If you are travelling to the UK from another country, there are multiple rules that need to be followed due to Covid-19.
Who is considered fully vaccinated?
Not every vaccine is fully recognized in the UK. As a result, to qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’ in the UK you would need to have received 2 doses of a UK-approved vaccine.
Currently the following vaccines are recognised in the UK:
- Pfizer BioNTech
Additionally, from 4am on 22nd November, the following vaccines from the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) will be recognized in the UK:
- Sinopharm Beijing
You must have received 2 doses of the approved vaccine. This includes if you had a combination of the vaccines for your 2 doses (i.e. Moderna / Pfizer BioNTech). However, if you have had an approved vaccine which requires only one dose – Janssen – you will be considered fully vaccinated.
Formulations of the approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, would also qualify you as ‘fully vaccinated’.
Finally, you must have completed the course (received 2 doses of the approved vaccine), at least 14 days before you arrive in England.
What to do if you are fully vaccinated
You must first prove your vaccination status. This can either be issued by a UK vaccination programme, or an overseas vaccination programme (that is approved by the UK – check the list of approved countries here).
If you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you can prove your vaccination status using one of the following:
If you are fully vaccinated under an overseas programme, you can prove your vaccination status by presenting a vaccine certificate. The vaccine certificate must be issued by a national or state-level public health authority, be in English, French or Spanish, and include as a minimum:
- your forename and surname(s)
- your date of birth
- vaccine brand and manufacturer
- date of vaccination for every dose
- country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer
Before you travel to England you need to book and pay for Day 2 Covid-19 test, which would need to be taken on or before Day 2 in England (the day you arrive is Day 0). This can either be a PCR or a lateral flow test.
If your test result is positive, you will need to take a PCR test to confirm the result (if you haven’t already), and self-isolate for 10 days (members of your household may also be asked to self-isolate with you).
You will also need to complete a passenger locator form.
What to do if you’re not fully vaccinated
If you don’t qualify as ‘fully vaccinated’ in the UK, you must take a Covid-19 test up to 3 days before you travel to the UK. You must also book and pay for both Day 2 and Day 8 Covid-19 PCR tests to be taken in the UK. And you need to complete the passenger locator form. When you arrive in England, you must quarantine for 10 days.
If your PCR test result is positive, you will need to quarantine for 10 days starting from the day you tested positive.
You can also opt in to the Test to Release scheme. This gives you the option to take a Day 5 test (which you must also book and pay for), which, if negative, will allow you to end your quarantine early. However, you must still take the Day 8 test, even after you are out of quarantine.