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Fully Vaccinated Travel Requirements

Fully Vaccinated Travel and Arrivals

These new amber list rules for fully vaccinated travellers arriving into England only apply if you are:

  • fully vaccinated* in the UK or under the UK vaccine programme overseas (e.g. residents of the British Overseas Territories, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) or;
  • participating or have participated in a formally approved clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine in the UK or;
  • ordinarily resident in the UK and under the age of 18 at the time of arrival.

From 2 August 2021, if you are arriving in England from an Amber list country and have been fully vaccinated in the USA or Europe you will not have to quarantine or take a day 8 test on arrival. The rules do not apply to arrivals from France. 

The European countries that this rule applies to are:

  • EU countries
  • Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City

You must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the:

  • European Medicines Agency (EMA) for Europe
  • SwissMedic for Switzerland
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the USA

If the above items apply to you, then you will no longer need to self-isolate when you return to England from an Amber-list country, but you need to take a Day 2 Amber Arrivals test.

Children under the age of 18 will no longer have to self-isolate when returning to England from an Amber list country, but they do need to take a Day 2 Amber Arrivals test if they are age 5 or above.

*Fully vaccinated means a full 14 days have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was given.

Travel Requirements

At this stage, there are no changes to requirements for those returning from green or red list countries – even when you are fully vaccinated.


The Test to Release scheme remains an option for non-fully vaccinated travellers returning from amber countries, and arrivals from France to shorten their quarantine period.


Amber arrivals will be required to prove their full vaccination status to carriers before departing, either
  • via the NHS app or
  • via an NHS COVID Pass letter or
  • an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) for Europe
  • a US CDC card for the USA – you’ll also need to show proof of USA residency.
*Fully vaccinated means a full 14 days have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was given.

Children under 18 years - Arrivals Testing

Children under the age of 18 will no longer have to isolate when returning to England. Additionally, children aged 4 and under will continue to be exempt from any travel testing. Children aged 5 to 10 will only need to do a day 2 PCR and 11 to 18 year olds will need to take both a pre-departure test before travelling back to England and a Day 2 PCR on arrival.

Children under 18 from the USA or the listed European countries also do not need to quarantine or take a day 8 test.

They must follow the same rules as children and young people from the UK.

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