Fully jabbed travelers coming back to England and Wales from France will still have to isolate from Monday.
From 19 July, adults who have been fully vaccinated in the UK arriving from amber list countries will not need to quarantine for ten days.
However, the government mentioned that the easing would not apply to France due to “persistent” cases of the Beta variant, first spotted in South Africa.
There are apprehensions that vaccines may not work as well against the Beta variant.
There are approx. 10% Beta variant new infections in France, but that comprises the Indian Ocean territories of Reunion and Mayotte, where the variant is near-universal.
The more infectious Delta variant – first spotted in India – accounts for almost all new cases in the UK.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said, “We have always been clear that we will not hesitate to take rapid action at our borders to stop the spread of Covid-19 and protect the gains made by our successful vaccination programme.”
“With restrictions lifting on Monday across the country, we will do everything we can to ensure international travel is conducted as safely as possible, and protect our borders from the threat of variants.”
Travel firms have condemned the move, alleging the government of causing confusion.
Willie Walsh, the director-general of the International Air Transport Association, mentioned, “the UK has no coherent policy on international travel” and is “destroying its own travel sector and the thousands of jobs that rely on it”.
The government declaration means that anyone in France in the preceding ten days will need to quarantine on arrival to England in their own house and require a day two and day eight test, irrespective of their vaccination status.
It comprises any fully vaccinated person who transits through France from either a green or another amber country.
But ministers hinted that Eurostar passengers on services travelling through France would not require quarantine if their train did not stop in the country.
Existing amber list exceptions for critical workers such as hauliers will stay in place.