France Not Included in UK's Imminent Flight Quarantine Rules

By Gary Cutlack on at

Adding a little more confusion to the UK government's coronavirus lockdown approach is the plan to quarantine international travellers arriving here – not in place yet but maybe in place soon – which will ask visitors from some countries to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. But not visitors from all countries, as France apparently won't be included.

Not because France is free of the virus or crossing the channel negates coronavirus or they have a different strain that's incompatible with our lungs; but because of a reciprocal agreement simply not to bother checking those entering the UK from the neighbouring country. Even more bizarre is that the prime minister only said it would "...soon be the time to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air," but made no mention of sea arrivals or those deemed essential enough to be allowed to use the Eurotunnel services.

It was left to a Downing Street spokesperson to later clarify that the measures would not apply to those arriving from France, because our PM agreed not to in a phone call with French president Emmanuel Macron. There's no timeline on the quarantine proposal anyway, and by tomorrow there'll probably be a new idea, like making all visitors promise really, really hard that they have definitely not got the virus, or to hold their breath for the duration of their stay. [Sky News]