UK removes quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travellers from France, updates travel lists

Aug 4, 2021

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Grant Shapps announced that fully vaccinated travellers from France will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival to the U.K. in a Tweet on 4 Aug. 2021. Additionally, the U.K. continues to update its red, amber and green travel lists — including moving four countries from the red list to the amber list for the first time since the list’s inception.

The new rules for France begin Sunday 8 August at 4 a.m. for those who were fully vaccinated in the U.K., U.S. or Europe.

Originally, France was part of an ‘Amber Plus’ list, which meant fully vaccinated travellers from France (even those who came to England through another country on the green or amber list) still had to go through the self-isolation process. That exception was met with unsurprising backlash from the travel sector.

Now, eligible travellers will be able to bypass the quarantine requirement and skip the day eight COVID-19 test.

In addition to the changes for travellers from France, the U.K. has moved several countries from red to amber and from amber to green.

Germany, Austria and Norway will be moved to the green list, which requires travellers to take a pre-arrival COVID-19 test (if over 10 years old), book and pay for a day two COVID-19 test to be taken while in England (if over 4 years old) and complete a passenger locator form.

Related: What kind of COVID-19 test do I need to travel and how much does it cost?

UAE, Qatar, India and Bahrain will be moved from the red list to the amber list. This marks the first time countries have been moved off the red list since its inception and is a strong step forward as the travel sector looks toward the future.

This news also opens up Emirates, Etihad and Qatar connections once again, adding route flexibility for U.K. travellers.

Some countries are being moved onto the red list, including Georgia, Mexico, Mayotte and Réunion.

All changes go into effect Sunday, 8 August, at 4 a.m.

“While it’s right we continue our cautious approach, it’s great news to open more destinations for people wanting to connect with families, friends and businesses across the globe, all thanks to our successful domestic vaccination programme,” said Shapps in an accompanying Tweet.

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