The government in London surprisingly announced on Friday that the easing planned for Monday should not apply to France. Returning travelers who have been vaccinated twice must therefore continue to be quarantined in England for ten days if they were previously in France. The reason is therefore the relatively high number of infections with the beta variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected in South Africa.

The head of the airline association Airlines UK, Tim Alderslade, described the government’s decision as “arbitrary”. It is impossible for travelers and the industry to make plans, he said, according to the BBC. This will further undermine consumer confidence, said Alderslade. Easy-Jet managing director Johan Lundgren accused the government of creating “confusion and uncertainty”.