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UK Expands Its Inbound Travel Vaccination Policy

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The British government has conducted a further review of its red list under the new and simplified system of international travel.

Following this review, it continues to be the case that no countries and territories are on the red list. They will keep the red list in place as a precautionary measure to protect public health, and are prepared to add countries and territories if needed as the UK’s first line of defence if the situation changes.

Expansion of the inbound vaccination policy

From Monday 22 November, the government recognizes vaccines on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) at the border. As a result, Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin will be added to its existing list of approved vaccines for inbound travel, benefitting more fully vaccinated passengers.

The WHO Emergency Use Listing process includes a review of quality, safety and efficacy data performed by WHO experts, and many countries such as the United States, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Iceland are already recognizing the WHO Emergency Use Listings vaccines.

Alongside expanding the list of approved vaccines for inbound travel, we will also expand our inbound vaccination policy to include proof of vaccine certification from the following 15 countries and territories:

  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Faroe Islands
  • Laos
  • Libya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Samoa
  • Senegal
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

From 4am on Monday 22 November, the government is also simplifying travel rules for all under-18s coming to England from a non-red list country or territory, who will be treated as fully vaccinated at the border, regardless of their individual vaccination status. This means they will be exempt from self-isolation requirements on arrival and will only be required to take a lateral flow test post-arrival, with a free confirmatory PCR test if they test positive.

Inbound vaccination policy: US residency requirements and state certification solutions

From Monday 22 November, the government removes the requirement for people to provide proof of US residency when proving their fully vaccinated status with a US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) card. UK will accept the US CDC card or one of the below US state-issued certification solutions as proof of full vaccination:

  • California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record
  • New York State Excelsior Pass Plus
  • Washington State WA Verify

Booster vaccinations in the NHS COVID Pass

Finally, travelers who have had a booster or a third dose will be able to demonstrate their vaccine status through the NHS COVID Pass. This addition will enable those who have had their booster or third dose to travel to countries such as Israel, Croatia and Austria who have already introduced a time limit for the COVID-19 vaccine to be valid for quarantine-free travel.

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