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France to exempt the UK from quarantine measures

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France has confirmed that it will not quarantine visitors from the UK even though it is outside the Schengen area.

Following the government’s decision to extend the state of emergency through to the 24th July, there was some uncertainty as to how France would treat people coming in through its borders.

While the UK officially left the European Union earlier this year following Boris Johnson’s election victory, the UK will not be treated as a 3rd country in the context of the pandemic.

The new rules that are set to be announced will impose a 14-day quarantine on visitors outside of the EU/Schengen area and the United Kingdom.

Following the pandemic outbreak, France imposed strict measure and fines for people not abiding by the rules. The UK also followed by imposing fines on travellers ignoring the ‘Stay at Home’ instructions from the government.

With the lockdown set to ease, there is fear of a second wave of cases that could overwhelm France’s hospitals, as was the case a few weeks ago where patients were transferred to other departments.

As it stands, France is planning to ease restrictions from the 11th May to unlock the economy and will be announcing further measures to tackle coronavirus.