Full list of countries that want Brits back for holidays – rules and Covid rates

Countries including Greece, Spain and Portugal are gearing up to welcome Brits back for summer holidays.

When travel from the UK does resume it will operate under a ‘traffic light system’ with green, amber and red lists that determine quarantine and testing rules when you return to the UK.

The government has said it will reveal the lists in early May – but that hasn’t stopped a number of holiday hotspots readying to welcome back UK tourists if restrictions allow.

With the pandemic ongoing, countries have their own rules and requirements for visitors, such as needing to be fully vaccinated against Covid or showing proof of a negative Covid test result in order to visit.

We take a look at the countries planning to welcome Brits back for summer, their travel rules and also their Covid situation, as this will impact whether they do end up on the green, amber or red list.

Check out the full list below…

Spain

Tourists in Cala Compte beach
Spain plans to welcome tourists back from June

When are Brits welcome back? The country’s tourism minister, Fernando Valdes Verelst, has confirmed that Brits will be welcome back to Spain in June.

What are the travel rules? Spain hasn’t yet confirmed requirements for tourists, although it is looking at digital Covid passports which will allow visitors to prove they are fully vaccinated against Covid.

What’s the Covid situation? Cases are decreasing in Spain, which is reporting an average of 8,389 new infections each day. The country is estimated to have administered nearly 15million doses of the Covid vaccine. It could be a contender for the amber list, where Brits returning would need to self-isolate at home for 10 days when back in the UK.

Portugal

A view of the beach and turquoise waters and rocky coastal landscape of Carvoeiro, Portugal
Portugal is planning to reopen to Brits from May

When are Brits welcome back? Portugal has previously revealed plans to reopen to Brits on May 17, the earliest date foreign travel could resume in the UK.

What are the travel rules? They’re not confirmed yet, but Brits make up a significant proportion of Portugal’s tourism market, so it’s likely tourists could visit without restrictions if they have evidence of being vaccinated, or showing proof of a negative PCR test.

What’s the Covid situation? Case numbers in Portugal are decreasing, with the country currently at around 4% of its peak with a daily average of 472 new infections. It’s estimated that over three million doses of the vaccine have been administered so far.

Greece

A view of the churches in Oia in Santorini with white-washed buildings and blue domed ceilings with views out to the blue ocean
The Greek islands could be on the cards for Brits this summer

When are Brits welcome back? The country’s tourism minister Harry Theoharis said that Greece would be welcoming back tourists from May 14. However, he added that this would be dependent on the Covid situation at the time.

What are the travel rules? You won’t need to be fully vaccinated, but you will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken before travel.

What’s the Covid situation? Greece is currently experiencing a third wave of Covid cases with a daily average of 2,407 new infections. However the Greek islands are currently on a mission to vaccinate their populations in order to be able to welcome Brits back this summer. When travel corridors were in place, the UK government did allow some travel to the islands at the same time as advising against travel to the mainland, so it could be a similar scenario takes place, Covid cases depending.

Cyprus

Yellow parasols on the sandy Nissi Beach in Cyprus
Nissi Beach in Cyprus

When are Brits welcome back? Cyprus’ deputy tourism minister Savvas Perdios said that tourists – including Brits – will be welcome back from May 10.

What are the travel rules? You’ll need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid (with a ‘Digital Green Passport’), or a negative PCR test result that’s no older than three days.

What’s the Covid situation? Cyprus is currently experiencing a third wave of Covid cases, and is approximately at 92% of its peak. It’s estimated that over 236,000 doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered.

Turkey

A view of the town in Fethiye, Turkey with the sea and town visible, with the photo taken behind some green trees
A view of the town in Fethiye, Turkey

When are Brits welcome back? Turkey recently lifted its flight ban for Brits, as it prepares to welcome back holidaymakers for summer.

What are the travel rules? It will welcome back travellers regardless of their vaccination status. However, all international travellers will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test result.

