French travellers will now face a quarantine when entering the UK as British government go back on original decision
FRANCE regrets a British decision to impose a quarantine on people arriving from mainland Europe, and stands ready to impose reciprocal measures, stated the interior ministry on Friday.
Britain’s interior minister, Priti Patel, said on Friday that international arrivals to the UK must self-isolate for two weeks to prevent imported cases of Covid-19. Patel said the UK government was following the science and reducing the possibility of a potential second wave of coronavirus infections in the country with Europe’s highest death rate of more than 36,000.
The British government had changed their mind on a previous decision made and despite working closely with the French authorities, Patel said arrivals from France would now have to go into quarantine.
Patel said new arrivals to the UK could now have a bigger impact on the number of infections given that domestic transmission of the coronavirus was no longer at a peak. “By taking these steps we could save many more lives,” she said.
Travellers to the UK will be expected from June 8 to provide contact and address details, as well as an outline of their travel plans, said Paul Lincoln, the head of the UK’s Border Force.
Those exempt from the 14-day self-isolation include road haulage and freight workers, medical workers and foreign officials, said Lincoln. Self-isolation would not apply to the Common Travel Area, meaning travellers from the Republic of Ireland going to the UK would not need to quarantine themselves.
Fines of €1,100 would be handed out to those breaking the restrictions. The British authorities would be carrying out spot-checks and those refusing to comply with the measures would be refused entry to the UK.