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World UK removes France from its list of 'safe' countries

13:51  14 august  2020
13:51  14 august  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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List of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate. The government is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridor exemptions for some countries and territories.

The move to remove France from the safe -travel list follows a record post-lockdown number of new coronavirus cases reported by the country of 2,669 on Thursday. Clément Beaune, the French junior minister for European affairs, suggested that France might reciprocate the UK ’s move.

The UK has reimposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France after the country recorded a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.

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From Saturday at 4 a.m. GMT, anyone arriving in the UK from France will have to self-isolate for two weeks or risk being fined up to $1,200.

The decision was made after the French Health Ministry reported 2,669 new coronavirus infections in just one day.

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The UK government has confirmed that France would be removed from the UK ’s travel corridor safety list , following a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases. Are you trying to come back from France or any of the other countries early? Will you have to cancel your planned holiday?

Gibraltar remained on the "green list " of countries despite rising cases. It come as lockdown On Thursday morning it was initially thought that France had done “enough” to retain its status, with One travel industry source said the move to remove France from quarantine free travel was a "disaster"

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps discussed the news during an interview on BBC Breakfast on Friday.

"We've worked so hard in this country to get our level of infections down, the last thing we want do is to have people returning and bringing the infection with them. It's to protect everybody," he said.

According to Shapps, there are around 160,000 British holidaymakers currently in France who'll be affected by the decision.

Mandatory quarantine

Many will now be scrambling to make it back home before the deadline in a bid to avoid the mandatory quarantine.

The move was officially announced late on Thursday night by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. However, rumors of the rule change have been growing for days due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in France.

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France was added to the UK 's quarantine list yesterday in a savage blow to tens of thousands of British holidaymakers. Speculation is mounting that France could be removed from the list of exempt countries , but there a number of others that have higher or similar figures.

Europe's biggest holiday firm has grounded UK flights to mainland Spain after Britain ordered returning passengers to quarantine for 14 days. The British government said on Saturday evening that it was removing Spain from its list of safe travel destinations due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

A senior government source told CNN on Thursday morning that Johnson was contemplating bringing the announcement forward from Friday to Thursday, reportedly asking advisers "what's the difference" if the announcement came a day earlier.

France's Minister of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune has responded to the news, tweeting that the UK's decision is a matter of "regret" for the country.

However, France isn't the only destination to be removed from the list of "safe" countries issued for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as Scotland, which has issued its own separate list.

The Netherlands, Malta, Monaco, Turks & Caicos and Aruba have also been taken off.

Meanwhile thousands of travelers from the UK were holidaying in Spain when it was removed from the list at the end of July after concerns the country was experiencing a "second wave" of coronavirus.

Up until the UK issued its approved list of countries in July, all arrivals were required to go into quarantine for two weeks.

The destinations included are made up of those that propose "a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens," according to the UK Department for Transport.

British tourists rush back from France to avoid quarantine .
Thousands of British holidaymakers have been trying to return home from France in an attempt to avoid new quarantine restrictions imposed by the UK government. © Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images Passengers arrive at St. Pancras Station, London from France on the first Eurostar train since new quarantine restrictions came into effect on the morning of August 15, 2020. The rush came after the government announced late on Thursday that all people arriving in the UK from France, where Covid-19 infections rates are high, would need to self-isolate for 14 days from Saturday onwards.

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