A number of countries have been tightening up restrictions for Brits amidst concerns over the Delta variant of coronavirus.
Portugal, Italy and Malta are some of the destinations that have introduced new measures ranging from quarantine requirements to needing to be fully vaccinated against Covid.
Spain has also changed its rules – while it previously did not require Brits to show a negative PCR test result, this is now a requirement for those who are not vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the UK government is said to be looking to allow fully vaccinated Brits to visit amber destinations without needing to self-isolate for 10 days when back in Britain. Under the current rules, people are being urged not to travel to amber countries for holidays and need to self-isolate when back, alongside taking two PCR tests.
But what about Brits who aren’t yet double jabbed against Covid?
A lot of rules are changing, but there are some countries which currently are keeping borders open to those who haven’t yet received their full Covid vaccination.
For example, Gibraltar has reopened its borders to UK holidaymakers regardless of their vaccine status – and it’s currently on the green list meaning no need to quarantine when you’re back in the UK (although you will still need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on day two).
The Balearic Islands are also due to go on the green list this week, with Brits being welcomed back for holidays.
There are a number of amber list destinations which also have said they are open to unvaccinated tourists.
Greece, Spain and Croatia all currently welcome holidaymakers although you will need to show proof of a negative PCR test result in order to be able to visit.
Of course the amber list isn’t quite as appealing as you’ll need to self-isolate back in the UK for 10 days and take two PCR tests – not to mention the government is urging people not to travel to amber countries for holidays.
We take a look at the countries that currently are welcoming both vaccinated and unvaccinated Brits on the green and amber lists…
Balearic Islands: These will be on the green list from June 30. You’ll need to show a negative ‘gold standard’ PCR test result if you aren’t fully vaccinated.
Gibraltar: You can visit Gibraltar if you’ve been in one of its green list countries for the 10 days before (this includes the UK). However, you will need to take a pre-flight Covid lateral flow test no more than 48 hours before your flight to Gibraltar. Once there you’ll also need to take a second lateral flow test within 24 hours of your arrival. Find out more on visitgibraltar.gi.
Bulgaria: The country is open to all visitors, regardless of vaccination status. For those who aren’t fully jabbed, you’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of entry into Bulgaria. Antigen tests are also accepted but must be taken within 48 hours of entry. If you’ve recovered from Covid-19, you can also visit provided you show a document proving a positive result that must be dated between 15-180 days prior to arrival.
Croatia: Croatia has said it will welcome Brits back as soon as the UK lifts its restrictions. You’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test result, a negative antigen test or confirmation of recovery from Covid-19 within 180 days, if you aren’t fully vaccinated. You’ll also need to show confirmation of booked accommodation and fill out an online form before travelling.
Greece: Any unvaccinated Brits aged 12 or over who want to visit Greece will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival, or proof of a negative rapid antigen test result taken within 48 hours. Regardless of vaccination status, all travellers need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form.
Spain: Spain is changing its rules meaning that from July 2, if you’re not vaccinated then you will now need to show proof of a negative ‘gold standard’ PCR test result. While Spain and the Canaries remain on the amber list, the Balearics are being added to the green list from June 30.
Other holiday options?
Current holiday options for Brits are still pretty limited – only a handful of green list destinations are actually open to Brits, and most require you to be fully vaccinated to visit.
Then there are some countries which you can visit without a full Covid vaccine, but you’ll need to quarantine when you arrive.
For example, Italy requires all UK travellers to self-isolate for five days and provide a negative Covid test, while Portugal is open but has introduced a new 14-day quarantine for UK arrivals who haven’t had both jabs (including children aged 12 and over).
- Information correct at the time of writing but restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice before planning, booking or going on a trip.
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