A MUM was left with £300 out of her pocket after booking flights to Spain when they lifted rules on unvaccinated travelers – only to turn back hours later.
Brits were furious after Spain announced people who had not been bitten could enter the country – but only hours later, confirms that this is not true.
Kirsty Fenton, 36, said she booked the flights with Ryanair to see her mother, who was living in Spain, before they changed the rules back.
She told Sun Online Travel: “I had booked flights to Spain to help my mother when she suddenly lost her husband in September and she is trying to prepare for her planned return home in July.
“I was so relieved to see the update as I wanted to travel to help her pack her home and come to our house.
“Then came the cancellation update – I had just spent £300 on flights.”
She said she tried to get in touch with Ryanair as she thought they had a 24 hour cooling off period in which to cancel it and get her money back.
However, she said she was told the 24 hours was only to change flights, not cancel them, otherwise she would have to pay £45 per person.
She continued: “I can’t change them as I wanted to help my mum, not on holiday.”
“If they had offered a credit I could have booked something within 12 months, most likely my mum’s flight home, but to be honest I have no desire to use Ryanair again, I would rather pay more.
“I appreciate this is their usual policy and this is what you expect from Ryanair, but Spanish government rules have changed twice in quick succession, it was not a misunderstanding on my part.”
Sun Online Travel has reached out to Ryanair for comment.
She’s not the only person caught with the new rules.
Mum Emily, who is unvaccinated, said she spent £920 on flights with her two children after wanting to take a holiday to Spain following the death of her husband last year – just for the country’s about-face.
She said: “I wish I hadn’t booked the flights and just sacrificed the flat deposit [I’d booked] to go to a country that appreciates us as tourists. I’m flying to Turkey tomorrow without any problems.”
And people on social media were also complaining – Twitter user Angela said: “My son booked a holiday in Tenerife a few hours ago. I can’t believe there has been a turnaround. Paid £1800.”
Only those aged between 12 and 17 who are unvaccinated can only enter the country with a Covid test, all others require a proof of recovery certificate.
Vaccinated Britons can enter by showing proof of vaccination only, but will need a booster if it is more than 270 days since their second vaccination.
Yet Brits hoping to break out of the UK travel chaos are facing theirs Spanish holidays ruined by the big storms conquer the country.
Beach bar owners said their Easter hopes were ruined after storms wreaked havoc in recent weeks that have already left resorts with hundreds of thousands of pounds in repair bills.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8625903/spain-travel-rules-ryanair-flights-unvaccinated/ I spent £300 on Ryanair flights to Spain before they reversed their rules