are likely to have been thrown into chaos by the move, according to travel company The PC Agency, which analysed data on flights. Labour shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth criticised the government's handling of the affair, labelling it "frankly shambolic", and called for financial support for those now forced to self-isolate at home.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps, is currently in Spain for his summer break, and will have to join thousands of others in having to quarantine when he gets back.

The Foreign Office guidance advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain did not include the Canary and Balearic islands.

But ministers have opted to apply blanket quarantine arrangements across the Spanish territories.

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