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Holidays 2021: Which European countries can you travel to without quarantine?

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With official guidance changing almost by the hour, it’s no wonder the very idea of travelling to Europe has people confused.

The UK government has clarified what you need to do if you’re returning from a country on the red, amber or green list.

But it’s a different and rather more complicated picture when you’re beginning your travels – a picture that depends on the rules that are in place in whatever country you’re going to.

Here’s a rundown of where you’ll need to quarantine, where you won’t and some other useful advice.

Be aware though that the picture is always changing, and the rules can too – so do always check the FCO website before jetting off.

European holiday destinations with no quarantine on arrival for Brits

If you’re travelling to the following destinations on holiday, you won’t need to quarantine upon arrival provided you are able to present a negative PCR test or prove you have been fully vaccinated.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Kosovo
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Spain


Cyprus and Ukraine also come under this category, though they require visitors to take a Covid test during their first 72 hours in the country. Visitors who test positive will have to self-isolate.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you will need to provide evidence of a negative Covid test.

If you’re travelling to Serbia on holiday, you won’t need to quarantine upon arrival provided you are able to present a negative PCR test, regardless of your vaccination status.

The same applies to Turkey – but as it is currently on the UK government’s red list you will have to self-isolate for 10 days in a government-approved quarantine hotel when you return.

If you’re fully vaccinated, UK tourists can enter the following countries without needing to quarantine or present evidence of a negative test result.

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Switzerland

Gibraltar also belongs on this list, though it does require you to take a test after entering.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to have an essential reason or a worthy purpose to visit many of these countries.

You may also be required to self-isolate when you arrive, even if you are able to produce a negative Covid test. Check the FCO website for the latest guidance.

Albania is the odd country out, as it allows entry to travellers without the need for testing, proof of vaccination status or mandatory quarantine.

European countries with quarantine requirements for UK tourists

Following recent rule changes, all UK tourists heading to Italy must self-isolate for five days upon arrival – and will also need to show a negative PCR test when entering the country.

Following your five-day isolation, you will be required to take another rapid antigen test for Covid-19 and will only be released if the test is negative.

You will also need to fill in an online digital form prior to arrival, as well as calling the local Covid-19 helpline within 48 hours of arriving.

These rules are currently in place until Monday, August 30.

European countries not accepting UK travellers for non-essential travel

The following countries are not allowing UK travellers to enter for non-essential reasons.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden

That means that you can’t take a holiday in these countries even if you have been fully vaccinated and can produce a negative Covid test.

These rules are correct at time of writing but may be subject to change. Visit the official country websites or their advice pages on the FCO site to stay up to date.

Credit: Original article published here.

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