CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Travelers to France from UK must self-certify no coronavirus symptoms

(Corrects to show requirements affect travellers from UK to France, not travellers from France to UK)

Aug 21 (Reuters) - Travellers from the United Kingdom to France are required to self-certify that they are not suffering coronavirus symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case within 14 days preceding travel, the British government said on Friday.

The United Kingdom has said travelers returning from France on or after Aug. 15 should self-isolate upon their return, due to high COVID-19 infection rates in France.

The imposition of quarantine conditions have hit Britons’ favourite holiday destinations in the middle of summer and as the travel industry fights for survival.

Earlier this year the British government was criticised for being too slow to lock down at the beginning of the pandemic when many cases were thought to have arrived from holidaymakers returning from Italy. The UK’s quarantine policy began in June.

Other countries including Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia and Austria are already on the government’s quarantine list. (Reporting by Radhika Anilkumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Chris Reese, Cynthia Osterman and William Schomberg)