Travel news latest: France tipped to return to amber list next week


France is touted to move back to the amber list, allowing fully vaccinated Britons to return home without facing quarantine, reports suggest. 

However, ministers are “getting jumpy” about the number of Beta cases in parts of Spain ahead of the Government’s review of the traffic light lists, according to a Whitehall source quoted by The Daily Mail. The latest update on the red, green and amber lists is due next week, with any changes likely to come into effect the following week.

“The situation in Spain is beginning to feel a lot like the build-up to the decision on France,” the source said. 

However, Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy, The PC Agency, said: “Spain’s infection rate appears to be flatlining and falling. So I would expect a continued reduction by this time next week.”

As for France, things are looking up after it was moved to its own amber plus category on July 19 meaning that even fully vaccinated Britons returning from the country face up to 10 days of self-isolation.

They added: “France is going to happen. It should never have been left out [of the quarantine exemption for fully vaccinated Britons returning from amber destinations, which came into effect on July 19] in the first place – the Department of Health just panicked. But there could be no justification for keeping restrictions in place now.”

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