Many countries around the world have introduced regulations that allow entry only to fully vaccinated travelers.
According to government data, around 82% of people over 12 have now received two doses of a vaccine in the UK.
However, some Britons chose not to accept the vaccine, while many young people or people with health problems may not have received the vaccine.
While Spain, the United States, and Thailand are all open to vaccinated travelers only, a number of countries have chosen to open their borders without a quarantine to anyone with a negative test result, along with various other forms, post-arrival tests and necessary documents along the way.
Here are the places where you can enter the country without a jab – with a few admin strings attached.
Portugal, Madeira and the Azores
Portugal changed its rules in September to allow unvaccinated Britons to enter with a negative Covid test result within 72 hours (PCR tests) or 48 hours (antigen tests) before travel.
If it is an antigen test, you must ensure that it meets the standards set out in the EU Common List of Rapid Antigen Tests; you should not use the free NHS tests, but get an official test result that “identifies the type of test performed and gives your name, date of birth, date and time the sample was taken and date of the result “, say Portuguese authorities.
Visitors to Madeira Island and the Azores archipelago also do not need to be vaccinated, but must show a negative PCR test result within the previous 72 hours.
Unvaccinated travelers to Croatia can enter the country with proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test, issued within 48 hours of arrival, a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival arrival, or a medical certificate of recovery following a positive test result between 11 and 180 days before.
You must also complete an online registration form and have a copy of your accommodation reservation with you.
Children under 12 arriving with an adult carrying one of the above items are exempt from presenting these documents. Passengers arriving without a valid test certificate will be refused entry into Croatia.
With around a fifth of Greece’s economy dependent on tourism, this popular tourist destination was one of the most eager for British holidaymakers to return. Thus, unvaccinated travelers can enter the country with proof of a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival; or proof of a negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test from an approved laboratory, carried out within 24 hours of your arrival.
All travelers must also complete a Passenger Tracking Form (PLF) prior to travel.
As of December 24, the Greek government also “strongly recommends” that you take a rapid antigen test or PCR test on days two and four after your arrival (but this is neither enforced nor monitored).
Travelers not vaccinated to Cyprus until January 3 must provide proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure and then pay to have another PCR test on arrival, remaining in isolation until that time. that the result returns (this should not exceed three hours).
(From January 4, 2022, passengers will be required to provide a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure.)
Upon arrival in Cyprus, all passengers arriving from the UK will be given five self-tests: you must use them daily based on a negative result of your PCR test at the airport. If any of the following self-tests are positive, you should contact the authorities to inform them and isolate yourself for 14 days from the onset of symptoms.
Unvaccinated visitors to northern Cyprus must self-quarantine for five days.
Unvaccinated travelers to Slovenia must provide a digital passenger tracking form as well as a negative result of a PCR test (no more than 72 hours) or a rapid antigen test (no more than 48 hours). If you can provide one, you don’t have to quarantine yourself.
Alternatively, unvaccinated arrivals will be allowed with a positive PCR test result older than 10 days but more recent than six months, confirming that the traveler has had Covid-19 and that no more than six months have passed since the first symptoms.
Turkey will accept a negative PCR test result (done within 72 hours before arrival) or rapid antigen test result (done within 48 hours before arrival) as an alternative to proof of vaccination.
Turkey will also accept proof of recovery from Covid within the past 180 days. For children 11 and under, no PCR test or vaccination certificate is required.
All arrivals must also complete an online declaration form no later than 72 hours before arrival.
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United Arab Emirates
You don’t need to be fully vaccinated to visit the UAE. All arrivals to the Emirates must show proof of a negative PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours before departure (no more than 48 hours before for those flying to Abu Dhabi), regardless of their vaccination status. This must be shown during registration.
Visitors to Dubai will also need to register their details on the Covid-19 DXB app, as well as complete a health declaration form and quarantine form. Both forms should be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff upon arrival.
Children under 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from the testing requirement.
Travelers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also need to take a PCR test on arrival, followed by two more tests on days six and nine of their trip (if they are still in the country). Random testing is also possible upon arrival at Dubai Airport.
Britons traveling to Mexico must complete a health declaration form and scan the QR code it generates upon arrival in the country.
There is currently no requirement to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival, although many resorts require guests to complete health questionnaires. Customs officials may also ask to see your proof of accommodation reservation or provide contact information while you are in the country.