In a boost to holidaymakers France could re-join the amber list in weeks while Spain is not expected to move into the punishing 'amber plus' category.

Travellers from amber listed countries can skip isolating at home for 10 days if they have been given two doses of a vaccine.

But ministers removed the exemption for France amid concerns over the Beta variant, creating what has been termed an “amber plus” designation on the traffic light system for foreign travel.

There has also been speculation that Greece and Spain could face the same measures as France, though the Government has not confirmed this.

People on a French beach
No decision has been taken yet on updating the travel system

Whitehall insiders have predicted that France could go back on the amber list at the next travel review, expected on August 5.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was said to have been furious at the decision taken last week to require those travelling back from France to quarantine.

Now, The Sun reports that insiders believe a sharp rise in the Delta variant across Europe will mean it “outcompetes” the Beta strain in a few weeks, raising hopes the 'amber-plus' status, which only applies to France, will be dropped.

A source said: “Like we’ve seen here, Delta is so transmissible we are pretty sure it will outcompete the Beta variant.

“There is still a couple of weeks to go though and that needs to be reflected in the data.”

Spain is not expected to be join neighbouring France on the amber-plus list despite concern about the Beta strain of Covid, reports the Daily Mail.

People walk along a Spanish beach
The tourist industry has been hit by the rules

A Whitehall source said: "There is growing confidence that France can soon go back on the amber list.

"[But] there remains some concern about the prevalence of the Beta variant in Spain, although we do not yet have the latest data and... no decision has yet been taken."

A decision will be made on August 5 and if Spain stays on the amber list it will mean some tourists will be able to avoid quarantine on their return.

It comes after the Mirror learned Italy could be the next country to be added to the "amber plus" travel list.

Senior Government sources revealed the popular holiday destination was being "watched closely" by ministers and was looking a "risky bet" for trips abroad.

Ministers are understood to be concerned about sharply increasing Covid transmission rates, with the Delta variant rapidly gaining traction.