Fully vaccinated travellers and under 18s returning to England from France will no longer need to isolate.
As widely expected the Department for Transport revealed the government’s latest travel update, with all of the changes taking effect from 4am on Sunday.
There had been worries that Spain could have been added to the red list, but the country will remain in the amber category, although travellers arriving back from Spain are being urged to take a PCR test before flying home “as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country”. It’s estimated currently there are 1-million UK tourists in Spain and its islands.
In a surprise move, from 12 August the cost for solo travellers staying at a quarantine hotel goes up from £1,750 to £2,285 and the charge for an additional adult sharing a room will increase from £650 to £1,430. The government claim is this “will better reflect the increased costs involved”.
Seven countries are moving to the green list: Austria, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
This means, regardless of their vaccination status, people will not have to quarantine when returning from these nations although they will have to take a pre-departure test before flying home – and another two days after arrival.
Bahrain, India, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will move down from the red list to amber, meaning travellers will no longer have to hotel quarantine. But there are four additions to the highest risk red list – Georgia, Mexico, plus the French overseas territories of La Reunion and Mayotte.
The government also said its decision to axe the ‘amber plus’ list which France was on and align it with the rest of the amber category “simplifies the system to just three categories”.