Brits facing scramble to return from five countries who risk UK quarantine list

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Panicked holidaymakers could face a scramble to get home amid fears the UK could add many more countries to its quarantine list.

Brits have been thrown into uncertainty as France, Holland, Switzerland, Poland and Malta could be added to the list in the next few days, according to reports.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced over the weekend that things could change "very rapidly" if there is a continuous rise of infections.

In the last few weeks, Spain was the latest country to be added to the list.

Now many fear others will follow the same suit and changes could be implemented sooner than thought.

Currently there are around 500,000 Brits holidaying in France which is at risk of being added to the quarantine list if infections continue to increase in the next two days, reports Mail Online.

This could push thousands into chaos frantically searching for flights home.

According to industry experts, fresh restrictions could also be imposed on Holland, Switzerland, Poland and Malta, where the number of coronavirus cases are on the rise.

Passengers returning from these countries would have to isolate for 14 days.

Whitehall sources warned "no holiday is necessarily guaranteed" and travellers should prepare for the worst.

Infection rates will be monitored over the next few days.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, one Whitehall source said: "A lot of it comes down to these infection rates. Obviously, rising cases mean the risk of quarantine is more likely.

"No decisions have been made and we are waiting to see how things change over the week. What we would say to holidaymakers is that they need to be aware there is a risk of quarantine coming in at any time. No holiday is necessarily guaranteed."

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Boris Johnson also spoke while on a visit to Essex yesterday and said: "I don't want to advise people about their individual holidays, individual decisions, they should look at the travel advice from the Foreign Office clearly.

"But what I will say, and I hope people would expect us to do this, in the context of a global pandemic, we've got to keep looking at the data in all the countries to which British people want to travel.

"Where it is necessary to impose restrictions or to impose a quarantine system, we will not hesitate to do so."

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