There are fears that more popular holiday destinations may be removed from the no-quarantine list after Spain suddenly took off over the weekend.
The move means that anyone currently on vacation in Spain will have to isolate for 14 days when they return to the UK.
It comes after a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the country – and it has seen some cancellations from vacations already booked this summer.
There is now a fear that more countries may be added to the list soon, including Greece, France and Italy.
Secretary of State Dominic Raab said the government “cannot apologize” for the decision taken Saturday – less than five hours prior to its entry into force – that arrivals from Spain and its islands should isolate themselves for 14 days.
Mr Raab, speaking on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday program, also declined to rule out any further so-called travel corridors being withdrawn.
“As we have found in Spain, we cannot give any guarantees,” he said, before adding that “there was an element of uncertainty this summer when people go abroad.”
The Telegraph reported that officials in both France and Germany have warned of potential new lockdowns as parts of Europe are bracing for a second wave of Covid-19 infections.
French health authorities said last weekend that the country’s R rate rose to 1.3 and daily new infections rose to 1130 on Friday – indicators similar to May when France came out of the strict two-month shutdown .
The decision to reintroduce restrictions for Spain left holidaymakers frustrated, as some said they wouldn’t have traveled if they knew they had to isolate themselves for two weeks.
According to travel company The PC Agency, which left the UK for Spain between July 26 and August 31, the move would likely have caused almost chaos as a result of the move.
According to The Times, trips to France, Italy and Greece were canceled in “large numbers” as a result of the ministers’ statement on Spain, a development likely to put further pressure on an already pressured travel sector.
Tour operator Tui said that due to the change in the government’s travel advice, it canceled all vacations to mainland Spain through August 9.
Labor shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth criticized the way the government handled the matter, calling it “downright shambolic” and calling for financial support for those now forced to lock up after returning home.
Liz Samandi, 52, a business owner from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, is one of thousands of Britons currently on family holiday in Spain and will return from Mallorca on Thursday.
She told PA news agency: “I actually feel a bit angry because they did this and didn’t pay attention to the people who are already there.
“It’s the general approach that I think is wrong, I think it should have been a more focused area.”
53-year-old Jill Witte, who arrived at Gatwick Airport with her two daughters and husband on Sunday, said, “We were shocked, it didn’t look like it would be, or we wouldn’t have left.”
Not only the audience was surprised by the sudden announcement.
The rapid turnaround in the decision forced transport secretary Grant Shapps, who is currently in Spain for his summer vacation, to commit to thousands of others to isolate for two weeks upon his return to Britain.
London Minister Paul Scully will also have to be quarantined after stating on social media that he was vacationing in Playa Dorada, Lanzarote.
Spanish ministers revealed they were in talks with the UK about exempting the Canary and Balearic Islands, including Ibiza and Mallorca, from the obligation to isolate themselves for two weeks due to lower infection rates in those regions.
The guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advising all essential trips to mainland Spain does not include the islands, but ministers chose to apply general quarantine schemes in the Spanish areas.
Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya argued that Spain had ‘perfectly controlled’ coronavirus outbreaks after the European country registered more than 900 new daily Covid-19 cases during two days before the suspension of the travel corridor on Saturday.
Ms Gonzalez Laya told reporters, “Spain is a safe country for tourists and Spaniards.
“As in any other European country, we see outbreaks – the outbreaks in Spain are perfectly controlled.”
Meanwhile, beauty salons and tattoo parlors are among the companies that can be reopened in Wales starting Monday, but people are being warned of the risks of offering eyebrow and facial treatments from prolonged personal contact.