The short notice is likely to lead to many people desperately searching for a way back to the United Kingdom today, a situation similar to when the United Kingdom imposed last-minute quarantine measures on people travelling from Spain at the end of July.
Employers should "be understanding" of employees who have been forced to self-isolate following a trip overseas, the government has said, after it removed more countries including France from the list of "travel corridors".
"We have got to be absolutely ruthless about this, even with our closest and dearest friends and partners", Johnson told reporters on Thursday during a visit to Northern Ireland.
Hundreds of thousands of British tourists face being forced to self-isolate for two weeks on their return home after the government added France, the Netherlands and Malta to its list of virus trouble-spot destinations.
Officials representing the Eurotunnel, the auto and train service linking the English town of Folkestone with the French city of Calais, said that no tickets were remaining and urged those without a reservation not to arrive at the terminal on the French side of the English Channel.
"We couldn't get tickets".
P&O Ferries has limited availability, but one person travelling with a vehicle from Calais to Dover can buy a ticket for GBP200.
As well as France, the new measures also apply to anyone arriving into the United Kingdom from the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba.
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A traveller who gave her name as Sonata K said she had abandoned plans to go to Paris on the Eurostar for four nights with her mother - after learning of the new rules at London's St Pancras station on Friday morning.
French authorities could impose reciprocal quarantine measures in response to United Kingdom restrictions on arrivals, the Transport Secretary has said.
Speaking to BBC breakfast Mr Shapps said there "had to be a cut-off". We have to make a decision on it and we have to do that based on science and medicine, and that's what we've done, we've taken the advice and implemented on that basis, ' he said.
The government said: "Data from France shows that over the past week (7 to 13 August) there has been a 66% increase in newly reported cases and a 52% increase in weekly incidence rate per 100,000 population, indicating a sharp rise in COVID-19".
This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to be "absolutely ruthless" about imposing quarantine measures on people arriving into the United Kingdom from certain countries.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England detected a significant change in Covid-19 risk in all six destinations for which quarantine restrictions were imposed.
Responding to Britain's decision, French junior minister for European affairs Clement Beaune said later on the day that it will lead France to take a reciprocal measure.
The move will come as a bitter blow to the hard-pressed French tourism industry which relies heavily on visitors from the UK.