Where to have a family holiday this year with unvaccinated children


Fully vaccinated arrivals face no further rules for entry to Egypt while unvaccinated over-12s can enter with a proof of a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours before arrival (if you are flying from London Heathrow, this time frame can be 96 hours). Under-12s are exempt from testing rules. 

Travellers must also complete a health declaration form provided by the airline or on arrival and may need to provide proof of a valid health insurance policy. 

Masks are mandatory in certain closed public spaces, including shopping malls, retail outlets and public transport. Covid passports are not required. 

Chris Leadbeater suggests 10 ways in which to enjoy ancient Egypt, at any age, from group tours along the Nile to staying on the coast in Alexandria.

South Africa

No vaccine proof is required for travel to South Africa, although all arrivals over five must have evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

You will also be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on the plane before you enter South Africa. There are no Covid passports in place, but masks are required in many public spaces. 

Take a look at our guide to spending 48 hours in Cape Town or our advice on touring the nearby winelands. 


Norway has dropped all Covid-related entry rules: no proof of vaccine, test or recovery is required and there are no forms to complete ahead of arrival. 

The country has also dropped most domestic measures, including mask-wearing and social distancing. From a driving holiday to a cruise through Norway fjords, there’s much to recommend a trip north – and a visit should feel almost normal.

The archipelago of Svalbard retains some entry rules; for more information follow this link.

Where can my fully vaccinated family go without needing to take a test?

In addition to Mexico and Norway, the following fine family holiday options can be visited without taking a test if your whole family is fully vaccinated. 


Fully vaccinated arrivals do not need to take a test to enter mainland Portugal, while under-11s are exempt from a requirement to test or show proof of recovery or vaccination. All travellers must complete a passenger locator form before arrival. One form per passenger is required for travel to mainland Portugal and the Azores; children aged 11 and under can be included on the form of a parent or guardian with whom they are travelling for Madeira or Porto Santo.

There are no test or vaccination requirements to enter Madeira or Porto Santo, but it is recommended that you complete a passenger locator form. Children aged 11 and under can be included on the form of a parent or guardian with whom they are travelling. The Azores only requires tests for those who are not fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid. 

Face masks are enforced across Portugal in enclosed public spaces, on public transport and outdoors when a distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained – the rules apply to everyone over the age of 10 on the mainland and in the Azores; in Madeira this is lowered to six. Further information can be found on the Visit Portugal website.

Find out how to spend a perfect day in Madeira, or plan a weekend in Lisbon. 

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