UK Travel Update: Quarantine Required For Arrivals Who Had Mixed Vaccine Doses


UK Travel Update: Quarantine Required For Arrivals Who Had Mixed Vaccine Doses

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UK Travel Update: Quarantine Required for arrivals who had mixed vaccine doses

The UK government’s travel rules say that arrivals from amber list countries no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated.

However, an addition to the rules on August 12th shattered dreams of quarantine free travel for many, by adding an amendment stating that to be considered ‘fully vaccinated’ by UK rules, travellers must have had two vaccines of the same brand.

In several European countries mixing of vaccines has been quite widespread, particularly for those who had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine before guidelines on its use in individual countries changed.

Many countries now advise not using AstraZeneca for younger people because of risks of rare blood clots.

Younger people who already had AstraZeneca for their first dose were advised by many countries’ health regulators to take Pfizer or Moderna for their second dose.

Vaccine Rule Clarification

There is no credible medical evidence that individuals who had two different brands of Covid vaccine are less protected against the virus, in fact some studies have suggested better protection from mixing and matching doses.

The ‘clarification’ of vaccine rules comes after a similar update saying that people who had received only a single dose of the vaccine after recovering from Covid, which is the standard practice in France, are also not considered fully vaccinated in the UK.

These rules at present affect only arrivals in England, the devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Irelandhave so far not indicated a change to their definitions.

Under the updated UK rules, arrivals are considered fully vaccinated if:
* They have been vaccinated with vaccines approved by the UK regulator Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson
* They have been vaccinated with two doses of the same vaccine
* They are 14 days after the final dose

International Arrivals in the UK

Arrivals into the UK from amber countries, not considered fully vaccinated must quarantine
for 10 days and pay for travel tests on Day 2 and Day 8 after arrival.

Fully vaccinated arrivals do not need to quarantine, but must still pay for the Day 2 test.

All arrivals need to fill in a passenger locator form, and the form cannot be completed without a booking reference for tests, so the tests need to be booked and paid for before departure.

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Date: September 16, 2021

13 thoughts on “UK Travel Update: Quarantine Required For Arrivals Who Had Mixed Vaccine Doses

  1. Completely crazy update by the UK government not based on science at all. I don't understand why they simply can't accept the EU green pass as evidence of full vaccination.

  2. I'm from Nigeria, and on Amber list. I have also taken two shots of Astrazeneca vaccine. Am I considered fully vaccinated as per the new update? Also being the fact that I'm from Nigeria and not any of the above mentioned EU countries or others. Does that mean I will not need to quarantine and will take only day 2 test?

  3. Are they still reviewing the other brands not currently approved by UK like SINOVAC? Will there be a chance that this brand gets to the approved list by UK?

  4. I am fully vaccinated from an Umber list country, after arrival to UK for vacation shall my children quarantined (16y+8y) even if their PCR tests were negative before travel?

  5. I am double jabbed with Covishield, and travelling from India to UK.
    Do I need to quarantine or a 2nd day test would be sufficient???
    Pl advise

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