Covid-19 updates for Wales, Scotland & England

The latest Covid-19 news for Wales, Scotland and England:


The Welsh Government has announced that residents of Wales can apply for a certificate of vaccination for urgent international travel, which allows them to demonstrate they have received the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine.

People living in Wales can request a certificate only if:

  • they have had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (they should wait 5 days after their second dose before requesting it)
  • they urgently need to travel to a country which requires vaccine certification
  • they are not able to either quarantine or provide tests to meet country entry requirements


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined priorities for Government to Parliament this week.

The First Minister started off by confirming that the SNP’s most “immediate priority” is to lead Scotland out of the pandemic safely.

“We will support our test and protect teams. We will implement enhanced public health measures, when outbreaks arise. And we will deliver vaccinations as quickly as supplies allow,” Sturgeon said.

She added that there will be “bumps in the road”, referring to Glasgow and that they will provide support and clarity to the business sector.

Sturgeon said that that she looked forward to working across the Chamber, and believed this Parliament would be “the most important in our devolved history”.

Read the full press release here.


People in the UK have been advised not to travel to areas where the new Covid-19 Indian variant is spreading unless it’s essential.

The what you can and cannot do page on GOV.UK has been updated to provide advice about travelling in areas affected by variant outbreaks, which are as follows:

  • Bedford Borough Council
  • Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Burnley Borough Council
  • Kirklees Council
  • Leicester City Council
  • London Borough of Hounslow
  • North Tyneside Council

For more guidance on what you can and can’t do, visit the website.

Northern Ireland

Hospitality venues in Northern Ireland have finally welcomed customers back indoors after months of lockdown.

Pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars across the country have reopened their doors customers and non-essential travel can now resume. Click here to find out what the new rules are.

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