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16 Countries You Can Travel To Without A Vaccine


Now that many travel restrictions have been eased around the world, travel is becoming easier – particularly for those who are fully vaccinated with an approved Covid vaccine.

But how do the latest rules affect those who aren't fully vaccinated, and are any countries allowing tourists to enter with just a test? One of the most common questions we get is; "Where can I travel unvaccinated?"

There are currently a number of countries that will allow visitors who have not been vaccinated to enter. A few of them are in Europe and the others slightly farther afield.

Before travelling, we recommend regularly checking government guidelines both for the country you might be considering visiting and for the UK when you return.

You can find the full list of countries allowing people to enter without a vaccine below: These are correct at the time of writing but please bare in mind these can change at any time.

1. Greece

Unvaccinated travellers can visit the country with proof of a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival or proof of a negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, taken within the 24 hours before your arrival. This applies to everyone aged five and over.

Arrivals may also be required to undergo a rapid Covid test on arrival. If you test positive on arrival in Greece, you (and those you are travelling with) will have to self-isolate for at least five days, either at home or in a hotel (this will be paid for by the Greek state). If you have no symptoms on day five you will be allowed to leave quarantine.

The Greek government also ‘strongly recommends’ that you take either a certified rapid test, or certified PCR test on both days two and four after arrival into Greece. For holiday inspiration, see our guide to The Best Greek Islands to visit in 2022


2. Portugal and Madeira

Portugal's mainland and Madeira are now open to travellers who have not been vaccinated, as long as they can prove that they don't have Covid.

To enter mainland Portugal, you will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure and complete and submit a traveller questionnaire before departure. Self-administered tests are not accepted. Your temperature will also be screened on arrival.

To enter Madeira, you must register on the Madeira Safe travellers platform and download a QR code to present to airport staff on arrival. You must provide proof of a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure that has been administered by a trained healthcare professional.

Your airline has the right to deny boarding if you can't show one of these documents when you check in for your flight. We recommend that you check with your airline before you travel.

3. Spain

Unvaccinated adult travellers can enter Spain with one caveat:: they must have proof of having recovered from Covid in the past six months. Previously, only fully vaccinated travellers aged 12 and over could enter Spain from the UK, but the destination has relaxed rules slightly, meaning it is now accepting certificates of recovery from Covid for unvaccinated travellers. However, those who cannot meet either criteria will be denied entry.

As of 1 February, you will need to have received your second jab between 14 and 270 days before travel to Spain and the Canary Islands to be classed as fully vaccinated.

Children aged 12-17 no longer need to show proof of a vaccine, but will need a negative PCR test to enter.

Take a look at our Guide to Spain for inspiration.

4. Croatia

Unvaccinated travellers can enter Croatia with proof of either a negative Covid-19 antigen test, issued within 24 hours of arrival, or a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival. You will need to complete an online entry form before travelling.

5. Cyprus

Unvaccinated travellers to Cyprus must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure or an antigen test taken in the 24 hours before departure. Travellers over 12 must then take another PCR test upon arrival at Larnaca or Paphos airports, and remain in isolation until the result comes back (this should take roughly three hours). This costs €15–€19 and must be paid for by the traveller.

72 hours after arrival, travellers might be required to take a rapid test at a Ministry of Health mobile unit, which is free of charge.

Read our Top 10 Cyprus accommodation's

6. Slovenia

Unvaccinated British travellers to Slovenia must provide a Digital Passenger Locator Form as well as either a PCR test not older than 48 hours or a rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours. A positive PCR test result that is older than 10 days but more recent than six months old will also be accepted as a requirement of entry.

7. Turkey

You do not need to be fully vaccinated to visit Turkey, but you must be able to show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before entry), rapid antigen test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry), or proof of a recent recovery from COVID-19 within the last six months. Arrivals into the country should also show an online form completed 72 hours before travel and may be subject to a medical screening.

8. United Arab Emirates

You do not have to be fully vaccinated to visit the UAE. Unvaccinated arrivals to the Emirates must present evidence of a negative PCR test taken 48 hours before departure. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival as well as on days four and eight, but are not required to quarantine.

Read our Guide to Dubai here


9. Mexico

Mexico does not currently require visitors to show a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival, you will just need to fill in a form beforehand and have the QR code from the form with you on entry to the country. Resorts are also able to request guests fill in a health questionnaire on arrival

Read "Top Ten Hotels in Yucatan For families"

10. Ireland

Passengers flying from the UK to Ireland must fill out a locator form before they travel. They will also be asked for proof of vaccination or recovery, or to present evidence of a negative PCR taken within 72 hours before arrival in the country.


You can read our Guide to Dublin Activities here

11. Maldives

All visitors (except children under the age of one) must present a negative PCR test on arrival to the Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure. While those who are not fully vaccinated will be permitted to enter, they must self-isolate for 14 days and take an exit test before leaving quaranti