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Explains which vaccines and which countries vaccine programmes are accepted for travel to Wales.

First published:
29 October 2021
Last updated:

Introduction

What you need to do when you travel to Wales depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated or not.

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to Wales, you must have been fully vaccinated with a full course of an approved vaccine in the UK or one of the countries and territories listed below.

You can still travel to Wales 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 Wales:

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Janssen
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
  • Covaxin

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, Sinopham, Sinovac, Covaxin or a combination of them), you must have had both doses to be considered fully vaccinated.

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 travelling to Wales if you are not fully vaccinated.

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, such as Janssen, 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.

There are several ways to prove vaccination status:

Vaccine certificates only

If you use a vaccine certificate as proof, it 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

Countries with an approved proof of vaccination and examples of proof required

List of countries whose COVID-19 vaccine programmes are recognised in Wales and examples of proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine.

Red list countries and territories

If you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK the red list rules apply, even if you qualify as fully vaccinated and even if the country is shown on the list of countries whose COVID-19 vaccine programmes are recognised in Wales.

Check separate guidance on the red list rules.