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14 quarantine-free destinations

Double-jabbed Brits can travel to these holiday hotspots without the need to quarantine

Malta

Packed with treasures, British holiday favourite Malta is a sun-soaked archipelago brimming with UNESCO World Heritage sites, historical gems and glittering beaches.

Just a three-hour flight from the UK and boasting 300 sunny days a year, Malta’s year-round warmth is a big draw, along with the fact that you’re never more than a 15-minute drive from the sea.

Entry requirements for Malta
Only fully vaccinated travellers can travel to green-listed Malta from the UK and they must have been jabbed more than 14 days before travel.

Acceptable proof of vaccination status include the NHS Covid Pass letter and digital Covid passes, including the NHS app and the vaccination certificate in digital or downloaded PDF form.

Children aged from five to 11 can travel to Malta if they are accompanied by vaccinated adults with proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours from arrival in Malta. Children under five are not required to be tested. Anyone aged 12 and over will need proof of vaccination.

Everyone must complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and a Passenger Locator Form before departure.

Find out more here.

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Antigua and Barbuda

Boasting 365 heavenly beaches – one for each day of the year – Antigua is famed for its year-round sunshine and world-class sailing.

Don’t overlook under-the-radar sister island Barbuda: it’s a paradise for wildlife with the largest colony of frigate birds in the world.

Entry requirements for Antigua and Barbuda
Currently on the UK’s green list, the following entry rules apply to all travellers, regardless of vaccination status. No-one is permitted to enter the country who has been to Brazil or South Africa in the past 14 days.

Up to and including September 30, all arriving passengers aged five years and older must show evidence of a negative RT-PCR test taken within seven days of their flight. From October 1, all RT-PCR tests must be taken within four days of the flight.

Holidaymakers need to complete a Health Declaration Form upon arrival.

Visitors will receive medical screenings and have their temperature taken at the airport and may be asked to take a test on arrival or at their hotel as determined by the health authorities. This test costs $100 (£72). The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office warns of “long waiting times on arrival” at the airport.

Regardless of vaccination status, tourists can normally travel straight to certified tourism accommodation after screening and be allowed to move around the country freely. However, after October 1, only fully vaccinated visitors will be allowed to stay in Antigua and Barbuda’s hotels. Unvaccinated visitors will need to show proof of pre-booked accommodation at one of the approved facilities for 14 days and pay for a test on day 12.

Find out more here.

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Balearic Islands

Located off Spain’s east coast, the popular Balearic Islands include Majorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca.

Majorca is the largest island with a clutch of hedonistic resorts in the south and luxury boutique resorts in the north. Hidden gem Formentera is known for its Caribbean-like beaches and hippy vibe, while Menorca is a hit with families who favour its quiet beaches and megalithic sites. Ibiza’s main resort San Antonio is famed for its club scene, but the island’s pretty north coast is awash with secluded beaches.

Entry requirements for the Balearic Islands
British travellers entering the Balearics will need to present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 72 hours of travel or show proof of vaccination (an NHS Covid Pass or NHS letter). Anyone using vaccination status needs to have received their second jab at least 14 days before travel. These rules apply to all Brits aged 12 and over.

A health check form also needs to be completed by all visitors before travel.

Find out more here.

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Madeira and Porto Santo

The tiny volcanic island of Madeira is popular with Brits thanks to its perennial sunshine, tropical landscape and scenic mountains.

Must-do activities include hiking past waterfalls on the Levada do Caldeirão Verde trail; admiring Portuguese architecture in cosmopolitan capital Funchal; and taking the cable car to Monte Palace Madeira.

Entry requirements for Madeira and Porto Santo
Regardless of vaccination status, Brits don’t need to quarantine when visiting Madeira, which is on the UK’s green watchlist.

All travellers aged 12 and over need to complete a traveller questionnaire before visiting the Portuguese archipelago.

On arrival, visitors must either show proof of vaccination status or present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival (if not uploaded to their passenger questionnaire) or obtain a Covid-19 recovery certificate. Anyone unable to show either of these certificates can take a Covid-19 test at the airport and remain in their accommodation for about 12 hours until the results are known.

Find out more here

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Greece

Greece’s mainland and islands are a magnet for Brits seeking sun-kissed beaches and mouth-watering cuisine.

