Ministers are increasingly criticized for putting France on the new ‘amber plus’ travel list, after concerns were raised over whether they were focusing too much on cases of variants on its territory. Réunion Island, 5,700 miles (9,180 km) from Paris.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab admitted on Thursday that the decision to place tighter restrictions on millions of fully vaccinated French and British citizens on vacation or living across the Channel was in part due to the prevalence of the disease. beta variant in Reunion.
He defended the decision, saying it was “not the distance that counts” but rather “the ease of movement between the different constituent parts of an individual country”.