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From 4am on November 22nd, all under-18s worldwide will be able to enter England without needing to self-isolate on arrival. In addition, the UK government will recognize vaccines on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL). As a result, Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin will be added to the list of approved vaccines for inbound travel, benefitting more fully vaccinated people from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and India.
Passengers who have been fully vaccinated and have received their vaccine certificate from one of over 135 approved countries and territories are not required to take a pre-departure test, day 8 test or self-isolate upon arrival. Instead, vaccinated passengers over 18 will only need to take a day 2 test within 48 hours of arrival. It can be either a COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) or a Lateral Flow test. The test must be pre-booked, and the booking Reference Number must be declared on the Passenger Locator Form.
From 4am on Monday 22 November, the UK will recognize the following vaccines: Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca (including Covishield), Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), and WHO EUL including Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin.
This comes as the government simplifies 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 1 post-arrival test and a confirmatory free PCR test if they test positive.
What will students have to do before they arrive in England?
Students will not need to take a COVID-19 test before departure. They will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form and present it at the airport on departure.
What will students have to do when they arrive in England?
Students will need to take a day 2 test within 48 hours of arrival. It can be either a COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) or a Lateral Flow test. The test must be pre-booked – and the booking Reference Number must be declared on the Passenger Locator Form.
In related news, on 1 November, the UK government removed all 7 remaining countries (Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela) from the red list of countries. There are currently no countries or territories on the red list for travel to England.
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