HVacationers returning from France are required to self-isolate due to the high number of cases of the variant coronavirus on an island 6,000 miles from Paris, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has revealed.
Mr Raab told BBC Radio 4 Today that the decision to put France on the orange plus list was “based on the prevalence of the so-called beta variant, particularly in Reunion in France”.
Reunion is a French island in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar.
When asked why the travel restriction remained in place for mainland France, the Cabinet Minister replied: “It’s not the distance that matters, it’s the ease of traveling between different parts of the country. a country. “
He insisted on the fact that “we want France to put in place the traffic light system as soon as possible”.
A spokesperson for Brittany Ferries said: “This is crazy. It would be as if France is hammering British holidaymakers over due to a Covid outbreak in the Falkland Islands.
“We wonder if those who are at the center of power have access to an atlas or a GCSE geography between them. “
France is the only EU country from which people vaccinated under the UK program must self-isolate for 10 days upon return.
It comes as government sources are said to be increasingly convinced that France will be removed from the list after it was added just over a week ago.
The news coincides with the country’s crossing of the 40 million vaccine mark on Monday. But cases of the Delta variant continue to skyrocket – France recorded nearly 23,000 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, twice as many as the week before.