Written by  The National, MBC Online

England is expanding its list of countries from which proof of vaccination will be allowed and easing some restrictions for visitors arriving from the US and other countries including Malawi.

There are no countries on England's red list but it remains in place as a back-up. Getty There are no countries on England's red list but it remains in place as a back-up. Getty

The announcement, which comes into force at 4 am GMT on November 22, also means no countries sliding onto the red list, where travellers have to enter quarantine in a government-approved hotel for two weeks.

There are no countries on the red list but it remains in place should it be needed to tackle a new outbreak.

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine. The proof must have been issued by either:

the UK or UK overseas vaccination programme

the United Nations vaccine programme for staff and volunteers

one of the countries or territories listed below

You can still travel to England if you do not qualify as fully vaccinated but you must follow different rules.


Approved vaccines

You must have had a complete course of one of the following vaccines at least 14 days before you arrive in England:


Pfizer BioNTech



and from 4 am 22 November, World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines:


Sinopharm Beijing


The day you have your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

Formulations of these vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, also qualify as approved vaccines.

2 dose vaccines

If you were vaccinated with a 2 dose vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca, or a combination of them), you must have had both doses to be considered fully vaccinated for travel to the UK.

This applies in all cases, even if you’ve recently recovered from COVID-19 and have natural immunity.

Those who have had COVID-19 and have only had one dose of a 2 dose vaccine must follow the rules for unvaccinated arrivals.

Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you can:

mix 2 different types of vaccine from the above list, for example, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna

have the 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, for example, Australia and Japan, UK and USA, France and Canada

Single-dose vaccines

If you had an approved one dose vaccine (the Janssen vaccine), you are fully vaccinated.

Proof of vaccination

You must be able to prove that you’ve been fully vaccinated under a vaccination programme with approved proof of certification.

If you live in England, you can prove your vaccination status using the NHS COVID Pass.

If you were vaccinated in another country or territory, the table below gives examples of what you can use as proof of vaccination.

Vaccine certificates only

If the table below says you can use a ‘Vaccine certificate’ as proof of vaccination, the following rules apply. The vaccine certificate must be issued by a national or state-level public health authority, be in English, French or Spanish, and include as a minimum:

your forename and surname(s)

your date of birth

vaccine brand and manufacturer

date of vaccination for every dose

country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

The expansion comes as some countries in Europe, notably Austria and Germany, impose new restrictions as the latest waves of cases spread across the continent.


In the UK, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the countries added to the approved list.

"Proof of vaccination will be recognised from 15 more countries and territories including Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Senegal and Zimbabwe, another boost for business and leisure travel.”


The other countries added to the approved vaccine list are Belarus, Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Faroe Islands, Laos, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Samoa, Vanuatu and Zimbabwe.

In Germany, state regions will now limit events to vaccinated and recovered people when pressure on hospitals reaches a certain level.

If the situation worsens, even vaccinated people will need a negative test. A record 65,371 daily cases were announced in Germany on Thursday.

Sweden has announced, for the first time, a health pass system for events with more than 100 people from December 1.

Belgium has made wearing masks compulsory for children aged 10 and over.

And Slovakia has drawn up plans to quell the surge in cases by restricting the movement of unvaccinated people. -


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