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Where Can I Travel after the COVID Vaccine?

The UK’s vaccination program has been swift. Other countries have been welcoming immunised UK travellers for a couple of months now. Since Monday 17th May, international travel has been legalised in the UK and the road map out of lockdown has been followed.

From Monday 19th July, Grant Shapps has stated that both children and fully vaccinated adults will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England. This means we can turn our minds to COVID vaccine travel destinations!

Previously, we speculated what post vaccine travel might look like. Now we don’t need to speculate any longer. However, 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. Each country appears on the UK government’s green list.

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

However, please remember that if there are sudden changes in conditions, a country or territory may be moved between lists without warning. Therefore, some countries are on the green watchlist.

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.

The UK’s Green Countries List for Vaccinated Travellers

 

  • Country
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Anguilla
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Antarctica/British Antarctic Territory
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Barbados
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Bermuda
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Bulgaria
  • Brunei
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Cayman Islands
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Croatia
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Dominica
  • The country not the state of America Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Israel and Jerusalem
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Madeira
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Malta
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Singapore
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Taiwan
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 'Open' Date
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 17th May
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 19th July
  • Monday 17th May
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 19th July
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 17th May
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 19th July
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 17th May
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 17th May
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 17th May
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 19th July
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Notes
  • Unless you're travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline.Travellers are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result for travelling to or transiting through Australia.
  • Travellers to Brunei will need to provide a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours of travel.
  • Travellers must have a worth purpose to visit and present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.
  • Requirements upon arrival will depend on where you have been in the 14 days prior to your arrival. Requirements depend on whether the countries you have previously visited are on green, amber or red lists.If you've only been to countries or territories in the green list, within 14 days prior to your arrival in Gibraltar, you won't be required to take any COVID-19 tests on entry, provide evidence of vaccination, or self-isolate.
  • Unless you have been fully vaccinated, when flying into Iceland you must follow these steps: present a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of your time of departure to Iceland (or get a ISK 100,000 fine for residents or a refusal of entry for visitors) take 2 COVID-19 tests, one on arrival and another 5 to 6 days later, quarantine between tests, until you have the results.Travellers must adequately demonstrate that they have either been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have previously recovered from COVID-19 infection.
  • The FCDO advises against all travel to Gaza, the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar, within 500m of the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’) east of Metula, including the northern edge of the town and east of Route 98 along the Syrian border.All travellers arriving from abroad will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to departure to Israel
  • From 17 May 2021 you can travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands without having to go into managed isolation or self-isolation when you arrive at your destination. You need to spend 14 full days before your date of departure in either New Zealand or the Cook Islands.Travellers can enter only if they spend 14 days outside a very high risk country before their arrival.
  • Travellers require a PCR COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure from the UK, with a negative resulted needed in order to travel. All arrivals must have three PCR COVID-19 tests after arrival: one upon arrival in Singapore, one after 14 days and one at the end of their 21 day quarantine period.
  • UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry into and exit from South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands.
  • The only exception are individuals travelling from Ascension who have been resident for 14 days or more prior to travel.All air arrivals (except from Ascension) to St Helena are required to have had a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before travelling to the island. They are also subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days and will be tested on arrival and at the end of quarantine.

 

The UK’s Traffic Light System for Categorising Destinations

Holiday travel is now 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

 

However, this list will be reviewed every three weeks and countries can be added or removed at short notice by the government. Therefore, it’s important that you check that your chosen destination is on the green list before traveling.

Also, not all green list destinations are currently open to UK tourists. It’s your responsibility to check before travel.

 

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

  • Fill out a passenger locator form online before leaving your destination.
  • Take a private PCR test three days before your departure and a PCR test on or before day two. This also applies to people 14 days after having a second jab. Remember that you shouldn’t be using the NHS testing service to get a test, in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test instead.
  • 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.

There will now be no need to quarantine when returning home. No additional tests will be required either. Unless your post-arrival test is positive when you return from visiting a country on the green list.

 

COVID Vaccine Travel to an Amber List Country

The requirements to enter a green list country will also apply to amber list countries from Monday 19th July. So you’ll be able to visit both green and amber list countries for leisure, business and to see family and friends when you’re ready! Children returning from an amber list country also don’t have to isolate when they return either. What’s not changing just yet are the rules for UK arrivals from red list countries. To be continued…

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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