Where can I travel without a vaccine? Countries that allow unvaccinated passengers - and entry requirements

Some destinations have not made it a mandatory requirement for travellers to be vaccinated against Covid to enter

Proof of vaccination status has become a standard entry requirement for most countries across the world as part of Covid-19 restrictions.

Many destinations will now only allow travellers who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus to enter, meaning people need at least two doses of an approved vaccine.

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Some countries have not yet made it mandatory for travellers to show proof of vaccination (Photo: Getty Images)

More than 80% of people over the age of 12 in the UK have now been fully jabbed, according to government data, but there are still many who have not yet taken up the offer of a vaccine.

Covid travel rules are still in place across the world, but some destinations have not yet made it mandatory for visitors to show proof of vaccination to enter, and instead will allow a recent negative test or certificate of coronavirus recovery.

Listed are eight countries that will allow unvaccinated travellers to visit and their entry requirements.

Greece

Unvaccinated travellers can enter the country providing they can:

  • show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival, or
  • show proof of a negative rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory taken within 24 hours before arrival

Arrivas may also be asked to take a rapid test on arrival in Greece and must self-isolate in a quarantine hotel if the test is positive.

Croatia

UK travellers who are not fully vaccinated can gain entry to Croatia if they can present one of the following documents on arrival:

  • a negative rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours, or
  • a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours, or
  • a doctor’s certificate of recovery from Covid-19

Children under 12 and accompanied by a parent or guardian are exempt from these requirements if the parent or guardian has one of the above documents.

Unvaccinated travellers can visit Croatia with proof of a negative test (Photo: Shutterstock)

Cyprus

The UK is currently in the Cyprus’ Red category, meaning restrictions are a bit heavier than in other countries. However, people who are unvaccinated can still visit.

All travellers must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before arrival.

Since 4 January 2022, unvaccinated Brits have been required to show proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of arrival.

Another PCR test must also be taken upon entering the airport and travellers must self-isolate until they receive their result, which usually takes around three hours.

Travellers will then receive five tests which should be taken daily.

If travellers produce a positive test result, a follow-up PCR is required and Cypriot authorities should be notified. The self isolation period remains at 14 days for Covid-positive tourists in Cyprus.

Turkey

All travellers visiting Turkey must complete an online entry form a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel.

All arrivals aged 12 and over are required to proof of one of the following:

  • A full course of Covid-19 vaccinations (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Turkey)
  • recent recovery from Covid-19
  • a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before arrival
  • a rapid antigen test taken less than 48 hours before arrival

No PCR test or vaccination certificate is required for children aged 11 and under.

Portugal, Madeira and the Azores

Unvaccinated Brits can enter Portugal, Madeira and the Azores with proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR or rapid antigen test result certificate on arrival (except children aged 11 or under).

The tests must meet the following criteria to be accepted:

  • all tests must be carried out by trained healthcare professionals. Self-administered tests are not acceptable
  • antigen tests must be completed within 48 hours of departure. They must meet the standards set out in the EU common list of Rapid Antigen Tests
  • RT-PCR tests must be completed within 72 hours of departure

The test certificate must also contain the information set out in Annex II of the EU common list of Rapid Antigen Test, including:

  • your name, date of birth and passport number
  • the type of test taken and the date and time the sample was collected
  • the date of the result and the name of the testing facility or centre and responsible clinician

Travellers should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate travel to Portugal, and must instead arrange to take a private test.

Mexico

Proof of vaccination is not mandatory to enter Mexico at the moment (Photo: Shutterstock)

Holidaymakers from the UK must complete a health declaration form and scan the QR code it generates on arrival in Mexico.

At the moment there is no requirement to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival, but some resorts may ask guests to complete health questionnaires.

Customs officials may also ask to see proof of accommodation booking or contact information while you are in the country.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Travellers from the UK and arriving in the UAE must show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test before departure and present this certificate at check in.

The PCR test needs to be taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure.

Anyone arriving in Dubai may also have to take a further PCR test on arrival and isolate while waiting for the result.

Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 on arrival, depending on symptoms and accommodation plans, may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, their hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.

From 3 January 2022, unvaccinated travellers from the UK to Abu Dhabi must show aPCR test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days and take a further PCR test on day nine.

Slovenia

All travellers visiting Slovenia must complete a Digital Passenger Locator Form 24 hours before arrival, after which they will receive a QR code which must be shown to the Border Police on entry.

Proof of vaccination not mandatory to enter Slovenia as travellers can instead show proof of a negative test or recovery from Covid-19.

Everyone aged 12 and over must show proof of one of the following documents:

  • A PCR test not older than 48 hours
  • A rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours
  • A positive PCR test that is older than 10 days but not older than six months, confirming the traveller has had Covid-19 and not more than six months have passed since the first symptoms
  • Proof of vaccination against Covid-19

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