British Tourists Returning From France And The Netherlands Will Have To Quarantine For 14 Days
British people returning from France and the Netherlands will soon have to quarantine for 14 days.
The change will come into effect after 4am on Saturday (August 15).
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has no issues with implementing bans if it means protecting the community.
"We can't be remotely complacent about our own situation. Everybody understands that in a pandemic you don't allow our population to be re-infected or the disease to come back in," he said.
The Foreign Office is warning against all but essential travel' to the two countries after a surge in coronavirus cases.
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In France, there has been a 66 per cent rise in the number of infections per 100,000 people, and a 55 per cent jump in the Netherlands.
France and the Netherlands will soon join Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba, who have already been listed as countries that require tourists to quarantine from when they return home.
The measures are designed to protect the larger community in case a returned traveller has unknowingly contracted the coronavirus and spreads it in the UK.
While Labour supports the move, they have raised concerns about how the policy will be tracked.
Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said: "That the government has still not put in place an effective track, trace and isolate system has made matters far worse and made it more likely that we are reliant on the blunt tool of 14-day quarantine."
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