France could soon ease rules for British travellers entering the country, the French transport minister has said.
Restrictions have been progressively lifted in France after months of lockdowns as vaccination speeds up, despite a rise in cases fuelled by the more aggressive delta variant.
"With the vaccination campaign advancing well in both France and UK there could be a co-ordinated decision soon to lift the UK from the orange list," Jean-Baptiste Djebbari told the BBC during a visit to Toulouse, south-western France, on Thursday.
Speaking ahead of a planned meeting with his British counterpart Grant Shapps, he added: "We are looking at the evolution of the health situation and want to make a decision as quickly as we can."
Britain is currently on France’s orange list, and France is on Britain’s amber list. For all travellers, this means a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old or a negative antigen test of less than 48 hours old is required to travel.
Additionally, unvaccinated travellers need an "urgent" reason to visit France and must self-isolate for seven days.
An upgrade to the green list would allow fully vaccinated Britons to enter France with only a jab certificate, with no motives, tests or quarantine needed. For those who have not been vaccinated, a negative Covid test will still be compulsory.
Daily infections in France are rising again, with the delta variant expected to become dominant by the weekend, according to the health ministry. There were 4,400 new recorded cases on Thursday, and cases in Paris have shot up 91 per cent in a week.
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, is expected to address the nation next week to announce more measures after fully lifting lockdowns and curfews over the past week. They could include compulsory vaccination for health workers and a mandatory health pass being extended to include more mass events.
As of Friday, 52 per cent of French people had received a first dose of a Covid vaccine, and nearly 38 per cent are fully vaccinated.
The transport ministry has not responded to requests for comment.