All travellers should submit a self-declaration form on the online “Air Suvidha” portal before they travel. If you are unvaccinated, you will need to upload a negative PCR test, conducted within 72 hours of departure.
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.
You must present proof on arrival of a negative PCR test taken in the country of departure. The test result must not be older than 72 hours (calculated from the time that the sample for testing was taken) at the time of entry into Namibia.
You will need to wear two face masks or a KN95 mask on flights bound for Peru and must complete an affidavit to enter or travel through Peru as a visitor. If you’re not fully vaccinated and are 12 years old or more, you’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry) when entering Peru.
33. South Africa
Having been briefly ostracized for having the temerity to inform the world about the omicron variant, South Africa is once again a holiday option. Furthermore, it has no additional restrictions on unvaccinated arrivals. All visitors need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure (children under five excluded). The Foreign Office advises visitors to carry several copies of their test result as they may be asked to produce it more than once.
If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR test you will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at your own expense. If you test positive for Covid-19, you will be required to self-isolate in line with government guidelines at your own cost for 10 days.
34. Sri Lanka
An online pre-travel health registration form needs to be completed by all travellers. Details can be found on the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority website. Specific travel insurance offering Covid cover is also mandatory for all visitors. You can apply and pay online.
Unvaccinated travellers aged 12 and above must show proof of either a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before embarkation), or a negative Rapid Antigen Test (taken within 48 hours before embarkation). Self-swab tests will not be recognised.
Once you arrive in Sri Lanka you will need to stay in a Tourism Bio Bubble for one week. However, you will be allowed to visit approved tourist sites and use all facilities of the hotel.
Like South Africa, Tanzania offers both sunshine and safari. It also became somewhat notable early in the pandemic for refusing to impose any kind of Covid restrictions. That attitude has hardened slightly, with all visitors now required to present both a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival and submit to a rapid test on arrival, but there is no need to prove you have been vaccinated.
If you’re not fully vaccinated and 18 years or over, you’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry) or rapid lateral flow test (taken no more than 24 hours before entry) when entering Tunisia.
37. UAE (including Dubai)
Unvaccinated Britons arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check-in. These need to be taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result.
All arrivals, regardless of vaccination status, must present proof of a negative test (except for children under two years of age) done within 72 hours of departure for PCR tests or within 24 hours for rapid antigen (lateral flow) tests.
Open to unvaccinated arrivals, but Covid passports used domestically
To be allowed entry into Croatia, unvaccinated travellers from the UK must present one of the following documents on arrival:
- A negative Covid-19 antigen not older than 48 hours, or;
- A negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours, or;
- A doctor’s certificate of recovery from Covid-19.
Children under 12 are exempt from these requirements if their parent or guardian has one of the documents set out above.
However, Croatia uses domestic Covid passports. Anyone entering public services, local and regional municipalities, state-owned companies and institutions will be required to show either a digital Covid-19 certificate or appropriate proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative test.
Unvaccinated Britons must undergo a PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure and provide proof of a negative result. They must then undergo another PCR test upon arrival at the airport in Cyprus. Test results should be available within three hours through the country’s online platform. The cost of both tests is borne by the passenger.
However, Cyprus has strict Covid passport requirements domestically. People aged six and above require a SafePass, which can only be obtained if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid in the previous six months, to enter venues including restaurants.
If you are unvaccinated, you will need one of the following:
- Proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72-hour period before arrival into Greece
- Proof of a negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48-hour period before your arrival into Greece
- Proof of recovery from Covid-19. Evidence of a positive PCR test result taken between 30 to 180 days of your travel dates can be used and can be demonstrated via the NHS Covid Pass.
Note, however, that Greece’s domestic rules mean it only permits indoor entry to bars, restaurants, entertainment and sports venues if you are fully vaccinated or under 12. Similar measures apply to some public transport networks. To board boats or ferries to travel between Greek islands or take a long distance bus, you will also need proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result.