Thursday, July 15, 2021

Can we travel to the UK?

 Some European countries have said that they do not recognise Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines produced in India because they have not been approved by the EMA. 

It seems that, unbeknown to them, 5 million Brits have been given the Indian version - some as both doses, others as one of the two doses. The codes on their vaccine certificates show the country of origin of the vaccine used. 

In what may seem to be a "tit for tat" move, my wife tell me that the UK will only recognise vaccines that have been administered in the UK. She read this on a Brits in Spain site. 

A BBC report today confirms this: For the moment, fully vaccinated British expats and EU nationals arriving from amber-listed EU countries have to self-isolate for 10 days. only those with a NHS Covid Pass can avoid isolation. Spain is an amber listed country. 

So, whilst the Covid Certificates we downloaded will allow us to travel to other countries in Europe without the need to self isolate, they are not being recognised as valid in the UK,

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says the government is "actively working" on ways of letting fully-vaccinated British expats and foreign nationals arrive in England from amber countries without the need for self-isolation.

He says he hopes to say more in the next couple of weeks.

Let's hope that he is as good as his word because we are hoping to travel to Sale for our grandson's birthday in October. 

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