What does being fully vaccinated change for travel?

With more being added all the time, there are a lot of different rules if you’ve had both your jabs. Find out the key differences in this blog. 

The topic of being ‘fully vaccinated’ is circulating the travel news sphere a lot at the moment. There is a lot in the works for ‘double jabbers’, and plenty that has already been put in place.

So, what do you need to know about how being fully vaccinated changes for travel?

What does ‘fully vaccinated’ mean?

Sometimes you’ll hear people call people who are fully vaccinated as ‘double jabbers’. That’s because, with most of the approved vaccines being administered across the world, it takes two doses for full protection against coronavirus.

So, being fully vaccinated means you have had all doses required of the COVID-19 vaccine you’ve been given (usually two, especially in the UK).

In many cases, you’ll need to have had your second dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you qualify for the different guidelines for people who’ve been fully vaccinated.

You need to wait 14 days because it can take up to two weeks for your body to build up its immunity against COVID-19 after being given the second dose of the vaccine.

No quarantine when returning from amber list countries

The big news in the UK is that, as long as you’re fully vaccinated and had your second dose at least 14 days before you travel, you will no longer need to self-isolate for 10 days when you travel back from an amber list country.

You also don’t need to take a test on the eighth day you’re back in the UK. Essentially, the restrictions in place for double jabbers travelling back from amber list countries are the same as anyone travelling back from a green list country.

This excludes countries on the ‘amber plus’ list, which are subject to the normal quarantine rules – even if you’ve been fully vaccinated.

Increased access for travel

Much like there are plans to reduce restrictions for fully vaccinated people within the UK itself, there is increased access for people who’ve had both jabs when going abroad.

Most cruise lines and many countries need travellers to be fully vaccinated in order to be allowed to board or enter.

For the countries that don’t require full vaccination, many will reduce the restrictions you face (such as not having to self-isolate when you get there).

Another travel essential

Whether it’s saving you time, money, or lives when you’ve had both jabs and are looking to travel, being fully vaccinated sure has its perks.

Another essential for feeling safe and secure when you get travelling again is travel insurance. It’s there to have your back if something goes wrong, and you can find out more about personalised cover from Avanti by visiting our website.


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