HOLIDAYMAKERS returning from Spain will have to quarantine for 14 days after the destination was removed from the UK's 'safe list'.

The 'travel corridor' with Spain has been shutdown from today, Sunday, after it reported more than 900 new daily infections for the past two days.

Those coming back to the UK from the popular holiday destination will now have to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return.

This includes mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, such as Palma and Ibiza.

The Foreign Office is now advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain.

A Government spokesman said: "The Joint Biosecurity Centre together with Public Health England have updated their coronavirus assessments of Spain based on the latest data.

"As a result, Spain has been removed from the lists of countries from which passengers arriving in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are exempted from the need to self-isolate.

"Protecting public health is our absolute priority and we have taken this decision to limit any potential spread to the UK.

"We’ve always been clear that we would act immediately to remove a country where necessary.

"Both our list of quarantine exemptions and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice are being updated to reflect these latest risk assessments."

Employers are being urged by the Department for Transport to be 'understanding of those returning from Spain who now will need to self-isolate' following the sudden advice change.