Itching to travel but not sure where you can go without having to quarantine? See our list of countries below which have opened their international boarders to tourists without having to quarantine as long as you present a negative Covid certificate on arrival.
London – currently on lockdown
The new laws which were put into place in Jan 2021 states that all entries to the UK must show a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before. This also applies for Scotland.
Hotel Recommendation: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2019/09/12/langham-london/
There are no entry restrictions, but many regions (including Lisbon and Porto) have strict regulations.
All arrivals into Maldives must be able to present a Covid-19 PCR negative certificate, taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Island hopping, or visiting more than one resort, which was previously banned, has also been permitted again. There are rules in place though for island hopping: tourists must apply for permission from the Ministry of Tourism at least 48 hours prior to their date of travel, and can only travel from a resort that has not recorded a single case of coronavirus in the last 28 days. The resort must also carry out exit screenings and temperature checks for travellers for contact trace purposes. Installing the contact tracing app “TraceEkee” is encouraged for all tourists.
Resort Recommendation by yacht: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2021/01/07/velassaru-maldives/
Resort Recommendation by sea plane: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2021/01/11/the-nautilus-maldives/
A negative COVID-19 certificate is required for all travelers arriving, transiting or departing from Rwanda.
Lodge Recommendation: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2019/07/12/bisate-lodge/
Botswana is opened its boarders for International tourists. You must present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result, conducted within 72 hours of departure.
Safari Lodge Recommendation: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2020/01/06/jao-botswana/
Uganda has resumed international flights permitting arrivals from across the globe under new guidelines. The air and land borders in Uganda are now open for visitors, provided that they can provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, and arrivals can expect temperature screenings on arrival, but no mandatory quarantine. Uganda requires all outbound passengers to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 120 hours of departure.
Luxury lodge recommendation: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2021/01/20/luxury-lodge-in-uganda/
Travellers must get tested for Covid-19 before arrival, and must be able to present a PCR test certificate by a recognised facility. The test must be taken within 48 hours from the date of departure. Safari adventures have resumed.
Safari Lodge Recommendation: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2021/01/11/safari-zimbabwe/
The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon and Jordan are exempt from quarantining on arrival. Arrivals must present a Covid negative certificate, taken within 96 hours and fill out a travel health form for contact tracing purposes. Those travelling to Kenya can also expect health screenings at the airport.
Safari Lodge Recommendation: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2021/01/11/ol-donyo-lodge-kenya/
Zanzibar has resumed business as normal after the reopening of airports for international travellers across Tanzania. All travelers to Zanzibar should hold medical health insurance, adhere to guidelines outlined by the Zanzibar health authorities and undergo screening when entering the country.
Resort Recommendation: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2021/01/11/zanzibar-white-sands/
Travellers from the UAE are permitted to enter Seychelles and present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours but will have to stay within the hotel property for the first 5 days of their stay.
Resort Recommendation: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2019/08/06/six-senses-zil-pasyon/
Croatia is one of the few European countries permitting entry for non-EU residents. Tourists from all destinations are permitted to travel to Croatia, but those that do from outside of EU/EEA/UK must present a Covid-19 negative certificate taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure.
Like its Croatian neighbour, Montenegro is one of a small number of countries in Europe that's opened its borders for international arrivals. Aside from countries within the EU/Schengen Area, the country has compiled a list of green countries, from which arrivals don't need to self quarantine. This list includes Jordan and the UAE.
Hotel Recommendation: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2019/04/01/the-chedi-montenegro/
Despite having recorded one of the highest tallies of coronavirus cases globally, Brazil resumed international flights in 2020, permitting tourists from all countries provided that they carry international health insurance.
UAE residents are permitted to travel to Greece quarantine-free. Arrivals from some countries - including Spain and the UAE - must produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight. Twenty four hours before entering Greece, visitors must complete a passenger locator form (PLF) where they will provide their contact details in the country. Random testing will take place at the airport.
Hotel Recommendation: http://www.uniquefamilytravels.com/2021/01/11/iconic-santorini/
The below countries have a quarantine period on arrival: