Three of Spain's top holiday destinations look set to return to the UK's 'amber list' – just three weeks after being given the all clear.
Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca, which are incredibly popular with British tourists, are on course to be downgraded on the government's Covid travel list after a hike in coronavirus cases.
Infection rates on the Balearic Islands, which were added to the UK's green list last month, have surged to 258 cases per 100,000 people.
Ministers are expected to announce an update to the traffic light system tomorrow, Wednesday – a day earlier than first thought, sources claim.
If the move goes ahead, it would mean thousands of holidaymakers who haven't yet both vaccine jabs being forced to isolate for 10 days when they return.
And it could also spell further airport chaos as holidaymakers on the Spanish islands race to fly home before the deadline.
Brits who have had both vaccine injections will not need to quarantine when they head back to the UK, but would need to take tests before they can fly home and when they arrive in the UK.
Meanwhile, many of the young people who flock to the islands are still not double-jabbed.
“It’s all still up for discussion, but the figures aren’t great which is why it was on the watch list in the first place," a government source told the Sun.
Kids will still be exempt from isolating.
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Holidaymakers can travel to the resorts by using the NHS app to prove they are fully vaccinated or by getting a negative test result three days before their flight.
The islands are just one of 16 destinations are at risk of being placed on the amber list.
The green list is not expected to be expanded during the update.
Malta and Portuguese island Madeira remain on the green or green watch list, while Brits returning from Antigua, Barbados and Barbuda do not need to self-isolate.
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The rule change next week will open up travel abroad to 140 amber countries.
However, anyone returning from green or amber list countries must take a PCR test on their return, with a second taken on the second day after arrival.
Those arriving from red list country is forced into a quarantine hotel for 10 days, costing £1750 per person.
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