Despite over 80% of the UK population (over the age of 12) now being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there are still many people who haven’t received the vaccine. Whether there are medical reasons for delaying or advising against the vaccine, or if a decision has simply been made for other reasons, this is now a barrier for almost one-in-five people looking to travel abroad in 2022.
Many countries, including popular destinations like the USA and Spain, have imposed restrictions making it impossible to enter without a vaccine, or a lengthy quarantine period is required before you can travel freely without a vaccine.
However, there are still a few countries that are welcoming unvaccinated tourists. We have done some research into some of the most popular holiday destinations that do not require a vaccine certificate for you to visit.
This information is correct as of 11th January 2022 and has been checked against the official travel advice on the gov.uk website for accuracy, however, it is only intended to be used as a guide and it is important that you confirm entry requirements for yourself before booking a holiday or travelling abroad on this information. Travel advice and rules can change without notice and this is not a guarantee that additional restrictions will not be imposed by destinations in the weeks and months ahead.
The advice we have published is relevant to UK citizens, living in England, who have not travelled anywhere else in the last 14 days. Different requirements may apply to those travelling from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It is important that you still obtain comprehensive travel insurance as soon as you book your trip, including cover for cancellation and medical and quarantine expenses, including if you test positive while you are away. There is a government guide on buying travel insurance for your trip here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/foreign-travel-insurance
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
With a flying time of under 3 hours and one of the longest and most picturesque coastlines in Europe, Croatia makes for an excellent summer holiday destination. The season runs from late May to late September – temperatures usually remain above the mid-twenties for most of this. It makes for an excellent multi-centre holiday with a choice of historic cities and hundreds of beautiful islands, plus the Insta-worthy Plitvice Lakes National Park!
To be allowed entry into Croatia, all travellers from the UK must present one of the following documents on arrival:
· proof of a vaccination, not older than 365 days, or;
· a negative COVID-19 antigen 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. (See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 status’).
You will need to complete an online entry form before you travel to Croatia.
You should carry a copy of your accommodation booking when arriving in Croatia
It is mandatory for passengers to wear masks on public transport, taxis and in shops and other commercial premises.