After months of regulatory red-tape tying up vaccines in Thailand being accepted as “fully vaccinated” in the UK, the rules are finally changing as of Monday, October 11th.
Previously, if one was vaccinated with AstraZeneca or other major brands in Thailand, they would not be considered “fully vaccinated” in the UK upon return, leading to confusion and anger on social media.
However, as of today, October 8th, 2021, that guidance has changed and will become effective on Monday, October 11th, 2021.
We have paraphrased the guidance below.
Accepted vaccines in Thailand for being fully vaccinated in the UK:
- Pfizer BioNTech
Formulations of these vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria, and Moderna Takeda, also qualify as approved vaccines.
Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you can:
- mix 2 different types of vaccine from the above list, for example, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna
- have the 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programs, for example, Australia and Japan, UK and USA, France and Canada
The guidance for Thailand was specifically changed to this:
|Will be added to this list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination 4 am Monday 11 October. If you arrive in England before that date you must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated. If you arrive after that, you can use a vaccine certificate to prove your vaccination status.|