Original article from Kent Live
Restrictions on travel to France could be removed as early as next week, according to reports.
A row has erupted between the UK and France after EU travel was loosened, but restrictions on France subsequently labelled "discriminatory" and "excessive" remained.
The UK government blamed the rise in France of the Beta variant first detected in South Africa.
It is thought to be more resistant to vaccines, particularly the Oxford-Astrazeneca version.
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But British ministers have since admitted cases have been "trending downwards" more recently.
Several media outlets are reporting speculation the Government is about to take France off the amber-plus list.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed a decision will be announced at the end of this week.
If France is removed from the list, the new rules would likely come into force the following Monday (August 9).
It would be significant news for Kent, the closest place in the country to the continent and home to two major Channel Ports.
Loosening of travel restrictions has already seen concrete barriers re-erected on the M20 as part of Operation Brock.
But in a blow to locals looking forward to a booze cruise, we recently reported how foot passenger ferry services may now be a thing of the past.
For several decades locals have been able to travel to the Port of Dover and then catch a special bus to get onto the ferry itself.
The foot passenger service was paused during the pandemic, and P&O confirmed to MyDover that it is now "under review".