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COVID-19: Three more vaccines added to UK’s approved travel list as rules simplify for children

The list of approved COVID vaccines for inbound travel to the UK will be expanded later this month, the government has announced.

From 4am on 22 November, the Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin jabs will be added.

It 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, Moderna and Janssen.

Individuals who have been fully vaccinated with one of the approved jabs, and who have received their vaccine certificate, are not required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, day eight test or to self-isolate upon arrival.

Instead, they will simply need to pay for a lateral flow test to take before the end of their second day after arriving in the UK.

The government is continuing to simplify its travel rules for fully inoculated travellers and under-18s.

Also from 22 November, children aged 17 and under will not have to quarantine when they arrive in England if they are resident in the UK, or in a “country or territory with an approved proof of vaccination”.

It also applies to the “children of someone who is fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccination programme”.

The government website confirmed it also applies “whether they are vaccinated or not”.

“Today’s announcement is another step forward for the travel industry, businesses and for family and friends wanting to reunite or go abroad,” said Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid.

But he also warned: “The red list and quarantine system remain vital in protecting our borders, and, as we’ve said, we will not hesitate to take action by adding countries to the red list if necessary.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “By simplifying the rules for international travel for all under-18s coming to England, we’re bringing further good news for families looking to unite with loved ones, and another great boost for the travel sector.”

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