France could soon put mandatory quarantine for visitors arriving from the UK


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Travelers from the UK to France may have to go through mandatory quarantine procedures again on arrival as the country seeks to impose similar rules on visitors.

The new rules could be implemented in the coming days.

Here is all you need to know.

Why is France considering quarantine?

On August 15, the UK reintroduced France to its quarantine list. Anyone returning to the UK from countries on the list must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. The changes were made due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in France.

French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune has suggested that those traveling from the UK to France may soon face similar demands.

He told France 2 television station: “There will be reciprocal measures so that the British do not close the border one way.

“For travelers returning from the UK, restrictive measures will likely be decided in the coming days by the Prime Minister and the Defense Council.”

Would the measurements be monitored?

France has not confirmed any new quarantine plan, but the country imposed similar measures between June 8 and July 9 in response to the UK’s initial general policy of requiring travelers to self-isolate for at least at least two weeks.

The French authorities made it clear at the time that this was a voluntary or advisory procedure which was never controlled.

By contrast, quarantine in the UK has always been mandatory and failure to follow the rules can result in a hefty fine.

What other countries could be next on the UK’s quarantine list?

Elsewhere, Switzerland is set to become the next European country to be subject to quarantine measures by the UK, according to the latest figures.

A seven-day rate of 20.7 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people puts the country above the threshold at which the UK government plans to implement quarantine conditions.

This threshold is currently a seven-day rate of 20 cases per 100,000.

Before the reintroduction of quarantine protocols for visitors from France, cumulative 14-day figures for the country showed 32.1 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people.


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