From Monday, 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world.

The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the UK red list will depend on your vaccination status.

If you arrive in England before 4 October, you must follow the current rules. This means you must book and take any COVID-19 tests you need and follow the quarantine rules that are in place at the time you arrive in England.

Travel from the rest of the world if you are fully vaccinated

From 4 am, Monday, 4 October, you will qualify as fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated either:

  • Under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas (please see this link)
  • With a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Formulations of the four listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines.

You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.

Where two doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you will be able to:

  • Mix two different types of vaccine, for example, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna
  • Have the two vaccinations under two different approved programmes, for example, Australia and Japan, UK and USA, EU and Canada

Until 4 October, mixed vaccines are only permitted if you are vaccinated under the UK, Europe, USA or UK overseas vaccination programme

The rules for fully vaccinated people will also apply if you are either:

  • Under 18 and resident in the UK or one of the listed countries or territories with approved vaccination programmes
  • Taking part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK or USA – in due course, we expect to extend this to other countries

If you qualify as fully vaccinated you will have to:

  • Book and pay for a Day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
  • Complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • Take a COVID-19 test on or before Day 2 after you arrive in England

Under the new rules, you will NOT NEED to:

  • Take a pre-departure test
  • Take a Day 8 COVID-19 test
  • Quarantine for 10 days after you arrive in England

You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body.

For more information and for additional UK travel-related updates, visit gov.uk

For COVID-19 updates in Qatar, visit moph.gov.qa.


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