France is reintroducing stricter rules on arrivals from the United Kingdom who are not French residents to curb the spread of Covid, including its Indian variant, the Foreign Office said on Thursday.
Britons and other non-EU arrivals will have to prove again that they have a “compelling reason” to enter France, he said.
The ministry did not define “compelling,” but the government has previously said family, health or work reasons may be acceptable.
France relaxed that requirement in March for the UK, along with a number of other non-EU members, which Britain left last year.
But again from Monday “compelling reasons will be required for non-European foreigners who do not reside in France and who come to France from the United Kingdom,” the ministry said in a statement.
He added that these visitors are expected to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival.
The ministry added, however, that, for now, there would be “no systematic checks” to ensure compliance with the requirement, “given the low incidence of Covid in Britain”.
UK visitors will still need a PCR or antigen test dating back less than 48 hours to be allowed into the country.
The French move comes after Germany said travelers arriving from the UK must undergo a two-week quarantine period, whether or not they can provide a negative test result for the virus.
A French quarantine order is already in place for arrivals from Brazil, India, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Colombia, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Bahrain, Turkey , Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Police are allowed to conduct random checks to ensure quarantine rules are being followed, with non-compliance punishable by fines of up to 1,500 euros ($ 1,800).
The variant coronavirus first detected in India has now been officially registered in 53 territories, a World Health Organization report showed on Wednesday.
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