Travelers from France will be exempt from a 14-day quarantine to be imposed on overseas arrivals to the United Kingdom by air.
A joint government disclosure came after Boris Johnson confirmed the widely anticipated move to stop the spread of Covid-19. Travel and aviation officials will seek urgent clarification on quarantine plans after the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday.
They warned that the plan would have a “devastating impact” on airlines and airports already suffering massive job cuts due to virtual grounding of flights.
Johnson’s television ad was unclear as to when quarantine would start, who it would apply to, how it would be implemented, and what government support would be given to offset its impact on the travel industry.
All he said was, “To prevent re-infection from abroad, I point out that it will soon be time – with much lower transmission – to impose quarantine on people entering this country by air. “
Johnson is scheduled to answer questions from MPs and the public on Monday as Number 10 issues his official 50-page directions to Parliament.
Airlines have been advised that any quarantine period will last 14 days and that individuals should be required to provide an address upon arrival at the border.
Airlines UK CEO Tim Alderslade said, “We all have to adapt to the new standard, including the government, but shutting down air travel this way is not the way to do it.” reach.
“The ministers do tell people that they can no longer travel for the foreseeable future and the airlines will respond by anchoring their operations.”
He added, “This is why they need additional government support urgently to overcome this growing crisis.”
Dale Keller, Managing Director of the Board of Airlines Representatives in the UK (BARUK), said: “Restarting and resuming aviation is key to reviving the British economy.
“Theft can only start again in a meaningful way when the 14-day self-isolation requirement is replaced by a carefully coordinated and internationally harmonized approach, incorporating a series of more effective and multi-layered measures that better target and mitigate risk, and provide assurance that the flight is safe. “
However, it later appeared in a joint statement between the British and French governments that the new rule would not apply to arrivals from France.
He said: “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.
“A working group between the two governments will be set up to ensure this consultation in the coming weeks.”
Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to work together to advance “appropriate border measures,” the statement said.
“This cooperation is particularly necessary for the management of our common border.”