Covid positivity rates among travellers are 22 TIMES higher in some nations on the amber list compared to France (and almost 30% of all cases being spotted are from holidaymakers flying in from Spain and Portugal)


  • More than 100 people had Kovid when they arrived in England from Amber List countries between June 10 and 30.
  • But of those returning to France, which is now on the Amber-Plus list, only 0.3 percent had Covid.
  • Meanwhile, up to 0.8 percent of those flying from holiday hotspots Portugal and Spain had the virus.
  • Health Department lists France over concerns about South African ‘beta’ strain
  • But experts told MailOnline that the figures show France is ‘being unfairly targeted’
  • It makes no sense to ban the country if the beta strain is more prevalent in Spain

Covid positivity rates among travelers are 22 times higher for some countries on the No10 amber list than France, MailOnline can reveal amid growing confusion over why ministers decided to impose stricter quarantine rules on the nation.

Anyone who comes to the UK from across the channel must still self-isolate for ten days, even if they have been fully vaccinated. Officials stressed that the move was necessary because of the ‘frequent presence’ of the South African ‘beta’ version, which may have partly avoided vaccines.

But experts poke holes in the government’s argument, saying other countries have higher rates of beta and are also suffering from major coronavirus outbreaks. Experts say the latest figures released today put further pressure on ministers to justify why France was chosen.

Of the 1,800 cases seen among travelers throughout June, about 30 percent were people who had entered the country from Portugal and Spain. The test positivity rate in both the holiday hotspots was also twice that of France.

According to the latest figures released by the Department of Health, some 0.3 per cent of people arriving in England from France tested positive for Covid. For comparison, the rate was as high as 6.8 percent in Sierra Leone’s other amber list nation.

Leading scientists told MailOnline that the figures show France is “being unfairly targeted” and it is not clear why the country has been chosen.

He argued that there was no point in imposing an ‘amber-plus’ ban on the country, given separate figures that showed the proportion of cases linked to the South African version is five times higher in Spain. The outbreak in France is also nowhere near as fast as it is in Spain.

The destinations with the highest rates of people testing positive on return were Sierra Leone (6.8 percent), Algeria (4.4 percent) and Indonesia. It was followed by Russia (2.6 percent), Kazakhstan (2.3 percent) and Jordan (2.1 percent). The places with the lowest rates of infected travelers on return were Lithuania, Jamaica and Hong Kong, where the COVID rate was only 0.2 percent.

NHS Test and Trace figures show that about 30 percent of travelers who had the virus between 10 and 30 June were holidaying in Portugal and Spain.

NHS Test and Trace figures show that about 30 percent of travelers who had the virus between 10 and 30 June were holidaying in Portugal and Spain.

The UK has the highest infection rate among Western European countries.  The UK has 703 infected people for every million people, with lower rates in Spain (545), Portugal (323), France (189) and Germany (16).  But the UK is conducting 10 times more COVID tests than these countries, which could affect the number of cases it detects.

The UK has the highest infection rate among Western European countries. The UK has 703 infected people for every million people, with lower rates in Spain (545), Portugal (323), France (189) and Germany (16). But the UK is conducting 10 times more COVID tests than these countries, which could affect the number of cases it detects.

Experts were baffled as to why, excluding France, the outbreak is nowhere near as fast as it is in other holiday hotspots in Spain and Greece - where the vaccine-resistant strain is thought to be more prevalent.  Data collected by European health chiefs show the South African version, as it is also known, was behind only four per cent of all cases in France last week.  For comparison, its prevalence was five times higher in neighboring Spain, where it accounted for slightly more than a fifth of all new infections.  The variant was also more common in Greece (13.4 percent)

Experts were baffled as to why, excluding France, the outbreak is nowhere near as fast as it is in other holiday hotspots in Spain and Greece – where the vaccine-resistant strain is thought to be more prevalent. Data collected by European health chiefs show the South African version, as it is also known, was behind only four per cent of all cases in France last week. For comparison, its prevalence was five times higher in neighboring Spain, where it accounted for slightly more than a fifth of all new infections. The variant was also more common in Greece (13.4 percent)

What are the rules for people returning to England from abroad?

amber list

  • Get tested for Kovid-19 three days before reaching the UK
  • Book and pay for two days of COVID-19 tests – to be taken upon arrival in England
  • Quarantine at home or the place where you are staying for 10 days, and fill out the traveler locator form if you have not been fully vaccinated or have been to France.
  • If you have been vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine in England – but you will need to have a test before you return to the country, and then on the second day after your return

For all arrivals returning from an Amber Listed country, before arriving in England, you will be required to undergo a private PCR or lateral flow test three days prior to the service on which you will arrive in England.

For example, if you travel to England on a Friday, you may take the test on or after Tuesday and must provide a negative result before boarding on Friday.

Before you arrive in England, everyone will need to book and pay for two a day COVID-19 tests to be taken after your arrival in England.

People who have not been vaccinated and have been in France in the last 10 days will also need to book and pay for the test on or after the eighth day.

As long as you have been fully vaccinated, you do not need to be in quarantine or take an eight-day COVID-19 test upon arrival in England. This means that you have received your last dose of approved vaccine at least 14 days before your arrival in England.

But under the Test to Release scheme, you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test on day five. If the result is negative (and your second day’s test result was negative or inconclusive), you may end your quarantine.

red List

  • You can only enter England if you are a British or Irish citizen, or have the right of residence in the UK
  • Get tested for Kovid-19 three days before reaching the UK
  • Book a quarantine hotel package including two COVID-19 tests, and fill out a passenger locator form

You will only be allowed if you are on the Red List in any country or region in the last ten days.

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