France 'could be added to UK quarantine list' as Rishi Sunak says UK 'will not hesitate' to enforce new travel rules

, France 'could be added to UK quarantine list' as Rishi Sunak says UK 'will not hesitate' to enforce new travel rules, TravelWireNews | World News

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The Chancellor today said that ministers would “not hesitate” to enforce new new restrictions amid concerns France could be added to the UK’s travel quarantine list.

British holidaymakers are facing ongoing uncertainty when planning trips abroad amid warnings they may soon have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return from the European country.

The Government has said it is “closely monitoring” the growing number of coronavirus cases in France. The nation has five days to bring down its infection count or Downing Street will add it to its red list of “higher risk” countries, one leading travel consultant told The Times.

The warnings come as Belgium, Andorra and The Bahamas were all axed from the catalogue of so-called travel corridors – with Brits advised against all but essential travel to all three.

Rishi Sunak responded to the France rumours by stressing that ministers “will not hesitate to take action” where there is a risk to public health. He also warned holidaymakers of the risk of travelling abroad during the coronavirus crisis.

Asked whether the country could join its neighbours Belgium and Spain on the red list, he told Sky News: “It’s a tricky situation.

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, France 'could be added to UK quarantine list' as Rishi Sunak says UK 'will not hesitate' to enforce new travel rules, TravelWireNews | World News
, France 'could be added to UK quarantine list' as Rishi Sunak says UK 'will not hesitate' to enforce new travel rules, TravelWireNews | World News
, France 'could be added to UK quarantine list' as Rishi Sunak says UK 'will not hesitate' to enforce new travel rules, TravelWireNews | World News

“What I can say to people is we’re in the midst of a global pandemic and that means there is always the risk of disruption to travel plans and people need to bear that in mind.

“It’s the right thing for us to do to keep everything under review on a constant basis talking with our scientists, our medical advisers.

“If we need to take action as you’ve seen overnight we will of course not hesitate to do that, and we’re doing that to protect people’s health.”

Social distanced sunbathing at La Grande-Motte Beach in France

, France 'could be added to UK quarantine list' as Rishi Sunak says UK 'will not hesitate' to enforce new travel rules, TravelWireNews | World News
, France 'could be added to UK quarantine list' as Rishi Sunak says UK 'will not hesitate' to enforce new travel rules, TravelWireNews | World News
, France 'could be added to UK quarantine list' as Rishi Sunak says UK 'will not hesitate' to enforce new travel rules, TravelWireNews | World News

The French health authority, Sante Publique France, reported that Covid-19 cases had risen by a third (33 per cent) in the week to August 6.

Infection rates are increasing across all age groups, particularly 20 to 30-year-olds, the government body warned.

Meanwhile, the new travel quarantine rules will apply to arrivals from Belgium, Andorra and The Bahamas from this weekend.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the move on Thursday night, with the measures due to come into force in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from Saturday at 4am.

In Wales, the restrictions will be enforced from midnight on Friday.

, France 'could be added to UK quarantine list' as Rishi Sunak says UK 'will not hesitate' to enforce new travel rules, TravelWireNews | World News

Rishi Sunak said it is a ‘tricky’ situation (AP)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also updated its travel advice to warn against all but essential trips to all three.

Brunei and Malaysia have been added to the Government’s travel corridor list, following a decrease in confirmed cases of coronavirus, meaning arrivals from these countries no longer need to quarantine.

Figures released on Thursday show Belgium has suffered a consistent increase in cases in recent weeks, rising to 27.8 new cases per 100,000 people.

This towers over the UK’s latest rate of 8.4 per 100,000, and is higher than Spain’s 27.4 level around the time when the UK introduced travel restrictions there.

In Andorra, new cases per week have increased five-fold since mid-July, while in The Bahamas the weekly case rate peaked at 78.6 last week, up from 3.1 in the middle of last month.

The UK’s move to add Spain onto the quarantine list on July 26 sparked a diplomatic row with the nation and caught out holidaymakers who had already flown over, including Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

It also angered transport bosses who have called for increased testing to reduce the isolation period.

Luxembourg was added to the UK’s red list on July 31.

Mr Shapps said he “cannot rule out” other countries being included on the list, as officials keep overseas infection rates under close observation.

The Foreign Office says it keeps its own travel advice “under constant review”.

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