- Up to 400,000 Britons currently on holiday in country now face last-minute dash to return
Hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers will need to quarantine when they return from France, Boris Johnson announced on Thursday night.
The Prime Minister decided to strip France from the “green list” after it reported a sharp rise in coronavirus infections.
About 400,000 Britons have until 4am on Saturday to return to the UK before
restrictions are implemented, requiring them to self-isolate for two weeks.
The announcement, which echoes the way quarantine was imposed at six hours’ notice on travellers from Spain, will lead to a scramble for flights and trains out of France ahead of the deadline.
Clément Beaune, a French junior European affairs minister, suggested the quarantine would be met with a reciprocal policy in France.
He tweeted at midnight on Thursday: “A British decision that we regret and which will lead to a measure of reciprocity, hoping that things will return to normal as soon as possible.”