Jet2 passengers in Spain are being urged to cut their holidays short or they won’t be able to return home with the airline. The popular carrier announced this week that it is cancelling all flights to mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands following new government restrictions. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises against all non-essential travel to all of Spain.
Anyone returning from Spain will have to quarantine for 14 days.
Now, Jet2 customers are being told they have to return by Monday August 3 as the airline responds to the “fast-moving” situation.
Jet2 will only run flights from Spain to the UK until this date.
After this, travellers will have to find alternative ways home.
Jet2 customers are being contacted by the carrier.
A Jet2 spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: “Following the latest government advice regarding travel to the Balearic and Canary Islands from the UK, we have taken the decision to suspend flights and holidays to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza up to and including August 9.
“We have already suspended flights and holidays to our destinations in Mainland Spain (Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia) up to and including August 16.
“We are operating empty outbound flights to pick up customers from these destinations up to and including August 3, and we are contacting customers who are currently in these destinations to advise them of their options regarding flying back to the UK.
“We appreciate that some of our package holiday customers were due to stay on holiday for longer than this and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“It is important to note that we are responding to a very fast-moving situation with updates coming from the government with little or notice, and we have had to make decisions about our programme accordingly.
“We can assure these customers that we will be in touch with them to resolve any issues that they may have.”
The news follows a claim from Spain that the quarantine rules could be overturned within 10 days.
Reyes Marato, Spain’s tourism minister, said she had been told a review of the strict measures would take place before the “norm” of 15 days.
Spain has already presented proposals for how safe travel between the UK and Spain could ahead this summer.
Interviewed on Spanish radio station, Onda Cero about the UK’s 14-day quarantine decision and advice not to travel to Spain unless essential, Marato said: “They have given us a period of ten days for the review.”
She described the UK government’s stance as a “temporary measure” and hoped it would be lifted after presenting the safe tourist corridors.
The current UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice is as follows: “From 27 July, the FCO advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.
“This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of COVID-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia (which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona).
“The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time.”
The FCO added: “Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.
“If you are returning from Spain you will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK, but the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit.
“You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.”
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