By Ron Howells • 16 July 2021 • 22:08
Hundreds of travellers from red list countries enter UK “without any border checks”. image: Pixabay
Fully vaccinated arrivals from France into the UK must STILL quarantine for 10 days even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The UK government has announced that as of 19 July anyone arriving from France to England must quarantine for ten days at home or in other accommodation- even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
From Monday, July 19, those who have had two COVID vaccine doses will no longer have to isolate themselves after travelling back from countries on the so-called amber list.
However, the Department of Health and Social Care announced on Friday evening that – although still on the amber list – the new rule will not apply to those returning from France due to a large number of cases of the Beta variant, a mutation that was first identified in South Africa.
The ruling is likely to cause much hardship for travellers as this means all those making their way back to England from France must continue to quarantine for ten days despite the rule change which comes into force on Monday.
They must also complete a coronavirus test on the second and eighth day after their return, irrespective of vaccine status.
“From Monday 19 July, UK residents arriving from amber countries who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine, although they will still need to comply with necessary testing requirements,” the department said.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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