The U.K. prime minister’s office on Friday appeared to backtrack on earlier commitments not to impose quarantine on travelers coming from France.
The U.K. published Monday its lockdown exit plan, which includes quarantine for people arriving from abroad.
French President Emmanuel Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had announced Sunday evening in a joint statement that “no quarantine measures would apply to travellers coming from France at this stage.” France also said earlier this month that travelers from the U.K. won’t be quarantined.
Asked to clarify which restrictions would apply to people arriving from France, a spokesperson for Johnson told reporters: “There isn’t a French exemption … We’ll be working with the French in the coming weeks because cooperation is particularly necessary for the management of our common border.”
Downing Street maintained that they were working with the French government on border arrangements. However, quarantine exemptions that are being considered for people coming from mainland Europe, including France, seem much more limited than suggested in the joint statement from Paris and London. They would focus on workers such as freight drivers and people involved in the coronavirus response, officials said.
France on the other hand hinted this week that it would impose quarantines on travelers from countries that themselves impose quarantines, such as Spain, “based on a reciprocity principle.”