As hopes rise that France could move back to the amber travel list, concerns are growing that Spain could be hit with new restrictions.
At present, France is on the list dubbed ‘amber plus’ which means even fully-vaccinated travellers must isolate for ten days and pay for two PCR tests, but ministers are increasingly confident that France will move back on to the normal amber restrictions, which means Brits who are double-jabbed can holiday there without having to quarantine on their return to the UK.
The government initially said that these additional restrictions in France were in place because of the spread of the Beta variant, the strain of coronavirus first discovered in South Africa, which scientists fear could evade vaccines. Cases of the Beta variant across France have declined rapidly from 14% of infections in the second half of June to just 5% in the first two weeks of July.
While the overall rate of infections is still increasing, it appears to have slowed over recent days, and the death rate from coronavirus is also lowering. Around 46% of the population are now fully vaccinated.
But fears are growing that Spain could be subject to new restrictions, as cases there continue to rise. The whole of the mainland and the Balearic islands, which were placed on the green list just a few weeks ago, may be at risk.
On Monday, the 14-day incidence rate reached 700 infections per 100,000 inhabitants – the highest rate in Spain since early February. In comparison, figures for the UK over the same period stood at 417.