More students can travel to the UK without quarantine from 22 November
23 November 2021


More students can travel to the UK without needing to quarantine from 22 November

This article has been amended on 23 November with the following changes:

  • It is confirmed that all under 18s travelling to all four UK nations do not need to quarantine from 22 November (except from countries on the red list)
  • More countries were added to the list of approved countries and territories on 22 November

Since Monday 22 November, more passengers arriving in the UK are exempt from quarantine. Further vaccines have been approved, meaning more vaccinated adults are eligible to avoid quarantine. Under 18s from all countries (except red list) no longer need to quarantine on arrival.

Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin vaccines approved for travel to England and Northern Ireland

On Monday 22 November, Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin were added to the list of approved vaccines for travel to England and Northern Ireland.

They joined Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford/ AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen vaccines.

Anyone who has received a complete course of these vaccines and has a vaccine certificate from one of over 135 approved countries and territories does not need to quarantine on arrival. Formulations and combinations of the approved vaccines are accepted.

We expect students from key markets such as Hungary, Brazil and Turkey to benefit from the approval of these new vaccines. 

Currently only Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford/ AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen vaccines are approved for passengers arriving to Scotland and Wales.

No quarantine for students under 18 years old

Since Monday 22 November, all students under the age of 18 no longer have to quarantine on arrival to the UK, providing they have not been in a red list country.

Additional countries added to the list of approved vaccine programmes

Since Monday 22 November, residents of Belarus, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, the Faroe Islands, Laos, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Samoa, Senegal, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe are considered 'fully vaccinated' when travelling to the UK, if they have received a complete course of a UK-approved vaccine. 

This change means that eligible passengers from these countries no longer have to quarantine on arrival and are not required to take a PCR test before they travel. This does not apply if the country goes onto the red list.

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