The decision was announced by the UK Department for Transport, Department of Health and Social Affairs, which at the same time stressed that now arrivals from all European Union countries can enter the UK without quarantine .
« The step aligns France with the rest of the Amber List now that the proportion of beta variant cases has declined, where those who are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine and administered in the UK, US or Europe no do not need to self-quarantine when they arrive in England“, Noted the ministry in a press release published on August 5, immediately after the decision was taken.
Earlier, on July 29, the British government decided to remove the quarantine requirement for arrivals from EU and Schengen area countries. The decision came into effect on August 2.
However, France was the only country to be excluded from this list, meaning travelers from French territories were still required to undergo a UK quarantine. The decision was widely criticized by French authorities, including French Foreign Minister Clément Beaune, who called the decision discriminatory and incomprehensible.
Travelers from 7 EU / Schengen countries can now enter without restriction
At the same time, also from Sunday, travelers from seven EU and Schengen area countries will be able to enter the UK without any restrictions after entering the green box due to improved COVID-19 situation in their territory.
These countries are:
Travelers reaching the UK from Spain and the Spanish holiday islands are advised to take a PCR test as a pre-departure test due to the increased prevalence of the virus and its variants in the country.
Commenting on the new changes to the traffic light system, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the government is committed to reopening travel to the UK thanks to the successful vaccination program the country has had so far. ‘now.
« While we must continue to be careful, today’s changes are reopening a range of different vacation destinations around the world, which is good news for the industry and travelers., ” he said.
On the other hand, Health and Social Affairs Secretary Sajid Javid said the UK was taking action to safely reopen international travel based on the latest data and expert advice on the matter. public health.
« In addition to moving more countries to the Green List, today’s announcement also demonstrates the need to remain cautious. More countries have been added to the Red List to help protect the success of our vaccine deployment against the threat of new variants“Said Secretary Javid.
The countries that have been added to the red list are Georgia, Reunion Island, Mayotte and Mexico, as UK authorities have claimed they pose a high risk to public health in the UK due to known variants of concern.