PARIS (AP) – France will impose a mandatory quarantine on British visitors to prevent the spread of a disturbing virus variant first detected in India, the French government said on Wednesday.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the new measure would be similar to limits placed in Germany on people coming from the UK.
“France will take similar measures and therefore put in place compulsory isolation for people coming from the United Kingdom,” he said.
He did not say when quarantine will be introduced. He said more information would be released shortly.
From Sunday, Germany began forcing people arriving from the UK to self-quarantine for 14 days. The decision responded to the dissemination in Britain of the Indian variant.
Under Germany’s stricter rules, airlines and the like can also only carry German citizens and residents of Great Britain.
The possibility of tightening French restrictions for British visitors was first raised on Sunday by Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The minister suggested Britain could be placed in a full-fledged health category, somewhere between more stringent measures France is imposing on visitors from India and 15 other countries, and more relaxed requirements for visitors from the European Union and other countries.
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