UK backtracks on French quarantine arrangement

The government has confirmed there will be no UK/France travel agreement this summer
The government has confirmed there will be no UK/France travel agreement this summer Credit: Getty
Everyone, including the French, will have to self-isolate for 14 days when arriving in the UK, the government has confirmed

The UK government has denied that France will be exempted from its planned 14-day quarantine measures.

一本道理不卡一二三区Last weekend the Prime Minister announced that anyone arriving in the UK by air, train or ferry would have to isolate for two weeks – including returning British nationals. A date was not given for when the quarantine measure would be introduced.

But a joint statement from the British and French governments, released shortly after the PM's speech, hinted that no quarantine measures would be enforced between the two countries, prompting fresh hopes that a holiday in France could be on the cards this summer.

一本道理不卡一二三区"No quarantine measures would apply to travellers coming from France at this stage; any measures on either side would be taken in a concerted and reciprocal manner," said the statement, published on the government's website on May 10.

一本道理不卡一二三区"A working group between the two governments will be set up to ensure this consultation throughout the coming weeks."

However, last week the EU spoke out to warn member states一本道理不卡一二三区, including the UK which is still subject to EU freedom of movement rules, not to single out one nation when reopening their borders. It was suggested that a UK-France border agreement could spark a legal challenge.

On Friday, a spokesperson for the prime minister said that there would be no French exemption, and said the original statement regarded cooperation to manage the border between the two countries – not a travel agreement.

It seems now that those exempted from a 14-day isolation period after arriving the UK include people working on coronavirus research and freight drivers, in order to allow the flow of goods to the continent to continue.

Some countries are creating travel blocs, despite the EU's warning. Last week Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are to become the first European countries to create a “travel bubble” to allow their residents to move freely within the Baltic states.

一本道理不卡一二三区The travel industry and British holidaymakers await further information on when, and how, the 14-day quarantine measure will come into force. However, members of the travel industry told Telegraph Travel that they believed the 14-day quarantine would be unworkable. In a poll of industry leaders, two thirds described it as "unenforceable".

Wondering when you'll be travelling to France again? See our rolling updates on how the country is easing from lockdown.