Holidays 2020: Simon Calder says June holidays are ‘effectively written off’ for Britons

There may well be a light at the end of the tunnel for holidays this year after a series of announcements from various countries saying that they will be allowing tourists at some point. The latest country to announce it will be opening their doors to tourists is Spain. The holiday hotspot for Britons insisted last week that Spain will reopen to tourists in July.


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And today, Spain further sparked hope for British holidays after the country’s Foreign Minister said they will be lifting their quarantine rules for tourists from July 1.

Currently, the country is still in a ‘State of Emergency’ due to its high coronavirus case rate.

Today, Travel expert and journalist Simon Calder joined Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford on ITV’s This Morning to discuss summer travel options for Britons.

During the show, Mr Calder discussed the exceptions to the UK’s quarantine rules, which will be put in place from June 8.

Mr Calder confirmed that anyone arriving from June 8 onwards into the UK will need to quarantine for 14 days.

Ruth asked Mr Calder whether there were exceptions to that rule.

Mr Calder said: “There’s many exceptions, so obviously transport workers, seasonal, agricultural workers, people working in the medical professions who need to help us with the coronavirus outbreak.

“And indeed anyone coming in from the Common Travel Area as you know that’s the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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“And that’s created the so-called ‘Dublin dodge’ where all you need to do actually if you don\t fancy quarantine is fly to Dublin airport, put a foot on Irish soil and then fly to whichever UK airport you want.

“I am not condoning this.

“It would increase greatly the risk to anybody else you encounter along the way.

“But I’m afraid that loophole is right in the middle of the quarantine rules.

“However, for the vast majority of people who booked to travel in June, this effectively means their trip is off because the vast majority of people will not be able to sit at home in really quite Draconian conditions – in a room on your own, not mixing with any family or friends, not going out at all.

“People won’t want to do that and so effectively, June has been written off.

“We got confirmation of that from the second-biggest tour operator Jet2 on Friday and TUI, the biggest holiday company is currently considering its position.”

Travellers arriving in the UK will have to fill in a form detailing the address where they’re going to isolate.

Officials can then call or visit the address at any given time during that 14 days.

Anyone caught not at home will receive a fixed penalty notice of £1,000.

Mr Calder said: “Anyone coming in can say they don’t have suitable accommodation, and the government will have to find somewhere for them to quarantine for two weeks.

“Whether that’s a nice hotel in London or a cottage by the coast, they haven’t announced the exact locations.”

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