Where Britons can travel from the UK for holidays, including France, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Mexico and the US – and countries that are still keeping their borders closed during Covid

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The holidays are on the cards again, but trying to navigate countries’ independent entry rules, from Covid testing to vaccine requirements, can feel somewhat overwhelming.

For example, if you are vaccinated, there are countries you can visit without Covid tests, while others are open to all travelers with tests, regardless of their vaccination status.

To give you a hand, we’ve rounded up all the countries currently welcoming UK holidaymakers – and have also compiled a list of countries that are currently keeping their borders closed.

(If you’re thinking about February mid-term, there are still plenty of last-minute vacation deals, and our guide to the best hot and sunny February destinations may also come in handy!).

Countries open to the British at the moment



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Barbados: All UK travelers to Barbados need a negative PCR test result taken within three days of their flight arriving, and must also complete an online form within 24 hours of travel. Fully vaccinated Britons will be driven to their accommodation using approved transport. Unvaccinated Britons will need to quarantine in a designated hotel or government facility for five days (paying the cost yourself), which includes staying in your room.

Costa Rica: Fully immunized Britons who have received their last dose at least 14 days before travel can visit Costa Rica without compulsory insurance. There are no Covid testing or quarantine requirements in Costa Rica at the time of writing, although you must complete a health pass online within 72 hours of arrival.

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Cyprus: The UK is in the Cyprus ‘red’ category so there are strict rules to follow, but it is open on public holidays. You will need to obtain a flight pass online before traveling and then have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. People aged 12 or over must take a PCR test at the airport, as well as daily PCR tests throughout their trip.

Dominican Republic: All arrivals from the UK must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival, or proof of full Covid vaccination with the last dose given at least three weeks before arrival. arrival. Passengers must also complete a COVID Traveler Health Affidavit prior to travel.

France: Fully vaccinated Britons can visit during the holidays without needing to self-quarantine. However, you will need a negative Covid test result taken within 24 hours of departure.

Greece is one of the destinations open to the British


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Greece: Greece is open to vaccinated and unvaccinated Britons. Anyone over the age of 12 will be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to departure and must present proof of a negative Covid test result. PCR testing can be done within 72 hours of arrival, or antigen testing within 48 hours of arrival.

Italy: Vaccinated Britons can visit Italy provided they have a negative Covid test result, which can be either a PCR test carried out within 48 hours of departure or an antigen test carried out within 24 hours. There are no quarantine requirements. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Britons will need a negative Covid PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure and will be required to self-isolate for five days.

The Maldives: All visitors, except children under one year of age, must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of departure. You will need to present proof of this test upon arrival in the Maldives and complete an online pre-travel form within 24 hours of departure.

Mexico: Mexico is open to vaccinated and unvaccinated Britons, and does not require a Covid test to enter the country. However, it is mandatory to check in on the Mexico Vuela Seguro platform before boarding your flight to Mexico, and to show the QR code upon arrival at the airport.

Portugal: Anyone aged 12 or over will need proof of a negative Covid test result, regardless of their vaccination status. This can be a PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test performed within 48 hours of departure. Travelers must also complete a pre-departure passenger locator form online.

Spain: Open to fully vaccinated Brits. This applies to anyone aged 12 or over – meaning unvaccinated children aged 12 to 17 will not be able to visit under the new rules. It should be noted that Spain has introduced new recall requirements if you were vaccinated more than 270 days ago. All UK travelers will also need to complete a pre-travel form and obtain a QR code to present at border control.

Turkey: Turkey is open to UK holidaymakers and requires all passengers aged six or over to complete an online form at least 72 hours before departure. All arrivals aged 12 or over will need to be able to show proof of Covid vaccination, recent recovery from Covid or a negative Covid test. This can be either a PCR test performed within 72 hours or an antigen test performed within 48 hours.

There are a number of countries that have reopened to tourists


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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: All Brits traveling to the UAE will need a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure, and proof must be presented upon check-in. The rules then differ depending on whether you are visiting Dubai or Abu Dhabi, as each has its own rules regarding Covid testing and vaccination.

UNITED STATES: The United States is open to Britons fully vaccinated against Covid. You will also need to present proof of a negative Covid PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure. Face masks are mandatory on airplanes as well as at airports. Children under 18 are exempt from vaccination requirements, but will need to be tested within 3-5 days of arrival.

Countries where UK travelers are banned

The countries below are currently keeping their borders closed to overseas visitors, including UK travellers.

Australia: Australia has begun a gradual reopening of its borders, including work visa holders and international students, but it remains closed to tourists.

Benin: The country only grants entry to visitors in cases of “extreme necessity”.

Bhutan: Bhutan has closed its borders to all foreign nationals.

Brunei: Entry into Brunei is severely restricted, with all land and sea borders currently closed. Britons will need a permit from the Brunei Prime Minister’s Office to visit.

The Cook Islands: Borders are closed to all travelers unless they have obtained an exemption provided in writing by the Cook Islands Department of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.

China: All direct flights from the UK are suspended.

The Falkland Islands: Tourists are currently not allowed to visit the Falkland Islands. This also applies to cruise passengers.

Where can I go on holiday from the UK at the moment?

Hong Kong: Hong Kong has banned anyone who has visited the UK in the past 21 days.

Indonesia: Closed to foreign visitors, but you can now apply for a visitor or limited stay visa, including visas for humanitarian reasons.

Japan: Foreign nationals who do not have an existing residency status are not permitted to enter Japan for any purpose.

Laos: No visas are issued to people traveling from a country with Covid-19 cases, including the UK, although they may grant special permission for essential reasons.

Macau: Macau is closed to foreign visitors.

Malaysia: The country has closed its borders to British travellers.

Burma: New tourist visa applications are currently suspended.

New Zealand: New Zealand has closed its borders to almost all arrivals. You may only be able to travel if you are deemed to have an essential purpose.

Papua New Guinea: The Foreign Office currently advises against all but essential travel to Papua New Guinea “based on the current COVID-19 risk assessment”. Commercial flights to and from Papua New Guinea remain very limited.

Pitcairn Island: Borders except for residents and temporary residents traveling for work. The only way to reach the island is to travel on a supply ship during its 14-day voyage from New Zealand to Pitcairn.

Singapore: Only Singapore citizens and permanent residents can enter Singapore without prior permission.

Suriname: The Foreign Office warns that “restrictions include enhanced medical screening and border closures, which prevent people from entering and leaving the country and limiting those who wish to leave”.

Taiwan: Taiwanese authorities have announced a temporary ban on foreign nationals entering Taiwan.

Tonga: Tongan borders are closed to entry to all foreign nationals unless permission is granted by the relevant Tongan government authorities.

Turkmenistan: All scheduled international commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan have been suspended.

Vietnam: Vietnam has suspended visa waivers, visa issuance and entry to Vietnam for most foreign nationals, regardless of their vaccination status.

  • Travel restrictions can change quickly, so always check the latest Foreign Office advice for your destination before you book or travel.