Boris Johnson urges ‘patience’ over travel restrictions
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Under the latest changes to the UK’s traffic light system, France has been moved from the amber-plus category onto the amber list, meaning rules have changed once again. The new amber list means children and fully vaccinated passengers do not have to quarantine on their return.
Unvaccinated travellers must still self-isolate at home for 10 days on return back into England.
The new rules came into effect at 4am this morning.
The amber plus list was created after ministers were left anxious over the rise in cases of the South African variant of COVID-19.
It meant people returning from France had to self-isolate for 10 days on their return as well as take two PCR tests, regardless of their vaccination status.
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Brittany Ferries has said it saw a “surge” in bookings following the rule changes which were announced on Thursday.
Christophe Mathieu, chief executive of Brittany Ferries, said: “Let’s be realistic, we would need tens of thousands of people booking to make up for the poor season.
“It’s more than welcome this announcement, it’s good news, but it comes in a year when at the end of the day for us everything is about 2022 and making that a real, normal year.”
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland confirmed they would be adopting the same changes as England despite criticism from Wales.
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Wales’ Health Minister Eluned Morgan accused the UK Government of not consulting them of the changes.
She said: “Decisions for England have once again been made without engagement with the Welsh Government or the other devolved Governments.
“This is unacceptable – international travel policy affects all parts of the UK and Welsh interests need to be part of the decision-making process.”
The news was also updated on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s website (FCDO).
It said: “France is on the amber list for entering England. From 5am on Sunday August 8, the fully vaccinated amber rules will apply to France.”
Travellers entering France who are not fully vaccinated will also need to self-isolate for seven days after arrival as well as take a PCR test following the self-dilation period.
Fully vaccinated people do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate.
Countries moved from the red list to the amber include India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE.
Georgia, Mexico, La Reunion and Mayotte were amongst those who were placed on the red list and Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway were moved to the green list.
However despite the rule changes, one travel agent has said that the latest changes haven’t made a huge difference.
Julia Lo Bue-Said, from the Advantage Travel Partnership, said: “It’s far too late to save the summer.”
She said a lot of people had already made their holiday plans and the increase in bookings had been “marginal”.
She added: “When you think that most businesses are 80 percent down, you need a huge volume to make up for the shortfall they’re experiencing.”
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