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What are the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for trips in 2022?

What does the vaccine roll out mean for group trips abroad?

From 3 February 2022, children aged from 12 years can prove their COVID status using the digital NHS COVID Pass, opening up more travel destinations for family and school groups in 2022. We explore how international COVID-19 vaccination requirements  might impact future group trips and what actions are required.

Vaccination travel requirements – the key take-aways

  • Most overseas trip destinations now require that all travellers, including children aged 12 and over, are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • 12 to 15-year-olds are now eligible for a second COVID-19 jab, opening up more travel opportunities for family groups and school travel
  • Children aged 12 and over can use the digital NHS COVID Pass for foreign travel
  • All travellers should allow at least 4 months to get the required jabs for travel
  • Adults may also need a booster to comply with some country’s COVID-19 travel rules
  • It is the responsibility of the group leader to ensure that the adults and children on the trip have the required jabs to travel

 

Does my group need to vaccinated to travel abroad in 2022?

Though travel restrictions are being lifted globally, for example the UK and Iceland have completely lifted all COIVD-related travel restrictions, some EU countries still require adults to be fully vaccinated. See the latest entry requirements  at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Will children and teens need to be vaccinated to travel abroad?

Previously, unvaccinated children aged under 18 years were allowed to visit certain countries if travelling with a fully vaccinated adult. Now, as more countries roll out their vaccine programme to children, their COVID-19 rules assume that all over 12’s are fully vaccinated. This means that UK children may well be subject to the same rules when travelling abroad.

What do countries consider fully vaccinated?

Most of our most popular trip destinations require adults to have received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 2-3 weeks before travel. What’s more, some adults may also need to have had their booster to be considered fully vaccinated. 

To be considered fully vaccinated in the eyes of many destination countries, children aged 12 years and over are required to have had at least two jabs.

Is there time to get fully jabbed for a trip in 2022?

Yes there is still time to get the required jabs in time. Parents should allow 4-6 months for their children to complete their vaccination course before travel bearing in mind the timescales below:

  • Children are eligible for their first dose on the day they turn 12 years
  • Children can't have their 2nd jab until at least 12 weeks after their 1st dose
  • The last required dose should be administered at least 2 weeks before travel
  • If a child tests positive for COVID-19 they will have to wait another 12 weeks before they can have a COVID-19 vaccine

Children don't have to wait for the in-school vaccination service to administer their jabs. Children can make a direct appointment at an NHS COVID-19 vaccination centre for either dose. 

How do teens demonstrate their vaccine status for international travel?

All EU countries and many other countries, such as the US, accept the NHS COVID-19 Pass as proof of vaccination. Fully vaccinated children aged 12-15 years can use the digital NHS COVID Pass  to prove their vaccine status abroad.

If a child, aged from 12 years, was not able to get fully vaccinated in time for their trip because they caught COVID-19, then they may be able to use the digital NHS COVID Pass as proof of recovery for travel purposes. Proof of COVID-19 infection will be shown on the NHS COVID pass between 10 and 180 days after the posiitive PCR test.  Groups should check the specfic advice for their destination country prior to travelling. 

What if someone in the group doesn’t get vaccinated in time?

Though COGO will provide you with information on the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for your destination, it is ultimately the group leader’s responsibility to ensure that everyone in the group has the visas, paperwork and vaccinations required to travel. This includes making sure that all the adults and children in the group have the required COVID-19 shots for their chosen destination.

What if someone is unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons?

The gov.uk website contains information for people who need official proof that, for medical reasons, they are unable to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

 

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