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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
Last updated:

What you must do if you arrive in Wales and are fully vaccinated

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

Post arrival tests must be booked before your departure either:

On the CTM booking portal you can book an NHS COVID-19 PCR test for £68.

If you choose a private test provider from GOV.UK, you should only buy ‘self-swab at home’ tests. Please note, any reference to your arrival in England on the GOV.UK pages for day 2 test providers include arrival into Wales.

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 an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas
  • with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

From 4am 11 October 2021 you will also be considered fully vaccinated:

  • with a full course from a relevant public health body in Albania, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Maldives, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, The Philippines, Serbia, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam
  • have received a fully vaccination course under the United Nations vaccination programme

Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines.

You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in Wales.

Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you are considered to be fully vaccinated where you have had:

  • 2 different types of vaccine, for example Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna
  • 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, for example Australia and Japan, UK and USA, EU and Canada

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

This proof should be:

  • A digital NHS Covid Pass (Wales/UK)
  • an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) for Europe
  • a CDC card for the USA – you’ll also need to show proof of USA residency, such as your USA passport, visa or Green Card
  • a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, as a minimum:
    • forename and surname(s)
    • date of birth
    • vaccine brand and manufacturer
    • date of vaccination for every dose
    • country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

If you cannot show an EU DCC,CDC card, your public health body document does not include all of the details above 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.