Holidaymakers who want to take a risk on their health by heading to Spain have been warned that if you get sick in the country “you’ll get stuck there, you won’t be able to get back home.”
Speaking on the Lorraine programme on Monday Dr Hilary Jones raised the risks British holidaymakers face by heading to Spain which is on the government’s amber list, meaning you are not allowed to travel there.
From today Spain has opened up their borders for British holidaymakers who will not need to take a Covid test, but will have to take a test in the UK and will be forced to quarantine for ten days under British law.
Dr Jones warned of all the risks by going on holiday anywhere and said that people are at risk from catching Covid as the “airport” to “getting on a plane.”
Dr Jones said, “Spain is desperately keen for tourism as their economy depends on it. I understand that, but they are still on the amber list.
“You’ve got the risk of going to the airport, getting onto the plane, Spain are even saying you don’t have to have a negative test before you go, this worries me.
“What you need to remember is, are you insured when you get there? What if you get ill when you get there? The incubation of Covid-19 is five to seven days.
“If you get ill in Spain you’ll get stuck there, you won’t be able to get back home. Are you insured?
“Is that what you want?”
The TV Dr added, “You know you’ll have to self-isolate when you come home because they’re on the UK’s amber list. So there are all sorts of problems.”
Conservative MP, Dehenna Davison told BBC Radio 5, “There are definitely checks going on and people who are found to be lying or people who are travelling just for a jolly when they shouldn’t be are going to be fined.
“Because you know it is easy to ask all of these questions, people want to find loopholes to be able to travel.”
Business Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan told Sky News on Monday, “The Prime Minister has been clear that, for now, amber means ‘please don’t go unless there is an urgent family reason and so on’ because we are still trying to slowly move through our road map to being able to open up on June 21 and we want to do that in a steady and careful way.”
She added, ‘We hope very much that, obviously, the amber numbers will become more green in due course’ but ‘at the moment, today, that means amber countries really aren’t safe to go to.”