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Explains what you must do if you are arriving in Wales and have not 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 not 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.

People arriving in Wales who are not fully vaccinated and have not been in a red list country in the previous 10 days 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 and day 8 test providers include arrival in 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 if 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

If you are fully vaccinated, but do not qualify under these fully vaccinated rules, you must also follow the non-vaccinated rules above.

Children travelling to Wales

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