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Travel news: Britons beat French quarantine deadline 'by minutes'

Thousands of Britons returned from France late last night, with some beating the 4am deadline for quarantine by minutes.

The UK Government’s decision to add the country to its ‘red’ list on Thursday evening sparked a frenzied rush across the Channel, with ferries, Eurotunnel and Eurostar all fully booked; air fares from France soared with demand.

One traveller told how he arrived into Dover at 3.58am, two minutes before the quarantine measures - requiring arrivals to self isolate for 14 days - came into force. “The ship announced ‘everyone go to your cars’ and at that point there were a few people shoving and pushing to get to the front of the queue,” he told BBC Radio 5Live. 

Kate Bussmann, who cut short her holiday to return on Friday evening, said of the queues for the Eurotunnel: “Some very bored and frustrated people - even if we’re basically the lucky ones. I can hear crying children but no crying adults.”

France had its “travel corridor” with the UK removed along with the Netherlands, Aruba and the Malta after a sustained rise in coronavirus cases.

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