Spain threatens to force British holidaymakers to quarantine 'in retaliation for our 14-day rule'

SPAIN'S Foreign Minister hasthreatened to force Brits to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive into the country.

The warning from Arancha González comes just one day after the country said it would welcome UK holidaymakers from next week – in retaliation for Britain's own quarantine rule.

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Yesterday, the Spanish Foreign Ministry confirmed British tourists would be allowed into Spain from the start of next week.

A Spanish Foreign Ministry spokesman said: “As it’s in a transition period, it’s considered that the UK is included in the announcement that Pedro Sanchez made yesterday and can return to Spain along with EU nationals when border controls are lifted from June 21.”

But now, Ms Gonzalez has warned that anyone travelling into the country from the UK may have to self-isolate for 14 days, in retaliation for the British government's current quarantine rules.

She told the BBC:"We will be checking what the UK will be doing, and we will be in a dialogue with the UK to see whether or not we should be introducing reciprocity, as they have different measures from thE rest of the European union."

While borders across Europe are being opened, Brits are still being told that they must quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK if they do go abroad.

That would mean Brits would have to self-isolate for a total of 28 days just to go on holiday – two weeks in quarantine in Spain and a further two weeks when they return to the UK.

The decision by the Downing Street to impose the self-isolation rule – which came into force on June 8 – has been widely criticised by the travel industry.

EasyJet, alongside rivals British Airways and Ryanair, have started legal action against the British government's quarantine policy to try to have it overturned.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has slammed the rules, calling them "idiotic and unimplementable."

In addition to the quarantine, the Foreign Office currently advises against all but essential international travel.

But Mr O'Leary has said thatBrits are simply planning on ignoring the government,  claiming that that they already have full planes heading out to holiday destinations in places like Portugal, Spain and Italy next month.

He said:"We are seeing thousands of British families booking their two-week holiday, because they themselves expect they won't be affected by the quarantine when they return home. "

German tourists had already started to arrive in the country yesterday, as part of a trial for new coronavirus measures ahead of the official opening of the country to foreign visitors.

But German holidaymakers won't be forced to self-isolate, because their country is not requiring visitors from Spain to do so.

France, which opened its borders to visitors from the UK yesterday, has also imposed a quarantine on Brits.

Theirs has been put in place as a reaction to the UK’s current rules – which asks anyone travelling from abroad to self-isolate for 14 days on their return. 

However, there are no enforced fines in France if the quarantine is broken. 


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