Anger as drivers going through France must quarantine even if they don’t leave their car

France: UK's travel restrictions slammed by residents

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From July 19, anyone arriving from France (including those transitioning through France) to England must continue to quarantine. They must quarantine for ten days at home or in other accommodation, even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Government website states that if you are travelling to England in a private vehicle, the rules of the countries and territories you drive through apply. 

This would mean that if you drive through France, you must follow the amber list rules when you arrive in England.

This applies whether you stop in the country or territory or not.

If you were to drive from Germany to France without stopping and get on the Eurotunnel to England, you would still need to quarantine.

This was updated on July 30 and still remains in place, as of August 2. 

This comes as the UK eased the quarantine restrictions for the USA and EU countries on the amber list for those who are fully vaccinated.

However, this does not include France.

Within regards to France, the UK clarified that Amber was in-effect ranked as “amber plus”.


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The guidance said: “Anyone who has been in France in the last 10 days will need to quarantine on arrival to England in their own accommodation and will need a day two and day eight test, regardless of their vaccination status.

“This includes any fully vaccinated individual who transits through France from either a green or another amber country to reach England.”

This would indicate that drivers who may have been in green list countries in Europe may still have to quarantine if they drove through France.

Despite this, there are some exceptions, including essential workers, like lorry drivers.

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