Britain will not quarantine French travelers at this stage

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Passengers, wearing protective masks, wait to board an Air France flight to Mexico in terminal 2E of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy-en-France during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, May 6. 2020. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier / Files

PARIS (Reuters) – Britain will not impose quarantine on travelers from France at this stage, France and Britain said on Sunday, the two countries adding that such a move would be reciprocal and not imposed only after mutual consultation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a televised speech on Sunday that to prevent reinfection of the stranger “it is soon time … to impose quarantine on people entering the country by air.”

“No quarantine measures would apply to travelers from France at this stage,” said Johnson’s office, shortly after a similar statement from the office of French President Emmanuel Macron.

“All measures on both sides would be taken in a concerted and reciprocal manner,” said the statements after the two leaders spoke on the phone.

A working group between the two governments will be set up to ensure this consultation in the coming weeks, they said.

France said earlier this week that further quarantine and isolation measures would be possible for all travelers to France. However, these would not apply to the countries of the European Union or to Great Britain – at the moment.

Report by Michel Rose in Paris and Kylie MacLellan in London; Editing by Alex Richardson

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