UK backs down on French quarantine deal


The British government has denied that France is exempt from the 14-day quarantine measures.

Over the weekend, the Prime Minister announced that anyone arriving in the UK by plane, train or ferry should be isolated for two weeks – including returning British nationals.

But a joint statement by the British and French governments hinted that no quarantine measures would be applied between the two countries, sparking new hopes for a holiday in France this summer.

“No quarantine measures would apply to travelers from France at this stage; all measures on both sides would be taken in a concerted and reciprocal manner, “said the statement, which was posted on the government’s website on May 10.

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

However, last week the EU spoke out to warn member states, as well as the United Kingdom, which is still subject to EU rules on freedom of movement, not to distinguish a single country. when their borders reopen. It has been suggested that a border agreement between the UK and France could trigger a court challenge.

Meanwhile, members of the travel industry have told Telegraph Travel that they believe 14-day quarantine will be unachievable. In a survey of industry leaders, two-thirds said it was “not enforceable.”

Today, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said there would be no French exemption and said that the declaration of origin concerned cooperation to manage the border between the two countries – not an agreement trip.

Now it appears that those exempted from a 14-day isolation period after arriving in the UK include people working on coronavirus research and freight drivers to allow the movement of goods to the mainland.

Consult our advice on resuming holidays in France here.


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