Passengers arriving from France will be exempt from forthcoming UK coronavirus quarantine measures.
Boris Johnson had announced on Sunday evening that “it will soon be the time to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air”.
However, Downing Street later added: “No quarantine measures would apply to travellers coming from France at this stage.”
The government has already indicated that people arriving from the Republic of Ireland will not be made to go into quarantine.
However, the measures will apply to UK holidaymakers returning from other destinations.
Travel industry analysts said that meant a one-week or two-week holiday abroad would be followed by another two weeks in self-isolation.
The World Travel and Tourism Council expressed concern about the new measures, saying they would damage confidence among would-be travellers.
Mr Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on the COVID-19 measures today during a phone call.
In a joint statement, they said: “Any measures on either side would be taken in a concerted and reciprocal manner.”
Earlier this week, France said new quarantine and isolation measures could be introduced for all travellers into the country.
Heathrow airport’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye said that the government “urgently needed” to lay out a roadmap for the reopening of its borders post-coronavirus.
Airlines UK chief executive Tim Alderslade said: “We all, including government, need to adapt to the new normal, but closing off air travel in this way is not the way to achieve this.”
Air travel has ground to a halt because of the global coronavirus pandemic, prompting steep job cuts by the industry.
Ryanair has said it plans to axe 3,000 workers and has asked remaining staff to take a pay cut.
BA has said it will cut 12,000 of its workforce and has warned that it might not reopen at Gatwick Airport once the pandemic passes.
Speaking to the BBC this morning, foreign secretary Dominic Raab said further guidance around travel restrictions would be set out on Tuesday.
He added that the government would try to have its quarantine plans in place by the end of the month.