New Rules: Fully Vaccinated Incoming Travellers

The big news for incoming travellers to England is that if you are fully vaccinated quarantine is no longer required. Additionally, the testing is reduced to one test on arrival Day 2 or before. 

From 4am on Monday 2nd August, all travellers arriving from an amber-list country who have been fully vaccinated in either the EU (vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency), the USA (vaccines authorised by the Food and Drug Administration), or in the Swiss vaccination programme - will be able to travel to England without having to quarantine or take a day 8 test on arrival.

These Amber country arrivals who have been fully vaccinated in the USA and European countries will still be required to complete a pre-departure test before arrival into England, alongside a PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival. Those vaccinated in the US will also need to provide proof of US residency.

You must also have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in the UK.

The above does not apply to France who are currently on the termed "Amber plus” list. Even if you have been fully vaccinated and have been in France in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK, you must quarantine for 10 days after you arrive and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 OR after day 5 of quarantining under the “test to release” scheme.

How will people prove their vaccination status?

Europeans will have to produce the EU’s digital Covid certificate as proof of their inoculation. Americans do not have an app, so will instead need to show the CDC card they were given when they were vaccinated.

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