The British government caused another mess in Europe with the sudden decision to add France and the Netherlands among the several countries for which a requirement to enter 14 days of quarantine comes into force at 4 o’clock local time on Saturday. The reason is the increase in the number of new coronavirus in these countries, as in Paris and Marseille, for example, the French authorities have already declared the area a risk for the rapid spread of the infection.
The same thing happened earlier with Spain, and now again thousands of people – British and other citizens – have found themselves somewhere across the continent with less than 24 hours to return home freely. Other European countries on the new ban list are Monaco and Malta. The French government has announced that it will take reciprocal measures.
The BBC reports that travel prices from France and the Netherlands have jumped due to high demand. A direct flight from Amsterdam to London, for example, reached 327 pounds for economy and 645 pounds for business class on last Friday’s British Airways flight, well above average prices for this time of year. All Stena Line ferry tickets from the Netherlands are sold.
The restriction imposed by London also affects those transiting through France. According to the latest instructions, there is no need for quarantine if you travel through the country in a personal car without getting out of it and without someone else being picked up on the road. But if he stops for a break or a passenger gets out of the car, mixes with other people and returns to it, quarantine follows. Other rules apply to passenger buses, ferries, trains and flights.
Some Britons canceled their trips to stations or airports in the morning when they learned of the emergency measure. Others went on because they said they had no problem working from home when they returned.