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Country travel status & entry requirements

 

Thinking of booking a holiday?

We are accepting bookings for almost all our holidays, but the earliest travel date for bookings varies according to the destination. Scroll down for more information about the destination(s) you are interested in.
 

Travelling soon?

Before you travel, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the entry requirements for your destination, as well as what you need to do before returning to the UK at the end of your holiday. Below, we provide a summary of these requirements, as well as useful links to further information.

The details on this page are correct at the time of writing, but please be aware that requirements can and do change. For the very latest travel advice – and details of any separate guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – we recommend checking the website of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

** The following information will be updated soon in light of the UK Government's update on 17 September regarding travel in and out of England. Information given here pre-dates any changes announced in that update **
 

Finding a testing provider

There is a wide choice of test providers, some of which offer at-home kits, others which offer tests at specific locations. Some offer the full suite of pre- and post-holiday tests, others specialise in a smaller range. For details of suppliers which are offering a discount for Inntravel customers, including one which offers rapid antigen test kits for returning home to the UK, see our testing packages page.
 

Green, amber & red destinations

In addition to following the UK’s FCDO travel advice and the entry requirements of destination countries, we are operating holidays in accordance with the UK Government’s traffic-light system:

• Green list: we will operate holidays to these destinations

• Amber list: we will operate holidays to these destinations for UK residents who have been doubly vaccinated or for anyone not vaccinated who is willing to quarantine on return to their country of residence

• Red list: we will not operate holidays to these destinations
 
Last updated: 14 September 2021
  • ** The following information will be updated soon in light of the UK Government's update on 17 September regarding travel in and out of England. Information given here pre-dates any changes announced in that update **

    Requirements for travelling to the UK vary, and will be dependent on the status of the country (or countries) from which you are arriving. For travel to England, all countries/destinations are designated Green, Amber or Red; there may be different rules for travel to other parts of the UK.

    If arriving in the UK from a Green or Amber designated country/destination:
    You must complete a Covid-19 test at some point within the 72 hours prior to your departure for the UK. This can be a PCR test or a rapid (e.g. antigen) test, for which you must be able to provide a certified result (i.e. you cannot self-certify). You must also complete a Passenger Locator Form online within the 48 hours prior to your arrival in the UK.
    If you are fully vaccinated* you must undertake a PCR test (no other type) on Day 2 after your return to the UK; the day you return is Day 0. If you are travelling from the UK on holiday, you must have this test booked prior to your departure from the holiday. It is not permitted to use the NHS testing service for any of these tests, they will need to be paid for.
    If you are not fully vaccinated* you must undertake PCR tests (no other type) on Day 2 and Day 8 after your return to the UK; the day you return is Day 0. You must also self-isolate at home for 10 days.
    *applies if vaccinated with an authorised vaccine in the UK, Europe or the USA, with the final dose having been received more than 14 days prior. Europe includes the EU, as well as several other countries, see here.

    A full list of Covid-19 test providers is given on the UK government website; for details of test providers offering discounts to Inntravel customers, including one which offers rapid antigen test kits for returning home to the UK, see our testing packages page.

    Further information including requirements for children, and a link to the Passenger Locator Form, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control; for details of testing requirements, see Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before you travel to England

    Official advice is not to travel to countries designated as Red for leisure purposes.
  • Austria is currently classified as a Green country in the traffic light system for international travel.
    In order to avoid mandatory quarantine, travellers from the UK must present proof of vaccination to enter Austria. Recognised vaccines include Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. For double-shot vaccines, you must show that you have received the first injection more than 21 days but no more than 90 days before arrival, or the second injection no more than 270 days before arrival. For single shot vaccines, you must show that you received the vaccine more than 21 but no more than 270 days before arrival. Proof of vaccination includes a vaccination certificate or pass, either electronic or hard copy, which must be in English or German; the NHS Covid Pass satisfies these criteria.

    Travellers must also complete a Pre-Travel Clearance form no more than 72 hours prior to entry; the form can be found here.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Croatia is currently classified as a Green country in the traffic light system for international travel. Travellers from the UK must present a negative Covid-19 test result in order to enter Croatia; this can be an antigen test not more than 48 hours old on arrival, or a PCR test not more than 72 hours old on arrival. Children under 12 accompanied by a parent/guardian are exempt from the requirement to provide a negative test result.
    Travellers to Croatia must also complete an online entry form prior to travel, which can be found here.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Cyprus is currently classified as an Amber country in the traffic light system for international travel. Travellers from the UK do not need to undertake pre-departure Covid-19 testing if they have been fully vaccinated; for further details please see here. Cyprus will accept the NHS Covid Pass or Letter if you live in England. Details can be found here. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, your respective NHS certificate will demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status.

    Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated can take a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure, and provide evidence of a negative result in order to travel; the result must include the date and time when the test was taken. You must then undergo another PCR test upon arrival at Larnaca or Paphos airports, and remain in self-isolation until the result is issued. Test results should be available within 3 hours through the online platform here and travellers are not required to wait at the airport. Currently €30 Larnaka, €32 Paphos. Children aged under 12 are exempted from the testing requirement. For further details, please see here.

    All travellers must also obtain a Cyprus Flight Pass no later than 24 hours before arrival in Cyprus; the form can be found here. You will be asked to present your flight pass prior to boarding and on arrival at immigration; you may need to show it while on holiday so you should always have copies (electronic or paper) with you.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Czech Republic is currently classified as an Amber country in the traffic light system for international travel. All arrivals from the UK for tourism must present proof of full Covid-19 vaccination in order to avoid quarantine. The Czech Republic will only accept a physical copy of the NHS Covid Pass Letter; they will not accept digital proof. Details can be found here. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, your respective NHS certificate will demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status.

    All travellers must also complete a Passenger Locator Form to present upon arrival in the Czech Republic; the form can be found here.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Denmark is currently classified as a Green country in the traffic light system for international travel.
    In order to avoid mandatory quarantine, travellers from the UK must present proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery from Covid-19, to enter Denmark. The vaccine must have been authorised by the EMA, and 14 days must have passed since your second dose.

    Young people resident in the UK aged 16 or 17 and not fully vaccinated are required to present a negative Coved-19 test before entry. Children aged under 16 are exempt from entry requirements if travelling with a parent who is fully vaccinated.

    Denmark reviews the risk level weekly; the whole of the UK is currently classed as ‘orange’. Please see further details here for the latest travel rules for travellers to Denmark as a tourist, and note that you will need to present proof of vaccination at most restaurants (unless seated outdoors) and at many cultural attractions; proof may be digital or a paper copy.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Finland is currently classified as a Green country in the traffic light system for international travel. All arrivals from the UK must present proof of being fully Covid-19 vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival, or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 within the past 6 months. Finland will accept the NHS Covid Pass or Letter if you live in England. Details can be found here. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, your respective NHS certificate will demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • France is currently classified as an Amber country in the traffic light system for international travel.

    All arrivals from the UK must present proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, in order to avoid a compulsory 7-day quarantine. France will accept the NHS Covid Pass or Letter if you live in England or Wales. If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, your respective NHS certificate will demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. All arrivals must also complete a ‘sworn statement’, which can be found here.

    Unvaccinated children aged 12 or over travelling with a fully vaccinated adult are currently permitted entry subject to presenting a negative Covid test result (PCR or antigen) taken within the 24 hours prior to departure. From 30 September, they will need to retake (PCR or Antigen) tests every 72 hours with certified negative results to be able to access public spaces and services, such as restaurants, museums and rail travel. Children aged 11 or younger do not need to present a negative test result to travel.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Germany is currently classified as a Green country in the traffic light system for international travel. All arrivals from the UK aged 12 or over must present proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, or proof of recovery from Covid-19, in order to avoid a compulsory 10-day quarantine. Germany will accept the NHS Covid Pass or Letter if you live in England. Details can be found here. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, your respective NHS certificate will demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. Proof of recovery is a positive PCR test no older than six months, but older than 28 days. All travellers from the UK must complete pre-departure digital registration; the form can be found here. Proof of vaccination or recovery is uploaded onto this form.

    Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age would be required to self-isolate for 5 days.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Greece is currently classified as an Amber country in the traffic light system for international travel. Travellers from the UK do not need to undertake pre-departure Covid-19 testing if they have been fully vaccinated, or have recovered from Covid-19 in the previous 90 days; for further details please see here. Greece will accept the NHS Covid Pass or Letter if you live in England. Details can be found here. If you live in Scotland or Wales, your respective NHS certificate will demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated can take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure, or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours prior to departure, and provide evidence of a negative result in order to travel. 

    All travellers must also complete a Passenger Locator Form no later than 24 hours before arrival in Greece; the form can be found here.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Our holidays to Holland are currently off sale; we will provide information about entry requirements nearer the time our holidays here are due to restart.

  • Our holidays to India are currently off sale; we will provide information about entry requirements nearer the time our holidays here are due to restart.

  • Italy is currently classified as an Amber country in the traffic light system for international travel.
    In order to avoid mandatory quarantine, travellers from the UK must present proof of vaccination and proof of a negative result of an antigen or lateral flow test taken within 48hrs prior to departure. The vaccine must have been authorised by the EMA, and 14 days must have passed since your second dose.