What’s the Covid situation? Turkey is preparing for its first full lockdown as cases are soaring, with a daily average of 43,490 new infections being reported. The lockdown is expected to last until May 17.

Malta

Marsaxlokk market with traditional Luzzu fishing boats on a beautiful summer day withblue sky and green sea in Malta
Marsaxlokk market in Malta

When are Brits welcome back? Malta is welcoming back Brits from June 1.

What are the travel rules? You’ll need to either be fully vaccinated against Covid (that’s having received both jabs at least 14 days before travel), or show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival. If you are vaccinated, you won’t need to take a test.

What’s the Covid situation? Malta’s authorities have said that over 50% of its adult population has now received at least one dose of a Covid jab, and its case numbers continued to remain low.

Croatia

Banje beach, Old Port and Dubrovnik Old Town, Dubrovnik, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia, Europe
Banje beach near Dubrovnik’s Old Town

When are Brits welcome back? The country has already reopened its borders to tourists.

What are the travel rules? You’ll need to show proof of either a full Covid vaccine, a negative PCR test result, a negative antigen test or confirmation of recovery from Covid-19 within 180 days. There will be some other requirements for Brits such as needing to show confirmation of booked accommodation and needing to fill out an online form before you travel.

What’s the Covid situation? Croatia is reporting a daily average of 2,044 new infections, and is estimated to be at 56% of its peak. The country has already begun rolling out vaccines, with over 812,000 doses estimated to have been administered.

Dominican Republic

Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana with colourful beach huts
Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana is a popular holiday spot

When are Brits welcome back? As soon as the UK lifts its restrictions – so May 17 at the earliest.

What are the travel rules? There is no need to show proof of a negative PCR test result, or a Covid vaccine. However arrivals will need to have their temperature checked, and may be subject to random testing.

What’s the Covid situation? Currently, the island has fully vaccinated over 754,000 of its population, with over one million people having already received their first dose. There is a nationwide curfew in place between 10pm to 5am on weekdays, and from 9pm to 5am on weekends.

Iceland

A woman relaxes in Iceland’s blue lagoon

Iceland has welcome vaccinated Brits with no restrictions – for those without the jab, there are still restrictions such as quarantine and Covid testing.

When are Brits welcome back? Iceland has already reopened its borders to vaccinated Brits with no restrictions

What are the travel rules? If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, there are still restrictions such as quarantine and requirements for Covid test results. From May 1 the country will allow visitors from what it deems ‘low risk areas’ to be exempt from quarantine if they can show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result.

What’s the Covid situation? Iceland has been vaccinating its population and has relatively low Covid case numbers, reporting a daily average of 13 new infections.

Maldives

The Maldives are known for over-the-water villas
The Maldives are renowned for luxury island resorts

When are Brits welcome back? The Maldives are already open to foreign tourists.

What are the travel rules? You will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel. However, the islands recently announced that this requirement has been lifted for vaccinated guests. The Maldives also previously revealed plans to offer Covid vaccines to tourists on arrival, although no start date for this has been confirmed.

What’s the Covid situation? The Maldives are seeing an increase in cases with around 304 new infections reported each day. Previously the UK government has allowed for travel to the islands, as the resorts are socially distanced in nature, so a similar scenario could be in place under the traffic light system.

Mexico

A view of the beach and hotels in Cancun
A view of the beach and hotels in Cancun

When are Brits welcome back? Mexico is already open to tourists, which will include Brits once the UK’s restrictions ease.

What are the travel rules? There is no requirement to be tested or vaccinated for international tourists.

What’s the Covid situation? Mexico is currently seeing a decrease in Covid case numbers, and has administered at least 16 million doses of the Covid vaccine to date.

  • Covid rate statistics provided by Reuters. These can change quickly – you should always refer to the UK government’s guidance and the Foreign Office travel advice before planning, booking or going on a trip abroad.

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