Fully-vaccinated travellers from France will be allowed to enter England without the need to quarantine, scrapping an extra rule imposed last month.

The UK government said the change to France's status from 8 August would help simplify its travel rules, and would also allow quarantine-free travel from more places, in a boost for the beleaguered travel industry.

The UK has one of the fastest vaccination programmes in the world but the government has so far stopped airlines and travel companies from making a full recovery with a variety of rules and last-minute changes, which have scared off holidaymakers.

It operates a "traffic light" system for international travel, with low-risk countries rated green for quarantine-free travel, medium risk countries rated amber, and red countries requiring arrivals to spend 10 days in isolation in a hotel.

Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will all be added to Britain's green list for low-risk travel from 8 August, meaning that arrivals into England from those places do not have to self-isolate whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

"While we must continue to be cautious, today's changes reopen a range of different holiday destinations across the globe, which is good news for both the sector and travelling public," Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement.

Airlines like British Airways will also be pleased to see more potential for long-haul travel, as India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were moved to the amber list from the red list.

The change to the status of France, the second most popular destination for UK holidaymakers before the pandemic, means it rejoins the amber list.

The government said it made the change because the prevalence of the Beta variant of Covid-19 there had now fallen.

France had been on the amber list but became the only "amber plus" country in mid-July, meaning that with just two days notice even fully vaccinated people still had to quarantine on their return, prompting an outcry from the travel industry.

There had been worries that Spain would be added to the "amber plus" list in this latest review, but the government instead advised arrivals from there to take a PCR test pre-departure, rather than a cheaper lateral flow test, where possible.