The rush got here after the federal government introduced late on Thursday that each one folks arriving within the UK from France, the place Covid-19 infections charges are excessive, would wish to self-isolate for 14 days from Saturday onwards.
The rule change, which got here into drive at four a.m. BST Saturday, additionally applies to these touring to the UK from the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba.
Transport operators famous a steep surge in demand as folks booked last-minute tickets in a race to beat the Saturday morning deadline.
The Eurotunnel Le Shuttle prepare service, which transports automobiles between France and the UK, was absolutely booked on Friday because of the elevated demand, in accordance to PA Media.
A spokesperson for the service informed the information company that 12,000 folks tried to purchase tickets within the hour after the federal government’s announcement on Thursday, in contrast to the a whole lot of requests it often receives over the identical time interval.
British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated the federal government’s determination to finish the journey corridors with France and the opposite locations was primarily based on the newest obtainable coronavirus knowledge.
“Data shows we need to remove France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba from our list of coronavirus Travel Corridors to keep infection rates down,” he tweeted on Thursday.
As of Friday, France and the Netherlands had Covid-19 case charges of 34.zero and 41.6 per 100,000 folks, whereas the UK’s price was 17.3, in accordance to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Paris has vowed to take retaliation after the UK’s transfer, with French Minister of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune tweeting that his nation is dissatisfied by the choice.
France is British holidaymakers’ second-most well-liked vacation vacation spot behind Spain, which was not too long ago placed on the UK authorities’s quarantine record.
CNN’s Hanna Ziady contributed to this report.