Last Updated on March 14, 2021 by Henry @ The Getaway Lounge
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Holidays are currently banned, and even essential travel comes with costly restrictions including tests at either end as well as two tests during a 10 day quarantine when you get home.
Following a review that’s due by April 12th however, this could change on May 17th. Any hopes that this could be moved forward in light of encouraging data seems unlikely.
Nevertheless, whenever foreign trips do resume, it’s likely that some countries will still block UK arrivals.
So, which countries are already giving us the green light, or have confirmed that they intend to do so very soon?
Here’s a list that we will keep updated as we move closer towards being able to travel again.
Having previously required Britons to provide evidence of a compelling reason to travel, this rule has now been dropped due to our rapid vaccine rollout and improving Covid situation.
French Tourism Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne announced that restrictions for arrivals from the UK, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore will be eased.
“The list includes Britain, because the UK variant now also circulates widely in France,” he said on Twitter.
Arrivals will still need to show evidence of a negative Covid test taken in the previous 72 hours.
Greece will welcome tourists from mid-May, so long as they have been vaccinated, can provide evidence of a previous Covid infection, or have tested negative for Covid in the 72 hours before departure.
“Greece is ready with a complete protocol for summer 2021,” said Greek tourism minister Harry Theocharis this week. “Tourists will be welcome if before travel they are either vaccinated, or have antibodies, or test negative. All tourists will be subject to random testing.”
The news will further bolster bookings, with tour operators and hotels in Greece already reporting a surge in enquiries since Boris Johnson’s roadmap announcement last month.
Spain will open for business for spring, once the country has vaccinated between 30 and 40 per cent of its adult population, its Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto recently confirmed.
The introduction of Covid passports to ease international travel is also anticipated by May, she added.
“We could be prepared to start to apply the digital passport in mid-May,” Ms Maroto said in an interview on the Antena 3 television channel.
It comes ahead of next week’s expected announcement of a draft EU plan for the Digital Green Pass system showing a traveller’s proof of vaccination or Covid testing status.
It’s likely that you’ll also be able to travel if you have proof of a negative test.
Pint-sized Montenegro relies heavily on tourism, which accounts for around 12pc of GDP. It was one of the very first countries to reopen to overseas visitors last year. That desire to keep its borders unlocked clearly remains, and since January 12 all travellers, including UK citizens, have been free to enter Montenegro as long as they provide evidence of a negative test.
No restrictions, the Foreign Office explains: “On December 30, North Macedonia cancelled a ban on direct flights from the United Kingdom. The government also cancelled the requirement for passengers arriving from the UK to self-isolate on the basis of their travel history. No PCR test is required.”
Wizz Air flies direct to Skopje from Luton.
All visitors to Serbia must present evidence of a negative PCR test taken in the 48 hours before arrival. However, there is no requirement to quarantine and Britons are welcome too. There are Covid rules, including a ban on gatherings of six or more people, but the country has refrained from completely shutting up shop. Restaurants and cafes can remain open until 8pm (or 9pm if they are found inside a hotel), while theatres, cinemas, museums and galleries may open until 9pm, including on weekends.
Belgrade is not your typical city break, but it’s a great option for anyone looking for a change. Wizz Air flies there non-stop from Luton.
The Foreign Office explains: “On January 18 the Romanian Government announced that anyone from the UK who has had both doses of the vaccine, and arrives in Romania more than ten days after the second dose, will no longer be expected to self-isolate. Furthermore, anyone coming from the UK who has had a positive Covid-19 test will be exempt from self-isolation provided that it is more than 14 days and less than 90 days since the confirmation of the result of their test.”
Cyprus is due to open to all visitors who have received both doses of an approved Covid vaccine from May 1. The second dose of a vaccine should be administered at least seven days before travel. Authorities may still carry out random tests on arrivals, however.
The Foreign Office explains: “Since February 1, the 10-day self-isolation period and Covid-19 testing requirements are not mandatory for individuals who have either tested positive for Covid-19 and declared cured less than six months previously, or those who have undergone Covid-19 vaccination less than six months previously.”