Holidaymakers in France are rushing home after the British Government announced late on Thursday it would impose a quarantine from 4am BST on Saturday on arrivals from France. This gave an estimated 160,000 UK holidaymakers there just more than 24 hours to try to get home to avoid isolating.
People who arrive in the UK after 4am on Saturday will be required to self-isolate for 14 days due to rising numbers of coronavirus cases in France.
The conditions will also apply to travellers returning to or visiting the UK from the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba.
Spain, one of the favoured holiday destinations for Brits, came under the Government’s quarantine rules on July 26.
Removing France from the UK’s travel corridor followed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that ministers would be “absolutely ruthless” when it came to reimposing quarantine.
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This has devastated airlines and holidaymakers alike, with a narrowing list of where Britons can visit without having to quarantine on their return to the UK.
The 19 countries you can visit without having to quarantine
Most holidaymakers would be put off going abroad if they faced 14 days of quarantine on their return one survey has suggested.
However, the same study found 10 percent would still be up for travelling overseas.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found almost two-thirds (62 percent) of people said they were very unlikely to travel if they had to self-isolate for two weeks when they got back to the UK.
One in 10 said they were still likely or very likely to travel, knowing they would have to quarantine.
This was in response to ONS’s Opinions and Lifestyle Survey of 1,424 adults in Great Britain between August 5 and 9.
For those wanting a summer break but not wanting to isolate for two weeks, there are 19 European countries Britons can still visit without facing two week long quarantine on return.
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Coronavirus cases are surging in Europe, prompting the British Government’s change to the UK’s quarantine list on Thursday.
Countries like Greece, Germany, Norway and Italy are open for tourists to visit and will not require quarantine after flying back to the UK.
There have been spikes reported in both Greece and Germany, with new measures introduced in both countries to combat the virus’ spread.
In Greece, restrictions include curfews on bars and restaurants. Other countries may have similar restrictions, so its worth checking before booking a holiday.
You can visit these countries without having to quarantine on your return back to the UK
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
Greece includes the popular island destinations, Corfu, Zante, Crete and Kos.
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