Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium have all halted flights over the “out of control” new coronavirus variant, with other nations expected to follow suit.
The measures vary and are short-term but the EU is set to meet on Monday, December 21, to decide on a more coordinated approach.
As well as flights being cancelled, the Eurotunnel also announced it was suspending access to its terminal in Folkestone, Kent.
The new strain of Covid-19 has spread quickly in London and the south east of England, causing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to revise the Christmas restrictions and place around 20 million people into a new Tier 4 level lockdown.
It comes after the UK recorded its highest-ever one-day rise in coronavirus cases with another 35,928 being reported, along with 326 new deaths.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the new variant of Coronavirus as “out of control”.