Quarantine rules removed for under 18s entering England | New


The government has sought to simplify the rules for anyone under the age of 18 traveling to England.

From Monday, November 22, they will be treated as fully vaccinated at the border and will be exempt from self-isolation requirements on arrival, eighth day testing and pre-departure testing.

They will only be required to take one post-arrival test and a free confirmatory PCR test if they are positive.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said: “As we continue to recover from the pandemic and expand our recognition of international vaccines, these announcements mark the next step in our restart of international travel.

“By simplifying the rules for international travel for all under 18 coming to England, we bring new good news for families looking to unite with loved ones, and another big boost for the travel industry. . “

The government has also unveiled plans to recognize vaccines on the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list.

As a result, Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin will be added to the list of approved vaccines for inbound travel, benefiting more fully vaccinated people from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and India.

The United States also recognizes vaccines on the list for inbound travel.

Passengers who have been fully vaccinated and received their vaccination certificate from one of the 135 approved countries and territories are not required to take a pre-departure test, an eighth-day test, or self-isolate on their own. arrival.

Instead, passengers will simply have to pay for a lateral flow test to take before the end of their second day, after arrival.

The changes will also take effect on November 22.

The emergency procedure was put in place during the 2014 Ebola outbreak to assess which vaccines to use and to help countries access vaccines (and other selected products) during public health emergencies .

Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin are covered by the expansion of the WHO list, and around one billion doses of these vaccines have been dispensed worldwide.

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