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Where can you travel to without a COVID vaccine? 3 summer holiday destinations

December 27, 2021
Written by
Edward Heywood
Where can you travel to without a COVID vaccine? 3 summer holiday destinations

Update: 26/05/22

Whether you’re a solo traveller seeking a culture-filled European getaway, or a family looking for a hassle-free holiday this summer, leave the stress of COVID travel restrictions in the past. No vaccine? No problem.  

Many countries have now opened their borders to those who haven’t yet been fully vaccinated — or who haven’t been vaccinated at all. If you haven’t received your vaccine and are wondering if you’re able to book a holiday abroad this year, the answer is yes!

Let’s explore the 3 best destinations that don’t require a COVID vaccine to visit this summer…

Do I still need a COVID test?

While a number of countries are now opening up their borders to those who haven’t been vaccinated, most destinations still require you to complete some form of COVID testing.

It’s definitely worth checking what these requirements are before you book your holiday, so that you know exactly what you’ll need well in advance of travelling. Give yourself the peace of mind you need for a hassle-free holiday.

If your destination does require proof of a negative test, we offer a range of COVID travel tests at Corona Test Centre, including Fit to Fly, Recovery Certificates, PCR and Antigen Lateral Flow tests.

Book your test with us today to make sure you’re fit to fly!

3 of the best destinations for travelling — no vaccine necessary

Portugal

If you’re looking for beautiful weather, welcoming locals and incredible beaches, Portugal is the perfect choice for your holiday this summer.

This stunning country is well-known for its port wine. Portugal also eats the most seafood per capita in Europe — so this holiday destination really is a foodie’s dream.

Here are just a few of the incredible sites you can visit on your trip to Portugal:

Unesco World Heritage sites

The centre of Portugal is home to a number of breathtaking Unesco World Heritage sites. These include the Monastery of Alcobaça, the Monastery of Batalha, the Convent of Christ in Tomar and the University of Coimbra.

The Algarve

The Algarve is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and charming fishing towns. It’s crystal blue waters and stunning weather make this the perfect destination to relax and unwind this summer.

What are Portugal’s current entry requirements if you haven’t had the COVID vaccine?

If you haven’t been vaccinated against COVID, you are still able to travel to Portugal this summer. But you will still need to make sure you’ve done a few things in advance of your holiday.

If you’re not fully vaccinated and will be travelling to Portugal from the UK, you will need to provide the following:

  • Proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before boarding your flight)
  • OR a rapid lateral flow test (taken no more than 24 hours before boarding your flight)
  • OR valid evidence of recent recovery from COVID. For this, you will need to have a valid COVID recovery certificate showing you recovered from COVID no less than 11 days, and no more than 180 days before you travel. Your UK Covid Pass can be used to demonstrate this.

Your PCR or rapid lateral flow test must be carried out by a trained healthcare professional, so make sure you’ve booked your test well in advance. 

Cyprus

If you’re looking for a sunny island to escape to this year, Cyprus is the perfect holiday destination. Think sun, sea and halloumi cheese.

Consider Paphos — it’s one of the most amazing places to visit in Cyprus if you’d like to explore ancient ruins of tombs and fortresses. Or why not visit Blue Lagoon Akamas? The easiest way to access this stunning area of Cyprus is via boat — and it’s a great place to escape the tourists and fully soak in the natural beauty of the country.

What are Cyprus’ current entry requirements if you haven’t had the COVID vaccine?

If you’re not fully vaccinated and will be travelling to Cyprus from the UK, you will need to provide the following:

Your test will need to be administered by a trained healthcare professional and you will be required to present your test result in printed or electronic form.

At Corona Test Centre, our PCR and rapid antigen tests all come with ‘Fit to Fly certificates’ included — book yours today to make sure you’re ready for your holiday.

Italy

Italy is a fantastic holiday destination for those who love sunshine, food and fascinating history.

The country offers everything from pizza, pasta and Aperol Spritz, to beautiful beaches and stunning ancient architecture. What more could you want?

A long weekend in Rome is the perfect romantic getaway for couples who love soaking up history and culture — or why not travel the Amalfi Coast for some of the most breathtaking views you’ll ever see?

What are Italy’s current entry requirements if you haven’t had the COVID vaccine?

If you’re not fully vaccinated and will be travelling to Italy from the UK, you will need to provide the following:

At Corona Test Centre, we offer PCR tests, rapid lateral flow tests, and COVID recovery certificates, so we can help to make sure you’re fully prepared for your holiday to Italy.

Other destinations to visit without a vaccine

Here are just a few of the other destinations you can visit without a COVID vaccine this year:

  • Greece
  • Denmark
  • Cuba
  • Turkey
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Croatia

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Book your test and away you go.

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