Clement Beaune, a junior European affairs minister, has branded the UK Government “excessive” after France was positioned beneath a novel set of journey restrictions. Passengers returning to the UK from France now have to self-isolate for as much as 10 days – even when they’re double-vaccinated.
Speaking to France’s BFM TV, Mr Beaune mentioned: “We don’t think that the United Kingdom’s decisions are totally based on scientific foundations.
“We find them excessive.”
From right now, adults who’ve been double-jabbed within the UK arriving from amber checklist nations won’t have to isolate for 10 days.
France is on amber checklist, however the brand new isolation rules doesn’t apply, amid considerations over rising instances of the Beta variant, first recognized in South Africa.
The Beta variant accounts for about 10 % of recent infections in France.
But, French authorities argue the bulk Beta variant infections come from the abroad territories of La Reunion and Mayotte, reasonably than mainland France.
French MEP Veronique Trillet-Lenoir informed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that it was “difficult to understand” the UK rules.
“There is a few good proof from South Africa that it could actually evade the immune response generated by the AstraZeneca vaccine extra effectively.”
The updated travel list has also moved the popular Spanish islands of Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca to amber.
Bulgaria and Hong Kong have been added to the green list – meaning there is no requirement to isolate on return.
Meanwhile, Croatia and Taiwan have been added to the “inexperienced watchlist” which means they’re at danger of going amber.