With coronavirus travel restrictions significantly easing, there are a number of countries British tourists can now visit without taking a covid test.
But in what will likely come as a blow to some, Spain is not yet one of them. The nation has retracted earlier changes which had been announced to its coronavirus travel rules.
It was reported that Spain had loosened restrictions and was allowing unvaccinated Brits into the country just in time for the Easter holidays. But now, in a rare reversal, the Spanish tourist board in London has withdrawn the promise of opening up to unvaccinated British visitors.
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Just hours after issuing the announcement, travellers were told the information provided was incorrect. The announcement resulted from an error of interpretation of the official state bulletin.
UK travellers aged 12 and above are still required to show proof of being fully vaccinated or a certificate of recovery (dated no more than 180 days previously). The only exception is for those aged 12 to 17 (inclusive) who can show a negative Covid test (PCR or similar) taken within the 72 hours before arriving in Spain.
The good news is there are currently 21 countries that don’t require unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers to test before arrival. Let’s take a look at places you can visit without having to prove you’ve been vaccinated, or take a test.
If you are travelling to Ireland you do not need to show any proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, proof of negative test or Irish passenger locator form receipt. There are no post-arrival testing or quarantine requirements for travel to Ireland.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while in Ireland should follow the HSE guidance in relation to isolation and undertaking antigen or PCR testing as appropriate.
Since March 28, the obligation to undergo quarantine on arrival in Poland has been lifted. There is also no longer a requirement to demonstrate your vaccination status on arrival. A pre-departure test is no longer required for travellers arriving from non-Schengen countries, which includes the UK.
As of April 1, people travelling to Sweden from the UK or other countries outside the EU/EEA will no longer be required to present a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination.
There are no COVID-19 related requirements regarding test or self-isolation when entering Denmark.
Most visitors from the United Kingdom can enter Mexico without taking a test, as Mexico is open to travellers regardless of their vaccination status. Travellers are required to complete a Health Declaration Form and scan the QR code it generates on arrival.
Entry requirements for Norway are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. You don’t need to provide your vaccination status for entry to Norway.
There are no COVID-19 related travel restrictions for Iceland.
You do not need to provide your vaccination status or a negative test result for entry to Montenegro.
On March 7 all COVID-19 restrictions on entering Hungary were lifted. Hungary does not require any COVID-19 vaccination proof, or a negative test result to enter the country, regardless of your vaccination status.
All restrictions related to COVID-19 ceased on March 9. There is no longer a requirement to quarantine, to test before entering Romania, or to complete the PLF (Passenger Locator Form).
You no longer need to provide proof of your vaccination status for entry to Slovenia.
British nationals travelling to Lithuania from the UK are no longer required to prove their vaccination status, recovery from COVID-19 or have a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival.
It is recommended that you complete a passenger locator form before you travel to Madeira and Porto Santo. If you’re travelling with children aged 11 and under, include their details in your form. There are no other requirements for entry to Madeira and Porto Santo.
As of April 6, there is no requirement for travellers arriving from the UK for either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative COVID-19 test. All travellers are required to complete a Health Declaration (Declaracíon Jurada de Sanidad) online before travel.
Adults who are not fully-vaccinated can visit Costa Rica without taking a test as long as they have proof of travel insurance that covers lodging and medical expenses in case of contracting Covid-19. Anyone aged 18 or under, along with fully-vaccinated adults, can enter Costa Rica without mandatory insurance.
Most travellers can enter El Salvador without a negative test result and do not have to quarantine on arrival. You also do not need to be vaccinated, however, travellers are advised to bring proof of vaccination as this may be required for entry to specific events and premises.
There is no requirement to provide a vaccination certificate or negative PCR or antigen test certificate to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. All visitors must fill out the Registration Immunization Information Form, and you will need a visa to enter or travel through Saudi Arabia.
All travellers regardless of their vaccination status, are no longer required to conduct pre-departure PCR tests and PCR tests on arrival in Jordan. You will need a visa to enter or travel through Jordan as a visitor.
If you travel to Latvia from EU, EEA countries, Switzerland or the UK, you are not required to show proof of vaccination, take COVID-19 tests or self-isolate when you arrive.
All COVID-19 entry requirements were removed, both for Moldovans and foreign nationals, on March 22. Border Police will permit you to cross the Ukrainian-Moldovan checkpoint with a national ID card or a birth certificate.
COVID-19 related restrictions for entry have been lifted. Negative COVID-19 PCR tests before and after arrival are no longer required. You should contact the Mongolian Embassy in London for the most up-to-date advice on entry requirements and visas. Borders between China and Mongolia are closed except for freight traffic.
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