French travelers are still unable to visit the UK, despite the latter ending its travel ban for the rest of Amber Plus countries, including all EU countries and the US.
France is on the UK’s Amber Plus list, a special group in the traffic light system that ranks countries according to their infection status, variant and vaccine rollout, and is currently the only European country not included in easing entry restrictions.
Furthermore, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the new policy favorable to EU and US citizens will come into effect on August 2, TheSchengen.com reports.
“We help reunite people who live in the United States and European countries with their families and friends,” Secretary Shapps commented.
Travelers who have been vaccinated with a European Medicines Agency (EMA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccines from any country on the UK’s amber list can visit the country without being quarantined for ten days.
Vaccines licensed by both the EMA and the FDA are:
Pfizer-BioN Tech COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
However, test requirements such as pre-departure exams and second-day testing upon arrival remain unchanged. In addition, those traveling from non-vaccinated amber countries must be subject to mandatory quarantine requirements.
The stricter rules continue to apply to the Amber + category in which France is placed, even though the travel ban has expired for countries belonging to this category.
However, French citizens can travel to a large part of the world, especially those who have been vaccinated, even without the need for quarantine. Travelers can check which vaccine is approved in their destination country, VisaGuide.World has developed a new tool to assist with such information.
As previously reported by TheSchengen.com, France has imposed stricter entry requirements for Britons due to the increased infection rates of the coronavirus delta variant that has been detected in the country.
“Among the countries, the UK’s also strengthened regime: for non-vaccinators, 24 hours testing is required initially (in addition to the main reason),” said French Minister of State for European Affairs Clément Bonn.
Currently, Britain is in the midst of another wave of coronavirus due to the delta variant, although infection rates have fallen over the past week, while its vaccination campaign has seen more than 70 per cent of adults fully vaccinated.
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Recently published World Health Organization data revealed that France has reported 26 deaths from the coronavirus and 24,127 positive cases. The country has recorded 110,682 deaths and 590,396 positive cases since January 2020.
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the French authorities are implementing a robust vaccination campaign, with 74.2% of the total population vaccinated with a single dose of the COVID vaccine and 56.5% fully vaccinated against the virus.