British holiday-makers in France are breaking off their stay in order to be home before Saturday morning a compulsory self-isolation takes effect in the fight against the coronavirus. They want to keep them from being quarantined for 14 days. For that they have to cross the border before 4:00 a.m. on Saturday morning British time.
According to some tourists, there is no room left on the trains through the Channel Tunnel between France and Great Britain. Eurotunnel operator confirms that everything is fully booked. Eurostar calls for not to come to a station without a valid train ticket. British media are reporting price increases for flights to Britain.
Shipping companies say they are using extra ferries to get as many passengers across in time as possible. Other shipping companies say it makes no sense to appear without booking because everything is full.
There are an estimated 160,000 British holidaymakers in France, which is their most popular destination after Spain. Paris is angry at the decision of the British government, which was announced on Thursday evening. The French are threatening countermeasures. The self-isolation also applies to travellers from the Netherlands, Malta and Aruba.