Vaccinated against Covid or not, Britons arriving from France will have around quarantine

Vaccinated or not, Britons arriving from France will have around quarantine (illustrative photo of the Eurostar terminal in January 2021)

CORONAVIRUS – British residents coming from France, even fully vaccinated, will have to continue to observe a quarantine on their arrival in England, the British government announced on Friday July 16, making France an exception among the countries placed on its “orange list” ”.

The government had previously announced that fully vaccinated UK residents coming from destinations classified as “orange” such as France, Italy or Spain, would no longer need to observe quarantine from Monday. “However, this will not apply to France following the persistent presence of cases in France of the Beta variant, which was first identified in South Africa.”, Said the Ministry of Health in a statement.

Anyone who has stayed in France in the last 10 days before arriving in England will need to self-quarantine, which can be done in their own accommodation, and screen for Covid-19 two days and eight days after arrival. This quarantine can be lifted with an optional test carried out five days after arrival. These screenings are at the expense of the traveler.

“We have always been clear that we will not hesitate to take swift action at our borders to stop the spread of Covid-19 and protect the achievements of our successful vaccination program,” said the Minister of Health Sajid Javid in a press release.

“With the restrictions being lifted across the country on Monday, we will do everything possible to ensure that international travel is conducted in the safest possible manner and to protect our borders from the threat of variants,” he continued.

50,000 new cases in 24 hours in the United Kingdom

One of the countries most affected in Europe by Covid-19, which has killed more than 128,500 there, the United Kingdom has seen contaminations climb for weeks, even exceeding 50,000 daily cases on Friday, unheard of since January.

Despite these figures, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the lifting of virtually all remaining restrictions in England from Monday, including the requirement to wear masks or adhere to social distancing rules.

It builds on the success of a vaccination campaign launched in early December which has enabled more than two-thirds of adults to be fully vaccinated.

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