Travelers from France to UK must self-certify no symptoms of coronavirus


(Reuters) – Travelers from France to the UK will have to self-certify that they do not suffer from symptoms of coronavirus or that they have been in contact with a confirmed case in the 14 days prior to their trip, said Friday the British government.The UK has said travelers returning from France on or after August 15 are expected to self-isolate on their return, due to high rates of COVID-19 infection in France.

The imposition of quarantine conditions has hit Britain’s favorite holiday destinations in the middle of summer and as the travel industry fights for its survival.

Earlier this year, the government was criticized for being too slow to lock down at the onset of the pandemic, when many cases reportedly arrived of holidaymakers returning from Italy. The UK’s quarantine policy began in June.

Other countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia and Austria are already on the government’s quarantine list.

Report by Radhika Anilkumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Chris Reese and Cynthia Osterman

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