12 countries with recently eased travel rules that Brits can visit

International travel is opening up even further as more holiday destinations ease their coronavirus restrictions – which is good news for Brits looking to jet off this year.

Several countries have scrapped various entry requirements in recent weeks, including Portugal, France and Greece as well as long-haul destinations such as Sri Lanka and India.

More countries are expected to follow in the coming months, with Vietnam planning on reopening three months earlier than planned, while New Zealand will be initiating a phased reopening of its borders over the next few months, The Mirror reports.

Here are 12 countries which have recently relaxed rules for UK holidaymakers. If you are going away, always check the latest Foreign Office advice before you go as restrictions can change quickly.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland has scrapped all of its Covid travel rules, making it one of three countries Brits can visit without needing any tests or meeting vaccine requirements.

The new rules came into force on February 25, which also included dropping all domestic Covid rules – a perfect excuse to go and explore some of Iceland’s most beautiful places.


Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

Italy kicked off March by easing its rules for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.

As of March 1, anyone aged six or over will need to show one of the following; proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours pre-travel, a rapid lateral flow test taken within 24 hours, or proof of Covid recovery in the last six months.

This means that vaccinated Brits will no longer be required to take a pre-travel test.

The country also changed the rules so that if you are able to meet the above criteria, you won’t be required to self-isolate for five days on arrival even if you are unvaccinated.

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However it’s worth noting that there are other requirements in place such as needing a Super Green Pass to access venues like restaurants, museums, hotels and more.


Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Fully vaccinated Brits are no longer required to take a PCR test – instead, you can opt for an antigen test the day before travel instead.

Arrivals may still be subject to testing when they arrive in Canada, but the country has also scrapped a requirement to quarantine while awaiting the results. Children under 12 years old who travel with fully vaccinated adults continue to be exempt from quarantine.


Majorca, Spain
Majorca, Spain

Fully vaccinated Brits can visit Spain for holidays.

The rules apply to anyone aged 12 or over. However, Spain has eased rules for unvaccinated teens aged 12-17, who can travel provided they have a negative PCR test result and are traveling with vaccinated adults.

All travelers also need to fill out a pre-travel form and obtain a QR code to show at border control.

It’s worth noting that to be considered fully vaccinated, you need to have completed your vaccine course within 270 days (or nine months), otherwise you’ll need a booster jab.

The rules also apply for the Canary Islands and the Balearics.


Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Burj Al Arab, Dubai

The UAE has changed its rules so that fully vaccinated travelers no longer need a pre-departure Covid test. The same exemption applies for those who have proof of Covid recovery within 30 days of departure.

All other travelers will still be required to undergo pre-travel PCR tests. Children under 16 are exempt.

It’s worth noting that rules on arrival can differ depending on whether you’re visiting Dubai or Abu Dhabi – always check the latest Foreign Office advice before travelling.

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Paphos Harbor - Cyprus
Paphos Harbor – Cyprus

Fully vaccinated Brits no longer need to take pre-departure PCR tests under new travel rules. All arrivals aged 12 or over will still be required to take a PCR test on arrival at the airport – which costs between €15 to €19 – and self-isolate until they receive their result online.

The silver lining is that this usually takes up to a maximum of three hours, so it shouldn’t eat too much of your time making the most of the country’s most incredible beaches.


Nabeul, Tunisia
Nabeul, Tunisia

Tunisia changed its rules last month, allowing double jabbed Brits to enter Tunisia without a need for Covid tests.

Those who are not vaccinated can visit and are no longer required to self-isolate, but will still need either a PCR test taken within 48 hours before travel, or a rapid lateral flow test taken within 24 hours. (It’s worth noting that you’ll need a QR code as proof of your test result).


Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos, Greece

Greece recently changed its rules to exempt fully vaccinated Brits from Covid test requirements.

Anyone over the age of 12 will need to fill out a pre-departure passenger locator form.

If you’re unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you will need proof of a negative Covid test result – this can be a PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival, or an antigen test within 48 hours.


Albufeira, Portugal
Albufeira, Portugal

Portugal recently changed its rules for vaccinated Brits so they can visit without needing Covid tests. (If your vaccination course was completed over nine months ago, you’ll need a booster jab to qualify as fully vaccinated).

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Anyone aged 12 or over who is unvaccinated will still need a negative test result to visit; this can be a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, or a lateral flow taken within 24 hours.

All travelers also need to complete a pre-departure passenger locator form online.


Paris, France
Paris, France

Fully vaccinated Brits can visit for non-essential reasons such as holidays without needing to quarantine or take a pre-travel Covid test. (There are new booster jab requirements if you were vaccinated over 270 days ago).

All passengers will also need to sign a ‘sworn statement’ before visiting.

If you want to access the likes of restaurants and museums, you’ll need a vaccination pass.

Sri Lanka

Totagamuwa, Sri Lanka
Totagamuwa, Sri Lanka

Travelers who are fully vaccinated against Covid, or have proof of recovery, will no longer be required to take a pre-travel PCR or antigen test if they want to visit Sri Lanka and see some of the country’s most amazing places. The new rules came into force this month.

Unvaccinated children aged 11 years and under are allowed to travel with fully vaccinated parents. If a child under the age of 18 has received one dose of a vaccine at least 14 days before travel, they will be considered ‘fully vaccinated’.


The Ganges, Allahabad, India
The Ganges, Allahabad, India

Double jabbed Brits no longer need a PCR test if they want to visit India, and will be exempt from a seven-day quarantine and eight day Covid test.

Travelers will still need to fill out a pre-travel declaration form, show proof of full vaccination of one of the approved jabs, and then undergo “14-day self-monitoring”.

UK arrivals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival, and will also need to stick to the 14-day self-monitoring, rather than quarantine.

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