France exempts Schengen travelers and Britain from quarantine rules

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France has decided to impose a fortnight of fourteen days on all people from other countries, in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. However, the decision does not affect travelers from the EU’s Schengen area or Britain, the French consulate in Britain noted.

After extending the state of health emergency until July 24 due to the coronavirus, the French government announced on May 2 that anyone entering France should remain isolated for two weeks, including French nationals, reports SchengenVisaInfo. com.

“The 14-day quarantine is imposed on anyone entering the territory – including Corsica and the overseas departments and territories – who has no symptoms, French or foreign”, The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, stressed this.

However, on Sunday, authorities announced that mandatory quarantine rules will be exempt. “Anyone arriving from the European Union, the Schengen area or Great Britain, whatever their nationality. “

The government has indicated that detailed information will be provided in the coming days regarding the French and Schengen citizens arriving in France.

“Persons entering French territory from countries in the European zone (EU / Schengen and United Kingdom) will NOT be affected by the quarantine measure announced in France, the details of which will be determined soon”, the French Consulate in Great Britain reads on its Twitter account.

According to “country at riskFrench authorities will soon draw up a list with more information, according to French government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye.

In any case, the French Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, stressed that “there is no timetable” for the reopening of the borders, adding that the situation will be discussed at European level and, according to he will have a progressive character.

As France begins to see signs of a slowdown in infections, the country has been preparing to ease the lockdown measures since May 11.

The coronavirus pandemic has maintained 24,895 lives in France while 168,693 have been infected, making the country the fifth most affected country in the world.

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