Travellers aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated or in possession of a proof of recovery certificate have to show a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before entry). This includes travellers from Great Britain, but not those whose journey originates in Northern Ireland.
Under new guidelines, announced on January 21, hospitality venues have returned to normal operations (previously, pubs and restaurants were required to close at 8pm), and customers are no longer asked for a Covid pass.
You must complete an online passenger locator card and show evidence of an antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure, or a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. However, there are no requirements to show proof of vaccination.
All arrivals into Turkey aged six and over, including Turkish citizens and residence permit holders, must complete an online form (Form for Entry to Turkey) a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel.
All unvaccinated arrivals aged 12 and over must also have proof of one of the following:
- Recent recovery from Covid-19
- A negative PCR test (less than 72 hours of arrival)
- A rapid antigen test (less than 48 hours of arrival).
For children aged 11 and under, no test is needed.
Turkey uses a domestic Covid passport, which requires proof of either two Covid vaccinations, recent Covid recovery, or a negative PCR test (within 48 hours). However, tourists are exempt.
Many of the Balkan states remain relatively relaxed when it comes to Covid controls. Albania, for example, will permit entry to unvaccinated travellers who can show one of the following:
- A negative PCR test performed up to 72 hours ahead of arrival
- A negative rapid antigen test performed no more than 48 hours ahead of arrival
- Evidence proving that you have recovered from Covid within the last six months
As of February 19, travellers arriving in Slovenia are no longer required to present proof of vaccination. Proof of a negative Covid test is also not required.
As one would expect of a country that worships Novak Djokovic, unvaccinated visitors are welcome in Serbia. They must, however, present one of the following documents on arrival:
- A negative PCR test result issued within 48 hours of arrival.
- Certificate of Covid-19 recovery, issued within six months of arrival, issued in Serbia or a country with which Serbia has concluded an agreement on such documents (does not include the UK).
Travellers, somewhat understandably, might think twice about visiting the Baltic region right now. Nevertheless, British nationals travelling to Lithuania from the UK are no longer required to prove their vaccination status, recovery from Covid or produce a negative test result on arrival.
On March 7, all restrictions on entering Hungary were lifted. You can enter the country, regardless of your vaccination status, and without a negative test.
Entry requirements for Montenegro are the same for all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, and you do not need to take a test.
In a sea of confusing travel policies, with borders closing at the drop of a sombrero, Mexico has kept things simple. For the duration of the pandemic it has been open to all (vaccinated and unvaccinated alike) – without even a requirement to take a test.
It is mandatory to register on the Mexico Vuela Seguro Platform before boarding your flight to Mexico, and to show a QR code generated by the system upon arrival at the airport. But that’s it.
The reliance on tourism in the Caribbean means border closures have been few and far between, while several islands remain open to the unjabbed. Jamaica is one. All travellers aged 12 years or older must present evidence of a negative Covid test (PCR or antigen), with the test taken within the 72 hours prior to the date of travel. Based on a health screening and risk assessment on arrival, they may also be required to be tested at the airport or a designated facility and must await their test result in their hotel room. If the test is negative, they must remain at your hotel/resort within the island’s “resilient corridor”, but are permitted to join approved excursions.
A fine option for sunseekers with a limited budget, the Dominican Republic welcomes unvaccinated travellers who can present evidence of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival. Health screenings and random testing takes place upon arrival.
Passengers from all countries are required to complete a health declaration with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of a valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. Passengers arriving from countries where variants of concern have been identified (such as the UK) may be required to undertake a rapid test on arrival, which if positive will lead to a subsequent PCR test to determine if isolation at a government hospital is necessary.
All unvaccinated persons must have proof of a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior to departure). Children under the age of six are exempt. Proof of recovery will not be accepted.