Steeped in history, Greece is bursting with ancient treasures, including the Acropolis citadel in Athens and the spectacular mountaintop monasteries of Meteora.

Entry requirements for Greece
All visitors need to have completed a Passenger Locator Form no later than 11.56pm (local time in Greece) the day before arriving in Greece, which is on the UK’s amber list.

Travellers over the age of 12 also need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or proof of a negative rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory taken within a 48-hour period before your arrival or Greece, or proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel.

Greece will also accept proof of recovery from Covid-19; evidence of a positive Covid-19 PCR test result taken 30 to 180 days before your travel dates can be used.

Find out more here.

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Portugal

 

Year-round sunshine ensures Portugal’s enduring popularity with visitors from around the world, drawn by its heavenly beaches, expansive golf courses, gastronomy and wine.

Entry requirements for Portugal
To avoid quarantining on arrival, travellers need to show proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel.

Anyone aged from 12 to 17 travelling with fully vaccinated parents do not need to quarantine, but must provide a negative test result.

Everyone aged 12 and over will need to complete a passenger locator card and have their temperature taken on arrival.

Kids aged 11 and under do not need to quarantine or take a test.

Find out more here.

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Canary Islands

The sun-baked Spanish archipelago off the coast of Africa has seven islands, with top draws including Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

Just a four-hour flight from the UK, the volcanic islands have a winning formula for Brits with their comely beaches and year-round sunshine.

Tenerife attracts holidaymakers with its sandy beaches, luxury resorts, water parks and party scene; Lanzarote packs a punch with its dramatic lunar landscape; and Gran Canaria is famous for its charming mountain villages and sensational sand dunes.

Entry requirements for the Canary Islands
British travellers entering the Canary Islands will need to present a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within 72 hours of travel, or show proof of vaccination (an NHS Covid Pass or NHS letter).

Anyone using vaccination status needs to have received their second jab at least 14 days before travel. These rules apply to all Brits aged 12 and over.

A health check form also needs to be completed by all visitors before travel.

Find out more here.

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Cyprus

Ticking all the boxes for sun-starved Brits, balmy Cyprus is blessed with heavenly beaches, a rich history, awe-inspiring vistas and culinary treats.

As the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, Cyprus provides the ideal setting for weddings thanks to its short flight and guaranteed sunshine.

Away from the coast, visitors can play golf on first-class courses, explore the wine routes, bliss out in a luxury spa, or trek one of the island’s numerous walking trails through shady pine forests and rugged mountains.

While Cyprus is on the UK’s amber list, Britain entered Cyprus’ red category on July 8.

Entry requirements for Cyprus
All visitors to Cyprus need to complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before their journey.

Travellers who can prove their double vaccination status do not need to take a PCR test before departure or on arrival.

Unvaccinated travellers must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. They must then do another PCR test upon arrival at the airport. Test results should be available online within three hours. Unvaccinated visitors then need to take a PCR test on day seven following their arrival, and then every 72 hours.

Children who arrive in Cyprus before their 12th birthday are exempt from testing.

Find out more here.

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Gibraltar

The tiny nation state of Gibraltar is only 10 square kilometres in size, but packs a lot of personality into the small town and 426m high rock it calls home.

A British Overseas Territory since 1713, Gibraltar offers classic full English breakfasts, red post boxes, afternoon tea and pints of London Pride, all with a side helping of sun, sea and sangria.

Brits can feel at home while getting a taste of the exotic – boisterous macaque monkeys jostle for space on the famous rock, which also boasts views across the water to Morocco.

Entry requirements for Gibraltar
All fully vaccinated visitors to Gibraltar must upload their vaccination certificate onto the Passenger Locator Form. You must also book a lateral flow test before arriving in Gibraltar and this must be taken within 24 hours of arrival. If you’re staying for more than seven days, you must also take a second test on day five.

If you are unvaccinated, you must have a lateral flow test taken no more than 48 hours before your flight to Gibraltar. You must also book a lateral flow test to be taken within 24 hours of your arrival. If you’re staying for more than seven days, you must also take a second test on day five.

Find out more here.

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Iceland

Otherworldly Iceland is a hit with travellers seeking to revel in nature’s raw power. Explore spurting geysers, luminous glaciers and steaming hot springs, before wallowing in one of the country’s many soothing thermal pools.

