Where Can I Go On Holiday UnVaccinated?

Story by: Alina Williams     Date: 19 November 2022   

9 minutes reading time Global

Now, it’s easier to travel around the world, especially if you’re fully vaccinated with an approved Covid vaccine. However, some countries still let people in who haven’t been vaccinated. Yet, rules are always changing. How do the newest rules affect people who aren’t fully vaccinated, and which countries let unvaccinated tourists in?

Where can I travel unvaccinated?
At the moment, there are a few countries that will let people in who haven’t been vaccinated. Some of them are in Europe, and the rest are a bit further away. We recommend that you always follow the UK’s health advice very closely. If you can, you should also get your Covid vaccine and booster if you can. Before you go on a trip, you should often check government rules for both the country you might want to visit and the UK when you get back.

Below is a full list of all the countries that let people in without a vaccination:

Monaco

Monaco, holiday unvaccinated

Confirmation of vaccination is not required for entry to Monaco; however, those above the age of 16 who are not completely vaccinated must provide either a negative result from a PCR or antigen test done within the last 24 hours, or a document providing proof of recovery from Covid-19 (a positive PCR or antigen test, taken more than 11 days before arrival and within the last six months).

Portugal and Madeira

Portugal, holiday unvaccinated

Visitors to Portugal’s mainland and Madeira Island who have not been vaccinated are welcome to enter the nation as long as they can provide evidence that they do not have coronavirus. In order to enter mainland Portugal, visitors must first submit a completed traveler questionnaire and show documentation of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure for the nation. We do not accept self-administered exams. When you check in, your body temperature will also be checked.

The Madeira Safe travelers platform requires all visitors to register and obtain a QR code that must be presented to immigration officials upon arrival in Madeira. In order to travel, you will need to show documentation of a negative antigen test performed within 48 hours of departure by a medical expert.

If you are unable to present one of these items upon checking in for your flight, you may be denied boarding. Inquire about flight details with the airline in question.

Seychelles

Seychelles, holiday unvaccinated

Those who wish to visit Seychelles need only show proof of a negative PCR test or quick antigen test completed within 72 hours prior to departure and not more than 24 hours after receiving the vaccine. Quarantine is not necessary upon arrival, however visitors must remain in sanctioned lodgings.

Croatia

Croatia, holiday unvaccinated

Visitors to Croatia do not need vaccination certificates or negative tests in order to enter the country. There is no longer any need to submit a passenger location form.

Cyprus

Cyprus, holiday unvaccinated

Visitors without proof of vaccination are required to show that they have either had a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test within 24 hours of departure from Cyprus.

Adult passengers arriving at the Larnaca or Paphos airports may be subjected to a second PCR test and required to wait in isolation until the results are available (this should take roughly three hours). The customer is responsible for paying the €15-€19 price tag.

France

France, holiday unvaccinated

Those above the age of 12 who have not been vaccinated will be denied entrance to France without proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours or an antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to departure.

Maldives

Maldives, holiday unvaccinated

Within the final 72 hours before leaving for the Maldives, all visitors are required to fill out a Traveller Declaration form. Whether or not a person has been vaccinated, there is no longer a need for a PCR test.

Spain

Spain, holiday unvaccinated

Travellers above the age of 16 who have not had a required vaccination may enter Spain if they can provide evidence of a negative test. Formerly, British citizens aged 12 and up had to be fully vaccinated in order to enter Spain; however, the country has recently relaxed its regulations, and now accepts negative PCR tests taken 72 hours prior to departure or negative antigen tests taken 24 hours prior to departure in place of full vaccination in adults. Those who do not fulfill either requirement, however, will be sent away.

In order to be considered completely vaccinated as of 1 February, you must have received your second jab between 14 and 270 days before traveling to Spain and the Canary Islands. Proof of vaccination is no longer required for children ages 12–17, although a negative PCR test is.

Italy

Italy, holiday unvaccinated

A negative PCR test or lateral flow test performed within 48 hours of entry is required for British citizens entering Italy without proof of vaccination. As at this moment, completing a passenger locator form is no longer necessary.

United Arab Emirates and Dubai

Dubai, holiday unvaccinated

In order to enter the United Arab Emirates, you need not have all of your vaccinations up to date. Visitors to the Emirates who have not been vaccinated are required to show the results of a negative PCR test conducted within 48 hours of their departure. Visitors from the United Kingdom to Dubai who have not been vaccinated may be subject to a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction test at customs.

Sweden

Sweden, holiday unvaccinated

British visitors to Sweden are no longer required to show proof of immunization against Covid-19 or exhibit a negative Covid-19 test as of Friday, April 1, 2022.

