UK Lifts Quarantine Rules for Vaccinated Travellers
The United Kingdom (UK) recently announced easing quarantine restrictions for travellers who have already completed their COVID-19 vaccination. An individual is categorized as fully vaccinated after 14 days of receiving their final jab. Many vaccines in the market often require two doses to be considered complete.
COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in 2021 were seen as a key to facilitating safe and sustainable returns to international travel. Nonetheless, the UK’s Department of Transport reiterates that vaccinated individuals from amber and green arrivals are still subjected to follow existing testing requirements. They must fulfill a fit to fly COVID test 72 hours before departure and another coronavirus test on the second day following their return. However, they are no longer required to take another test on the eighth day.
Many countries usually require an RT-PCR COVID test, but there are governments that accept a rapid antigen test for travel. If UK citizens plan to go abroad, they must first verify if the international destination only requires an RT-PCR test or if they allow a rapid antigen test.
More changes in travel requirements can be expected with the continual distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. See this infographic provided by Harley Medic International to learn more about the new quarantine rules for vaccinated travellers going to the UK.