On July 16, the special “traffic lights” category was unveiled by the UK government. Mandatory quarantine remains in place while fully vaccinated travelers from “regular” Amber List countries can avoid self-isolation.
France’s Europe minister, Clément Beaune, tweeted: “The UK’s quarantine measures for France are excessive and incomprehensible in terms of health. “
Previously, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said France’s amber plus status had been decided due to “the prevalence of the so-called beta variant, especially in the Reunion side of France.”
He said the fact that the island was 5,800 miles from Paris was irrelevant.
“It’s not the distance that matters, it’s the ease of movement between the different constituent parts of a given country,” he said. BBC today.
Yet Reunion Island itself remains on the regular amber list. Anyone fully vaccinated seeking to travel from there to the UK without quarantine should avoid mainland France.
The independent asked the Department of Health and Social Affairs, which created the “amber plus” category, about this apparent discrepancy. No response has been received to date.
The Foreign Ministry warns potential visitors to the Indian Ocean island: “Travel to Reunion is strictly limited until further notice. “
Meanwhile, anger is mounting in the travel industry. A spokesperson for Brittany Ferries said: “One wonders whether those in the center of power have access to an atlas – or a geographic GCSE – between them. “
A new test facility has opened at Eurostar St Pancras International Rail Station – the London terminus for trains from Paris.
Collinson’s facility offers rapid antigen testing from £ 32 and slower, more expensive PCRs for over £ 66. It is located on “La Grande Terrasse” on the same floor as the champagne bar.