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France holidays: Do I have to self isolate if I go to France?

France attracts about 17 million Brits a year but this year the tourism industry in France has suffered at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the country has seen 4,854 new coronavirus cases between August 8 and August 10 alone leaving holidaymakers uncertain about the fate of their French holiday. Has France been added to the quarantine list?

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Do I have to self isolate if I go to France?

The UK’s travel corridor list is made up of countries that the UK Government deems safe to travel to without needing to self-isolate on return.

France is currently on the travel corridor list, but will be removed at 4am on Saturday, August 15 along with Aruba, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, and Turks and Caicos Islands. 

This means you will need to self isolate on return if you don’t return home before this date and time.

The countries needed to be placed on the quarantine list due to their infection rates, for example France’s infection rate is at about 29 per 100,000.

This rate is almost double the UK’s rate and is above the level that the Joint Biosecurity Centre considers “high prevalence”.

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France holidays: France has been taken off the travel corridor list (Image: Getty)

France holidays: Prime Minister Jean Castex says the situation in France is going the wrong way (Image: Getty)

France holidays: The UK Government will be strict in enforcing the new rule (Image: Getty)

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The new restrictions will come into force on the early hours of Sunday morning.

And they mean that anyone landing in the UK from that destination will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

About 400,000 Brits are on holiday in France right now and have been given until 4am on Saturday to return to the UK.

If the holidaymakers manage to get home before then, they won’t need to self-isolate on return. 

France holidays: Travellers arriving from the UK aren’t required to self-isolate in France (Image: Getty)

The Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba were also taken off the travel corridor list for the same reason. 

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Government officials have said this move was a response to a “significant change in COVID-19 risk.”

Restrictions in these countrries will also be effective from 4am on Saturday.

The infection rates of these countries have risen, for example the Netherlands has a rate of 34 per 100,000, and Malta’s is 61.6 per 100,000.

Aruba saw a 1,106 percet rise in cases in the past week.

Downing Street has repeatedly commented that “there is no risk-free way of travelling overseas,” and restrictions could be placed on travel at any moment.

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Source Daily Express :: Travel Feed

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