Double-jabbed Britons can visit Latvia, Romania and Germany with no tests needed, while those who are unvaccinated must provide proof that they are Covid-free to enter Spain, it can be revealed.
Those who have received both doses have unrestricted entry – meaning they do not have to quarantine or provide a negative test result – when travelling to Germany, France, Spain, Latvia, Romania and Georgia.
But those who are not double-jabbed are still subject to some regulations upon arrival and, in the cases of Germany and Slovakia, can be denied entry entirely.
And the Spanish Government requires all travellers from the UK to present either proof of a negative Covid-19 test or that they have received two vaccinations at least 14 days before arrival.
There are still some rules for fully-vaccinated people if they are visiting countries such as the United Arab Emirates, where they have to carry out seven days of quarantine, but this is less than the 12 days of self-isolation required for Britons who have only had one or no doses of the vaccine.
Restrictions do not differ for double-jabbed people if they are travelling from the UK to Austria, where they are still expected to quarantine for 10 days, Norway, India and the French overseas territories of La Reunion and Mayotte.
The guidance comes amid the Government’s shake-up of the traffic light system, adding seven European countries to the green list of destinations and switching the status of India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates from red to amber.
But there is growing anger about the decision to turn Mexico red with just three days’ notice, with panicked and ‘f***ing fuming’ Britons trying to get home before 4am on Sunday. Georgia, Reunion and Mayotte will also turn red this weekend.
While Spain avoided joining them, those flying back will soon face higher testing costs after ministers urged holidaymakers to take a PCR for the mandatory pre-departure test, rather than the cheaper lateral flow alternatives, ‘as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country’.
Elsewhere, as expected, the Government also confirmed that arrivals from France will no longer need to self-isolate, which could spark a surge in cross-Channel bookings, as is the custom in August when traditionally more than four million Britons make the trip.
France will be aligned with all other amber nations, from which arrivals only need to quarantine at home if they are not fully vaccinated. The changes to the travel lists come into force at 4am on Sunday.
Below are the regulations in full for visitors from the UK, laid out according to their vaccination status, to countries where travel rules have recently changed.
Those who have received both doses have unrestricted entry – meaning they do not have to quarantine or provide a negative test result – when travelling to Germany, France, Spain, Latvia, Romania and Georgia. But those who are not double-jabbed are still subject to some regulations upon arrival and, in the cases of Germany and Slovakia, can be denied entry entirely
Passengers wearing facemasks as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus walk through arrivals onto the main concourse at St Pancras International station in London in August last year (file photo)
Travellers come out of the Eurostar train from London upon their arrival at the Brussel-Zuid or Bruxelles-Midi train station on January 15 this year in Brussels. The UK Government has added seven European countries to the green list of destinations and switched the status of India, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates from red to amber
Austria is one of the seven European countries being added to the green list of destinations.
Those who are fully vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days and provide proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours before departure.
The restrictions are the same for Britons who are not double-jabbed, including 10 days of quarantine and showing a pre-departure negative PCR test.
Germany is also being moved from the amber to green list as part of the UK Government’s latest changes.
Under entry requirements for Germany, those who are not fully vaccinated and do not meet the exemptions outlined, such as being a German citizen or having an urgent need to travel, ‘may not currently enter’ the country.
Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 can enter Germany if they can show proof of a negative Covid test and are travelling with at least one fully vaccinated parent.
Meanwhile, those who are double-jabbed are permitted entry and do not have to quarantine.
Tourists travelling from the UK to Latvia, which is being added to the green list, have unrestricted entry if they are fully vaccinated.
Those who are not double-jabbed must show a negative PCR test before boarding or crossing the border.
Arrivals must also complete and submit an electronic form no longer than 48 hours after entering the country.
Fully vaccinated visitors from the UK to Norway, which is being added to the green list, are not allowed to visit unless residing in Norway or if they are a close family member of a Norwegian resident.
The same applies to those who have not received both doses.
This comes after the UK left the European Union at the start of this year, meaning that UK nationals are no longer classified as EU/EEA nationals and will not be allowed to visit Norway unless they meet certain exceptions.
