France set to go on red list after travel review leaves government worried

France faces being added to the red list on the next travel review from the government – due to skyrocketing Covid rates.

The European holiday hotspot – with cities like France and Nice visited by scores of Brits each year – could be upgraded.

The last travel review came earlier this week and saw destinations upgraded from green to amber, and even from amber to red.

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Next time, France risks being one of them, according to fresh warnings being issued to British holidaymakers who are booking up trips away this summer after restrictions in international travel were lifted from May.

In France, there are currently fears a ‘vaccine-resistant’ South Africa variant might ‘reseed’ infections in UK.

The Telegraph reports officials are doing a “deep dive” into data, with sources telling the national newspaper: “They are worried about the South African variant because they think it escapes the vaccine, although they don’t have evidence of that yet.”

A senior Whitehall source said: “It appears to be why a lot of countries in Africa and the Middle East are on the red list despite low prevalence rates.”

The governmen will monitor the situation across the Channel and make any decisions they deem necessary, according to sources.

Currently, the red list rules for holidaymakers returning to the UK are as follows.

Passengers must quarantine for 10 days upon their return, at quarantine hotels.

These can cost anywhere up to £1,750.

The passengers must also complete negative tests before returning, and return two clear PCR tests on days two and eight after they have touched down in England.