    Italy accepts the digital NHS Covid Pass if you live in England. Details can be found here. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, your respective digital NHS certificate will demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please note that that a verifiable QR code may be required for access to some services (including restaurants, museums etc) and travel around Italy.

    Children aged 6-17 also require proof of a negative result of an antigen or lateral flow test taken within 48hrs prior to departure (but do not need to be vaccinated). Those aged under 6 are exempt.

    All travellers must complete an online digital form before departure. This will generate a QR code, which should be presented to your travel provider and Border Police if requested. A paper form can be completed if you do not have an electronic device.

    All travellers arriving in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling to within 48 hours of arrival, to inform them of your visit.

    Please be aware that medical standard facemasks are compulsory on flights to and from Italy.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Jersey falls within the UK's Common Travel Area and has its own entry restrictions. Full details can be found here.

    Countries and regions are no longer assessed based on a Green, Amber or Red classification. Testing and isolation requirements will be based on vaccination status:

    Fully vaccinated: you will need a test on arrival and don't need to isolate

    Not fully vaccinated: you will need a test on arrival and must isolate until you receive a negative result (results usually arrive within 12 hours). There is an option to avoid being tested on arrival; this requires sending evidence of a negative PCR test within the 72 hours before your arrival in Jersey. Details of the requirements for this pre-departure test (if you opt for this) and for testing on arrival in Jersey can be found here.

    If you've visited a country on England's ‘red’ list, you will need a test on arrival, Day 5 and Day 10, and to isolate until your Day 10 negative test result; in these circumstances, we will be unable to operate your holiday.

    Travellers to Jersey must complete a Safer Travel Registration Form prior to entry. This must be completed 48hrs prior to your arrival; the form can be found here.

    Travellers entering the UK from Jersey are not required to complete a Passenger Locator Form or provide negative test results.
     

  • Malta is currently classified as a Green country in the traffic light system for international travel.

    All arrivals from the UK must present proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Malta will accept the NHS Covid Pass or Letter if you live in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.

    Children aged 5-11 can travel if they are accompanying their vaccinated parents/legal guardian but must show evidence of a negative PCR test, dated within 72 hours before arrival. Children under 5 do not need a test. Children aged 12-18 must present proof of full vaccination.

    All travellers must complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form. You must show both forms to airline officials on departure and health officials stationed at the Terminal Temperature Screening Points when you arrive in Malta. The forms should be completed before departure.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Our holidays to Nepal are currently off sale; we will provide information about entry requirements nearer the time our holidays here are due to restart.
  • Norway is currently classified as a Green country in the traffic light system for international travel.

    Entry to Norway without mandatory quarantine is only possible upon presentation of an accepted Covid Pass, giving proof of full vaccination or recovery from Covid. Norway accepts the digital NHS Covid Pass if you live in England. Details can be found here. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, your respective digital NHS certificate will demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Mainland Portugal is currently classified as an Amber destination in the traffic light system for international travel; Madeira and the Azores are currently classified as Green destinations.

    Portugal – Mainland
    Travellers from the UK to mainland Portugal must present proof of a negative Covid test. The test can either be a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure, or an antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to departure. Children under 12 travelling with an adult are exempt from testing/vaccination requirements.

    All travellers to Portugal must complete an online Passenger Locator Card prior to arrival; the form can be accessed here. All passengers travelling to Portugal will be subject to health screening on arrival.

    Portugal - Madeira
    Travellers to Madeira do not need to undertake pre-departure Covid-19 testing if they have been fully vaccinated, or have recovered from Covid-19 in the previous 90 days; for further details please see here. Madeira will accept the NHS Covid Pass or Letter if you live in England. Details can be found here. If you live in Scotland or Wales, your respective NHS certificate will demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status.

    Travellers to Madeira who have not been fully vaccinated can take an RT-PCR test 72 hours before travel and upload the test result to the traveller questionnaire (see below). If you have not uploaded your RT-PCR COVID-19 test certificate, you will be asked to show it on arrival.

    If you are unable to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status and your airline has allowed you to travel without a RT-PCR test, you will have to take a test on arrival and remain in government-provided accommodation until the results are known. This will take about 12 hours. If your test is positive or inconclusive, you will have to repeat the test until the result is negative.

    Children under 12 travelling with an adult are exempt from testing and vaccination requirements.

    All travellers to Madeira aged 12 and over must complete an online traveller questionnaire which should be submitted 12-48hrs prior to boarding; the form can be found here.

    Portugal – the Azores
    Travellers to the Azores from the UK must undertake a Covid-19 PCR test, and provide a negative result. This can either be taken in advance or on arrival. If taking the test in advance, it must be undertaken within 72 hours prior to boarding your flight, and once the negative result is received you must complete and submit an online traveller questionnaire prior to departure; the form can be found here. If taking the test on arrival, it is free of charge and there is no requirement to self-isolate until the result is available. Travellers will be advised of the testing arrangements upon arrival. Children under 13 travelling with an adult are exempt from the testing requirement.

