The complexity of international travel rules has further been struck with more ambiguity when France was taken out of the amber list by the UK government.
Government officials have now confirmed fully jabbed travelers returning from France to England or Wales will still have to quarantine from Monday.
The move has been branded a “catastrophe” by the travel industry, however, the discovery of the cases of Beta variant has necessitated this action.
From July 19th, adults who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 arriving from amber list countries will not need to isolate for ten days.
Nonetheless, officials have stated the easing would not apply to France due to “persistent” cases of the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa.
Already, there are concerns vaccines may not work as well against the Beta variant. The more infectious Delta variant – first identified in India – accounts for almost all new cases in the UK.
Health secretary, Sajid Javid, said: “We have always been clear that we will not hesitate to take rapid action at our borders to stop the spread of Covid-19 and protect the gains made by our successful vaccination program.
“With restrictions lifting on Monday across the country, we will do everything we can to ensure international travel is conducted as safely as possible, and protect our borders from the threat of variants.”
Criticism in response to the decision has been widespread, but officials insist it’s removing Frace from the amber list is only a measure to curb the spread of the new variant from entering UK soil.