Where can I travel without a vaccine? Countries that allow unvaccinated passengers – and entry requirements

Some destinations have not required travelers to be vaccinated against Covid to enter

Many destinations now only allow travelers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, meaning people need at least two doses of an approved vaccine.

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Some countries have not yet made it mandatory for travelers to show a vaccination certificate (Photo: Getty Images)

More than 80% of people over the age of 12 in the UK are now fully stung, according to government data, but there are still many people who have not yet taken advantage of a vaccine’s offer.

The list includes eight countries that unvaccinated travelers are allowed to visit and their entry requirements.

Greece

Unvaccinated travelers can enter the country provided they:

  • show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, or
  • show evidence of a negative rapid antigen test from an accredited laboratory, taken within 24 hours of arrival

Arrivas may also be asked to take a rapid test on arrival in Greece and must self-isolate in a quarantine hotel if the test is positive.

Croatia

Travelers from the UK who have not been fully vaccinated can enter Croatia if they present one of the following documents on arrival:

  • a negative rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours, or
  • a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours, or
  • a doctor’s certificate of recovery from Covid-19

Children under the age of 12 and accompanied by a parent or guardian are exempt from these requirements if the parent or guardian has one of the above documents.

Unvaccinated travelers can visit Croatia with evidence of a negative test (Photo: Shutterstock)

Cyprus

The UK currently falls into the red category of Cyprus, meaning the restrictions are slightly more severe than in other countries. However, people who have not been vaccinated can still visit.

Since January 4, 2022, unvaccinated Britons are required to demonstrate a negative PCR test result within 48 hours of arrival.

A PCR test is also required upon entering the airport and travelers must self-isolate until they receive their result, which usually takes about three hours.

Travelers will then be given five tests that must be taken daily.

If travelers give a positive test result, a follow-up PCR is required and the Cypriot authorities should be notified. The self-isolation period will continue for 14 days for Covid-positive tourists in Cyprus.

Turkey

All arrivals aged 12 and over must provide one of the following:

  • A full course of Covid-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days before arrival in Turkey)
  • recent recovery from Covid-19
  • a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before arrival
  • a rapid antigen test taken less than 48 hours before arrival

No PCR test or proof of vaccination is required for children 11 years and under.

Portugal, Madeira and the Azores

Unvaccinated Brits can enter Portugal, Madeira and the Azores with proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR or a certificate with rapid antigen test results on arrival (except children 11 years or younger).

The tests must meet the following criteria to be accepted:

  • all tests must be performed by trained healthcare professionals. Self-sampling tests are not acceptable
  • antigen testing must be completed within 48 hours of departure. They must meet the standards laid down in the EU Common List of Rapid Antigen Tests
  • RT-PCR testing must be completed within 72 hours of departure
  • your name, date of birth and passport number
  • the type of test performed and the date and time the sample was collected
  • the date of the result and the name of the testing facility or testing center and the responsible physician

Travelers are not allowed to use the NHS test service to pass a test to facilitate travel to Portugal, and must instead arrange a private test.

Mexico

Proof of vaccination is currently not required to enter Mexico (Photo: Shutterstock)

Holidaymakers from the UK should have a health declaration form and scan the QR code it generates upon arrival in Mexico.

Currently, it is not required to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine upon arrival, but some resorts may ask guests to complete health questionnaires.

Customs officers may also ask to see proof of accommodation booking or contact details while you are in the country.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Travelers from the UK arriving in the UAE must show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test prior to departure and present this certificate at check-in.

The PCR test must be taken at least 48 hours before departure.

Anyone arriving in Dubai may need to take another PCR test on arrival and isolate themselves pending the result.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 on arrival may be required to self-isolate for at least 10 days in a government facility, hospital, their hotel or privately arranged accommodation, depending on symptoms and accommodation plans.

From January 3, 2022, unvaccinated travelers from the UK to Abu Dhabi will be required to present a PCR test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days and take another PCR test on day nine.

Slovenia

All travelers visiting Slovenia must complete a digital passenger locator form 24 hours prior to arrival, after which they will receive a QR code to be presented to the Border Police upon entry.

Proof of vaccination is not required to enter Slovenia, as travelers can show proof of a negative test or recovery from Covid-19 instead.

Anyone 12 years and older must be able to provide one of the following documents:

  • A PCR test no older than 48 hours
  • A rapid antigen test no older than 24 hours
  • A positive PCR test older than 10 days but not older than six months, confirming that the traveler has had Covid-19 and that no more than six months have passed since the first symptoms
  • Evidence of vaccination against Covid-19

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