The Transport Salaried Staffs Association said it condemns the government’s “utterly shambolic” extension of the quarantine regime.

Late on Thursday, the government announced travellers returning from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Aruba and the Turks & Caicos Islands must quarantine for two weeks.

Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA, said: “We understand that the government quarantine regime is in place to protect us from Covid-19. However, the way the policy has been adopted has at times been utterly shambolic and the government’s messaging leaves an awful lot to be desired.

“Most importantly, [chancellor] Rushi Sunak’s ‘one size fits all support’ policies for businesses and workers are causing great harm to our travel industry.

“Travel companies can’t go to back business as usual until the public are confident that they can take a holiday with absolute certainty that it won’t be disrupted by the need to quarantine.

“Even at this late hour is still not too late for the government to put in place a bespoke support package which stops our members losing their jobs whether they work in travel shops in or high street, foreign exchange or Eurostar.”

The TSSA represents staff in the travel trade and transport sector.