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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
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Austria
  • Australia
  • Mainland Portugal remains on the amber listThe Azores
  • 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
  • Canada
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Cayman Islands
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Dominica
  • The country not the state of America Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • 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
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber. Mainline Portugal remains on the amber list.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
  • Norway
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Switzerland
  • Green watchlist – at risk of moving from green to amber.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
  • Sunday 8th August
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 30th August
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 19th July
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 30th August
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 19th July
  • Monday 30th August
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 30th August
  • Sunday 8th August
  • Monday 17th May
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 19th July
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 17th May
  • Sunday 8th August
  • Monday 30th August
  • Monday 30th August
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Monday 17th May
  • Sunday 8th August
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Sunday 8th August
  • Monday 17th May
  • Sunday 8th August
  • Sunday 8th August
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 17th May
  • Monday 30th August
  • Monday 19th July
  • Wednesday 30th June
  • Notes
  • Fully vaccinated visitors only require an approved vaccination certificate. Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test. The NAAT test must be taken 72 hours before departure. The Antigen test must be done 48 hours before departure. Then quarantine for 10 days.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Australia. Please check the official guidelines from Australia for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Bulgaria. Please check the official guidelines from Bulgaria for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Brunei Darussalam. Please check the official guidelines from Brunei Darussalam for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • All visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure.
    Unvaccinated visitors need to quarantine for 14 days.Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates don't need to quarantine.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter the Cayman Islands. Please check the official guidelines from the Cayman Islands for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • Visitors are not required to quarantine after entering.Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative Antigen (quick-test) test result, taken 48 hours before departure.
    • Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without restrictions. They only require an approved vaccination certificate.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). Please check the official guidelines from Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure. Then quarantine for 10 days.
  • Visitors are not required to quarantine after entering.Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing.
    Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen test taken 48 hours before departure. Then quarantine for 10 days.
    Fully vaccinated travellers must present proof of vaccination or recovery, before entering.
  • 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.Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 48 hours before departure. Then quarantine for 5 days.
    Fully vaccinated visitors require an approved vaccination certificate.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Grenada. Please check the official guidelines from Grenada for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Hong Kong. Please check the official guidelines from Hong Kong for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • Visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure.
    Unvaccinated visitors need to quarantine for 5 days.
    Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.
  • 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.Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Israel. Please check the official guidelines from Israel for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Liechtenstein. Please check the official guidelines from Liechtenstein for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • Visitors are not required to quarantine after entering.Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure.
    Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without restrictions. They only need an approved vaccination certificate.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Montserrat. Please check the official guidelines from Montserrat for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • On Thursday 12 August 2021, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that New Zealand's borders would be closed until the end of 2021.Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter New Zealand. Please check the official guidelines from New Zealand for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Norway. Please check the official guidelines from Norway for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Singapore. Please check the official guidelines from Singapore for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Slovakia. Please check the official guidelines from Slovakia for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.
  • 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.
  • Visitors are not required to quarantine after entering.Unvaccinated visitors must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test. The NAAT test must be taken 72 before departure. The Antigen 48 hours before.
    Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Most foreign visitors from the United Kingdom will not be allowed to enter Taiwan. Please check the official guidelines from Taiwan for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.

 

The UK’s Traffic Light System for Categorising Destinations

Holiday travel is now permitted to destinations categorised as “green”.

Green listed destinations are 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. Also, 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.

Remember that 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. If you’re fully vaccinated. 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. Also, children returning from an amber list country don’t have to isolate when they return either.

However, if you’re returning to England from a country on the amber list before you travel home you must:

You must follow these rules if you’re fully vaccinated or not.

When you arrive in England:

  • If you’re fully vaccinated, take a COVID-19 test on or before day two.
  • If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must quarantine at home, or in the place you are staying for 10 days. Also, take a COVID-19 test on or before day two and on or after day eight.

 

COVID Vaccine Travel from Red List Countries

In the 10 days, before you arrive in England from a country on the red list, you must:

Please note that these rules must be followed if you have been fully vaccinated or not.

 

FCDO travel advice for international travel after having the COVID vaccine

For comprehensive information, The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office’s (FCDO) website maintains up-to-date rules and regulations for COVID vaccine 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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