The announcement that France will be exempt from new rules for amber countries from Monday has caused “significant” concerns over whether the government’s traffic light system is “fit for purpose”.
The government announced everyone who was returning from France would have to quarantine for 10 days – despite all those who have been double-jabbed visiting other amber countries being allowed to skip it.
The changes for the rest of the amber list are set to come in on Monday, leaving those who are full vaccinated travelling to France devastated.
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Henry Smith MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Future of Aviation, said the “last-minute” change for France raised “significant questions” about whether the traffic light system is “fit for purpose”.
He said: “This announcement is a real setback to international travel.
“We all expected that the traffic light system would provide much-needed certainty yet our current approach has only delivered confusion which continues to prevent any meaningful recovery for our aviation, travel and tourism sectors.
“Yet again, a last-minute announcement raises significant questions about whether the traffic light system is fit for purpose in its current form and pushes the UK further behind Europe despite our world-leading vaccination programme.
“We cannot afford to continue with this on-again, off-again approach to international travel, which is leaving consumer confidence in tatters, pushing businesses to the brink and will lead to further job losses.”