Boosters will be added to NHS app
One of the pressing issues for travel now is how long vaccinations are valid for. Many countries have added an expiry date to how long your initial course of vaccinations is valid for (see below). The problem at the moment is that even if you have had the booster jab, the NHS app is unable to show it. This means that you would struggle to get into some countries in the next few months as vaccinations reach the time limits for certain countries.
The good news is that PM Boris Johnson revealed this afternoon that they are now looking at adding the boosters to the NHS app which will solve the issue.
In answer to a question from the general public about proving boosters for travel, the PM said “We will be making plans to add the booster dose to the NHS Covid Pass. I think the general lesson is for anyone who wants to travel, you can see that getting fully vaccinated with a booster is going to be something that will on the whole make your life easier in all kinds of ways, including for foreign travel,”.
Austria travel changes
If you were thinking of travelling to Austria, there are a number of changes which are likely to mean many people may want to reconsider their trip if it is imminent:
- People who have not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have been placed in lockdown in Austria. They will only be allowed to leave home for essential reasons.
- From 6 December vaccination certificates will be valid for nine months only instead of the previous 12-month validity period in Austria. This means if your last dose was more than 9 months ago, even if you have had a booster, if you have the NHS app you will not be considered as fully vaccinated until they start adding in booster information.
- For hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, leisure centres, gyms, cultural institutions (cinemas, theatres etc.), ski lifts and body-related services (such as hairdressers) proof of vaccination/recovery is mandatory (children under the age of 12 are exempt). Find more information here.
- Obviously with UK children over 12 only have one dose which is not considered fully vaccinated, it presents a big issue unless you can prove they have recovered from Covid instead. Apparently, a solution is being “worked on”
- You can see the official information here https://www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information
Cambodia lifting quarantine for travellers
Details are still a bit sketchy but according to the Phom Penh Post, Cambodia will be removing the requirement for vaccinated travellers to quarantine on arrival from today, 15 November .
This was confirmed by the Prime Minister. According to the FCDO if fully vaccinated you will still need:
- a visa before arrival — tourist visas can be applied for online.
- a certificate of negative COVID-19 (PCR) within 72 hours of arrival in Cambodia
- proof of insurance that includes a minimum of US$50,000 for medical cover purchased through the Forte Insurance website. This evidence should be printed in colour.
- a lateral flow test on arrival