The list of approved COVID vaccines for inbound travel to the UK will be expanded later this month, the government has announced.
From kl. 04.00 on November 22, Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin jabs will be added.
This means that more fully vaccinated people from countries including the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and India will be able to visit.
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Other vaccines already accepted by the UK government include Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca, Modern and Janssen.
Persons who have been fully vaccinated with one of the approved jabs and who have received their vaccine certificate are not obliged to take a prior departure COVID-19 test, day eight test or to self-insulate on arrival.
Instead, they simply have to pay for a lateral flow test, which they have to take before the end of their second day after arriving in the UK.
The government continues to simplify its travel rules for fully inoculated travelers and under 18s.
Also from 22 November, children aged 17 and under will not be quarantined when arriving in the UK if they are resident in the UK or in a “country or territory with an approved proof of vaccination”.
This also applies to “children of a person who has been fully vaccinated under the British Overseas Vaccination Program”.
The government’s website confirmed that it also applies “whether they have been vaccinated or not”.
“Today’s announcement is another step forward for the travel industry, businesses and for family and friends who want to reunite or go abroad,” said Health and Social Secretary Sajid Javid.
But he also warned: “The Red List and the quarantine system remain crucial to protecting our borders and, as we have said, we will not hesitate to take steps by adding countries to the Red List if necessary.”
Transport Minister Grant Shapps said: “By simplifying the rules of international travel for anyone under the age of 18 coming to England, we are bringing further good news to families who want to reunite with their loved ones, and another big boost for the travel sector.”