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Coronavirus: Deadline of Quarantine made a Massive Return from France to UK


Thousands of holidaymakers arein a race to return to the UK, with quarantine restrictions imposed on France coming into force from Saturday. The deadline left many of them in a frantic rush for plane, train or ferry tickets costing hundreds of pounds.

The 14-day isolation requirement from 04:00 BST also applies to people arriving from the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba.

Travellers trying to return from France today to avoid having to quarantine face paying hundreds of pounds.

The cheapest British Airways flight direct from Paris to Heathrow on Friday costs £452 - with the same journey on Saturday costing just £66.

Car-carrying Channel Tunnel trains are now fully booked until Saturday, with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle saying: "Please do not arrive at the terminal unless you have a ticket valid for travel today."

A Eurostar ticket from Paris to London was £210 on Friday, compared with £165 tomorrow.

There is also limited availability on P&O Ferries, but one person travelling with a car from Calais to Dover can buy a ticket for £200.

Extra ferry services have been added, but Eurotunnel trains are booked up and air travellers face steep prices.

The Netherlands will warn against all but essential travel to the UK once the restrictions come into force on Saturday, but it said it will not introduce reciprocal measures.

There are about 160,000 British holidaymakers currently in France.

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