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UK News 'Don't just turn up': Britons in quarantine countries warned as they try to get back home

12:05  14 august  2020
12:05  14 august  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Coronavirus: Britons in quarantine countries warned as they try to get back home : ' Don ' t just turn up '. It may be difficult to get an earlier trip home anyway. For example, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle has said: "The service is already very busy this weekend and there is no additional capacity.

“We just haven’t got the space to take everybody who might suddenly want to come up to the coast,” John Keefe, director of public affairs “Everybody understands that in a pandemic you don ’ t allow our population to be reinfected or the disease to come back in. That is why the quarantine measures are

British tourists in countries that have been added to the travel quarantine - including France, Malta and the Netherlands - have been told "don't just turn up" in a bid to get back home.

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Travellers returning from those countries - as well as Monaco, Turks & Caicos and Aruba - must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK.

The measure, which is likely to spark a mass exodus of Britons desperate to get home, will come into force at 4am on Saturday morning.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News that Britons in the affected countries should contact travel operators before trying to get back.

a woman standing in front of a store: The French health ministry reported 2,524 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday © Getty The French health ministry reported 2,524 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday "The advice from all the travel operators is very clear: to contact them in advance. Don't just turn up," he said.

"Because you'll almost certainly be disappointed and it will just create queues, which no one wants to see."

Mr Shapps added that Britons should not be "entirely surprised" that quarantine restrictions have had to be reimposed.

He said the decision to add France to the list came after the country reported a 66% increase in the number of positive coronavirus tests in the past week.

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'We have got to be absolutely ruthless about this, even Britons in France and other countries could be forced to make a dash home or risk being forced to quarantine on their return to The Netherlands is among the countries exempt from the UK's quarantine rules, but saw a rate of 23.1 new The UK Government was warned that cases in Portugal had not fallen fast enough to be able to safely add

He said: "We just haven' t got the space to take everybody who might suddenly want to come up to the terminal, he said people should understand "that it's not going to be easy to get back " to the UK. for Britons in the country , but stressed that people could continue with their holidays as long as they

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Mr Shapps announced the move just hours after the prime minister said his government would be "absolutely ruthless" in deciding whether to impose the restriction.

"We're announcing that there will now be a quarantine brought in for a number of other locations including France, Holland and some others," Mr Shapps said.

"That's because we've absolutely worked so hard to ensure that we're keeping our numbers down here, and we can't afford to reimport those cases from elsewhere."

He added: "We've got to a point with France in particular, and these other countries, where if we didn't announce it now, we would know that the infection rate was already too high and we were not doing anything about it.

Tourists with protective masks walking in front of the Eiffel Tower. © Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto Tourists with protective masks walking in front of the Eiffel Tower. "So we're announcing it now and it will be operational throughout the United Kingdom from 4am on Saturday morning."

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The government is trying to establish air bridges with other European nations. Britons will be able to go on quarantine -free holidays to up to 10 countries within a fortnight, it The decision was a U- turn from a previous warning by Spanish authorities that it would place arriving Britons in quarantine .

Eurostar has warned that many travellers may not be able to get back to the UK after the Prime Hundreds of thousands of British tourists are facing a desperate scramble to get home today after Britons in France and other countries could be forced to make a dash home or risk being forced to You don ' t have to quarantine as long as passengers remain in the car for the whole journey and no

The French health ministry reported 2,524 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday - the highest since its lockdown restrictions were first imposed.

The UK government's move has also delivered a blow to France's hard-pressed tourism industry, which relies heavily on British visitors.

France has said it will reciprocate, but did not give further details.

French junior minister for European affairs Clément Beaune described the UK move as "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."

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle warned Britons in France that the weekend's services are busy.

They said: "The service is already very busy this weekend and there is no additional capacity.

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"To avoid long queues and severe disruption we strongly advise against turning up at the terminal outside the allocated time. Customers will be unable to board alternative shuttles without a valid booking."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had earlier said government officials would be "looking at the data" in relation to the number of cases in France.

Mr Johnson said while on a visit to Northern Ireland: "We have got to be absolutely ruthless about this, even with our closest and dearest friends and partners.

"I think everybody understands that.

"We will be looking at the data a bit later on this afternoon, looking exactly where France and other countries are getting to.

"We can't be remotely complacent about our own situation."

Britain has also imposed a 14-day quarantine period for arrivals from countries including Spain and Belgium, responding to rising infections and fears of a second wave of the virus, having initially declared them safe for travel.

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