A much sought after positive travel update has been provided for France, as well as the news that seven countries have been moved onto the UK government’s green list.
With foreign travel now becoming more accessible from changes to the rules, you’ll probably want to know where you can fly to and when.
August is a pertinent month for holidays, so most of us will be keeping abreast of the alterations to the green, amber and red lists to make sure we’re flying safely.
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Whether you want to escape the bad British weather or are going to see your loved ones again, here’s all you need to know about the next coronavirus travel update, including news on the amber list and what the changes are for fully vaccinated travellers.
Will France remain on the amber plus list?
No, France will be placed on the amber list as of 0400 on Sunday 8th August.
What this means is that passengers who are fully vaccinated, returning to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from France will no longer need to quarantine.
Placing France on the amber plus list last month caused uproar after it emerged the move was influenced by a flurry of cases of the Beta variant on the island of Réunion, a French territory 6,000 miles away from its mainland.
The Government had been under pressure to remove it and to give parity with Spain on the amber list.
When is the next Covid travel update?
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is providing updates to the UK’s travel guidance every three weeks.
Therefore, the next covid update is scheduled to be delivered in the last week of August.
What do the red, amber and green travel lists mean?
Essentially, the traffic light system is based largely on four factors.
The percentage of a country’s vaccinated population, the rate of infection in that jurisdiction, any prevalence of additional variants of the virus as well as the access and validity of reliable scientific data.
Five traffic light categories are now in use:
Green – arrivals require a pre-departure test three days before returning to the UK as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on or before day two of the return. There is no requirement for quarantine (unless the Covid test is positive) and also no need for additional tests.
Green watchlist – Same procedure as Green list except countries on this list are “at risk of moving from green to amber”, potentially at very short notice.
Amber – All travellers must take the pre-departure test three days before return as well as a PCR test on or before day two of their return. Travellers who are unvaccinated have to self isolate for 10 days and take a second PCR test on day eight.
Amber plus – Same as the above with the potential to be moved on to the Red list.
Red – Arrivals from red list countries are obliged to undertake a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel at significant cost to the individual – this will rise from £1,750 to £2,285 from 12 August – as well as pre-departure testing and mandatory PCR testing on or before day two and on or after day eight.
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