The Omicron variant may have seen some countries tighten the rules for travelers, but that doesn’t mean vacations aren’t an option for Brits.

In fact, many countries including Spain, Greece, Turkey, Portugal and the United States are open to UK tourists, although of course they have their own travel rules in place regarding PCR testing. and vaccine requirements.

As for returning to the UK, new UK travel rules come into effect this week which include double-bitten Britons no longer needing a pre-departure test and being able to pass a flow lateral instead of a PCR test on the second day of being back in the UK.

So where can Brits actually go on vacation right now? We take a look at the countries open to UK holidaymakers, including their entry rules.

(If you’re planning a vacation, you can also check out our guide which answers your biggest travel questions on everything from Covid travel rules to your reimbursement rights when things don’t go as planned.)

Spain

Spain is open to Britons fully vaccinated against Covid. This applies to anyone aged 12 or older, meaning unvaccinated children aged 12 to 17 will not be able to visit under the new rules.

All UK travelers will also need to complete a pre-travel form and obtain a QR code to show at border control.

Entry requirements also apply to visitors to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands.

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Greece and the Greek Islands are open to the British for the holidays
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Greece is open to vaccinated and unvaccinated Britons.

Anyone over the age of 12 must complete a passenger tracking form before departure and must present proof of a negative Covid test result.

This can be either a PCR test done within 72 hours of arrival or an antigen test done within 48 hours of arrival.

Turkey







Turkey is open to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers
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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 present one of the following:

  • Proof of complete vaccination against Covid at least 14 days before arrival
  • Recent recovery from Covid, a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of arrival or a negative antigen test done within 48 hours of arrival.

Children aged 11 and under are exempt from testing and vaccination requirements.

Portugal







Portugal is open to the British for the holidays
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Portugal is open to the British for the holidays. Anyone 12 years of age or older 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 passenger tracking form online prior to departure.

Cyprus

Cyprus is open to Brits for non-essential travel reasons like vacations, but the country has currently placed the UK in its ‘red’ category, so there are strict rules to follow.

You will need to obtain a flight pass online before traveling and then a negative PCR test result will be taken within 72 hours of departure.

Upon arrival in Cyprus, anyone aged 12 and over will also need to take a PCR test at the airport and pay the cost themselves, which is between € 15 and € 19 according to the Foreign Ministry website.

You will then be given PCR tests to perform daily throughout your trip, and you will be required to report the results.

Italy







Italy has stricter rules for Brits, but you can still visit for vacation
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Vaccinated Britons can visit Italy provided they have a negative Covid test result, which can be either a PCR test done within 48 hours of departure or an antigen test done within 24 hours. There is no quarantine requirement.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Britons will need a negative Covid PCR test result within 48 hours of departure. Once in Italy, they will need to self-isolate for five days and then take a second Covid test, which can be a PCR test or an antigen test. However, if you are not vaccinated, you will not be able to obtain a “Green Super Pass” which, from January 10, will be required to access hotels, restaurants, bars, public transport and other facilities.

All arrivals must also complete a passenger locator form before traveling, to obtain a QR code to show at border control.

United States







The United States is currently open to vaccinated Britons
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The United States is open to Britons fully vaccinated against Covid for non-essential travel reasons such as vacations.

You will need to be able to present proof of your vaccination, as well as proof of a negative Covid PCR test result carried out within 72 hours of departure. Face masks are mandatory on airplanes as well as at airports.

Children under 18 are exempt from vaccine requirements, but they will need to be tested within 3-5 days of arrival (and self-isolate if they develop symptoms or are positive).

United Arab Emirates







Dubai and Abu Dhabi have slightly different rules for travelers
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All Britons traveling to the United Arab Emirates will need a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure, and proof must be presented at check-in.

For those traveling to Dubai, you may need to do another PCR test upon arrival and will need to self-isolate while awaiting the result.

For those traveling to Abu Dhabi, you will need to take a second PCR test upon arrival. If you are vaccinated you will not need to quarantine, but you will need to have further tests on days four and eight. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers should be quarantined for 10 days and undergo a second PCR test on the ninth day.

Barbados







Barbados is open for holidays but there are strict entry rules
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All UK travelers to Barbados need a negative PCR test result taken within three days of their flight arrival, and must also complete an online form within 24 hours of travel.

Fully vaccinated Britons will be taken to their accommodation using approved means of transport.

Unvaccinated Britons will need to be quarantined at a designated hotel or government facility for five days (paying the fee yourself), which includes staying in your room – and you may need to wear a tracking bracelet electronic. On the fifth day, you will receive a second PCR test and will need to quarantine until the result. A negative result frees you from quarantine.

Dominican Republic







The Dominican Republic is open to British holidaymakers
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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 final dose given at least three weeks before arrival. ‘arrival.

Passengers must also complete a COVID traveler’s health affidavit before travel.

Mexico







Mexico has no quarantine or Covid testing requirements
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Mexico is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated Britons and does not require a Covid test to enter the country.

However, it is mandatory to register on the Mexico Vuela Seguro platform before boarding your flight to Mexico and to present the QR code upon arrival at the airport.

Costa Rica







Costa Rica does not require Covid testing or quarantine for Britons wishing to visit
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Fully vaccinated Britons who have received their final dose at least 14 days before travel can visit Costa Rica without compulsory insurance.

If you do not meet these criteria, you will only be able to enter if you purchase insurance with specific coverage requirements such as medical costs related to Covid-19 and accommodation costs due to quarantine.

There are no Covid tests or quarantine requirements in Costa Rica at the time of writing, although you must complete an online health pass within 72 hours of arrival.

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The Maldives are open for holidays
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All visitors, except children under one year of age, must show proof of a negative PCR test performed within 96 hours of departure. You will need to show proof of this test when you arrive in the Maldives.

Travelers must also complete a traveler’s health declaration form within 24 hours of departure and return from the Maldives.

Tourists do not need to quarantine upon arrival – but if you are traveling for non-tourism reasons such as residence or work, you may need to quarantine yourself.

Where can I travel if I am not yet doubly vaccinated from the UK

If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, there are countries you can visit without quarantine.

For short-haul stays, countries like Greece, Turkey, Portugal and Cyprus are open although you must meet their Covid testing requirements.

For long-haul getaways, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico are open to unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Britons without the need for quarantine.

  • Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office advice for a destination before planning or booking a trip, as this will include important information such as updates to entry rules and other local Covid rules you may have. need to know.

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