However, it remains on the UK’s Amber List, which means Britons cannot take advantage of its newly opened status.
Only 11 countries are on the green list after Portugal was removed last week. The government says people shouldn’t travel to other countries.
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Transport Minister Grant Shapps said “you shouldn’t travel” to Amber and Red List countries while Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted people should not travel to Amber and Red List countries. orange or red list “unless absolutely necessary, and certainly not for holiday purposes”.
He told Times Radio: “The Red and Orange List countries are places you shouldn’t go unless you have an absolutely compelling reason. “
Entry requirements for France
Fully vaccinated people can go there without giving a reason and without having to quarantine.
Those who are not fully vaccinated are only allowed to travel for essential reasons and must self-isolate for seven days after arrival.
They must also show the following:
- A duly completed international travel certificate to confirm the essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate.
- A duly completed “sworn declaration” form certifying that they do not suffer from symptoms associated with the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases during the previous fifteen days, and that they are self-sufficient -will isolate for seven days after arrival. This can be found on the French government website
- A negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen test within 48 hours of departure. There will be random antigen testing for unvaccinated arrivals
Fully vaccinated travelers will need to present the following documents:
- A negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure, or a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure
- A duly completed “sworn declaration” form certifying that they do not show symptoms associated with the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the last fifteen days. This can be found on the French government website
- Proof of vaccination status
Could France be added to the green list?
The government said the lists would be updated every three weeks.
This means that the next announcement should take place on Thursday, June 24.
The Department for Transport said: ‘These regular review points will allow the government to balance helping the public understand Covid requirements while traveling to England while allowing us to continuously assess the risk for different countries. “
Covid cases in France have been declining since early April. It recorded 2,855 new infections on Sunday, June 13 – well below the 7,319 recorded in the UK.
More than 30 million people have now received the first dose of the vaccine in France, while just over a fifth of the population is fully vaccinated.
These statistics give France a chance to be added to the green list in the next review. However, the government has been very careful with the list and may choose to delay reopening overseas travel given the expected delay in ending lockdown restrictions.
How are the lists decided?
The lists are decided on the basis of the following criteria:
- The percentage of a country’s population that has been vaccinated
- The infection rate
- The prevalence of worrisome variants
- The country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
Here are the rules for each traffic light system listing:
- Vert: new arrivals will be required to undergo a pre-departure test as well as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test by the second day of their return to the UK at the latest – but will not need to self-quarantine at their return (unless they receive a positive result) or take further testing
- Amber: arrivals will need to be quarantined for a period of 10 days and pass a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on the second and eighth day. There will be the option to take an additional test on the fifth day to end self-isolation earlier
- Rouge: arrivals will be subject to restrictions currently in place for Red List countries which include a 10 day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, pre-departure testing and mandatory PCR testing on days two and eight
PCR tests should be booked through one of the government approved suppliers.
The government has been looking for ways to lower the price of testing, with PCR testing typically costing around £ 120 to £ 160, while some travel providers have heavily subsidized the costs.