‘Ridiculous’: Expat fury as fully-jabbed Britons arriving to UK not exempt from quarantine

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Although all MHRA approved vaccines administered in any European country are accepted in the UK, an expat claimed there are “double standards” as he had to quarantine on his arrival despite being fully-jabbed.

An expat claimed only those who received an NHS vaccine are exempt from quarantine if they are contacted through ‘Test and Trace’.

Any travellers arriving in the UK must fill a passenger locator form as well as present proof of vaccination and test requirements in order to avoid self-isolation.

However, if someone seated near you on the plane tests positive on the day 2 test, Britons will be contacted by ‘Test and Trace’.

If someone has been vaccinated in the UK, they won’t need to quarantine after that.

However, if Britons have received their vaccines in any other country, they will need to self-isolate.

On the Government website, it states fully-vaccinated Britons do not need to self-isolate after being in contact with someone with COVID-19 if they “are fully vaccinated- this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS.”

An expat explained: “I travelled to the UK from Spain on October 1.

“Four days later I received an email from NHS Test and Trace stating that I must self-isolate for 10 days because I am a close contact of somebody who has tested positive.

“This can only have been on my flight to the UK,” expat Ellis King told The Olive Press.

“The Test and Trace guidance states that I must self-isolate unless I am exempt and one of the exemptions is that you are fully vaccinated more than 14 days ago.

“However, this only applies if you were vaccinated in the UK.

“This is not made clear prior to complete NHS Test and Trace information, nor is it something that I believe many travellers are aware before visiting the UK.”

He explained this completely ruined his trip home

“My EU vaccine certificate is sufficient to grant me entry into the UK, but not to prevent me from having to self-isolate – there is absolutely no basis for this.

“No scientific evidence, no medical guidance.

“This is a ridiculous, discriminatory ruling,” he said.

“I have been double vaccinated in Andalucía with the Moderna vaccine, which is an MHRA approved vaccine also being used in the UK.

“If a different passenger on the same plane as me was vaccinated with exactly the same Moderna vaccine as myself, but in the UK, they would not need to self-isolate.

”With Christmas soon approaching, I have now decided that it is simply not worth the trouble of returning to visit my family over the festive period, in case I once again receive said Test and Trace email (highly likely).

“Anybody staying less than 10 days would need to extend their stay and change their flights to complete the full period of isolation out of their own pocket, purely because the UK discriminates against those vaccinated abroad,” he said.

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