• Thu. May 12th, 2022

Covid travel guide: Countries to visit without quarantine

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If you love piña coladas and don’t get caught in the rain, you might just need a long-awaited vacation.

The rules have now tightened up in light of the new Omicron variant, but most moves are still simple. Remember that from November 30, anyone returning to the UK will have two days to take a PCR test. Lateral flow tests will no longer be accepted and you will need to self-isolate until you have proof of a negative test result.

The Red List has also been updated to include ten Southern African countries – South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Angola, Namibia, Mozambique and Zambia. To enter the UK from one of these countries you must be a British or Irish national or resident, and you will need to self-isolate in a hotel quarantine for ten days.

Other countries still have their own guidelines in place, so be sure to check carefully before booking as the rules can change quickly.

But with all that in mind, here are ten easy vacation options if you’re on two occasions. Pack your bags: your hassle-free vacation awaits.

Norway

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Norway now accepts the NHS Covid Vaccine Passport as proof of immunity and therefore UK travelers can visit without restrictions or quarantine, provided they register before departure.

With spectacular fjords, the midnight sun, colorful coastal towns and a chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, the country is an ideal Christmas destination.

Read Kate Lough’s comprehensive guide to find out why a trip to Norway is so worthwhile.

Iceland

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For those who need a change of scenery, the landscapes are not much more spectacular than Iceland. Plunge into a volcanic spring, venture onto a vast glacier or head to one of the many splendid waterfalls – you’ll never be stuck for something to see in the land of fire and ice.

If you are fully vaccinated against Covid or have recovered from a previous infection you are allowed to enter. All you need to do is present a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test dated less than 72 hours before departure.

Find our travel guide to Iceland here.

Barbados

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For those in need of a dose of winter sun, Barbados – with its gentle turquoise sea and luxurious hotels – could be an ideal destination.

Entry is always simple – if you are double vaccinated, simply submit their Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) pass 24 hours prior to travel and present a valid negative PCR test result taken no later than three days prior your flight. arrival.

Find our Barbados travel guide here.

United States

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Britons jumped for joy when US borders finally reopened this month, and many have flocked to the Big Apple and beyond since.

Fully immunized travelers from anywhere in the world can now visit the United States, provided they comply with applicable immigration regulations. If these conditions are met, you will not have to quarantine yourself.

Read our USA travel guide here.

Read our New York travel guide here.

Canada

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O, Canada – for jaw-dropping stretches of mountains framed by aquamarine lakes and seemingly endless forests, the US neighbor offers an equally delightful chance to get away to nature. Or head to one of the many bustling cities – Montreal is closer to the UK if you fancy a shorter flight.

Entering Canada is simple again – just provide proof of double vaccination to avoid quarantine, as well as show an approved Covid test and upload your details in advance.

Read one of our Canadian travel guides here.

Maldives

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For a peaceful slice of island life, the Maldives has been a favorite of British travelers for years.

Visitors must be fully vaccinated and you will need to take a PCR test within 96 hours of departure (as well as complete a health declaration form before leaving).

Find our travel guide to the Maldives here.

Turks and Caicos Islands

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Another reliable option for those looking for powdery beaches and sunny seas.

Anyone aged 16 or over traveling will need two doses of the vaccine, and anyone over the age of nine must upload TCI Assured information before departure (this includes a negative PCR test, insurance and a health questionnaire) .

Malta

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If you fancy walking around an ancient city, you’re in luck.

Traveling to Malta is as easy as having both vaccines, as long as you also complete a travel declaration and a passenger locator form.

Find our Malta travel guide here.

Portugal

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From December 1, fully vaccinated visitors will be required to present proof of negative Covid before departure, which will also be required to enter covered facilities and to attend major events.

But Portugal has plenty to offer – think pousadas, vineyards and wide open countryside in the less-visited interior, and of course the Algarve’s beaches, bars and golf courses for those who want to have fun. after confinement.

From spectacular islands like Madeira and the Azores to the hubbub of forward-thinking designer destinations like Lisbon and Porto, there’s something for everyone – read our comprehensive Portugal destination guide here.

Croatia

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Croatia is packed with attractions – from fortified towns to thousands of islands or more lining its coastline.

Britons traveling to Croatia must present either proof of vaccination, a negative Covid antigen test less than 48 hours old, a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old or a medical certificate of recovery.

Find our Croatia travel guide here.