Which countries are allowing unvaccinated travellers from the UK?

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Written by Ray

May 9, 2022

Entry to many countries or destinations depends on a traveller’s vaccination status as COVID-19 vaccines are a prerequisite for travelling. But now that several countries have dropped stringent entry requirements like unvaccinated travellers and started reopening their borders to welcome visitors again.

Many Brits might be motivated to travel amidst such changes in restrictions and might also consider an overseas trip. Aside from that, many countries have also allowed unvaccinated travellers from the UK for travel purposes.

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For unvaccinated individuals who want to travel, here are some of the countries that do not impose COVID-19 vaccination restrictions upon international arrivals:

Europe

Spain

Unvaccinated travellers from the UK are allowed to enter Spain given that they present a negative PCR or antigen test on arrival. If visitors had a previous infection, they can show a certificate proving their recovery within the last 180 days.

Greece

Entry to Germany is open for unvaccinated travellers with proof of a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival. They can also get a negative rapid antigen test from a reputable and authorized laboratory, taken within 48 hours before arrival. Visitors might also be subjected to taking a Covid-19 antigen test on arrival.

France

France has imposed a restriction-free entry to all travellers regardless of vaccination status but still requires a negative COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated and unrecovered individuals are also permitted to travel the country as long as they came from a low-risk country and present a negative coronavirus test result taken within 72 hours.

Portugal

Unvaccinated travellers are welcome to Portugal provided that they present a pre-departure lateral flow test administered by a healthcare professional and taken no more than 48 hours. If they prefer a PCR test, they must take it within 72 hours of departure.

Finland

All travellers, including non-EU nationals, can visit Finland by presenting a negative COVID-19 test result. For vaccinated travellers, they can simply present their vaccination certificate or recovery certificate.

The Netherlands

Travellers from the green list countries, like the UK, will not need proof of a negative Covid-19 test or undergo quarantine protocols. On the other hand, people from high-risk countries, regardless of vaccination status, will need to undergo 10 days of quarantine.

Turkey

Unvaccinated travellers can gain entry to Turkey by presenting a recent recovery certificate from COVID-19 within the last 6 months or a negative PCR test that is taken less than 72 hours of arrival. They can also take a rapid antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before departure.

Many other countries in Europe allow entry for unvaccinated travellers and some have even removed all coronavirus restrictions. However, they still implement various testing protocols that visitors must be aware of before finalising their trip. Here are such countries:

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Sweden

Asia and Africa

Angola

Travellers, vaccinated or not, can enter Angola but they are required to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel. They must also get tested upon arrival. People who test positive for COVID-19 must undergo institutional quarantine.

Bangladesh

Passengers from the UK arriving in Bangladesh do not have to worry about stringent restrictions. What they will mostly need is proof of a negative PCR test taken issued no longer than 48 hours.

Bahrain

According to Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA), unvaccinated travellers do not need to undergo coronavirus testing upon arrival. Coronavirus testing will only be applicable for individuals experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms.

Maldives

Last March 13, 2022, Maldives revoked its public health emergency and is now permitting free entry for travellers, regardless of their vaccination status.

Nigeria

Travellers who wish to travel to Nigeria must take a pre-departure COVID-19 test and complete an online pre-boarding health declaration at the Nigeria International Travel Portal.

Saudi Arabia

All international arrivals to Saudi Arabia are no longer required to present a negative PCR test or antigen test on arrival. Quarantine measures have also been scrapped. Still, travellers arriving on visit visas must have medical insurance to cover any medical expenses should they test positive for COVID-19 and need treatment during their stay.

Thailand

Unvaccinated visitors arriving in Thailand must present a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. Upon arrival, they must take another PCR test and quarantine for 10 days.

The Middle East and North Africa

Algeria

Travellers above 12 years old must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 36 hours before arrival. They must also take an antigen test upon arrival and should the result return as positive, travellers are required to take a 10-day quarantine at their own expense. If they test negative, they can continue their trip.

Israel

All travellers, except for Israeli citizens and residents, must show a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours. Upon arrival, they will need to take another Covid-19 test at their own expense and must present proof of insurance to cover any COVID-19 related treatment.  

Dubai

All unvaccinated travellers going to Dubai must hold a negative COVID-19 certificate for a PCR test, performed within 48 hours of departure.

Risks of Travelling for Unvaccinated Travellers

Unvaccinated individuals who want to travel risk themselves for potential infection as well as stringent coronavirus requirements like testing and quarantine. Also, the pandemic heightens many uncertainties and anything can happen during the trip. Without vaccination, it might even be difficult to continue travel plans.

Accordingly, the World Health Organization stated that some countries are relaxing their rules related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus if they reach high immunity rates, their healthcare system is robust, and epidemiological trends are favourable.          

Individuals might have various reasons for not taking COVID jabs. But for those who wish to travel, getting fully vaccinated is the only way to prevent any denied privileges and postponement of trips. It is also worth noting that fully jabbed individuals must still remember to check the testing protocols of the country they want to visit.

Are you looking for a testing provider?

Harley Medic International is a government-approved testing provider and an expert in COVID-19 testing. They have many locations across the UK, ensuring that a testing centre is near you. Getting a test is as easy as booking online and finding their closest clinic. Visit their website harleymedic.co.uk to learn more.

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