The Government announced very late on Thursday evening that anyone returning to the UK from France will need to quarantine for 14 days.
The quarantine requirement will kick in from 4am on Saturday morning and will doubtless trigger a mass rush to leave France during Friday from those who need to return to work next week. It would, arguably, have been more sensible to impose quarantine from 4am on Sunday morning, allowing those whose holidays end on Saturday to return on their scheduled flights, trains and ferries.
This is what I found when I went on the Eurotunnel website at 11pm on Thursday night:
As well as France, the quarantine rules will also apply to returnees from:
- The Netherlands
- Turks and Caicos
The following countries had already been added to the quarantine list over the previous two weeks:
- The Bahamas
It is not yet clear if these countries will be added to the Foreign Office ‘do not travel’ list (click here), which is usually the trigger for being to abandon your holiday plans and make a successful travel insurance claim. (EDIT: they have been added. This means that your travel insurance is no longer valid.)
The official ‘travel corridor’ list – which is shrinking by the week – is on this page of the Government website. Two countries have been removed from the quarantine list in recent days – Brunei and Malaysia – so it is an active two-way street.
PS. As people are asking, the hotel in the picture above is the Hotel du Palais in Biarritz. Once one of the most fashionable hotels in France, it had lost its lustre in recent years. There were plans to convert it into a Four Seasons but this fell through and, after substantial upgrading, it will reopen next year as part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection. The Hyatt web page for it is here. I am keen to try it out.