A British mother has denounced ‘ridiculous’ rules that could force her 13-year-old daughter to go into quarantine for 21 days in Mallorca.
April Allinson, from Teesside, said her sunny outing with her daughter Ellie and daughter’s friend Lilly has turned into a “nightmare.”
The trio are in quarantine for eight days in Alcudia, Majorca and are due to return to the UK on Saturday.
However, on April 30, the Spanish government said the two teens must now be quarantined for 10 days after their last contact with the mother-of-one.
She said authorities have decided the two girls could have contracted Covid while in isolation with April and so should remain on the island for further quarantine.
All three have now returned negative covid tests.
The beautician’s owner said she “doesn’t understand how it could be acceptable or legal” to leave two young girls alone abroad for ten days, calling the situation “absolutely ridiculous”.
‘We’ve done our 10 days’ [of quarantine] and that’s all right, that’s coming in the next few days. We have no problem with that,” she says.
“The problem now is that the Spanish government is trying to tell the girls, who are 13, that their quarantine won’t start until I leave them. Their last contact with me is when their quarantine starts.
“I don’t understand how that can be acceptable or legal.
‘That’s what it’s about. That’s what we’re trying to get help with. It’s just ridiculous that they tell them to stay alone.’
April Allinson (right), a British mother and business owner, has denounced ‘ridiculous’ rules requiring her 13-year-old daughter Ellie (left) to be quarantined for 21 days in Mallorca
April is desperate to rectify the situation as soon as possible, saying she has since been told by someone in contact with the State Department that they are “very positive” that it “needs to be resolved.”
She explained how the trio ended up in isolation after receiving a false negative test result.
“We are going on holiday on the 14th and we were supposed to be here for only seven days and fly back on the 21st. We ordered a fit to fly test on the 20th which all came back negative so we all thought we would come home and then I had a phone about five hours after my test,” said April from Egglescliffe.
“They said I wasn’t negative, I was actually positive and they had sent me another email. The email they sent me went into my junk mail folder and they tested me again the next morning.
“It came back positive and by then we were already isolating ourselves and we weren’t allowed to leave the room.
‘That’s completely fine, we have accepted that and we are going to do our 10 days of isolation..’
However, on Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM, April received a call from the Spanish government to confirm that its quarantine period will end on Friday, July 30.
She was told she can fly home to Middlesbrough on Saturday 31 July.
But her daughter and her boyfriend have to start their quarantine period once April has left.
“They’re trying to say that as soon as I leave my kids, their quarantine will start, even though they’ve been isolating with me for the past 10 days,” she said.
April (left) was on vacation with her daughter and her daughter’s friend Lilly (right)
The beautician had taken her daughter and her boyfriend on holiday to the Spanish island and booked the trip last year.
Spain was on the UK’s green list when they first arrived, but it has since changed to orange during their stay.
April and the two teens departed Newcastle Airport on Wednesday 14 July and were due to return on Wednesday 21 July.
She says she has exhausted all options to contact the Spanish and British embassies and claims they have ‘not helped at all’ apart from ‘we will call you back’
She added: ‘I can’t leave, I have two children 13 years old here.
“It’s really disturbing that they’re saying I have to leave for their quarantine to begin. I don’t understand that and have never heard of it.
“They won’t let the kids come with me on the 31st because they say their quarantine hasn’t started yet.”
Aside from the worries about the girls, April also gets huge bills when her quarantine ends, as she has a daily rate at the hotel and parking lot.
She says she expects to pay a further £2,400 on top of her original holiday price.
“Newcastle Airport won’t extend my parking space either,” she said.
“They are charging me £20 a day so it’s going to cost me £200 to get my car out of the car park when I get home.
“But if I have to stay another 10 days, it will of course cost me £400 to get my car away.”
The trio are in quarantine for eight days in Alcudia, Majorca and are due to return to the UK on Saturday. However, on April 30, the Spanish government said the two teens must now be quarantined for 10 days after their last contact with the mother-of-one. Pictured: April (left) and Ellie (right)
However, she has praised the hotel, saying that they have “taken care of them” since they were forced to isolate.
April explained how the whole floor has been locked up, the staff dropped food at the door and gave her a WhatsApp number in case they need anything.
“They’ve been really good,” she said.
April and the two youngsters are no longer allowed to go outside since her positive test, which she says is ‘reasonable enough’.
But she says that if they have to quarantine for another 10 days, the three of them will be in a room for a total of 20 days.
April added that the teens are “bored and sick” but “understand everything that is going on and are concerned that they will have to stay another 10 days”.
April stated that she is not complaining that she is in quarantine, but that she may have to leave the two children alone in Spain.
Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, is on the orange list to enter England.
The Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present a pre-travel statement and a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination upon entry.
The UK requires anyone traveling to England from Spain to take a Covid test in the three days before departure, book and pay for tests to be taken after arrival and complete a passenger locator form.
Arrivals will then have to quarantine for 10 days and take a Covid test on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantine.
Those who have been fully vaccinated in the UK and those under the age of 18 are not required to quarantine or undergo a day 8 test on arrival, nor do those who are part of a UK-approved vaccine trial.
Travelers must have had their last dose of the vaccine at least 14 full days before arriving in England and are still required to book and take a test on day two.
Teesside Live has contacted the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for comment.