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Explains what you must do if you are arriving in Wales and have received a full COVID-19 vaccination course.

First published:
4 October 2021
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What you must do if you arrive in Wales and are fully vaccinated

People arriving in Wales who have been in a red list country in the previous 10 days, must follow the rules for arriving from a red list country.

From the 9 January People arriving in Wales, from a country not on the red list, who are fully vaccinated must:

If you are fully vaccinated and have travelled from a country not on the red list, you must take a test on or before day two following your arrival into Wales. The day you depart is day 0.

To help protect yourselves and close contacts from the potential spread of the virus, we advise all fully vaccinated returning travellers or those under the age of 18 to self-isolate until they have taken an LFT and received a negative result. 

If you have a positive LFT result, you must take a follow-up PCR test to allow your test sample to undergo genomic sequencing. This is essential to identify potential variants of concern. 

If your follow-up PCR test is positive you must stay in isolation for the full 10 day period, which began on the date of your LFT. 

If your follow-up PCR test is negative, you can leave isolation on receipt of this test result.

If you fail to take a test and receive the result within 10 days of your arrival into Wales you must remain in self-isolation for this entire period. The day of your departure is day 0.

Post arrival tests must be booked before your arrival into Wales. These tests cannot be free NHS tests. They must be booked with one of the providers listed on GOV.UK.

NHS PCR tests can be booked via the international arrivals NHS test ordering service and private sector tests can be booked from a private provider listed on GOV.UK.

If there is a delay with the delivery of your NHS travel test or your test result please report this to the NHS 119 helpline. If there is a delay or problem with your travel test booked from a private provider please report this to them in the first instance. Further information on reporting problems with private providers is available on GOV.UK.

Should your address or contact details change whilst you are in Wales then you must update this as and when required by submitting a new passenger locator form (on GOV.UK).

There are some exemptions from certain travelling requirements for specific categories of people.

Definition of fully vaccinated

You will qualify as fully vaccinated if you:

  • are vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme   
  • are vaccinated under an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination to the UK
  • have had a complete course of an approved vaccination i.e. 1 or 2 doses as prescribed by the vaccination programme  
  • have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in Wales

Check which vaccines are approved and the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination.

Showing your vaccination status

You will need to prove you have been fully vaccinated with one of the authorised vaccines before you travel.

You will need to:

  • declare that you have been fully vaccinated on your passenger locator form (or are on a formally approved UK clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccines, or under 18)
  • show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier (ferry, airline or train) when you travel

Find out what proof of vaccination is accepted.

If you cannot show the appropriate documentation or you are fully vaccinated but do not qualify under this definition, you must follow the rules for people travelling to Wales who are not fully vaccinated.

When travelling abroad you can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove that you have had a COVID-19 vaccine.

If your passport details and your NHS COVID Pass details are different you may need to carry evidence to explain the reason why they are not the same.

The UK Government is working with the Overseas Territory governments to agree what form the proof of vaccination should take.

Children travelling to Wales

Further guidance about what children must do can be found in the rules for children travelling to Wales.