France will impose a compulsory quarantine on travellers arriving from the UK amid mounting concern over the rapid spread of the coronavirus variant first found in India, a government spokesman has said.
Gabriel Attal told reporters after a weekly ministerial meeting on Wednesday that the government would announce “in the coming hours” exactly when the decision, which was widely expected, would come into effect.
France currently requires travellers from 16 countries including Brazil, India, Argentina and Turkey, to undergo an obligatory 10 days of self-isolation either at home or at a nominated, approved address, with the right to go out only two hours a day and a fine of €1,500 in the event of non-compliance.
Attal noted that Germany had already imposed strict controls on visitors from Britain and said France was taking “similar measures”. It is not yet clear who will be affected, although transport industry workers such as truck drivers are likely to be exempt.
Germany banned all travellers from Britain from entering its territory from midnight on 23 May after the country’s national public health institute designated the UK as a “virus variant area of concern”.