Worried Britons beg government to decide on France’s quarantine

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Britons today feared for their next summer vacation in France amid fears they might have to quarantine for 14 days upon their return to the UK.

The families have urged Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps to make a decision before thousands go on vacation and risk the children starting school in September.

Others said they were “praying” that the Foreign Office’s travel advice for France does not change and that the country’s border remains open for British travelers.

But other tourists said the quarantine would make no difference to them – and that they would be happy to pay a fine when they returned to Britain to avoid running out of work.

However, other holidaymakers have admitted that they have already canceled their holidays in France, with some having canceled a trip this weekend within days of the end.

It comes as British travelers returning from Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra will be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days following a spike in infections.

Malaysia and Brunei are to be removed from the list so that travelers from there no longer need to quarantine, and it is believed Portugal could follow suit soon.

Matt Richards wrote on Twitter today: “Yeah, a potential 40s for me and my wife isn’t the end of the world. But 14 days of quarantine would mean my kids would miss the first week back to school and have been on leave since March.

Rachel Arnold, from Cheshire, said: “We want to go to France next week, Charente region, low Covid. Stay in a lonely house, no one else there. Now think about not going as a “threat” of impending quarantine. Ironically, I cannot afford a ten day vacation here.

And Sarah Eaves, from north London, tweeted: ‘Please make a decision on France in the next 24 hours before thousands of us with families go on vacation and risk the children starting school. Quarantine means we can cancel and recover ££.

Another worried holidaymaker, Emma Lewis, tweeted: “We have to cross France to get to Italy in early September. Pray that the French border remains open and the advice of the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) for France does not change.

But Michael Porter, of Halifax, West Yorkshire, said he canceled a trip on Tuesday to visit France this Saturday for his wife’s 60th birthday.

And Twitter user Jamie, from London, said: ‘As the father of the bride I have to attend a wedding in France on the 17th so yes I will go but I will have to work when I get back or do bankruptcy. So pay the fine or hire a pedal boat.

Meanwhile, Matt Groombridge, from Deal, Kent, said: ‘Two weeks of impending quarantine to travel to / from France… the holidays have been well timed, and that means I will find peace and quiet on the ferry . “

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Travel experts have said thousands of vacations could be at risk as France is “very likely” to be added to the quarantine list following a dramatic increase in coronavirus infections.

Tourists returning to the UK may soon face 14 days of self-isolation amid speculation that France will be added to the Foreign Office’s quarantine list.

The number of daily coronavirus cases in France has skyrocketed in recent days, with 1,695 new infections recorded just yesterday, as she battles a second wave.

It is believed that if the decision is made, holidaymakers could be forced to cancel their trips in order to avoid the two-week quarantine on their return.

Paul Charles, director of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “Unless France takes significant new steps to reduce the number of its cases, it is highly likely to be added later in the week. next, because the increase must be cause for concern in Westminster.

People wearing face masks walk along the beach at the French resort of Biarritz on Monday

People wearing face masks walk along the beach at the French resort of Biarritz on Monday

Police tell people it is mandatory to wear face masks in Nice, France on Monday

Police tell people it is mandatory to wear face masks in Nice, France on Monday

“There are currently several hundred thousand British tourists in France, so the government has to give a lot of warning if it changes its mind later next week.

Speaking of the prospect of tourists to France being forced into quarantine, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said this morning: “It is a delicate situation.

“What I can tell people is that we are in the middle of a global pandemic, which means there is always a risk of disruption to travel plans. People should keep this in mind.

“It’s the right thing to do for us to keep everything under review at all times to speak with our scientists, our medical advisers.

“If we have to act, as you have seen overnight, we will not hesitate to do so. But in the meantime, people should keep looking at the advice and taking everything into account.

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