France Has Imposed a 7 Day Quarantine on All Arrivals from the UK, effective from Monday May 31, 2021, due to concerns about B.1.617.2, sometimes called the Indian variant. Per Clement Beaune, France's junior minister for European Affairs, arrivals from the UK will also need to present negative results from a COVID-19 test taken within the 48 hours prior to arrival.
France isn't alone; starting Sunday May 30, Germany, which has classified the UK as a “virus variant area,” will impose a two week quarantine on travelers arriving from the UK, even if they've been vaccinated and have tested negative for COVID-19. Germany has also barred non-German citizens from the UK from entering Germany. Neighboring Austria has likewise banned UK travelers from entering Austria, with exceptions for Austrian and EU/EEA and Swiss citizens and a few other categories.
That said, the 7-day average of daily new COVID-19 infections remains higher in France and Germany, at 8 per 100,000 people, than in the UK, where it's 3-4 thanks to the UK's faster vaccination roll-out. The Pfizer vaccine has been shown to be 88 percent effective at stopping symptomatic COVID-19 from the Indian variant two weeks after the second dose, while AstraZeneca was 60% effective against the Indian variant.
So far it's unclear if U.S. passengers merely transiting the UK will also be subject to the quarantine in France once France reopens to U.S. travelers in June 2021 (U.S. travelers who aren't German citizens or permanent residents are currently not permitted into Germany) but we'll update this post once we learn more.
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