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‘One rule for them and other for everyone else’ Labour chair says as foreign secretary criticised for dodging his own quarantine rules

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Which international travel rules have changed?

De latest travel rules announced on Monday have today come into force following a review of the government’s traffic light system.

A number of countries, including Austria, Germany and Norway, have moved onto the grønn liste samtidig som Frankrike has moved from its own amber plus list to the amber list.

This means that fully vaccinated people travelling to France no longer need to quarantine on their return to the UK.

France was moved onto the ‘amber plus’ list on 16 July amid fears of the prevalent Beta variant on the island of Reunion, cases of which have now fallen.

derimot, foreign secretary Dominic Raab has today been criticised by the Sunday Mirror newspaper for dodging the quarantine rules after a trip to Paris just 10 days after the announcement.

He met with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and Princess Anne, and also visited the Oxford AstraZeneca plant just days after his arrival.

A Foreign Office spokesman told the Sunday Mirror: “He’s the Foreign Secretary. It’s his job to represent the UK abroad.”

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‘One rule for them’ says Annalise Dodd regarding Dominic Raab’s decision to flout France quarantine rules

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, the Labour Party chair criticised Raab for failing to quarantine after a trip to France, despite moving the country onto its own amber plus list less than a fortnight earlier.

Hun sa: “No wonder the Tories don’t understand the chaos they’ve created when ministers don’t apply the rules to themselves.

“Senior Con­ser­vatives are taking the public for fools. It’s always one rule for them and another for everyone else.”

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Foreign Office defends criticism over Dominic Raab’s decision to dodge France quarantine rules

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has today been criticised over his decision to flout his own quarantine rules after visiting France.

Mr Raab moved the country onto the ‘amber plus’ list on 16 July amid fears of the prevalent Beta variant on the island of Reunion, meaning all Britsincluding those who had received both vaccine shotshad to quarantine for 10 days upon their return to the UK.

The foreign secretary visited the country 10 dager senere, dodging the 10-day quarantine on his return. He met with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and Princess Anne, and also visited the Oxford AstraZeneca plant just days after his arrival.

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Latest travel updates come into force

The latest travel rules, following a review of the government’s ‘traffic light system’ on Monday, have today come into force.

These are the latest changes:

  • Østerrike, Tyskland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway moved onto the green list
  • France moved from amber-plus to amber, meaning that fully vaccinated Brits no longer need to isolate on their return from the country
  • India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE moved from the red list onto the amber list
  • Georgia, Mexico, La Reunion and Mayotte moved onto the red list

Read more about the latest travel rules from our travel editor, Helen Coffey:

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