Travellers returning to England from France will still have to quarantine, even if they are fully vaccinated, after the government made a last-minute change to rules.
As of July 19, Britons who have had two jabs will not need to complete up to 10 days’ isolation at home after returning from amber list countries.
The list includes a number of tourist hotspots such as Greece, Spain and Portugal.
According reports, official advice by the Joint Biosecurity Centre suggested France be added to the red list. This would mean only British citizens and nationals would be allowed to enter England, then forced to stay for 11 nights in a hotel starting from £1,750.
Instead, France remains on the amber list, but still requires quarantine for all returning travellers. Quarantine acan be ended after day five by using the “test to release” system.
Sajid Javid, the new health secretary, said the government will take “rapid action” if necessary to “do everything we can” to protect the country from the import of variants. The rule change was made due to the perceived prevalence of the Beta variant in France.
An ABTA spokesperson said: “While we understand that public health must come first, this announcement will undoubtedly dent consumer confidence in overseas travel just as we are about to see many amber-listed countries opening up for UK visitors in time for the summer holidays.
“Continuing changes to travel restrictions will delay any meaningful recovery for the industry and this news is just the latest example of why a tailored package of financial support for the travel and tourism sector must be introduced.”