Where Can You Travel Without a Covid vaccine?

Where Can You Travel Without a Covid vaccine?
© Provided by Condé Nast Traveler
By Anya Meyerowitz, Condé Nast Traveler

As of Monday 4 October, the UK government will scrap the current traffic light system (dividing countries between a green, amber and red list) and instead maintain a single red list of high-risk countries, moving the rest of the world onto a single footing. On top of this, the PCR test, previously taken on or before day two of your return into the UK from green list countries, will be replaced with a cheaper lateral flow test for double-vaccinated travelers later in October.

But what does it mean for those who aren’t double-vaccinated? And, which countries are you currently able to travel to? Here’s everything you need to know.

Read More: What Countries Can I Travel to If I’m Vaccinated?

Do I have to quarantine when returning to the UK?

According to the government’s latest announcement, travelers who have not had both vaccine doses will have to self-isolate for 10 days even when coming from any country on the new ‘safe’ list – and even if they were previously green list countries. They will also be required to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on days two and eight. Those in England will be able to take an extra ‘Test to Release’ PCR on day five to end quarantine early (if it is negative).

Which countries allow people to enter without a vaccine?

There are currently a handful of countries that will allow visitors who have not been vaccinated to enter. Six of them are in Europe, and the others slightly farther afield, offering unvaccinated travelers a choice between short- and long-haul trips.

You can find the full list of countries allowing people to enter without a vaccine below:


British travelers who can provide a negative PCR test issued within 48 hours of arrival are permitted to enter Spain.


Portugal’s mainland is off limits to travelers who have not been double-vaccinated, however you can travel to Madeira. You will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival and complete and submit a traveler questionnaire before departure.


Unvaccinated travelers can enter Croatia with proof of either a negative Covid-19 antigen test, issued within 48 hours of arrival, a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival, or a doctor’s certificate of recovery following a positive test result between 11 and 180 days prior.

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Unvaccinated travelers can visit the country with proof of a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival, proof of a negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test from an authorized laboratory, undertaken within the 48-hour period before your arrival, or proof of recovery from Covid-19.


Unvaccinated travelers to Cyprus must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure, and then take another PCR test upon arrival at Larnaca or Paphos airports, and remain in isolation until the result comes back. If you want to stay for a longer period of time, you are required to take an additional PCR or rapid antigen tests every seven days following arrival, unless able to provide proof of contracted coronavirus in the past six months.


Unvaccinated travelers to Slovenia must provide a Digital Passenger Locator Form as well as either a PCR test not older than 72 hours or a rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours. As with the above countries, a positive PCR test result that is older than 10 days but more recent than six months old will also be accepted as a requirement of entry.

The United Arab Emirates

You do not have to be fully vaccinated to visit the UAE. Unvaccinated arrivals to the Emirates must present evidence of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. This must be shown at check-in.


Mexico does not currently require visitors to show a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival, you will just need to fill in a form beforehand and have the QR code from said form with you on entry to the country. Resorts are also able to request guests fill in a health questionnaire on arrival.

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Travel Magazine: Where Can You Travel Without a Covid vaccine?
Where Can You Travel Without a Covid vaccine?
Unvaccinated travellers need to know ahead of the changes to the traffic light system, including countries that'll allow entry without vaccine.
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