COVID-19 Vaccinated Passenger Exemptions effective 19 July

  • 12 July 2021
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The UK Government has announced that from 4am on 19 July UK resident customers who are fully vaccinated and arriving from “amber” countries will only need to take a pre-departure antigen test before returning to England, but do not need to self-isolate upon arrival, instead taking a PCR test on or before Day 2. 

This applies to those vaccinated by NHS and post day 14 of second dose.

Participating customers will need to prove vaccination status via the NHS app or NHS letter and will need to include fully vaccinated status on the passenger locator form to benefit from the exemption. Full details can be found here.

Please note, this system applies to arrivals to England. You must continue to check the requirements you need to comply with for other origin or destination countries before you travel. The latest UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) foreign travel advice can be found here

Customers are still required to book Covid-19 tests and complete relevant documentation such as a passenger locator form before returning to England.


The following countries served by Virgin Atlantic Airways are allocated: 

Green: Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Israel

Amber: China, Cuba, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Nigeria, United States, St Vincent and the Grenadines  

Red: India, Pakistan, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago

We’re ready to welcome customers back to some of their favourite destinations, ensuring all our customers fly safe and well. To ensure they can book with confidence we have a flexible booking policy so that if things change, we’ve got them covered. We do understand that the Covid-19 situation remains dynamic and ongoing restrictions may pose difficulties to our mutual customers with upcoming travel plans. If they are unable to travel for any reason, we offer as much choice and flexibility as possible to help them amend their plans. They can also refer to the customer FAQ in our help centre.

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