Gatwick Airport: Spain, Italy, Turkey, America, Portugal, Greece and other countries allowing British entry


Since the discovery of the Omicron variant, many countries have introduced stricter travel rules in an attempt to curb the virus.

However, that doesn’t mean the holidays aren’t on the table for Brits this year.

There are still many destinations, including Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and America, which are open to British holidaymakers.

Read more: Travel rules in Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Italy as new restrictions are introduced

Although tourists should keep in mind that these countries have their own travel rules in place regarding PCR testing and vaccine requirements.

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

So where can Brits actually go on vacation right now? Here at SussexLive, we’ve taken a look at the countries open to UK holidaymakers, including their entry rules.

Spain



Tourists sunbathe on the beach on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain, Monday, June 7, 2021.

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.

Greece



Santorini island, Greece
Santorini island, Greece

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



View of the port of Alanya from the Alanya peninsula.  Turkish riviera
View of the port of Alanya from the Alanya peninsula. Turkish riviera

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



Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal
Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal

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.



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Cyprus



Cyprus is a popular holiday destination
Cyprus is a popular holiday destination

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



Lake Garda, Italy
Lake Garda, Italy

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.

America



Statue of Liberty in New York
Rising full moon passes behind the Statue of Liberty in New York

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, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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



Beach in Barbados
Barbados

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 driven to their accommodation using approved 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



Dominican Republic Beach
Dominican Republic Beach

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



Cancun, Mexico
Cancun, Mexico

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



Wild beach near Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Wild beach near Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

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.

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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