Covid: What countries are allowing unvaccinated travellers from the UK to visit?

Tourists sunbathe on the beach at the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca, Spain. Credit: AP

As the Omicron wave dissipates, countries across the world are continuing to ease their Covid travel curbs in order to welcome visitors again.

With the half-term quickly approaching and summer holidays on the horizon, many Brits are considering what overseas destinations they want to escape to.

In March, the UK announced that all Covid travel restrictions, including the requirement for all unvaccinated arrivals to get tested, would be scrapped, reflecting a change in the border policies of many European nations.

Spain is among the latest to ease travel curbs, but others retain a host of test requirements before holidaymakers can enter.

So, what countries are open to those who have not yet had any coronavirus jabs?

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Unvaccinated UK citizens can now travel to Spain by showing a negative PCR or antigen test on arrival.

People can also provide a certificate showing they had recovered from coronavirus within the last 180 days.

Fully vaccinated travellers will still need to show proof of vaccination, though under-12s are exempted from having to show any certificates.

Previously, Spain had insisted on full vaccination for entry for anyone over 12 - even if travellers have recently recovered from Covid.

A Spanish flag waves as bathers enjoy the beach in Barbate, Cadiz province, south of Spain. Credit: Emilio Morenatti/AP


From May 1, passengers arriving in Greece were no longer required to show a proof of Covid vaccination, a negative Covid test, or a Covid recovery certificate, which proves a person has had a coronavirus infection less than six months ago.

These rules apply to all travellers, regardless of vaccination status.

Travellers entering Greece may still be required to undergo a rapid Covid-19 test on arrival.


At present, all travellers require proof of vaccination, or evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering Italy, a negative rapid lateral flow test taken within the 48 hours before entry, or a Covid recovery certificate.

These rules apply for travellers aged six and over.


From the start of April, UK travellers who were not fully vaccinated, and aged12 or over, had to have proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours pre-departure.

Fully vaccinated individuals can travel across the border, but need to show proof of vaccination, such as through the NHS Covid pass.

France will recognise travellers aged 18 and over as ‘vaccinated’, providing they have completed an initial vaccine course within the last nine months.

However, if more than nine months have passed since your initial jab, and you have not since received a booster, you will be considered unvaccinated.


Portugal requires lateral flow tests for the unvaccinated to be completed by a healthcare professional no more than 24 hours before departure.

Unvaccinated travellers can also show proof of a negative PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours before boarding.

Fully vaccinated travellers can enter mainland Portugal without taking a test - but must show proof of inoculation, such as through evidence on an NHS Covid Pass.

Tourists look at downtown Lisbon from a view point in Bairro Alto, or High Quarter. Credit: AP


People travelling to the US must be fully vaccinated to gain entry and are still required to present evidence of a negative Covid test.

Only those with an 'exception' or are US Citizens, US nationals or US lawful permanent residents will be able to enter America without having been vaccinated.

Before boarding a flight to the USA, most passengers - regardless of vaccination status - are required to show a negative Covid test result taken no more than one day before travel.

Here are some other countries where unvaccinated Brits can travel to:

  • Bahamas

  • Cuba

  • Cyprus

  • Denmark

  • Iceland

  • Ireland

  • Israel

  • Kenya

  • Mexico

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Sri Lanka

  • Turkey

  • Venezuela

You can read more about specific entry requirements to individual countries here.