Countries where Brits won’t need Covid jab for holidays including Greece and Turkey

As the summer holidays approach, a number of countries are preparing to welcome back tourists – although some will only be reopening to vaccinated travellers first.

However, that doesn’t mean that Brits who haven’t had their Covid jab yet won’t be able to head abroad at all when the UK’s ban on non-essential foreign travel lifts.

The good news is that there are some countries planning to welcome back unvaccinated Brits such as Greece and Turkey (although there will be some other restrictions in place).

We take a look at some of the destinations you could visit without a Covid jab this summer, and the rules that will be in place.

Check out the full list below…

Turkey

Holidaymakers relax at the Bodrum waterfront in Turkey
Holidaymakers relax on a beach in Bodrum

Turkey’s tourism minister, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, previously said that Brits will be welcome back when the UK lifts its restrictions, with no need to be vaccinated against Covid.

Currently you need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel, but Turkish authorities are due to review rules this month to decide where you’d need to show a test result at all.

Croatia

Banje beach and the old town and harbour of Dubrovnik
Banje beach and the old town and harbour of Dubrovnik

Croatia has already reopened to tourists, whether vaccinated or not.

Those who haven’t had the full Covid vaccine yet (aka both doses) need to show proof of a negative PCR test result, a negative antigen test or confirmation of recovery from Covid-19 within 180 days. You’ll also need to show confirmation of booked accommodation, and need to fill out an online form before you travel.

Greece

Holidaymakers enjoy the sunshine at Mirtos Beach in Greece
Holidaymakers enjoy the sunshine at Mirtos Beach

Greece has reopened to foreign tourists. This includes travellers who aren’t vaccinated against Covid although you’ll need to show proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours before travel.

Of course are the moment there are still UK restrictions in place, but the move paves the way for summer holidays if Greece is placed on the green or amber list.

Portugal

Tourists sunbathing in Praia do Camilo, Lagos, Faro district, Algarve, Portugal.
Tourists sunbathing on a beach in the Algarve (photo taken pre-pandemic)

Portugal is hoping to reopen to Brits for the summer, but hasn’t yet confirmed exactly what restrictions could be in place.

However, it’s likely that holidaymakers will be able to enter without restrictions if they can show evidence of having been vaccinated, having coronavirus antibodies or showing proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test result.

The Maldives

Aerial drone view of a tropical island, Maldives
The Maldives are renowned for those breathtaking islands and white sand beaches

Already open to international tourists, the Maldives require proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours of travel. (This is being lifted for vaccinated visitors).

Oh, and there are plans for the islands to offer Covid vaccines to tourists on arrival if you are tempted by a longer break!

Mexico

Tourists enjoy a public beach in Cancun in March 2021
Tourists enjoy a public beach in Cancun

Mexico has already reopened to tourists, including Brits once the UK’s restrictions ease. Currently there is no requirement to be tested or vaccinated for international travellers.

Barbados

A view of one of the white sand beaches in Barbados with a pink conch shell by the water and palm trees in the backdrop
Barbados boasts some incredible beaches

Barbados will be open to those who are not vaccinated against Covid, but it does have requirements in place including needing to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken three days before travel, using specially designated transport to approved accommodation, and needing to stay in their room/suite until a second negative PCR test result.

This second test can be taken on the fifth day of quarantine. All unvaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine for around five to seven days.

  • Rules and entry requirements can change quickly during the pandemic. You should always check the Foreign Office’s latest updated advice for your chosen destination before planning or going on a trip.

Are you planning a holiday abroad this summer once restrictions lift? Let us know in the comments below.

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