Slovenia

Slovenia, holiday unvaccinated

British tourists visiting Slovenia who have not been vaccinated are asked to fill out a Digital Passenger Locator Form, but they need not present confirmation of a negative test or vaccination.

Turkey

Turkey, holiday unvaccinated

Proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before arrival), fast antigen test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry), or recent recovery from Covid-19 within the last six months is required to enter Turkey; complete vaccination is not required. Visitors entering the nation are required to fill out an online form at least 72 hours before their arrival so that they can be evaluated for coronavirus symptoms, such as a temperature check. Upon arrival, a random sample of passengers may be subjected to PCR testing.

A face mask is required at all times in airports and on flights to and from Turkey.

Ireland

Ireland, holiday unvaccinated

It will no longer be necessary to present documentation of vaccination, recovery, a negative test result, or a passenger locator form when entering Ireland as of Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Mexico

Mexico, holiday unvaccinated

At this time, visitors to Mexico are not required to present proof of a negative PCR test or quarantine in order to enter the country. In addition, resorts may require guests to complete a health questionnaire upon check-in.

Bahamas

Bahamas, holiday unvaccinated

Unvaccinated visitors aged 12 and up entering The Bahamas must present results from a PCR test that came back negative no more than 72 hours before their scheduled arrival. There is a requirement for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa Trip Application from all tourists, regardless of age. All minors (those less than eighteen) need to have at least one parent or guardian listed on their profile.

Egypt

Egypt, holiday unvaccinated

Before entering Egypt, visitors are required to fill out a declaration form. Visitors without proof of vaccination must present either a rapid antigen test or a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test completed within 72 hours of their arrival in Egypt. There will be no tolerance for proof of Covid-19 recovery.

Greece

Greece, holiday unvaccinated

Since May 1, 2022, visitors who cannot provide evidence of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or fast antigen test are permitted entry into the nation. No longer necessary are passenger locator forms.

However, a quick Covid test might be necessary of all arrivals. If you or any of your traveling companions test positive upon entry to Greece, you will be required to remain in isolation for at least five days (this will be paid for by the Greek state). If you don’t show any signs of illness by day five, you can leave quarantine.

Iceland

Iceland, holiday unvaccinated

On February 25, 2022, all national and international prohibitions on Covid were lifted. Therefore, you can enter the country without undergoing a vaccine test or providing evidence that you are up to date on your vaccinations.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg, holiday unvaccinated

Passengers flying to Luxembourg are required to fill out a passenger location form. In the absence of vaccination, passengers must present evidence of a negative PCR test done within 48 hours of departure, or a negative lateral flow test taken within 24 hours of departure. Proof of recovery from Covid within the previous year is acceptable in place of full vaccination.

Denmark

Denmark, holiday unvaccinated

The entry requirements for Denmark do not include any kind of Covid-related test or isolation period.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, holiday unvaccinated

Covid travel insurance is required for all visitors, and those who have not been vaccinated must provide evidence of a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of their journey, or a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of their flight; note that self-swab tests are not accepted.

Norway

Norway, holiday unvaccinated

Norway is once again accepting visitors without entry restrictions, as the country is back to its pre-pandemic state of affairs.

Belize

Belize, holiday unvaccinated

Visitors to Belize who have not been immunized are required to provide the results of a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of their arrival, or an antigen test conducted within 48 hours. If you prefer, you can pay BZ$100 (about US$50) to take a quick exam in the airport (which must be paid in cash). If you have a positive test, you will have to pay for your own quarantine. Even if you have your own travel insurance, visitors to Belize are still obliged to pay BZ$36 (about US$18) for Belize Travel Health Insurance, which will cover medical and non-medical costs if you test positive for Covid.

Since there are no direct flights between the UK and Belize, you need also verify the regulations of the nation through which you will be passing.

South Africa

South Africa, holiday unvaccinated

Proof of a negative PCR test done no more than 72 hours prior to departure is required for all visitors to South Africa. In some cases, screenings are performed at the door.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica, holiday unvaccinated

Beginning on April 1, 2022, there have been no coronavirus-related admission requirements to Costa Rica. However, the government recognizes that these may be reinstated at short notice, so tourists should always double-check recommendations before setting out.

Cuba

Cuba, holiday unvaccinated

British citizens entering Cuba do not need to produce proof of having been vaccinated against or tested for Covid as of 6 April 2022. Random testing is still being done at airports, and those who test positive will be quarantined at a government health center at their own expense.

Cape Verde

Cape Verde, holiday unvaccinated

A negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure for the country, or a lateral flow test taken 48 hours prior to departure, will suffice as proof that you do not have Covid and are therefore not required to have been fully vaccinated before entering Cape Verde.

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