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France quarantine: Channel crossings reach capacity as Britons scramble to get home

The rush to return home comes after the Government’s announcement late last night that France is one of the latest nations to be axed from the UK travel corridor list.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is now advising against all but essential travel to the country after a sudden surge in coronavirus cases.

Though Britons currently in France are not advised to cut their holiday short, if they arrive home after Sunday morning, they will have to endure a period of self-isolation.

Any holidaymakers found to be in breach of the new rule could face fines of up to £1,000.

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A Eurotunnel spokesperson said: “The service is already very busy this weekend and there is no additional capacity.

“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.”

The Eurostar is already running a reduced service from Paris to London St Pancras, with prices reported to be as high as £303 one way.

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Meanwhile, the last Calais to Dover ferry, operated by P&O Ferries, is due to depart at 10.10am and arrive on Sunday morning at 4am on the dot, meaning tourists will likely still face the quarantine rule.

Flights are also rapidly filling up.

British Airways, for example, has just one flight available for Saturday from Paris to London Heathrow.

Tickets are priced at £173.18 for an economy seat, of which few are left.

According to Sky News flights prior to this, on Friday or Saturday, are selling for over £400 a ticket.

The next available flight is not until Sunday evening, meaning travellers will have missed the quarantine-free deadline.

Britons who have impending plans to visit France are also left scrambling for refunds or to make alternative arrangements.

However, for those still considering a jaunt to the country despite having to quarantine, Patrick Ikhena, head of travel at comparethemarket.com issued a vital warning.

He said: “Those who still plan to travel despite the requirements to quarantine upon return should contact their insurer to explore their options and ascertain their level of cover.

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“Generally speaking, if the FCO has not explicitly stated that you shouldn’t travel to these regions, but you decide not to travel due to quarantine requirements, this will be deemed ‘disinclination to travel’ and you are unlikely to be covered by your policy.”

Source Daily Express :: Travel Feed

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