After the discovery of a new strain of the coronavirus, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy suspended flights and trains from the U.K. on Sunday.
In France, the Prime Minister announced in a press release that the country is suspending traffic from the U.K. from midnight Sunday evening for 48 hours.
The decision was made by the National Defense and Security Council (CDSN), the arm responsible for movements of people, including those related to the transport of goods, by road, air, sea or rail.
However, people or transport traveling to the U.K. is unaffected.
The 48-hour deadline will allow members of the European Union to coordinate in order to “define a common doctrine on the regulation and control of flows from the United Kingdom” and to prepare “a secure reopening of flow from the United Kingdom from December 22, and which will be based on a mandatory test on departure.”
The new variant of Covid-19 emerged in mid-September in London and Kent County and is believed to be up to 70% more contagious than the previous strain, although vaccines remain effective with the new strain. The British capital and the south-east of England has been reconfined from Sunday in an attempt to curb a surge in contaminations: according to Downing Street, 62% of the contaminations recorded in London and 59% of those in the east of England are linked to this new strain.