New arrivals to Britain must self-isolate for two weeks from June 8, with fines for anyone who breaches the measure created to prevent a second wave of coronavirus from overseas, Home Secretary Priti Patel said Friday.
France said it would impose reciprocal measures for any European country enforcing a quarantine. Removal from the country would be considered as a last resort for foreign nationals who refuse to comply with these public health measures.
And asked about the prospect of foreign holidays this summer, the home secretary added: "This is absolutely not about booking holidays".
A "Contact locator form" - All arriving passengers will be required to fill in an online form to provide information on their travel plans, contact details and the address where they will stay.
Patel told a news conference that the government advice remained "very clear: nothing but essential travel" outside the country.
The Government said the quarantine measures will be reviewed every three weeks.More news: Hazard needs more physical work to recover from broken ankle
"We are not shutting down completely".
Victoria Bacon from ABTA, the travel industry trade body, told the BBC the government needs to come up with some "wider, more forward thinking" strategies for the industry.
Those who breached the quarantine in England could be fined STG1000 ($A1800) and spot checks would be carried out by health and border officials.
There have so far been no quarantine requirements for travellers from abroad, with the government saying it is deemed necessary only now as the rate of infection within the country is brought into control and there is a need to prevent a second wave of infections coming in from overseas.
Britain is to introduce a quarantine period of 14 days for those arriving in the UK, Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis confirmed Friday (May 22) and said ministers would give details later.
They should not go out for tasks such as food purchase or other essentials "where they can rely on others" and they should not have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are "providing essential support".More news: Hailey Bieber Snaps At Rumors That She Had Plastic Surgery
Border control officers will also be able to refuse entry to foreign citizens who are not United Kingdom residents during border checks, and the Home Office said that removal from the country could be used as a last resort.
The government argues that it simply wouldn't have made enough of a difference while the virus was spreading widely within the UK.
The quarantine will not apply to those arriving from the Irish Republic, nor to freight drivers, medical professionals and seasonal agricultural workers.
The plans, due to be revealed later on Friday, are expected to be introduced early next month with the only exemptions for arrivals from Ireland and a few selected professions.
This comes just hours after British authorities announced exactly the same measure in a bid to prevent a second wave of Covid-19.More news: SEC sets date for voluntary workouts in glimmer of college football hope