    All travellers to Portugal must complete an online Passenger Locator Card prior to arrival; the form can be accessed here. All passengers travelling to Portugal will be subject to health screening on arrival.


    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Slovenia is currently classified as a Green country in the traffic light system for international travel. Travellers must provide either proof of either a negative Covid test, a certificate of vaccination, or proof of recovery from Covid. Tests can either be a PCR taken within 72 hours prior to entry, or a rapid antigen taken within 48 hours prior to entry. Further details regarding test requirements, proof of vaccination and proof of recovery can be found here. Slovenia will accept the UK’s proof of recovery and vaccination; details can be found here.

    Children under 15 travelling with a close family member who satisfies the criteria above are permitted entry without the need for proof of negative test, vaccination or recovery.

    Travellers to Slovenia must also complete the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (as of August 16th), 24 hours before arrival. The form can be found here.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Spain (including the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands) is currently classified as an Amber destination in the traffic light system for international travel.

    All travellers to Spain from the UK must present either a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival (e.g. PCR, TMA, LAMP, NEAR), or proof of vaccination on entry. Antigen tests are not currently accepted. Spain will accept the NHS Covid Pass or Letter if you live in England. Details can be found here. If you live in Scotland or Wales, your respective NHS certificate will demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. Further details regarding COVID-19 testing requirements and proof of vaccination can be found here.

    Before travel to Spain, all travellers must also complete and sign an online Health Control Form here no more than 48 hours prior to travel, declaring any known history of exposure to COVID-19 and giving contact details. Anyone who has not completed this form electronically may submit it in paper format prior to boarding.

    Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the requirement to present a negative test result or proof of vaccination, but must still complete the Health Control Form.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).

  • Entry into Sweden from the UK for leisure purposes is not currently permitted. As soon as the situation changes, we will provide information about travel to Sweden and any entry requirements.

    In the meantime, we are happy to take bookings for travel from 15 October onwards, which will be protected by our flexible booking policy.

  • Switzerland is currently classified as a Green destination in the traffic light system for international travel. All arrivals from the UK must present proof of full Covid-19 vaccination; the vaccine must have been authorised by either the EMA or the WHO, and administered in full within the past 12 months. Proof of vaccination can take the form of a Covid-19 certificate or letter, containing the traveller's surname, first name(s), date of birth, date of vaccination, and vaccine used. Switzerland accepts the NHS App, or a printout (which can be requested from the NHS by calling 119). Anyone under the age of 18 who has not been vaccinated because of their age and who is travelling with an adult who has been fully vaccinated is permitted to enter Switzerland. Further details can be found here.

    All arrivals from the UK must also complete an online form before entering Switzerland; the form is available here.

    It is also important that you read our UK Arrivals information above for details of requirements for returning to the UK after your holiday (if applicable).
 

A layperson’s guide to Covid tests

PCR Test: a very accurate test and currently the most widely available lab-based test, which looks for the genetic material of the coronavirus. If a country stipulates a ‘negative PCR result’ as a condition for entry (as opposed to a ‘negative test result’), you must take a PCR test and no other type. It involves swabbing the inside of the nose and/or throat* and then sending the swabs off to a laboratory.
 
TMA Test: TMA tests have similarities to PCR tests – a nasal swab is taken, and the sample is analysed in a laboratory – but the methodology for analysis is different (and quicker). However, TMA tests are not that commonly available in the UK.
 
LAMP Test: again, ‘LAMP’ refers to the method by which the sample is tested in the laboratory for the genetic material of the coronavirus; the sample itself can be a swab from the nose/throat*, or a small amount of saliva (in which case you spit into a tube). The methodology provides quicker results than PCR tests, but LAMP tests are, as yet, not so widely used.
 
(Rapid) Antigen Test / (Rapid) Lateral Flow Test: a ‘lateral flow test’ is a generic term covering a wide range of diagnostic tests that look for the presence of a certain element. One of the best-known lateral flow tests is the home pregnancy kit; it looks for a certain hormone produced during pregnancy. In the context of Covid-19, lateral flow tests look for the proteins (antigens) that surround the virus. So, when it comes to Covid-19 testing, ‘(rapid) lateral flow test’ and ‘(rapid) antigen test’ are one and the same thing. It delivers results in a matter of minutes, without the need for laboratory processing. As with most other Covid-19 tests, it involves swabbing the nostrils and/or throat*.
 
*If it’s a long time since you last studied human biology, you should Google where your tonsils are before taking a test. They are not the dangly bit at the back of your mouth!
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