MMinisters plan to put France on the travel red list due to the spread of the beta variant, first found in South Africa, according to reports.
A source told The Telegraph that the measure was discussed at a meeting as part of a review of international travel.
If the country is added to the red list, it means travelers returning to the UK will need to complete the hotel quarantine for 10 days.
The South African variant is feared to be more resistant to vaccines than other strains.
“They are worried about the South African variant because they think it escapes the vaccine, although they do not have proof yet,” a government source said.
“This seems to be the reason why many countries in Africa and the Middle East are on the Red List despite the low prevalence rates. “
It comes after the government announced that the Balearic Islands will move from Green List to Orange List from Monday.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said measures for the Balearic Islands were being improved due to the doubling of the number of cases since they were added to the green list on June 30.
Traveling to amber-listed countries involves self-isolation for 10 days after returning home.
However, also from Monday, fully vaccinated passengers will not have to self-isolate after returning from an Amber List country, but will still need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test.
The British Virgin Islands as well as the Balearic Islands will both be moved to the orange list from 4 a.m. on Monday July 19.
Meanwhile, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Croatia and Taiwan will be added to the green list from Monday.
Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone will be added to the red list.