The UK government has yesterday (5th August) announced that arrivals from France to England will no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated.
The step aligns France with the rest of the amber list now that the proportion of Beta variant cases has fallen, where those who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised and administered in the UK, US or Europe do not need to quarantine when arriving in England.
This move also simplifies the system to three categories, as well as the green watchlist to give travellers notice where green status is at risk.
To continue cautiously reopening international travel Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will be added to the government’s green list having demonstrated they posed a low risk to UK public health. India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE will also be moved from the red to the amber list as the situation in these countries has improved. The data for all countries will be kept under review and the Government will not hesitate to take action where a country’s epidemiological picture changes.
Following an assessment of the latest data, Georgia, La Reunion, Mayotte and Mexico will be added to the red list. They present a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or as a result of very high in-country or territory prevalence of COVID-19.
Arrivals from Spain, and all its islands are advised to use a PCR test as their pre-departure test wherever possible, as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country. UK clinicians and scientists will remain in close contact with their counterparts in Spain to keep abreast of the latest data and picture of cases in Spain.
All changes announced will come into effect at 4 am on Sunday 8th August in England.
We continue to monitor the situation, with anyone affected being contacted by their dedicated travel team. Should you wish to discuss this further, please speak to your Good Travel Management consultant