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France announces a 14-day quarantine for UK travelers as a mutual measure

May 23, 2020

The French government has announced a 14-day quarantine for travelers from the United Kingdom, in reciprocity with the similar measure imposed by London, and despite the 10 May telephone call between French President Emmanuel Macron and the first announced agreement by British Minister Boris Johnson.

“Travelers from the UK, regardless of their nationality, will be required to have a 14-day quarantine when the UK quarantine comes into force,” said the French embassy in London.

The British quarantine comes into force on June 8th: Anyone coming to the UK by plane, ferry or train must provide an address where they will spend the next 14 days. The French move appears to be a response to the announcement of the UK restriction, apparently without prior consultation.

France announces a 14-day quarantine for UK travelers as a mutual measureFrance announces a 14-day quarantine for UK travelers as a mutual measure

France’s external borders have been closed since the beginning of April, with the exception of “urgent” work or family reasons. Therefore, the restrictions are expected to have little impact and remain a non-mandatory measure, unlike in the UK.