THE UK Government’s decision to make changes to ‘red’ and ‘green’ list travel companies has been branded “unacceptable” by Welsh health minister Eluned Morgan. 

She confirmed that Wales will replicate the changes on rules around returning international travellers announced by the UK Government for England yesterday. 

That sees India removed from the ‘red list’, countries which travellers returning from must spend 10 days quarantine in government approved accommodation, and Germany moved from the amber to green list. 

However the Welsh Government continues to advise against non-essential travel this summer and hit out at how the UK Government, which only sets the rules for travellers arriving in England, has made unilateral changes. 

“Despite our continued efforts to press for UK-wide decision-making in this area, decisions for England have once again been made without engagement with the Welsh Government or the other devolved governments,” said Morgan. 

“This is unacceptable – international travel policy affects all parts of the UK and Welsh interests need to be part of the decision-making process. 

“We are extremely disappointed with the unilateral approach taken and believe there remain clear public health risks posed by re-opening international travel while the virus is circulating globally. For these reasons, we continue to caution against international travel for non-essential reasons this summer.” 

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Despite the Welsh Government’s unhappiness with the decision, and how it was taken, it said a separate policy for Wales wouldn’t be practical. 

She said: “As we share an open border with England, it would not be practical or viable to introduce a separate border health policy. 

“Therefore, we will replicate the changes being made in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, to maintain the same traffic-light system as the rest of the UK.” 

The new rules, which come into effect, from 4am on Sunday, August 8 mean Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway move from the amber list, which requires travellers to quarantine at home on their return, to the green list which means travellers don’t have to quarantine. 

Georgia, La Reunion, Mayotte and Mexico will move from the amber list to the red list but India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE all move from the red to amber list. 

People fully vaccinated in the UK, in Europe or the USA with approved vaccines will no longer be required to self-isolate and take a day-eight PCR test on arrival from France. 

The UK Government has said it "engaged" with the devolved governments before the announcement. 

A spokesman said: "We have worked closely with devolved administrations throughout the pandemic, including on the safe reopening of international travel, and take a UK-wide approach wherever possible.

"We engaged with the devolved administrations ahead of the announcement."

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