Travel chaos as Brits return from France

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2020

Eurotunnel trains offered out and air fares were up to 6 times more than typical, however ferryboats increased capability.

"Fortunately, they said in the case of this happening, they had a stand-by helper", he said at the Gare du Nord station in Paris ahead of boarding a Eurostar train to London.

The penalties, which will apply from Saturday, include increased fines for persistent flouting of face-covering rules and new fines for people "hosting raves or other unlawful gatherings of more than 30 people".

French authorities have reported more than 2,500 new cases on each of the past three days - levels not seen since May.

One British couple said they had spent almost 1,000 pounds (1,105 euros) to make it home via Eurostar from central France.

DFDS scheduled four extra departures from France's port of Calais to "help repatriate customers" and insisted all travelers book before arriving at the port.

Clement Beaune, France's secretary of state for European affairs, tweeted that the UK's decision was a matter of "regret" for the French, but that he was hoping for a "return to normal as soon as possible".

Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, described the measures on Twitter as "another devastating blow to the travel industry already reeling from the worst crisis in its history".

Others may not allow holidaymakers over the border, so United Kingdom officials have asked holidaymakers to check the travel advice for any country before booking a trip.

The UK's ambassador to France, Lord Llewellyn, acknowledged that the new quarantine rule would be "unwelcome news" for Britons in the country, but stressed that people could continue with their holidays as long as they follow safety precautions and self-isolate on their return.

"That the government has still not put in place an effective track, trace and isolate system has made matters far worse", Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said in a statement.

The Foreign Office is now warning against all but essential travel to France.

Media captionHow do I quarantine after returning from a holiday overseas?

People wearing masks visit the Montmartre in Paris, France, Aug. 10, 2020.

The UK announced today France and the Netherlands had been removed from the list of safe destinations to travel to following a rise in coronavirus cases in both countries.

But quarantine measure were later re-imposed on several countries, including Spain on 25 July.

According to a government statement, the ruling was imposed following "a significant change" in virus risk in all the six destinations that were added to the quarantine list.

In Asia, South Korea tightened restrictions in Seoul and its surrounding areas as the country reported the highest number of new daily infections since March.

For the Netherlands, it was up 52%.

Ahead of a government meeting on the new measures, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to be "absolutely ruthless" in deciding on rules for holidaymakers from overseas.

The US Department of Homeland Security also said it was extending a ban on non-essential travel through border crossings with Canada and Mexico throughout most of September "to slow the spread" of the disease.

Tens of thousands of United Kingdom tourists in France rushed home before quarantine restrictions were imposed. There are fines up to £5,000 for persistent offenders.

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