Countries allowing UK travellers to visit without a Covid vaccine

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Some destinations do not require travelers to be vaccinated against Covid in order to enter the country

Proof of vaccination status against Covid has become a standard entry requirement for most countries worldwide amid ongoing restrictions.

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Many destinations only allow travelers who have been double-stung against coronavirus to enter, while some now require a booster dose for travelers’ vaccination status to be considered valid.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps noted that two doses of the vaccine are currently enough for the UK to be considered fully vaccinated, but warned that a third vaccination is likely to be needed in the future.

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He said: “Increasingly, countries elsewhere are requiring the booster for you to go there.

“So an important message for people, especially maybe younger people, who might be like, ‘Oh I haven’t been on the booster, I’ve been stung, but I haven’t been on the booster,’ get the booster, ’cause this summer, From conversations with my colleagues around the world, in Europe and elsewhere, if you plan to travel, say go on holiday to Spain this summer, you will almost certainly need this booster shot.

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“So you want to get that.”

Some countries do not yet require travelers to provide proof of vaccination (Photo: Getty Images)

Listed are eight countries that currently allow travelers to visit without vaccination and the entry requirements that visitors must follow.

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Greece

Unvaccinated travelers can enter the country provided they:

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  • provide evidence of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or
  • Provide proof of a negative rapid antigen test from an authorized laboratory, performed within 24 hours prior to arrival

Arrivas may also be required to take a rapid test on arrival in Greece and will have to self-isolate at a quarantine hotel if the test is positive.

Croatia

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Travelers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated can enter Croatia if they can present one of the following documents upon arrival:

  • a negative rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours, or
  • a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours, or
  • a medical certificate of recovery from Covid-19

Children under the age of 12 accompanied by a parent or legal guardian are exempt from these requirements if the parent or legal guardian has any of the above documents.

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Unvaccinated travelers can travel to Croatia with proof of a negative test (Photo: Shutterstock)

Cyprus

Travelers who have not been vaccinated or do not hold a valid certificate of vaccination or recovery are eligible to travel to and enter Cyprus from any country of departure, regardless of nationality.

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All unvaccinated travelers must instead provide a certificate of negative result from:

  • a Covid-19 laboratory test (RT-PCR) carried out 72 hours before departure, or
  • a rapid antigen test carried out 24 hours before departure.

Persons under the age of 12 do not need to present a negative PCR or rapid test certificate.

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All travelers 12 years and older who do not have a vaccination certificate or a certificate of convalescence must submit their test result in printed or electronic form.

Self-test results will not be accepted for travel to Cyprus and travelers may be required to undergo another test upon arrival. Failure to comply will result in you having to quarantine at your own expense.

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Turkey

All travelers visiting Turkey are required to fill out one Online registration form maximum 72 hours before departure.

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Those who are not fully vaccinated must present a negative PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior to entry or a negative rapid antigen test performed no more than 48 hours prior to entry.

Alternatively, you can present proof of recent recovery from Covid-19 within the last six months to enter Turkey. Travelers need proof of a positive PCR test performed more than 14 days and less than 6 months ago and do not need to take an additional coronavirus test.

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Travelers can use the NHS Covid Pass to show proof of recovery.

No PCR test or vaccination certificate is required for children under the age of 11.

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Portugal, Madeira and the Azores

Unvaccinated Brits can enter Portugal, Madeira and the Azores on arrival with a negative Covid-19 PCR or rapid antigen test result record (excluding children under 11 years old).

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Tests must meet the following criteria to be accepted:

  • All tests must be performed by trained healthcare professionals. Self-performed tests are not acceptable
  • Antigen testing must be completed within 48 hours of departure. You must meet the standards set out in the Common EU list of rapid antigen tests
  • RT-PCR testing must be completed within 72 hours of departure
  • Your name, date of birth and passport number
  • the type of test performed and the date and time of sampling
  • the date of the result and the name of the testing facility or center and the responsible physician

Travelers should not use the NHS testing service to get a test to make traveling to Portugal easier and will instead be required to take a private test.

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Mexico

Proof of vaccination is not currently required to enter Mexico (Photo: Shutterstock)

UK holidaymakers must: a Health declaration form and scan the QR code it generates upon arrival in Mexico.

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Presenting a negative PCR test or quarantine upon arrival is not currently required, but some resorts may ask guests to complete health questionnaires.

Customs officials may also request to see proof of booking accommodation or contact information while in the country.

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United Arab Emirates (UAE)

UK travelers arriving in the UAE must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test prior to departure and present this certificate upon check-in.

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The PCR test must be carried out at least 48 hours before departure.

From February 26, unvaccinated travelers from the UK to Dubai may be required to take a PCR test on arrival.

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Anyone who tests positive may need to self-isolate for at least 10 days at a government facility, hospital, their hotel, or privately organized accommodation, depending on their symptoms and accommodation plans.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a PCR test 48 hours before entering Abu Dhabi and it is optional to take a PCR test upon arrival at the airport. If you are not fully vaccinated you may not be allowed in public places in Abu Dhabi.

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Slovenia

All travelers visiting Slovenia are required to fill out a digital passenger locator form 24 hours prior to arrival at an airport or ferry terminal. They will then receive a QR code that must be shown to the border police upon entry.

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When entering by land at a border crossing, the form is not required.

It is no longer necessary for travelers to present proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to enter Slovenia.

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