The measure will be discussed at a meeting of the “Covid O” committee on Tuesday amid the increase in coronavirus cases across the Channel, according to the Daily Telegraph.
From April 6, carriers from outside the UK and Ireland visiting England for more than two days will be required to take a Covid-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and once every 72 hours thereafter.
But with growing signs of a third wave spreading across mainland Europe, there is speculation the government could go further by adding France to the UK’s red list.
Some 4,872 patients are in intensive care in France, which is almost the maximum during the country’s previous coronavirus outbreak in November.
Red list status would mean that direct flights, crossings and trains between France and the UK could be banned, and people who are not British or Irish nationals or UK residents would be banned from entering the UK. United Kingdom if they had been in France within the previous 10 days. .
Eligible arrivals would be required to spend 10 days in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £ 1,750 per person.
There are currently 35 countries on the Red List, including all of South America and Southern Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman was asked why France was not already on the red list.
He replied: “We obviously keep all of our border measures under constant surveillance and, as we have done throughout the pandemic, we will not hesitate to introduce more stringent restrictions if necessary.”
He stressed that the testing regime comes into effect from April 6, adding: ‘Stricter testing measures will ensure that carriers who encounter have to self-isolate in their cabins, and if they want to stay in the UK , they will have to be tested the same day. two, five and eight. ”