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Travel: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL3961, tabled on 10 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to facilitate travel for (1) school groups, and (2) families, to countries where vaccine passports for children aged 12 to 17 are a requirement.

Answered on

22 November 2021

The NHS COVID Pass for travel is available to those aged 16 years old and over to demonstrate vaccination or recovery status. A small proportion of children over 12 years old have or will receive full vaccination following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s advice. International standards for travel require a full course to be recognised as ‘fully vaccinated’. The Government is exploring ways to provide fully vaccinated 12 to 15 year olds with a travel NHS COVID Pass, supporting school groups and families. We will keep the position of 12 to 15 year olds who have recovered from COVID-19 and those with recovery and a single dose under review. While some countries treat under 16 year olds as fully vaccinated, others accept testing or recovery as equivalent to full vaccination.