With summer holidays on the cards for Brits (even if we don’t know where/when just yet), there’s fresh hope for those hoping to enjoy a sunny break later in the year.
The good news is that a number of countries have already said they will open their borders to UK tourists for the summer, including the likes of Portugal, Croatia, Malta and Turkey.
Of course while they have said they will welcome Brits back, whether we can actually go will be dependent on whether or not they feature on the green list in the government’s new traffic light system.
For example Greece and Croatia are seeing increases in Covid cases, so it could be that when restrictions in the UK lift on travel it is on the amber or red list – but the UK government has yet to confirm which destinations will be on the lists.
In the meantime, we take a look at the countries that plan to welcome back Brits – and whether you’ll need to be vaccinated to visit…
Malta is one of the countries that could be on the green list, so there’s extra hope for holidaymakers since it’s set to reopen to vaccinated tourists including Brits.
Malta, Gozo and Comino are due to reopen from June 1 and won’t require a Covid test result for entry.
Holidaymakers will need to show their vaccination certificate and prove they received the second dose of one of the approved jabs at least 10 days before arriving in Malta. This will need to be shown before boarding a flight in order to be accepted to travel.
Croatia has already reopened its borders to tourists from non-EU countries, so when UK restrictions lift it will be welcoming back Brits too.
The country will be open to anyone whether vaccinated against Covid-19, although those without the jab will need to show proof of a negative PCR test result, a negative antigen test or confirmation of recovery from Covid-19 within 180 days.
Holidaymakers will also need to show confirmation of booked accommodation and fill out an online form before travelling.You can get the full details on entercroatia.mup.hr.
Portugal’s Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, has previously said that the country is looking to welcome tourists back from May 17. This will not only include those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, but also those who can show proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
Earlier this year the country was removed from England’s red list (it had originally featured because of its links to Brazil where a mutant strain was found).
Greece’s Minister of Tourism Harry Theoharis has previously said that the country is planning to welcome tourists back from May 14 regardless of their vaccine status – and that includes Brits.
Visitors will be able to enter Greece if their have either had the Covid-19 vaccine, or if they can show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken before travel.
Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, The Minister of Culture and Tourism in Turkey, has said the country intends to welcome back Brits this summer once the UK has lifted its travel restrictions, and there will be no need to provide proof of a vaccination certificate.
Turkish authorities are also due to review if you’ll still need to show proof of a negative negative PCR test to enter the country.
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