Which European countries are allowing UK tourists entry, and under what conditions?

Jul 23, 2021

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Alongside the U.K. government’s list of green countries, which do not require self-isolation on your return to the United Kingdom, there are also new options from 19 July.

This is because, if you are fully vaccinated, having received both of your doses in the U.K., you will not have to self-isolate when returning from amber countries after this date. This effectively turns amber countries green, provided you’ve been fully vaccinated in the U.K.

Related: Government scraps quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated amber arrivals from 19 July

As we reach the middle of summer when many U.K. tourists would be flocking to Europe for a summer holiday, which countries will actually allow you to enter for non-essential reasons?

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Note that the entry requirements are changing on a regular basis, and each country may have slightly different requirements. For example, if a country requires a negative PCR test for entry, the maximum number of hours allowed before taking the test maybe 48 hours in one European country, or 72 hours in another.

It is strongly recommended you check the full details for any European country you are considering travelling to this summer, regardless of your vaccination status, to be aware of the current rules.

Related: Which European countries will regular travel insurance cover travelling to right now?

You should also check if the FCDO advises against non-essential travel to amber list countries, as this can invalidate your travel insurance. This advice is also changing regularly.

Related: A boost for summer holidays as UK lifts advisories against non-essential travel to France, Greece and Spain

Some European countries are moving away from PCR testing requirements for those who are fully vaccinated, while others are moving to only allow fully vaccinated visitors for non-essential reasons, without quarantine.

As of the time of publication, these are the current requirements for travelling to Europe from the United Kingdom.

Related: What is considered essential travel vs. non-essential travel during lockdown restrictions?

La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy. (Photo by Ellen van Bodegom/Getty Images)

Allowing entry to UK travellers for tourism with no testing, vaccination certification and with no mandatory quarantine on arrival:

  • Albania

Allowing entry to UK travellers for tourism on presentation of a negative PCR test OR proof of full vaccination, with no mandatory quarantine on arrival:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Kosovo
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Spain
  • Ukraine (test also required after entering)
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Cape) near Bol (Photo by John Harper/Getty Images)

Allowing entry to UK travellers for tourism on presentation of a negative PCR test (regardless of vaccination status), with no mandatory quarantine on arrival:

Allowing entry to fully vaccinated UK travellers for tourism reasons, with no mandatory quarantine on arrival:

  • Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Monaco
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar (test required after entering)
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Portugal (test also required before entering)
  • Romania
  • Switzerland

If you are fully vaccinated, you may be able to enter with a negative PCR test, though you will likely have to self-isolate.

An Irish sunset at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. (Photo by mikroman6/Getty)

Allowing entry to UK travellers for tourism on presentation of a negative PCR test, with a mandatory quarantine on arrival:

  • Andorra
  • Cyprus
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City

Vaccination certification does not replace PCR test requirements.

Closed to UK travellers for non-essential reasons:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden

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