France to decide travel restrictions from the UK ‘in coming days’

France to decide travel restrictions from the UK 'in coming days'
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France will decide on restrictions for travellers entering from the UK 'in the coming days'.

The UK has been imposing a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France since August 15th, but although France said it would 'reciprocate' nothing has so far been announced.

The UK announced its quarantine late on Thursday, August 13th, with the measures brought in just over 24 hours later in the early hours of Saturday – sparking a rush home among Brits who were holidaying in France.

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France immediately announced that it would 'reciprocate' the UK's measures.

But 10 days later nothing has been announced and arrivals from the UK face no extra checks or restrictions.

However France's Europe minister Clement Beaune said on Monday that extra measures would be imposed in the coming days.

He told FranceInfo: “It will be on the agenda for the Defense Council meeting tomorrow [Tuesday].

“We will have a measure of reciprocity so that our British friends do not close the border that in one direction only, it would not make much sense.

“There will probably be restrictions for travellers returning from the United Kingdom, it will be decided in the coming days.”

The UK government imposed a quarantine on arrivals from France in June and July, but later scrapped it before reintroducing it.

At that time, France also said it would reciprocate, but ended up bringing in a voluntary quarantine for arrivals from the UK – with no enforcement or fines.

Anyone travelling from France to the UK has to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival, unless they fall into one of the exemption categories.

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