Booster jab: Gillian Keegan discusses travel advice
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All double-vaccinated passengers arriving in the UK will need to take a lateral flow test on or before day two after arrival. Tests must be booked via the Government website from an approved provider.
The latest Government update said: “From 4am on Monday 22 November, the Government will recognise vaccines on the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) at our border.
“In practice, this means that Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin will be added to our list of approved vaccines for inbound travel, benefitting more fully vaccinated people from countries around the world.
“The WHO EUL process includes a review of quality, safety and efficacy data performed by WHO experts, and many countries including the United States, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Iceland are already recognising the WHO EUL vaccines.
“These vaccines are in addition to the existing vaccines we recognise at the border, namely Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, BioNTech and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson).”
The Government added: “As such, from 4am on 22 November, travellers who have proof of vaccination with a full course of these approved vaccines will be treated the same as those fully vaccinated in the UK, and so will not have to self-isolate on arrival or take a pre-departure test and only need to take a lateral flow device test post-arrival.”
Passengers will need to take a PCR test to confirm the results if they test positive with the lateral flow.
The new rules will benefit vaccinated travellers from over 135 countries included in the new policy.
Grant Shapps tweeted: “From 22 November, we will recognise the WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines in another great step for re-opening travel globally.
“I can also confirm that from 22 November, all under 18s worldwide travelling from non-red countries will just need to take a lateral flow test on arrival.”
All under 18s will now be exempt from pre-departure and day eight testing as well as self isolation.
The Government has said it will keep all travel measures under review so could change the rules in future.
On November 8, the USA reopened its borders to double-vaccinated international tourists, in a welcome move for separated families.
In a historic moment, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic planes performed a synchronised takeoff on the first flights to the US.
British Airways tweeted that the USA opening was “so special for all of us at British Airways”.
As the border reopened Nick Markham, Co- founder of Cignpost ExpressTest told Express.co.uk: “Today marks a significant moment for the aviation sector.
“As one of the largest travel testing firms, we have long backed the safe reopening of the transatlantic corridor, to get tourism and trade back up and running.
“It remains important though that travel recommences in a safe manner as the danger of new variants remains.
“Using a single lateral flow test, that we ensure is taking in the practice of a trained practitioner, is a sensible precaution that should allow us to continue to sequence any positive tests.”
All British tourists are advised to check the latest travel restrictions before travelling on holiday.
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