Macron says France is the 'most attractive country' in Europe
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The Government confirmed yesterday it will be putting quarantine measures back in place for all travellers entering the UK from France. Despite the country being on the amber list, fully vaccinated Britons will still have to self-isolate for 10 days on their return to the UK from July 19.
Double jabbed Britons have expressed their “frustration” at the UK Government’s “inconsistent” approach to dealing with foreign travel rules.
This comes after travellers discovered they will have to self-isolate for 10 days on return from France from July 19, whether they are double vaccinated or not.
Holidaymakers had hoped they would be free from quarantine rules from next week as travel restrictions are expected to relax.
Double vaccinated Britons arriving to the UK from amber list countries will not have to quarantine from July 19.
However, Boris Johnson’s cabinet decided yesterday that holidaymakers arriving from amber-listed France will be the exception to that rule.
The Government said this is due to the “persistent presence” of the Beta coronavirus variant in the country.
Fully vaccinated English citizens currently in France have described their “frustration” with the Government.
Georgina Thomas, a nurse from Buckinghamshire, said: “I’m frustrated with the inconsistent approach the Government are taking.
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“It doesn’t all appear logical.”
The 32-year-old has been visiting her parents in the countryside between La Rochelle and Bordeaux for three weeks with her one-year-old daughter.
She added: “If a quarantine is necessary then so be it but I’m confident that my risk will be higher when I return to the UK.
“I hope people don’t see this as a disincentive to be vaccinated, it’s still so important.”
Georgina will still be on maternity leave when she returns to the UK. She said of her quarantine: “It will be a long 10 days but we are the fortunate ones, I understand that, plenty will think we shouldn’t be travelling anyway.”
Graham McLeod, from Bolton, is in a similar situation.
The 63-year-old has been staying in his holiday home in Charente Maritime, western France, with his partner.
They will now have to self-isolate on their return to the UK despite being fully vaccinated.
Graham said: “In terms of Government messaging, we’d say it’s inconsistent, irregular, unclear and frankly unworkable.
“We struggle to understand the sudden desire to introduce quarantine for returnees from France and cannot help feel this has far more to do with politics and much less to do with science.”
Graham and his partner had planned stay in France for five weeks, but they are now planning to return to the UK after less than three weeks.
The Englishman added: “We could stay and hope the situation changes but given the knee-jerk reaction by the UK Government we cannot take the chance in case the situation deteriorates further.”
Debbie, from Essex, runs a chalet with her family in France.
She said the business is expected to take a financial hit because of the UK Government’s new coronavirus quarantine rules.
The 49-year-old said: “We started in January 2020 so we haven’t had a chance to get going.
“Bookings were just starting to pick up and we’ve been helped by European guests but this affects our vaccinated UK guests.”
Debbie explained it costs her family over €3,000 per month to keep their business going, and they have had to borrow the money to keep it from going bankrupt.
She added: “It seems to me that this is political game-playing… it’s like watching a tennis match and the people are the ball.”
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