Now that coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, many people will be hoping to jet off to holiday destinations around Europe.
However, despite the return to ‘normal life’, including removing all legal limits on social contact, many questions remain over foreign travel.
Popular holiday destinations have been moving between green, amber and red on the traffic light system throughout the summer.
For example, Ibiza, Majorca, and Menorca were taken off the green list and put on amber as of 4 am on Monday, July 19.
However, the latest rule change that has caused uncertainty among wantaway Brits is the emergence of the ‘amber plus list.’
Currently, the only nation on the amber plus list is France due to fears around the Beta variant, but it is thought that Spain and Greece could soon follow suit.
What is the amber plus list?
Currently, fully vaccinated Brits returning to England or Wales from amber list countries are exempt from quarantine.
However, the government recently confirmed this rule would not apply to France, an amber list country, due to fears surrounding the Beta variant, which originated in South Africa.
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With more countries potentially falling into this category, a splinter group dubbed the ‘amber plus list’ has been formed.
People can still travel to France but will need to self-isolate for 10 days on their return and take two PCR tests, regardless of their vaccination status.
What other countries could be on the amber plus list?
Greece and Spain seem to be the most likely candidates.
Both countries have much higher rates of the Beta variant than France, which could see them move to the list.
One of the reasons for this is the Beta variant’s perceived resistance to the Covid vaccines.
Less popular holiday destinations could join the amber plus list as well, whether they are included or not will be largely dependent on how well they contain different variants.
Luxembourg, for instance, has very high rates for the Brazilian variant.
What course of action the UK government will take next regarding foreign travel and the traffic light system remains to be seen.
The next official travel review is August 4, 20201.