One of the bucket-list experiences to be had here is snorkelling between tectonic plates at Silfra in Thingvellir National Park.

Aside from its photogenic scenery, the volcanic island is known for its friendliness and some of the freshest seafood on earth.

Entry requirements for Iceland
Brits are only allowed to enter green-listed Iceland if they have been fully vaccinated or have previously recovered from Covid-19. All travellers must pre-register here before visiting.

Travellers will also need to present a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test no more than 72 hours before departing to Iceland.  Children born in 2005 or later are exempt from testing and quarantine.

Find out more here.

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Denmark

Christianshavn, Copenhagen. © Malin Poppy Darcy Mörner.

 

Recently added to the UK’s green list, Scandinavia’s smallest kingdom is famous for its cool capital Copenhagen, abuzz with hip cafes, boutiques and stellar restaurants, along with must-see spots like amusement park Tivoli Gardens and colourful neighbourhood Christiania.

Beyond the capital, visitors can set sail on a viking ship with the Viking Ship Museum; visit the home of Hans Christian Andersen in Odense; discover artist Thomas Dambo’s giant scrap wood giants and trolls; or spend the night in a treetop cabin in north Jutland.

Entry requirements for Denmark
Fully vaccinated Brits or those previously infected with Covid-19 can visit Denmark without needing to take a test or self-isolate. They will need to present proof of vaccination or previous infection. Children under the age of 18 who are visiting Denmark with a fully vaccinated parent do not need to self-isolate upon entry.

But visitors aged 16 or above who are not fully vaccinated will need to present a negative Covid-19 test before entry.

Find out more here.

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Finland

 

Recently added to the UK’s green list and a hit with Brits seeking back-to-nature holidays, Finland is famous for its huge green forests, shimmering blue lakes (there are 188,000 of them!) and saunas.

The country boasts incredible natural phenomena: visitors can see the northern lights in winter, and experience the full midnight sun in summer. There’s also wildlife in abundance: enjoy bear-watching trips from April to September, and see the world’s rarest seal in Lake Saimaa.

Visit snowy Lapland in winter to meet Santa and to enjoy husky and reindeer rides, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

Entry requirements for Finland
Brits must show proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival, or a certificate of recovery from within the past six months.

Find out more here.

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Switzerland

Switzerland. Image credit: Switzerland Tourism / Jan Geerk.

Famous for its chocolate, clocks and cheese fondue, Switzerland is popular with adventure-loving Brits with cash to splash.

Now on the UK’s travel green list, Switzerland is one of Europe’s top ski and snowboard destinations thanks to its knockout Alpine scenery. Top resorts include Verbier, Davos, Klosters and St Moritz.

Beyond winter sports, the country’s epic landscape of mountains, glaciers, gorges and rivers is perfect for bungee-jumping, canyoning, hiking, climbing, paragliding and more.

Swiss city Zürich is also worth exploring for its vibrant nightlife, pretty old town and atmospheric café scene.

Entry requirements for Switzerland
Only fully vaccinated Brits are allowed to visit Switzerland. Unvaccinated children under the age of 18 are allowed to enter Switzerland if they are accompanied by fully vaccinated adults.

All travellers must complete a passenger locator form.

Find out more here.

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Azores

Hyped as the “Hawaii of Europe”, the Azores are volcanic islands that lie 1,600km west of Portugal in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Recently added to the UK’s green list, the autonomous archipelago boasts knockout scenery with black sand beaches, rugged lava coastlines and crater lakes.

Popular with wildlife lovers, the Azores are known for whale and dolphin watching. Visitors can spot sperm whales, common dolphins and bottlenose dolphins all year round.

It’s also a hit with divers thanks to its clear waters which home loggerhead turtles, slipper lobsters, yellowmouth barracuda, manta rays, blue sharks and more.

Entry requirements for Portugal, including the Azores
To avoid quarantining on arrival, travellers need to show proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel.

Anyone aged from 12 to 17 travelling with fully vaccinated parents does not need to quarantine, but must provide a negative test result.

Everyone aged 12 and over will need to complete a passenger locator card and have their temperature taken on arrival.

Children aged 11 and under do not need to quarantine or take a test.

Find out more here.

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