The UK has made it mandatory for citizens of France who are arriving in the country to go through quarantine. This decision based on UK immigration rules came after a surge in the cases of COVID-19 in France.
Nevertheless, this decision isn’t unilateral as France has warned of reciprocal measures.
The UK has also included the following countries the nationals of which it has imposed the quarantine measures on arrival:
- Turks and Caicos
In the UK, the citizens of France arriving on a UK visitor visa are obliged to follow the rules of quarantine upon arrival in the country. Non-compliance invites a fine. The decision has snubbed France. Clement Beaune, France’s Secretary of State for European affairs considered the UK’s decision a regrettable matter for the French.
On the other hand, Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary of the UK affirmed that the country has only implemented its policy regarding quarantine measures. If a country exceeds 20 cases per 100,000 people over 7 days, that country will be listed among those nations, the nationals of which will have to go through the quarantine process.
Considering that there are nearly 160,000 British holidaymakers in France right now, this move by the UK could present some difficulties at airports.
In July 2020, the UK made an announcement that it had removed Slovakian citizens from the quarantine rules. It was the improved epidemiological situation in Slovakia that led the UK to make that decision.
In early August, French authorities required people coming from high-risk countries to present a negative result of the COVID-19 test. The result should not be older than 72 hours. The countries France pronounced to be obliged to get tested for COVID-19 includes:
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- The US
The French Prime Minister has said that those who haven’t been tested in any of these countries have to get the test done as when they arrive in France.
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