It’s time folks. No more sitting around waiting for something to happen, no more trotting down the road dreaming about travel or trying to fool the kids that a trip to the park cuts it. No more. If your passport isn’t ready – then get it ready because there are fabulous places all over the planet waiting for you right now, that doesn’t require quarantine on either end. Let’s take a look.
Now it has to be said that before you make any travel plans, check with the correct authorities first because regulations are changing faster than Katie Price can change husbands, and that’s pretty fast so to be on the safe side – always check first. But, enough of that, let’s get started and find that perfect holiday!
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Passengers arriving here must have proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test that was conducted using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab and this must have been taken by a medical professional within seven days of taking their flight. Be warned though, that home tests are not acceptable and children younger than 12 are exempt from the test but should any passenger display symptoms of illness they may be required to spend time at a government-sanctioned quarantine hotel on their own cost of around $100 per day.
If the sun-kissed beaches of the Caribbean are just a smidge too far from home for your liking, then a quick jaunt to Croatia can cure you of your wanderlust.
Croatia is currently on the “green list” and this means that you won’t have to quarantine upon your return to the United Kingdom and this applies if you’re vaccinated or not. If you do have proof of vaccination then you won’t need to quarantine in Croatia and you will need to provide a negative antigen test that is no older than 48 hours or a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours.
It may seem counterproductive to leave the UK for Iceland for winter travels since most of us want sunnier climes and white sandy beaches, but Iceland truly becomes something quite magical in the winter and the land of fire and ice will not disappoint the British tourist.
Now Iceland does come with a “disclaimer”, you won’t have to quarantine provided you can provide proof of being fully vaccinated, you may need to take a test on arrival and non-vaccinated Brits are not allowed to enter Iceland without quarantining at this point in time.
A long time favourite of us Brits, Portugal offers a break from rainy days, a stark lack of sunshine and bleak British winter days.
All British tourists arriving in Portugal must have taken a Covid 19 PCR test at least 72 hours prior to boarding, or have a vaccine certificate (two doses at least 14 days prior to entry), immunity declaration that you have already had Covid-19 or the EU Digital Covid certificate.
Technically, Portugal is still on the UK’s Amber list while the islands of Madeira and the Azores are on the green list.
Never mind if you’re a single traveller, combine these tips with your quarantine free bucket lists and you’ll be doing just fine.
There are more countries open to us besides, so get online and get busy because the world is opening up again and waiting to welcome you, with (sanitised) open arms.