- arrivals from France will no longer need quarantine if they are fully vaccinated
- Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will be added to the government’s green list for travel
- India, Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will also move from Red List to Amber List
- Georgia, Mexico, Réunion and Mayotte added to the red list to ensure the deployment of national vaccines
the UK The government announced today (August 5, 2021) that arrivals from France to England will no longer need to be quarantined if they are fully vaccinated.
The step aligns France with the rest of the Orange List now that the proportion of beta variant cases has declined, where those who are fully vaccinated with an authorized vaccine and administered in the UK, we or Europe do not need to self-quarantine when they arrive in England.
This evolution also simplifies the system into 3 categories, as well as the green watch list to warn travelers when the green status is in danger.
To continue to cautiously reopen international travel, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will be added to the government’s green list, after being shown to be low risk. of UK public health. India, Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates will also move from the Red List to the Amber List as the situation in these countries improves. Data for all countries will be kept under review and the government will not hesitate to take action when a country’s epidemiological situation changes.
Following an assessment of the latest data, Georgia, Reunion, Mayotte and Mexico will be added to the red list. They present a high public health risk for UK from known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or due to a very high prevalence of COVID-19 in the country or territory.
For arrivals from Spain and all its islands, it is advisable to use a PCR as far as possible, as a pre-departure test, as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country. UK clinicians and scientists will stay in close contact with their Spanish counterparts to keep abreast of the latest data and photos of cases in Spain.
All of the changes announced today will take effect at 4 a.m. on Sunday August 8, 2021 in England.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said:
We are committed to opening up safe international travel, building on the gains we have made from our successful vaccination program, helping to connect families, friends and businesses around the world.
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.
Health and Social Affairs Secretary Sajid Javid said:
As we learn to live with this virus, we continue to take steps to safely reopen international travel based on the latest data and expert public health advice.
Vaccines have already prevented around 60,000 deaths and 22 million infections in England and, with more than 7 in 10 adults in the UK now double-pricked, we are building a wall of defense against disease.
In addition to moving more countries to the Green List, today’s announcement also demonstrates the need to remain cautious. Other countries have been added to the Red List to help protect the success of our vaccine deployment against the threat of new variants.
All classification changes were decided by the ministers, informed by the latest data and analyzes from the Joint Biosafety Center (JBC) and broader public health considerations, to help the public understand the public health risks of traveling to different destinations. All of the measures announced today are designed to provide greater certainty for travelers and the travel industry, will be kept under review and further action may be taken to protect public health.
Since February, anyone who arrives in the UK from a Red List country was required by law to book a stay in a managed quarantine facility for 10 days. In order to ensure that taxpayers do not subsidize the costs of staying at these establishments, which have increased, the cost will increase from Thursday, August 12. Other payment methods remain available for those who really cannot afford to pay and the prices remain the same for children up to 12 years old.
If you are traveling abroad, you should take steps to stay safe and be prepared in case things change before you leave or during your stay. Check the booking terms and conditions for flexibility and refunds, as the situation remains fluid. Many travel agencies have changed their terms to be completely flexible. Check out and subscribe to FCDO updates to travel advice to understand the latest entry requirements and COVID-19 rules – and passengers are urged to check all entry requirements and FCDO travel advice before booking a trip abroad.