A number of countries have tightened restrictions on Britons amid concerns over the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Portugal, Italy and Malta are some of the destinations that have introduced new measures ranging from quarantine requirements to the need to be fully vaccinated against Covid.
Spain has also changed its rules – whereas previously it did not require Britons to show a negative PCR test result, it is now a requirement for those who are not vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the UK government is reportedly looking to allow fully vaccinated Britons to visit amber destinations without needing to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return to Britain. Under current rules, people are told not to travel to Orange Countries for the holidays and must self-isolate on their return, in addition to taking two PCR tests.
But what about the Brits who are not yet doubled against Covid?
A lot of the rules are changing, but there are some countries that are currently keeping borders open to those who have not yet received their full Covid vaccination.
For example, Gibraltar has reopened its borders to British holidaymakers regardless of their vaccination status – and it is currently on the green list, meaning there is no need to quarantine when you are back in the UK – Uni (although you still need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on the second day).
The Balearic Islands are also expected to be on the green list this week, with the British returning for the holidays.
There are a number of Orange List destinations that have also stated that they are open to unvaccinated tourists.
Greece, Spain and Croatia currently welcome all vacationers, but you will need to show proof of a negative PCR test result in order to visit.
Of course, the Amber List is not as appealing as you will have to self-isolate in the UK for 10 days and pass two PCR tests – not to mention the government urging people not to travel to Orange Countries for the holidays.
We take a look at which countries are currently hosting vaccinated and unvaccinated Britons on the Green and Amber Lists …
The Balearic Islands: These will be on the green list from June 30. You will need to show a negative result on the “standard” PCR test if you are not fully vaccinated.
Gibraltar: You can visit Gibraltar if you have been to one of its Green List countries in the previous 10 days (including the UK). However, you will need to pass a pre-flight Covid lateral flow test no more than 48 hours before your flight to Gibraltar. Once there, you will also need to take a second lateral flow test within 24 hours of arrival. Learn more at visitgibraltar.gi.
Bulgaria: The country is open to all visitors, regardless of their vaccination status. For those who are not fully bitten, you will need to show proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of entering Bulgaria. Antigen testing is also accepted but must be completed within 48 hours of entry. If you have recovered from Covid-19, you can also visit as long as you present a document proving a positive result which must be dated between 15 and 180 days before arrival.
Croatia: Croatia has said it will welcome the British again as soon as the UK lifts its restrictions. You will need to show proof of a negative PCR test result, negative antigen test, or confirmation of recovery from Covid-19 within 180 days, if you are not fully vaccinated. You will also need to present a confirmation of the accommodation booked and complete an online form before traveling.
Greece: Any unvaccinated Briton aged 12 or over who wishes to visit Greece will need to present proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of arrival, or proof of a negative result on the rapid antigen test carried out within 48 hours. Regardless of vaccination status, all travelers must complete a passenger tracking form.
Spain: Spain is changing its rules, which means that from July 2, if you are not vaccinated, you will now have to show proof of a negative result in the “gold standard” PCR test. While Spain and the Canaries remain on the Amber List, the Balearics will be added to the Green List from June 30.
Other vacation options?
Current vacation options for Brits are still quite limited – only a few Green List destinations are actually open to Brits, and most require you to be fully vaccinated to visit.
Then there are some countries you can visit without a full Covid vaccine, but you will need to quarantine yourself upon arrival.
For example, Italy requires all UK travelers to self-isolate for five days and provide a negative Covid test, while Portugal is open but has introduced a new 14-day quarantine for UK arrivals who have not not had both jabs (including children aged 12 and over).
- The information is correct at the time of writing, but restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Always check the latest travel advice from the Foreign Office before planning, booking, or going on a trip.
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