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UPDATE: UK says European travellers with mixed Covid doses do now count as ‘fully vaccinated’
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22 September 2021
12:03 CEST

After much confusion, criticism and contradictory messages the UK government has discreetly changed its Covid border rules - meaning that those vaccinated in Europe with mixed doses are considered fully inoculated and therefore can avoid quarantine.
The UK government has updated its information regarding its new Covid border rules for England (Devolved countries Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may announce different policies) after complaints that its policy towards those with mixed vaccine doses was confusing.
This week British embassies have published information to say the UK would accept those with mixed Covid doses (for example one dose of AstraZeneca and one Pfizer) as fully vaccinated from October 4th even though the UK’s Department of Health and Social care insisted to The Local that there was no change in policy.
After repeated demands for clarity on behalf of our readers the government has discreetly updated its website with new information that confirms the mixed doses administered in Europe are now acceptable from now on.
In other words travellers who have had one dose of AstraZeneca and then a Pfizer or Moderna second dose, don’t have to wait until October 4th. They are considered fully vaccinated from now and can therefore avoid quarantine.
There wasn’t any apparent good news for those who have had Covid and then one dose of the vaccine – as is standard practice in many European countries. It still appears the UK considers this group of people as not fully vaccinated for the purpose of entry, although The Local has asked for clarification.
Here’s a summary of what the UK government’s new rules are for travel to England regarding mixed doses:
Previously the UK had not accepted those with mixed doses as being fully vaccinated, which caused much anger among travellers from Europe.
One reader told The Local: “My partner, a British national with mixed vaccines, feels like a second class citizen and hasn’t seen her family since December 2019.”
In several European countries the mixing of Covid vaccines has been quite widespread, particularly for those who had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine before guidelines on its use in individual countries changed – German chancellor Angela Merkel and French health minister Olivier Véran were among those who had mixed doses.
The UK is also changing its much-criticised entry rules from October 4th.
Vaccinated travellers heading from European countries to the England should take note of the following changes:
The UK has scrapped its “amber” list which contained most European countries. It now has just a reduced red list and then the “rest of the world” which currently contains European countries.
Vaccinated travellers from those countries not on the red list will not need to undertake pre-departure tests for travel to England (previously those travelling from European countries needed a PCR or antigen/lateral flow test within 72 hours of travel. This measure will be applicable from October 4th a 4am.
Travellers who are not vaccinated must continue to quarantine in England or 10 days as well as take pre-departure tests and tests on day 2 and day 8 after arrival.
If you have any questions regarding travel from Europe to the UK please email us at editorial@thelocal.com
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  1. curious  -  22 September 2021 at 18:37 CEST
    It says the proof must include: country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer.
    I don’t see this listed on the certificate in TousAntiCovid app. Does that mean we need to carry the two paper/barcode sheets which do seem to have this?
    anuj  -  22 September 2021 at 20:54 CEST
    I expect that this is the EU DCC equivalent QR code? If so, try to download the Corona Warn or CovPass apps used in Germany. Scan the QR code in that and this shows you the issuing country as well.
    curious  -  22 September 2021 at 22:45 CEST
    Thanks. I’ll try the German apps.
  2. DeannaJune  -  22 September 2021 at 17:54 CEST
    Great news, but…a question from one of the quarter million Canadians who received Astra Zeneca Covishield…
    Is it accepted under these new rules?
    Bekah  -  25 September 2021 at 23:18 CEST
    It appears that Covishield was just approved. I read it in the news, and here’s a link to an official source: https://www.esteri.it/mae/resource/doc/2021/09/circolare_en_23settembre.pdf
    DeannaJune  -  26 September 2021 at 18:12 CEST
    Thank you, fellow reader. Things are changing so quickly… Now wondering about acceptance of mixed doses. Am continuing to dive into the documents to clarify this. The Local is of enormous help by providing clear answers and links. Grazie!
  3. C.LI  -  22 September 2021 at 13:01 CEST
    Good news!
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