A row erupted between the UK and France over the easing of travel to the EU, but restrictions on France subsequently labeled “discriminatory” and “excessive” remained.
The British government blamed the increase in France of the beta variant first detected in South Africa.
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It is believed to be more resistant to vaccines, especially the Oxford-Astrazeneca version.
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But UK ministers have since admitted cases have been “trending down” more recently.
Several media are reporting speculation that the government is on the verge of removing France from the orange-plus list.
This would mean that anyone who has received a double injection of the COVID vaccine can get there without having to isolate themselves upon their return.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed that a decision will be announced at the end of this week.
If France is removed from the list, the new rules would likely go into effect the following Monday (August 9).
This would be important news for Kent, the country’s closest place to the mainland and home to two major Channel ports.
The easing of travel restrictions has already seen the reinstallation of concrete barriers on the M20 as part of Operation Brock.
But in a blow to locals eagerly awaiting a boozy cruise, we recently reported that foot passenger ferry services may now be a thing of the past.
For several decades, locals have been able to travel to the port of Dover and then take a special bus to board the ferry itself.
Foot passenger service was halted during the pandemic, and P&O confirmed to MyDover that it was now “under review.”