France will make UK arrivals self-isolate

Paris, May 23 (IANS) France is set to make UK arrivals self-isolate in response to the British government's quarantine rules which will come into effect on June 8, the media reported.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel announced on Friday travellers entering the country would have to self-isolate for 14 days or they could face a 1,000 pounds fine, the Metro newspaper reported.

It was confirmed France would not be exempt following reports earlier this week its citizens may not be forced to self-isolate.

Responding to the announcement, a spokesman for France's Interior Minister said: “We take note of the British government's decision and we regret it.

“France is ready to put in place a reciprocal measure as soon as the system comes into force on the British side.”

As part of the UK's new regime, travellers will be asked to fill in a form with their contact information, and health officials will perform spot checks to ensure they are complying with the measures.

Road hauliers and medical officials will be exempt, while the common travel area with Ireland will be unaffected.

Arrivals from France will not be exempt, the official confirmed, following confusion earlier this week.

The government has previously said the measure would be reviewed every three weeks following implementation.



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