UK to recognise more vaccines for inbound travel and ease rules for under 18s

By Lisa James
Home » UK to recognise more vaccines for inbound travel and ease rules for under 18s

The Government has expanded it list of recognised vaccines for people entering the UK and has simplified rules for arrivals who are under 18 years of age.

From 4am on Monday 22 November, Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin, three vaccines on the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL), will be added to the list, benefitting more fully vaccinated people from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and India. The US also recognises the vaccines on the WHO EUL for inbound travel. 

The Government has also simplified travel rules for all under-18s coming to England, who will be treated as fully vaccinated at the border and will be exempt from self-isolation requirements on arrival, day 8 testing and pre-departure testing. 

They will only be required to take one post-arrival test and a confirmatory free PCR test if they test positive.  

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the announcement ‘marks the next step in our restart of international travel’.

“By also simplifying the rules for international travel for all under-18s coming to England, we’re bringing further good news for families looking to unite with loved ones, and another great boost for the travel sector.” 

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Today’s announcement is another step forward for the travel industry, businesses and for family and friends wanting to reunite or go abroad.  

“The red list and quarantine system remain vital in protecting our borders and as we’ve said we will not hesitate to take action by adding countries to the red list if necessary.”

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