Covid travel: Hassle-free holiday guide to the countries you can visit without quarantine

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You only need a negative Covid test to get into Croatia (Shutterstock )
You only need a negative Covid test to get into Croatia (Shutterstock )

If you like piña coladas, and (not) getting caught in the rain, then you might be in need of a long-awaited holiday.

Luckily for you, it’s now easier than ever to hop on a plane and get your fix of sun.

As outlined by Grant Shapps on 17 September, UK travel will soon become much simpler (and cheaper). The traffic light system will be ditched in favour of a single red list, and testing requirements will be significantly reduced for double-vaccinated passengers, with PCR tests being swapped for lateral flow tests upon re-entry.

That being said, other countries still have their own guidelines in place, so being on the UK go list is not a guarantee that holidays will be completely straightforward.

With that in mind, here are twelve countries that don’t require quarantine if you’re double-jabbed. Pack those suitcases: your hassle-free holiday awaits.

Croatia

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(Shutterstock)

The turquoise seas and sun-soaked cities of Croatia are enough to tempt anyone for a visit. Luckily, a trip is now more straightforward than ever.

Regardless of vaccination status, Brits travelling to Croatia need only present a negative Covid test. This can be either a negative COVID-19 antigen test, which must not be older than 48 hours, or a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours on arrival.

Find our Croatia travel guide here.

Germany

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(Jan Bolz / Unsplash)

From sleek urban cool to chocolate-box prettiness, there’s something for everyone in Germany.

As long as you’re fully vaccinated, the entry requirements are straightforward. Those who are double-jabbed simply need to complete pre-departure digital registration, and present a negative Covid test with the same specifications as above.

Read our full guide to the best of Germany and Austria.

Iceland

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(PA Archive)

For those in need of a change of scenery, landscapes don’t come much more spectacular than Iceland.

If you can demonstrate either that you’re fully vaccinated against Covid, or have recovered from a previous infection, you’re allowed in. If not, travel is restricted to those with essential reasons for visiting.

Find our Iceland travel guide here.

Slovenia

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(REUTERS)

An overlooked gem full of lush forests and wonderfully swim-able lakes, Slovenia is a welcome addition to the green list.

Entry again extends to those who have proof of either a negative test, full vaccination, or recovery from a previous Covid infection.

Slovakia

There’s plenty to be discovered in Slovakia, a country known for its rich blend of history and nature.

If you’re fully vaccinated, you need only fill in a form and present a negative test on arrival.

Malta

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(Getty Images)

If you fancy a dip in a turquoise sea, or a stroll through an ancient city, you’re in luck.

Travelling to Malta is as simple as having both vaccines, while accompanying children (between 5 and 12-years-old) need only present a negative Covid test.

Find our Malta travel guide here.

Gibraltar

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(REUTERS)

Gibraltar is home to Europe’s only wild monkey population - and if that’s not a good enough reason to visit, we don’t know what is.

Anyone double-jabbed (who has only been in Gibraltar’s green list countries) need only book a lateral flow test, to be taken within 24 hours of arrival. If you’re staying for longer than seven days, you’ll need another test on day five.

Find our Gibraltar travel guide here.

Turks and Caicos

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(Pixabay)

The only Caribbean destination on this list, Turks and Caicos will be a tempting option for anyone hoping to get a good dose of summer sun.

All travellers 16 and over must now be fully-vaccinated, but children aged 10 and above only need a negative test.

Norway

Norway announced this week that they will now accept the NHS Covid Vaccine Passport as proof of immunity and British travellers can therefore visit free of restrictions or quarantine.

With Dramatic fjords, midnight sun, colourful coastal towns and a very good chance of spotting the Northern Lights, in a world beauty contest, Norway would have a very good shot at taking first place on the podium.

Read Kate Lough’s full guide to why a trip to green list Norway is very worth your while.

Latvia

Home to wide beaches and sprawling forests, you’ll just need a negative Covid test to enter Latvia.

Romania

For a country filled to the brim with history, Romania is another excellent option.

As long as you have proof of double vaccination or recovery from a previous Covid infection, you won’t need to quarantine.

Portugal

Portugal announced this week that even un-jabbed British tourists no longer have to quarantine when travelling to the mainland, but you’ll need to have proof of a negative test.

There’s plenty of pousadas, wineries and wide open countryside in the less visited interior and of course the beaches, bars and golf courses of the Algarve for those craving a little post-lockdown fun.

From its dramatic islands like Madeira and the Azores to the hubbub of forward-looking, design destinations like Lisbon and Porto, there’s something for everyone - read our full Portugal destination guide here.

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