Last Updated on September 19, 2021 by Henry @ The Getaway Lounge
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These are the countries that are on the Government’s green list, meaning you do not have to quarantine on your return home to the UK, whether you’re fully vaccinated or not.
Rather, you’ll need to take a test on or before the second day you get back home, and you will not need to isolate unless this comes back positive.
Unlike mainland Portugal, the island of Madeira is welcoming UK travellers without quarantine whether vaccinated or not.
Instead, arrivals have to present a negative PCR test, however, tests on arrival are available too, with results returned within 12 hours.
The British Overseas Territory is welcoming both vaccinated and non-vaccinated UK visitors.
If you have not yet received both doses of the vaccine, you must arrive with a negative lateral flow test, take another test within 24 hours of arrival and another for your fifth day should you be there for more than a week.
Fully vaccinated travellers must do the same, but do need to arrive with a negative test.
Despite being on the UK’s green list, only fully vaccinated people can travel to Malta from the UK. Children aged 5 to 11 can travel if they accompany vaccinated parents or legal guardians provided they provide a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours before arrival in Malta. Children aged 12 to 18 will only be able to travel if they have proof of full vaccination.
If you can prove you are fully vaccinated or have previously recovered from Covid-19, you only need to quarantine until you have received the result of your test on arrival.
Vaccinated passengers (and those with a prior infection) born in 2004 or earlier, must also present a negative PCR or antigen test (not older than 72 hours) prior to boarding a vessel to Iceland.
Croatia is welcoming UK travellers. Not long ago, Britons travelling to Croatia must have met one of the following criteria for entry: a PCR test taken 72 hours before travel, proof of recovery more than 11 days ago and less than 180 days ago, or a vaccination certificate.
However, it was announced on July 21 that as an additional measure for people arriving from the UK, a negative (Covid-19) test will be required regardless of whether they are vaccinated or have already had a disease. The measure was introduced on July 26 for countries deemed high risk.
Double-jabbed Britons can enter the country restriction free. Unvaccinated Britons are not permitted to enter, unless they meet certain criteria.
According to the FCDO: “If you are travelling to Finland from the UK, you will need proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival or a certificate of recovery from within the past six months.” Anybody who is not double jabbed will need a ‘compassionate reason’ to visit, as well as a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival and/or a first dose of a vaccine received at least two weeks prior to arrival – there will be further tests on arrival too.
The UK is currently rated ‘orange’ by Denmark, meaning double-jabbed Britons can visit for any reason. However unvaccinated visitors need “a worthy purpose” and must test no more than 72 hours before they enter. They must then take another test on arrival and go into quarantine for 10 days, with the option to test to release after four days.
British nationals travelling to Lithuania are exempt from pre-departure tests or self-isolation on arrival if they are fully vaccinated. Everyone else must take a PCR test 72 hours before travel, then enter a mandatory ten-day quarantine, with a test between days three and five of isolation. You can shorten isolation by taking a third PCR test on day seven. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from self-isolation and testing requirements. Children aged 12 to 16 must take a PCR test or antigen test before travel.
Fully vaccinated Britons can enter Switzerland. Arrivals who have not received a full course of the vaccine must have an exemption, as outlined here. Those who do qualify for entry must provide proof of recovery from Covid in the past six months, or a negative Covid-19 test before departure. There are no quarantine requirements for arrivals in Switzerland.
Everyone aged 12 and above must either provide proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure, and upload to a passenger questionnaire, or show proof of full vaccination more than 14 days before travel. Health screenings on arrival, and mandatory tests for anyone who arrives in the country without evidence of a negative PCR result or vaccination.
On your return to the UK from these countries you must quarantine for up to 10 days and pre-book your amber list tests.
From July 19 however, it has been confirmed that fully vaccinated travellers will be able to skip quarantine.
Fully vaccinated Britons do not need to quarantine, though you must also have proof of a negative PCR test on arrival. Non-vaccinated Britons must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
You may need to take a rapid test on arrival, but British visitors who provide a negative PCR test, proof of antigen, or proof of full vaccination do not need to quarantine.
Fully vaccinated UK travellers are not required to quarantine or take a PCR test before departure or on arrival. If you have received two vaccinations you will still need to obtain a Cyprus flight pass.
UK travellers who have either received two doses of a vaccine, or can prove that they have recovered from an infection with the virus, are no longer be required to quarantine upon their arrival.
Spain requires UK visitors to present a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination, which is a tightening of the rules from last month, but does not ask arrivals to quarantine.
If you are fully vaccinated, you are exempt from quarantine on arrival in Poland, but 14 days must have passed since your final dose.