The French government will agree this week to impose mutual quarantine restrictions on travel from the UK as ministers face mounting pressure to shorten the 14-day self-isolation period.
Great Britain put France on the “red list” of banned countries on August 15 after a surge in coronavirus cases.
All travelers returning to the UK from the country are required to stay home for a fortnight, and Paris is now ready to impose its own similar restrictions on people traveling in the opposite direction.
The Minister for European Affairs, Clement Beaune, announced that the right action will be taken in the coming days.
"We will have a measure called reciprocity so that our British friends do not close the border in a single way," he told French television channel France 2, as reported by Reuters.
"For travelers returning from the UK, there will likely be restrictive measures over the next few days to be decided by the Prime Minister and the Defense Council."
His comments came after it was revealed that the quarantine period could be cut to less than a week as there were plans to introduce tests on arrival at UK airports.
Aviation companies have made proposals to ministers that people returning from countries will be tested on the government's coronavirus red list upon arrival.
They would then be retested three to five days later, with two negative tests allowing the traveler to exit self-isolation.
Ministers are due to weigh the merits of the proposed path at a meeting scheduled for later this week.
Italy has also seen an increase amid growing concerns that Greece, Switzerland and the Czech Republic could be quarantined after cases have increased.
The Minister for European Affairs, Clement Beaune, announced that action will be taken in the coming days.
Aviation companies urge ministers to support plans to introduce a dual test system at UK airports
The government is under heavy pressure to reduce the 14-day self-isolation rules due to fears that they will cause permanent damage to the travel and tourism industries.
According to The Times, aviation companies Swissport and Collinson Group presented plans for a dual test system to Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Friday.
Arrival systems have already been tested at their airports in many European countries, including Germany and France.
The two companies reportedly raised concerns in a letter to Mr. Hancock that the current 14-day rules prevent people from working and travel for business, while suppressing inbound tourism as well.
Ministers have previously expressed concerns about the prospect of replacing the 14-day quarantine directive with a more sophisticated testing system.
They said there was a risk that the testing regime could miss people who have just been infected because the coronavirus can take so long to appear.
However, the aviation and travel industries believe the government has massively overestimated the number of people who could be missing under such a system.
The dual testing system would likely see arrivals from Red List countries, tested on arrival and then provided with a swab kit for home testing.
This second test would be done three to five days after he returned to the UK and sent to a laboratory for processing.
Two negative tests would allow travelers to exit quarantine and return to normal life.
The latest push for airport testing comes after the government added Croatia, Austria and Trinidad & Tobago to the prohibited travel list last week.
Non-essential trips to France and Spain are already banned after spikes in case numbers.
However, a drop in infection rates means the holidays in Portugal are starting again.
Case numbers in a handful of other European nations are now on the up, raising fears that more countries may be affected by potential travel bans.
Italy has registered 1,000 new daily infections in the past few days – the first time in about three months that the number has entered four digits.
On Friday last week, the Czech Republic reported 506, the highest daily increase in cases since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, while the number of cases in Switzerland is now four months.
In Greece, the infection rate has stabilized at just over 14 cases per 100,000 people.
The UK government has set a threshold for introducing quarantine restrictions at 20 cases per 100,000.
Two companies have written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock explaining that people should be tested upon arrival and retested five days later to deviate from the blanket 14-day quarantine policy
Split Airport in Croatia was full late last week as British tourists scrambled to return to the UK before the quarantine went into effect on Saturday
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said last week when he announced the latest travel advisory that people need to be prepared for a quick change in circumstances when booking vacations.
He said on Thursday: & # 39; data shows we need to remove Croatia, Austria and Trinidad & Tobago from our list of #coronavirus travel corridors to keep infection rates low.
& # 39; If you come to the UK from these destinations after 4:00 on Saturday, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
& # 39; Data also shows we can now add Portugal to the countries included in travel corridors.
“Please note that, as in all airlift countries, things can change quickly. Only travel if you are happy with an unexpected 14-day quarantine (I speak from experience!). & # 39;
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