France to quarantine travellers coming from Spain in a reciprocal move after Madrid restrict arrivals from Schengen zone.
THE French government are set to impose quarantine measures on travellers arriving from Spain in a reciprocal measure after Madrid decided to restrict arrivals from Europe’s Schengen zone. Spain had announced on Tuesday it would from Friday impose a 14-day quarantine period on all travellers to avoid importing new virus cases.
“France will impose a 14-day quarantine from the moment Spain imposes the measure, based on the principle of reciprocity,” a presidential official said.
Travel into France is currently heavily restricted – all non-essential travel is banned and anyone arriving in the country needs an international travel certificate.
But France is hoping to gradually reopen borders to travel from within Europe ahead of the summer, with June 15 set as a possible date for deciding on an initial relaxation.
In weekend telephone talks, the Elysée said British PM Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed there should for now be no quarantine measures for travellers arriving in Britain from France.
“No quarantine measure will apply to travellers from France at this stage; any measure from one side or the other will be taken in a coordinated and reciprocal way,” the Elysee said then.
Johnson on Sunday had announced plans to introduce quarantine for people arriving in Britain by air to prevent new infections from abroad.
France has announced plans for a compulsory 14-day quarantine, a quatorzaine, for people arriving from outside Europe.