How do police checks and quarantine work?


France introduced new rules for travelers from the UK on December 18, effectively banning tourists and people traveling on non-essential business trips.

It also reduced the time frame accepted for pre-departure testing to 24 hours, regardless of vaccination status.

Anyone living in France, regardless of nationality, can return home after traveling to the UK but all arrivals must self-quarantine for 10 days in one location and cannot, for example, stop for at night on the way back to isolate yourself.

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Travelers must complete a form with their contact details on an online platform called eOS-Covid, which generates a prefectural decree obliging them to complete the period of self-isolation.

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Information from the French consulate page specifies that “controls will be organized to ensure that these measures are correctly implemented”.

A Report reader who lives in the Pyrénées-Orientales recounted how he received a visit from two police officers 36 hours after his return to France from the United Kingdom.

“The police wanted ID, so we showed them our residence permit,Our reader said. “That seemed like all they needed to cross their copy of the eOS-Covid form.”

Any traveler who does not respect the quarantine rules risks a fine of up to € 1,300.

How long is the quarantine and can I be released earlier?

There has been some confusion around the length of the mandatory quarantine period for people allowed to travel to France from the UK under the ‘essential reasons’ rules.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal initially said travelers’ self-isolation should last seven days, but the website of the Interior Ministry and the French consulate both lists 10 days, and the consulate has since confirmed to The connection that is correct.

However, this 10-day period may be reduced if the person concerned is able to provide the negative result of an antigen or PCR test carried out at least 48 hours after his arrival in France.

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People are allowed to break out of quarantine to go to a testing center or pharmacy to perform this test, although they should try to stay as close to home as possible.

You can find testing centers near you on this government list.

Fully vaccinated residents of France can be reimbursed for the cost of Covid tests by Health Insurance, but unvaccinated people must pay unless they have a medical prescription or have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed Covid case. .

What else should I expect from my quarantine period?

The eOS-Covid decree also specifies that people subject to quarantine can leave their homes or accommodation between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to carry out essential business such as purchasing supplies, within a radius of one kilometer if possible.

Only if the person in question cannot have their purchases delivered to their home. If they are struggling to get what they need while in self-isolation, local authorities may be able to help.

Non-urgent medical appointments should be made by phone or video link if possible. No time or place limit is placed on emergency medical treatment, provided the individual can prove its urgency.

Anyone who needs to go to the place where the person is in quarantine should make sure to wear a mask at all times, adhere to social distancing measures, and stay in a well-ventilated room if possible.

Visitors should not stay more than four consecutive hours.

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