The most recent update on Covid-19 quarantine rules by the British government makes it easier for travellers to come to the UK. From 2 August, if you have been fully vaccinated approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you don’t have to quarantine when you enter the UK. So what do you need to know about this new policy?
Which Vaccines are Accepted and How do I Prove I’ve Been Vaccinated?
As mentioned above, vaccines that are approved by the EMA or the FDA are accepted if you have proof of vaccination. These are:
- Spikevax (formerly Moderna)
- Vaxzvria (formerly AstraZeneca)
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
If you have been vaccinated in the EU you can get a Digital Covid-19 Certificate. If you’ve been vaccinated somewhere else your proof of vaccination must include:
- Date of birth
- Name of the vaccine
- Date(s) when the vaccine(s) was/were received
Do I Still Have to do a Test?
Yes. If you are coming to the UK from a country on the Amber List you must still complete a Covid-19 test before you fly, and you must book a PCR Test for your 2nd day in the UK. When you arrive in the UK you must show that this second day test has already been booked. Also, everybody must complete a Passenger Locator Form when they enter the UK.
These new rules do not apply to people coming from countries on the Red List. Only British citizens, or people who have permanent right to remain in the UK, can enter from Red List countries, and they must quarantine in a hotel.
Where Can I Get Vaccinated or Have a PCR Test in the UK?
If you are interested in getting vaccinated or need to have a PCR Test, a good option is Nomad Travel Clinic & Travel Store. Nomad is Ingla’s neighbour. They are located at Wellington Terrace, 3 Turnpike Lane, N8 0PX. You must book an appointment before going to Nomad. You can do this by calling 01341 555061.