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Travellers arriving in France from the UK – regardless of nationality – will be invited to enter a voluntary two-week quarantine upon arrival, from June 8, the French government has said.

The new rule was confirmed in a press release issued by the French ministry of foreign affairs in an effort to continue the fight against Covid-19.

The statement suggests that the quarantine will be voluntary.

This is in contrast to the UK’s rules, which will include fines of up to £1,000 (€1,115) and spot checks at quarantine addresses for people arriving in the UK.

Read more: UK clarifies 14-day quarantine rules

There has been no suggestion that France will spot check or fine visitors arriving in France at this stage.

The statement from the ministry of foreign affairs, le Quai d’Orsay, clearly states: “[Travellers from the UK] whatever their nationality [will be] invited to undertake a [14-day] quarantine [upon arrival to France].”

It will apply to travellers arriving via any means, including by air, sea, or train.

It will not apply to travellers who are entering France only to transit to another country, nor to aircraft staff, goods transporter drivers, seasonal farm workers, or medics and researchers working against Covid-19.

The decision appears to have been made in response to the UK government saying that travellers from France to the UK would be required to self-isolate for 14 days, in contrast to a previous statement between the two countries.

France said that it would impose “reciprocal measures” for any European country requiring a quarantine.


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