A new set of rules has been introduced, slightly different from the Amber List – which has been dubbed the “Amber List Plus” by travel and media experts.
On the usual amber list that most countries appear on, unvaccinated travelers are required to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return to the UK, and if they are negative by day 5, they are released from quarantine.
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On the new amber list plus, all passengers must self-isolate for 10 days upon their return to the UK, even if they have been fully vaccinated.
Passengers can, as with the usual orange list, take an additional paid test, which will be released on the fifth day.
So far, the only country that has been added to the new ‘amber plus’ list is France, although travel experts have warned that new additions could be added as cases around the world start to increase. .
Read on to learn more about the list.
Why was France chosen as the only country to join the Amber Plus list?
France currently has a high proportion of the beta variant of the virus in its cases.
The beta variant isn’t known to be as contagious as the current Delta variant we’re dealing with here in the UK, but the problem is, the beta variant appears to be more likely to avoid vaccines.
This is probably the reason why countries with a high level of beta variant will be added to the “amber plus” list, which essentially makes the rules exactly the same whether you are fully vaccinated or not vaccinated.
Will France be added to the red list?
The next step in restrictions for traveling to France would be the red list.
If infection rates continue to rise in France and the number of UK beta variants increases, France could certainly be a candidate to be added to the red list.
If so, travelers to France should self-quarantine at a government-approved hotel, which costs £ 1,750 per person for the duration of your stay.
Of course, we’ll keep you posted on any redlist additions as we receive them.
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