Government waives quarantine for fully vaccinated EU and US arrivals


26 August 2021

The UK government has announced from 2 August 2021, passengers arriving from amber countries who have been fully vaccinated in Europe (EU and EFTA member countries, Andorra, Monaco and Vatican City) and the US will not be required to quarantine when entering England.

The vaccine must be one that is approved by the EMA, Swissmedic or the FDA.

Travellers will still need to complete a passenger locator form, a pre-departure test before arriving in the UK, as well as a PCR test on day two after arrival. In addition at least 14 full days must have passed since the individual had their second vaccine prior to their arrival in the UK to benefit from the exemption from quarantine.

Those vaccinated in the US will also be required to provide proof of residency.

To prove your vaccination status to be eligible for exemption from quarantine you will be required to show your EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC) or CDC card for US vaccinated travellers.

Children under 18 who are ordinarily resident in the US and Europe will also be exempt from quarantine and the day eight test, although they will still need to complete the pre-departure and day two test. Children aged between 5 and 10 will only need to complete a test on day two. Additionally, adults who can prove they are unable to be fully vaccinated on medical grounds will also be exempt from any quarantine requirements on arrival.

This article is from the August 2021 issue of Employment and Immigration Law Update, our monthly newsletter for HR professionals. To download the latest issue, please visit the newsletter section of our website. For further information please contact a member of Birketts' Immigration Team.

The content of this article is for general information only. It is not, and should not be taken as, legal advice. If you require any further information in relation to this article please contact the author in the first instance. Law covered as at August 2021.

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