International arrivals into the UK from amber destinations, after 4am on Monday 19th July 2021 – for fully vaccinated travellers
Fully vaccinated travellers arriving into England after 4am on 19th July 2021 will still be required to take a test 72 hours before returning – known as the pre-departure test, demonstrating they are negative before they travel and a PCR test on or before day 2 – known as Day 2, but they will no longer be required to take a day 8 test and quarantine at home.
What this means is that for fully vaccinated travellers, the requirements for green and amber list countries will be the same as of 19th July.
For clarity, a full vaccination means 14 days have passed since the final dose of the vaccine.
The Day 2 test remains in place, because it includes genome sequencing for all positive results, which allow laboratories to report additional data on whether a variant of concern or a variant under investigation has been identified.
Rules for foreign travel for devolved administrations:
- Northern Ireland https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice
- Scotland https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/pages/red-amber-and-green-list-countries/
- Wales - https://gov.wales/rules-foreign-travel-and-wales-coronavirus-covid-19-html
Travelling with children
Children travelling with fully vaccinated adults will also be exempt from quarantine and certain tests. Please see below the different requirements, based on children’s age:
|Age of child||Self-isolation||Pre-departure test
(before returning to England)
|Day 2 test|
|4 and under||No||No||No|
|5 to 10||No||No||Yes|
|11 to 17||No||Yes||Yes|
Covid-19 vaccine certification for international travel - England
Passengers will need to prove their vaccination status and they will do that either through the NHS COVID Pass available on the main NHS App – not the NHS COVID-19 app – or via the accessible letter, which can be obtained by calling 119 for those without access to smartphones / internet.
- NHS Covid pass - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/
- NHS app - https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-app/
- Letter from the NHS – those customers without access to smartphones / internet can request their letter by calling 119, two weeks after having their 2nd dose of the vaccine, or two weeks after a single-dose Janssen vaccine. They should receive the letter within 5 working days.
Covid-19 vaccine certification for international travel - Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Northern Ireland – please click here
Scotland – please click here
Wales – please click here
Passenger locator form
Fully vaccinated passengers returning to England will be asked to include their vaccination status on their passenger locator form, if they wish to benefit from the exemption to self-isolate.
Transport operators and carriers will be required to check a passenger’s proof of being fully vaccinated before they are able to get on the form of transport.
As of 19th July, the recommendation that people should not travel to amber countries is being removed. Passengers should continue to check the Foreign Office travel advice, to understand the latest entry requirements and COVID-19 rules at their destination https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
For further details about entry requirements, health and safety protocols and services available in different European destinations, please visit https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/GRC/6001
NB: The change coming into force on 19th July is currently applicable only to those vaccinated in the UK. The Government is yet to release information on when fully vaccinated travellers from other countries will be allowed to enter with no quarantine and less testing requirements.
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