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Anyone arriving in the UK from France after 4am tomorrow morning will face an obligatory 14-day quarantine or face a fine

The UK government last night removed France from its ‘safe list’ of travel corridors, following a surge in cases of Covid-19 in France – 2,669 new cases in the previous 24 hours. The move leaves hundreds of thousands of holiday makers rushing to get back to the UK to avoid the quarantine – up to half a million are thought to be currently in France.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We have got to be absolutely ruthless about this, even with our closest and dearest friends and partners. I think everybody understands that.”

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to France and other countries now also including the USA, Spain, Malta, Monaco and the Netherlands.

A reciprocal move is expected from the French government, with transport secretary Jean-Baptiste Djebbari tweeting: “France regrets the British decision and will apply reciprocal measures in terms of transport.” However, this is expected to be voluntary, not mandatory.

You can see the government’s list of countries exempt from ‘all but essential’ international travel restrictions here.

Of the clamour to return to the UK, a spokesman from Eurotunnel told France Today this morning that the company is fully booked up today: “Please, please please do NOT turn up without a confirmed booking,” he advised travellers.