Can I travel to France? Latest UK quarantine rules and travel advice after rise in coronavirus cases prompts new restrictions

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Over recent weeks the Government has shown it is not afraid to reinstate quarantine restrictions for countries experiencing coronavirus spikes.

Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas have already had their air bridge statuses scrapped, and now France will follow them.

Infections have been rising steadily and are at the highest rate since its national lockdown ended.

So what happens now France has returned to the UK’s quarantine list? Here is everything you need to know…

What is the current travel advice for France?

France is no longer exempt from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against all but essential international travel.

This means the Government is advising against going there on holiday, and you would not be able to get travel insurance for your trip if you did.

The Government has also re-added France to the UK’s quarantine list, plunging thousands of holidaymakers’ plans into chaos.

The move comes after a spike in coronavirus cases in France, with Prime Minister Jean Castex admitting its numbers were going “the wrong way”.

The quarantine came  into effect at 4am BST on Saturday 14 August.

Anyone entering the UK from France after this time will have to self-isolate for 14 days, and will face a fine if they do not.

The rule also affects people who were in France before the change was announced. This is likely to disrupt thousands of holiday plans, with people rushing to get back to the UK before the 4am deadline.

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France has warned that it will take “reciprocal measures” against the UK, meaning anyone entering France from UK shores will likely have to quarantine for 14 days.

What is the coronavirus situation in France?

There have been more than 235,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases in France since the start of the pandemic, with just over 30,000 deaths.

Infections have been rising – there have been more than 10,000 in the last week. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, France has an average of 32.1 cases per 100,000 people over the last 14 days.

Comparatively, the UK’s rate is at 18.5 people per 100,000 over that same period.

Asked whether more countries could return to the quarantine list, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “What I can say to people is we’re in the midst of a global pandemic and that

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