People arriving in England from France must quarantine for 10 days at home or in other accommodation – even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
From Monday, UK residents arriving from amber countries who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine.
But the Government has now said this will not apply to France following the persistent presence of cases in the country of the Beta variant, which was first identified in South Africa.
Anyone who has been in France in the last 10 days will need to quarantine on arrival to England in their own accommodation and will need a day two and day eight test, regardless of their vaccination status.
This includes any fully vaccinated individual who travels through France from either a green or another amber country to reach England, the Government said.
Do you have a view on this story? Let us know in the comments below.
The Test to Release scheme remains an option for travellers to shorten their quarantine period should they test negative after day five, a statement said.
And it added: “Public health remains the Government’s top priority and it has been clear swift action will be taken on travel list allocations should the data show that countries risk to England have changed, including in France.”
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “Travel will be different this year and whilst we are committed to continuing to open up international travel safely, our absolute priority is to protect public health here in the UK.
“We urge everyone thinking about going abroad this summer to check their terms and conditions as well as the travel restrictions abroad before they go.”
Health secretary Sajid Javid added: “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.”
Existing amber list exemptions for key workers including hauliers will remain in place, officials confirmed.
The announcement – made late on Friday – is likely to scupper the plans of thousands of holidaymakers who had planned to visit France over the upcoming school break.
Sign up for our daily coronavirus briefing newsletter to keep up to date with all the essential information and changes at www.mirror.co.uk/email.
Ministers are said to have been debating whether to put the country on the red list, but have since decided to exempt it from the travel changes coming on Monday.
Mr Shapps announced the latest update on travel lists on Thursday, with Bulgaria and Hong Kong added to the green list.
But the possibility of travelling to the former was quickly scuppered, as Bulgarian officials announced the UK was to be put on a ‘red zone’ list.
This means that, from next week, only Bulgarian nationals, long-term residents and their immediate family members will be eligible to enter from the UK.