Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Fully vaccinated passengers returning to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from France will no longer need to quarantine after Sunday 8 August.
Under widespread changes to the traffic light system for travel, France is being moved from amber-plus to amber.
It was added to the list last month because of concerns about the Covid Beta variant, which scientists believe may be more resistant to vaccines.
Spain will remain on the amber list, enabling travellers who are fully vaccinated to continue to enjoy a quarantine-free return.
India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are being moved from the red list to the amber list as part of the changes, which come into effect from 04:00 BST on 8 August.
And Germany, Austria and Norway are among seven nations being added to the green list.
The total number of countries or territories on the green list - from which all travellers can return without having to quarantine - will rise from 29 to 36.
But other countries have their own rules about allowing visitors - so being on the UK's green list does not guarantee travellers can visit there.
There are no changes to the rules requiring travellers to take tests before and after their return.
Moving from amber to green: Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway
Moving from red to amber: India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE
Moving from amber to red: Georgia, Mexico, La Reunion and Mayotte
Moving from amber-plus to amber: France
Some of the country’s top food and travel businesses have joined the national effort to get as many people as possible vaccinated against COVID-19.
Uber, Bolt, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims are among the household names who will be offering discounts and incentives to customers who get a COVID-19 vaccine and help protect the country from the virus, as we continue the cautious return to normality.
Uber, for example, will be sending reminders to all users in August, encouraging them to get the vaccine, and will be offering discounted Uber rides and meals on Uber Eats for young adults who get the jab. This follows earlier Uber campaigns offering free trips to vaccination centres earlier this year and for NHS staff during the height of the pandemic.
Bolt will be offering free ride credit to vaccination centres. A similar scheme by Bolt included offering £250,000 in free ride credit to London vaccination facilities earlier this year.
Other incentives being discussed could include vouchers or discount codes for people attending pop up vaccine sites and booking though the NHS, social media competitions and promotional offers for restaurants.
The government is set to release further details on these partnerships in due course.
Today (27 July), the government announced that workplace daily contact testing will be expanded to a total of 2,000 sites across England, with prisons, waste collection and defence among the critical sectors prioritised for the newest sites.
Under the scheme, eligible workers who have received alerts from the NHS COVID-19 app or have been called by NHS Test and Trace can continue working if they test negative.
This follows last week’s initial announcement of 800 sites for the food industry, transport workers, Border Force staff, frontline police and fire services.
In addition, people working in energy, pharmaceuticals, telecoms, chemicals, communications, water, space, fish, veterinary medicine and HMRC will also be prioritised for the 1,200 new daily contact testing sites.
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