Fully vaccinated people travelling to Romania, which is moving from the amber to green list, do not have to quarantine or take a test.
The guidance states it allows Britons who can ‘demonstrate proof of a full course of vaccination against Covid-19’ to be exempt from self-isolation.
People are not double-jabbed will have to quarantine for 14 days, unless a negative RT-PCR test can be shown before their arrival and they leave within 72 hours afterwards.
For Slovenia, which is being added to the green list, people travelling from the UK who are fully vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days if they do not have a permanent or temporary residency.
Those without two jabs can similarly only enter if they quarantine for 10 days (if they do not have a permanent or temporary residency).
They must also prove one of the following: a recent Covid test, at least one vaccine dose (AstraZeneca, Janssen or Covishield) or a positive PCR test showing they have had Covid within the last six months.
For Slovakia, moving to the green list, it states ‘entry is now permitted for fully vaccinated travellers from the UK’.
However, those who have not received both doses can only be admitted under certain exemptions, such as being a resident or studying there.
Bahrain, which is moving from a red to amber list status, requires pre-departure, arrival and day 10 PRC tests for people who are fully vaccinated, but says they do not need to quarantine.
Those without two jabs must quarantine for 10 days and also take the pre-departure, arrival and day 10 PRC tests.
All regularly scheduled international flights remain suspended but a limited number are in operation.
Those who do travel to India must go through thermal screening on arrival, show proof of a negative private test (not PCR) and quarantine for 10 days quarantine.
This applies to everyone regardless of their vaccination status.
The guidance for Qatar, moving to the amber list, says there is no quarantine for those who are fully vaccinated, but they must show a negative PCR test.
Those who are not double-jabbed must quarantine for seven days and also show a negative PCR test.
United Arab Emirates
Fully vaccinated people travelling to the United Arab Emirates, being added to the amber list, from the UK must quarantine for seven days, show a negative PCR test on arrival and on their sixth day in the country.
People who have not received both doses must quarantine for longer – 12 days – alongside showing a negative PCR test on arrival and on day 11 of their stay.
Queues at St Pancras International this morning as France was opened up both ways for British tourists and people jumped on the Eurostar
Experts are predicting that there will be a flurry of bookings for France (St Pancras today) but there is already a battle for accommodation with French staycationers in particular
People are now heading off to France since the drop in quarantine has been announced by the Government
Britons travelling to Spain, moving to the amber list, who are fully vaccinated are permitted entry and do not have to quarantine or show tests.
Those who are not double-jabbed are also allowed entry without quarantine, but must show a negative Covid test.
People travelling from the UK to France, which has lost its ‘amber plus’ status under the latest update, are permitted unrestricted entry if they are fully vaccinated.
They must present a completed ‘sworn statement’ saying they do not have any symptoms upon arrival.
Meanwhile, Britons without both jabs can only visit the country for essential travel only. Those allowed entry need to quarantine for seven days and provide pre-departure and post-quarantine PCR tests.
The guidance for Mexico, moving from the amber to red list, states for fully vaccinated Britons that entry is permitted via commercial flights.
Visitors must fill out a health questionnaire and are advised to avoid travelling within the country wherever possible.
There is no differentiation in the guidance between people according to their vaccination status.
Georgia, switching to the red list, says it allows ‘unrestricted entry for citizens of any country, including the UK, who have documentary proof of having received a full course of Covid-19 vaccination’.
People who are not double-jabbed must travel direct by air ‘and submit a travel history in advance’, in addition to showing a negative PCR test on arrival and on day three of their stay.
Fully-vaccinated Britons travelling to the French oversea territory of Réunion, moving to the red list, must only visit for essential travel only.
They must also self-isolate for seven days, in addition to showing a negative pre-departure test and a post-quarantine test.
The guidance does not differ for those who have not received both jabs.
The French oversea territory of Mayotte, switching from the amber to red list, also requires the same restrictions for Britons regardless of their vaccination status.
The country says Britons should travel there for urgent family/work reasons only, self-isolate for seven days and show a negative pre-departure and post-quarantine PCR test.