From the British Embassy in Paris
COVID-19: QUARANTINE: TRAVELLING FROM FRANCE TO THE UK FORM 15 AUGUST
UK Government decided last night to remove France and Monaco from its list of travel corridors for the UK following data showing a significant increase in COVID-19 risk in France.
Data from France shows that over the past week (7th -13th August) there has been a 66% increase in newly reported cases and a 52% increase in weekly incidence rate per 100,000 population, indicating a sharp rise in COVID-19.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is therefore now advising against all non-essential travel to France. All travellers from France and Monaco arriving in the UK from 04.00 Saturday 15 August will need to self-isolate for two weeks. This also applies to travellers returning from the Netherlands, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba where the incidence rate is also rising rapidly.
This applies to both UK residents and visitors who may need to self-isolate if they have been or made a *‘transit stop’ in France, or any other country not on the list of travel corridors, in the 14 days prior to entering the UK.
People travelling to the UK will be required to:
provide journey and contact details online in the 48 hours before travel. The locator form must be completed online before arrival in the UK. Once the form has been completed, it will be validated and emailed back to the applicant. The final version can be presented as a hard copy or on smartphones and tablets at the UK border. Relevant information, including the locator form, can be found here.
self-isolate for 14 days at the declared address immediately on arrival in the UK. Regular contact or spot-checks could be made throughout this period to ensure compliance. People should only leave their quarantine location to seek urgent medical treatment or to receive essential support (e.g. food or medicine which cannot be delivered). Non-compliance with these measures could result in fines or further action. It is advised to follow Public Health England advice and government guidelines on social distancing and hygiene at all times. More info can be found here.
People already in France are not being advised to leave but if they choose to change their return date to the UK, they should contact their travel provider in the first instance and ensure they are familiar with their insurance policy coverage. Travellers should only go to airports, ferry or train terminals if they have a booking.
*A ‘transit stop’ is when passengers can get on /off a coach, ferry, train or plane and/or new passengers joining the journey. You do not need to self-isolate if no new passengers get on, no-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside, or if you are travelling in a private vehicle and the above applies. You can find more information here.
Details on exemptions to the quarantine period can be found here.
For updates, please continue to check the latest Travel Advice from the FCO our Facebook and Twitter channels @UKinFrance and @BritishinFrance.
For urgent consular assistance: at +33 (0)1 44 51 31 00.
Personally I think people run more risk of catching it in the UK than France!!