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France travel update: Is France still on the quarantine list? When is review?


The list of popular holiday destinations Brits can currently visit is dwindling following the removal of France, Spain and Croatia. France was removed from the safe travel list on August 15 following a rise in cases. British holiday makers in the country were plunged into chaos, being given only a day to return to the UK to avoid the compulsory period.

The Eurotunnel reported it carried 30,000 passengers in the 30 hour lead up to the deadline.

Additional staff were sent to the terminals to allow 11,600 vehicles to quickly load its shuttles throughout the kerfuffle.

France has hit back at the UK for its actions, also imposing a quarantine on UK travellers despite the coronavirus rate being lower here than it is there.

France was infuriated by the UK’s decision to quarantine arrivals from there on August 15 without warning.

“The UK, in quite frankly an unco-operative manner, imposed on French and other travellers . . . a quarantine measure,” said Clément Beaune, the European affairs minister.

“We will take a measure that we call reciprocity so that our British friends do not close the border in one direction only.”

The FCO says: “Arrivals by sea and air routes will need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight.”

Questions are consistently being raised about why the UK is using the quarantine system when airport testing is also an effective measure.

At least 30 other countries including Germany, France, Austria and Iceland have introduced a system of testing on arrival for people from high-risk countries.

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This would mean all those with a negative result could skip the quarantine period.

France is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for British travellers – according to data company Statista, Britons paid 10.35 million visits to France last year

This puts it second behind Spain – with 18.12 million – in terms of popularity.

France and Spain have proved to be the biggest blows the UK holidaymakers, with thousands devastated when the announcements were made with thousands of Brits abroad.





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