It will perhaps be more difficult for the French to return to the United Kingdom. The country could indeed soon place France on its “red list” and thus tighten controls on arrivals from France because of the risks posed by the new variants of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.
France, which is facing a third wave of Covid-19 cases, on Wednesday added three departments to the sixteen subject to measures to slow the expansion of the disease. Asked by members of Parliament as to why France was not on the “red list” of travel restrictions, the Prime Minister replied: it is “something we are going to have to study”.
Boris Johnson, however, warned of the disruption that any measures would cause, especially in trade between the two sides of the Channel. Travelers from countries on this list cannot enter UK territory unless they are UK nationals or Irish nationals or have resident status, in which case they must stay in quarantine in a hotel of their own fresh.
Possible tests for truck drivers
“We cannot rule out stronger measures and we will apply them if necessary,” said the British Prime Minister. Asked about possible tests of drivers of heavy goods vehicles arriving at Channel ports, he called for an assessment of the risk of “very serious disruptions” to the flow of goods such as food products and medicines. Truck drivers are currently exempt from testing and quarantine.