Ministers are considering putting France on the red travel list due to the spread of the Beta variant, first found in South Africa, according to reports.
A source told the Telegraph the measure was discussed at a meeting as part of a review into international travel.
France has much higher levels of the variant than other countries in Europe.
If the country is added to the red list it means travellers returning to the UK will be required to complete hotel quarantine for 10 days.
There are concerns the South African variant is more resistant to vaccines than other strains.
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They are worried about the South African variant because they think it escapes the vaccine, although they dont have evidence of that yet, a government source said.
It appears to be why a lot of countries in Africa and the Middle East are on the red list despite low prevalence rates.
It comes after the government announced that the Balearic Islands will move from the green list to the amber list from Monday.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said measures for the Balearics were being upgraded due to case rates having doubled since they were added to the green list on June 30.
Travelling to countries on the amber lists entails self isolating for 10 days after returning home.
However, also from Monday, passengers who are fully vaccinated will not have to self isolate after returning from an amber list country, however they will still have to provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR test.
The British Virgin Islands as well as the Balearic Islands will both be moved to the amber list from 4am on Monday July 19.
Meanwhile Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Croatia and Taiwan will be added to the green list from Monday.
Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone will be added to the red list.

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