British Airways plane taking off from Heathrow Airport, London.

British Airways plane taking off from Heathrow Airport, London.

18-12-2020Reuters/Hannah McKay

Thousands of Brits got up super-early this morning and by 06:00 the five biggest Airports in England were heaving, as excited tourists queued up to check in for their first holidays abroad in more than a year.

Hundreds of planes were on the tarmac at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Manchester Airports and 124 of them were getting ready to take off to ‘Amber’ listed countries, including 23 flights to Spain, according to the Daily Mail.

Portugal and Gibraltar are the only European destinations on the quarantine-free ‘Green’ list, but that didn’t stop hundreds of Brits booking holidays in Spain, even although they’ll have to quarantine for 10 days at home when they return to the UK.

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Adam / Hace 9 months

Hold on. Is Spain allowing entry to non-residents from non-EU countries?

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Martin / Hace 9 months

If they flew to Spain today hoping to be let in for a holiday, they will have been turned straight round at PMI or ALC and sent back on the next plane.

I suppose the silver lining is that the 10-day quarantine they will then immediately have to do will be time they've already booked off work...

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Steve, Son Maties / Hace 9 months

That's because there's no real reason that they will have to self isolate on their return, as it can't be controlled or enforced. It will either put us all into lockdown again, or prove that we are all being vastly over cautious regarding the virus...

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