France may be added to UK’s ‘red list’ for border controls

France may be added to UK's 'red list' for border controls
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday he was considering tightening border controls with France meaning arrivals to the UK from the country could face compulsory hotel-quarantine.

“Putting France on the red list is something we will have to look at,” Johnson told MPs on Wednesday evening.

Adding France to the “red list” would require all travellers coming in from this side of the Channel to quarantine for 10 days at a government-approved quarantine hotel, which costs more than £1,000 per person. 

The cost would be paid by the individual not the state.

This may have to happen “very soon,” the PM added, but he did not give further indications as to when the UK government would make the decision.

Travel from the UK to France is currently limited by quite strict UK rules, while the French government relaxed its rules on travel early March.

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Currently to enter the UK travellers currently need to show a negative Covid test taken within the previous 72 hours and a passenger locator form.

They also have to quarantine for 10 days and buy a compulsory travel testing kit from the government’s list of approved suppliers – these cost around £200 per person.

However people are allowed to quarantine at home or in an establishment of their choosing rather than in the government-approved hotels .

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