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COVID-19: Ministers will decide whether France will be placed on the travel red list in a few days | Politics News

Discussions on whether to put France on the travel red list are active in Whitehall under pressure to make a final decision in the days that follow.

We understand that some health figures are pushing to make the switch, which would mean that everyone would come back from France having to pay thousands of pounds for a mandatory 10 day hotel quarantine on return.

However, ministers have previously been reluctant to impose too much disruption on the Franco-British border, as it is a critical point for trade and travel.

Negotiations are underway and a positive decision to put France on the red list would require an intergovernmental ministerial agreement.

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Sources told Sky News a decision must be made within days and before the end of the school year which ends for most English public school students next Friday.

If a decision is made after this point, the capacity of hotel rooms may not be sufficient to cope with the number of people having to complete the mandatory quarantine upon their return.

Case rates in France are much lower than in the UK, although they are on the rise.

According to Our World In Data, in the week leading up to July 14, there were 244,691 UK COVID cases, while in France over the same period there were 27,713 cases.

France has 44% of Alpha variant cases – more than any other type – followed by Delta representing 28% of cases. Almost all cases in the UK are Delta.

A spokesperson for Downing Street said they were continuously monitoring the situation.

On Thursday it was announced that the the Balearic Islands, which includes tourist hot spots in Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca, will be brought back to the Orange Travel List starting at 4 a.m. on Monday.

On the same day, the travel rules change, which means that people who are fully vaccinated and …

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