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Where Can I Travel after the COVID Vaccine?

With the UK’s vaccination program moving full steam ahead, other countries are already beginning to court immunised UK travellers. Although international travel isn’t allowed in the UK just yet, the road map out of lockdown has given us a route out of here. Can we begin to turn our minds to covid vaccine travel destinations?

In a recent blog post we speculated what post vaccine travel may look like. Soon it seems we won’t need to speculate any longer. When and where you travel first will depend on a lot of things. On this page, we’ve created an at-a-glance table and guide, to share some of the destinations open for COVID vaccinated travellers from the UK, and when. If you wish to skip to see the covid vaccine travel destinations, just scroll down now.

Currently it is illegal to travel on holiday until at least the 17th May. Even when this is lifted the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) may advise against international travel for some time yet. However if your chosen country is ready to welcome you and you can’t wait, we can still point you in the direction of specialist cover to travel against FCDO advice.

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Which countries are open to COVID vaccinated travellers?

If you have official proof of having the COVID vaccine or have recently recovered from the illness, most of the countries below should welcome you with open arms. Remember that entry requirements and mandatory paperwork may vary so check the local rules before you book anything.

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Below is a list of countries and when they will accept vaccinated travellers from the UK. The final column provides you with a summary of criteria to enter the country.

We hope that when you feel comfortable booking something, this guide will help. Then when you do, remember to take your Free Spirit policy, which includes extended COVID-19 cover.

A list of countries letting in vaccinated travellers


  • Country
  • Belize
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • The country not the state of America Georgia
  • Greece
  • Guernsey
  • Iceland
  • Jersey
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Seychelles
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • 'Open' Date
  • Monday 17th May
  • Friday 5th March
  • Monday 17th May
  • Saturday 1st May
  • Monday 1st February
  • Monday 1st February
  • Friday 14th May
  • Early July
  • Saturday 1st May
  • Monday 26th April
  • Tuesday 1st June
  • Thursday 18th February
  • Monday 17th May
  • Thursday 21st January
  • Thursday 25th March
  • Thursday 1st July
  • Monday 17th May
  • Notes
  • Travellers must prove they've had both jabs of an approved vaccine at least two weeks before entering the country. Also, they must download the Belize Health App and add all required information within 72 hours before arrival.
  • Travellers must fill out a Spanish Health Control Form 48 hours prior to travel. Evidence of a negative PCR, RT-LAMP or TMA test 72 hours prior to your arrival will be required. Airport health controls will also be in place for all travellers.
  • Travellers must be able to prove they’ve had both jabs and have waited a minimum of 14 days, after their second dose before travelling.
  • Anyone given a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) can enter without the need for a negative test or to quarantine.
  • Travellers with evidence they have been given a COVID vaccination within the last 6 months can enter.
  • Travellers with evidence they have been given a COVID vaccination can enter.
  • Travellers with evidence they have been given a COVID vaccination can enter.
  • Dates are subject to change because there's still uncertainties ahead, such as the possible emergence of new COVID variants and the success of the vaccination programme.
  • Travelers with a certificate of vaccination that meets the government criteria can enter without the need for testing, double screening or quarantine.
  • Travellers will need to provide their travel history in advance, through the online portal, as well as undertake a PCR test on arrival. Another PCR test will be required on days 5 and 10 after arriving.
  • Travellers must provide evidence that they've had the full vaccine dosage before boarding their flight. They need to have had it no less than 10 days prior to boarding.
  • Travellers who hold a vaccination certificate for an EU authorised vaccine can enter without the need to self-isolate.
  • Travellers must present a vaccination certificate or negative Covid-19 test.
  • Travellers who have had both doses of the vaccine, arriving in Romania more than ten days after the second dose, can enter without the need to self-isolate.
  • Travellers who have received a complete course vaccination at least two weeks before travelling can enter.
  • Phuket will be Thailand's first destination to welcome fully vaccinated travellers. In October, Phuket, Krabi, Phangnga, Koh Samui, Chonburi (Pattaya) and Chiang Mai will be open for travellers.
  • The requirement for British citizens to have vaccine certificates and a PCR test to enter Turkey will be reviewed on 15th April.


The UK’s Traffic Light System for Categorising Destinations

From Monday 17th May, holiday travel will be permitted to destinations categorised as “green”.

Each destination will be judged according to the following:

  • The number of vaccination rates in the country
  • The country’s infection rate
  • The incidences of variants found within the country
  • The country’s testing for variants


The UK’s Green Countries List

Countries that could appear on the UK’s green travel list from May 17th include Malta, Portugal, Israel, Iceland, the Caribbean, and Cyprus.

What are the requirements to travel to a country on the UK’s green list?

  • Take two COVID tests, before departing from the UK.
  • Follow the additional requirements that have been stated by your chosen destination when arriving from the UK (refer to the table above).
  • Adhere to the COVID travel rules and regulations stated by the destination on arrival and throughout your stay.
  • Take a test up to 72 hours before returning to the UK.

Although, there will be no need to quarantine, travel will not be restriction-free if you visit a green country.


FCDO travel advice for international travel after having the COVID vaccine

For comprehensive information, The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office’s (FCDO) website maintain up-to-date rules and regulations for travel to all countries. This will include details of countries exempt from advice against all non-essential travel.

Click the subsequent links for details of exemptions for persons arriving in Wales, and for exemptions for residents and visitors to Scotland.

You can also refer to our guide for more travel advice on COVID-19 or learn more about post-COVID vaccine travel here.

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