In another development, travellers from South Africa are also facing bars from some countries after another new variant of the virus was discovered that is unrelated to the one found in the UK.
What’s happening in Europe?
Much of the continent has banned UK arrivals in an attempt to halt the spread of the new strain. France imposed a ban on passengers and freight from the UK, causing disruption at the key southern British port of Dover.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was working with French President Emmanuel Macron to resume trade, and that he hoped the issue would be resolved “as soon as possible”.
The French Transport Minister Clément Beaune said his country would by Tuesday announce what would replace the initial 48-hour ban on travellers and lorries.
In Brussels, officials have been holding talks on finding a co-ordinated response from the EU’s 27 members.
No decision is expected until Tuesday, but one option discussed was demanding that UK arrivals test negative for Covid-19 before they leave.