Covid vaccine: How soon can I travel after having both jabs?

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As the vaccine roll-out continues across Britain, 20 to 30-year-olds are due to be receiving their second doses, while teens are being invited for their first shots.

And, with most double-jabbed travellers now being allowed to skip quarantine after holidaying abroad, it’s no surprise people increasingly want to take a vacation.

So, if you’re contemplating hopping on a plane for a summer break, here’s what you need to know about vaccination restrictions.

How soon can you travel after having both jabs?

While country entry requirements vary, people generally need to wait 14 days after their second vaccination before travelling abroad to avoid quarantine upon arrival.

For example, Spain, Portugal and Greece all require UK visitors to present proof of vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel.

Some countries may allow you to travel unvaccinated, but you’ll either need to present a negative test, or quarantine on arrival.

In addition, some countries like Greece will accept proof of recovery from Covid, if you can present a positive PCR test result from 30 to 180 days before travel.

As always, you should check each country’s entry requirements before you travel.

Double-jabbed passengers travelling into the UK from an amber list country do not need to quarantine either – providing they recieved their jab 14 or more days before travelling.

How can you prove you’re double-jabbed when travelling abroad?

Contrary to popular belief, your vaccine card does not act as proof of vaccination abroad and you will need to use the NHS app’s ‘COVID Pass’.

This is not the Covid Track & Trace app, but the actual ‘NHS App’ that can be downloaded on Android and iOS.

You can get the pass automatically on the NHS app if you are registered with a GP surgery in England. You’ll then need to use your NHS login or create one if you do not currently have one.

You can also request a paper version NHS Covid Pass letter, via the NHS website, that will be sent to you in the post to prove you have been fully vaccinated.

Note that the letter does take up to five working days to arrive.

Before travelling abroad, it’s always important to check FCO guidelines to ensure you’re adhering to both UK guidelines and those of the country you’re travelling to.


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