Which countries will accept British travellers in 2021?

06 Apr 2021

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Although global travel restrictions won't be lifted until at least 17 May, more and more countries are indicating they'll welcome British holidaymakers as soon as international travel starts up again — meaning a lawful summer holiday could be on the cards. 

Here's a list of all the countries you could visit for your summer, 2021, holidays. As always, we recommend consulting the latest FCO travel advice before making a booking, purchasing full-coverage travel insurance before departure, and checking what you need to return to the UK.

 

Cyprus

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Cyprus is our top pick for a 2021 holiday. In the summer months, you'll get guaranteed sunshine, waters warm enough for swimming, and a glut of gorgeous frescoed churches, plus tasty treats like halloumi, kebabs, and baklava. Prices could be higher than normal due to rising demand, but we're keeping a close eye on the market for good deals on cheap Cyprus holidays

Gibraltar

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Gibraltar's chief minister has confirmed that from 17 May, UK travellers will not need to be tested for Covid-19 upon entry. Gibraltar was the first nation in the world to fully vaccinate its entire adult population, and already has an open border with the European Union. As Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory, you won't need to change your money or dig out any phrase books, but you'll know you're on holiday when you spot wild monkeys and the famous Rock towering over the local golden-sand beaches.

 

Greece

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Greece is aiming to reopen its borders to Brits as coronavirus restrictions ease in mid-May. Laws on the mainland are also expected to cover the islands, so you'll also be able to visit old favourites like Mykonos, Santirini, and Crete. Greece has an excellent tourist infastructure with accommodation to suit all tastes — you could rent a villa with friends, stay in a traditional family-owned taverna, or get completely pampered at an exclusive all-inclusive beach resort. For the latest deals, check our cheap Greece holidays in 2021.

Iceland

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Iceland has indicated that it will welcome British travellers back as soon as is lawful, as long as tourists have received both doses of the vaccination. Summer is an unusual time to visit Iceland, but crowds should be few, and it is a better time for hiking and wildlife-spotting. The country also gets around 21 hours of daylight in the summer months — quite a novelty after a winter in lockdown. If you visit from mid-September onwards, you'll have a better chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Check our best deals for cheap Iceland holidays in 2021. 

Italy

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Italy’s Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, has announced that the country is “ready to welcome back the world”. From as early as May, UK residents who have had an EU-approved vaccine, recovered from the disease, or tested negative 48 hours prior to travel, will be able to enter Italy without quarantining. This means that once the UK travel restrictions are lifted, you can start planning your pizza toppings, which gelato flavour you’re going to sample first, or which vineyard to visit. For history and culture buffs, Florence, Rome and Venice will welcome you back with open arms, or sun worshippers can visit the popular beaches of the Amalfi Coast, Costa Smeralda, or Puglia. Check out our cheap Italy deals here.

Malta

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Malta plans to reopen to British tourists from June, meaning that it could be a good option for a summer break, depending on whether our government lifts restrictions. Travellers will be able to explore ancient ruins, golden island capitals, and rooftop bars with gorgeous views. If you fancy something more secluded, you could head to Gozo, Malta's quieter and more rural sister island. Check out our cheap Malta package holidays here. 

Spain

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Spain will allow British tourists back this summer, but there's a chance you'll have to wear a mask outdoors — especially if you're at a crowded beach. If you don't mind some odd tan lines, you can visit popular sun spots like the Costa del Sol, Benidorm, Mallorca, and Ibiza. You could also venture into the country's rugged interior for wine-tasting, cycling, or hiking trips. You can see cheap Spain deals for 2021 and beyond on our website.

Portugal

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Portugal has also announced that it hopes to reopen to British tourists as soon as possible. This means you might dare to dream of a romantic weekend break in Lisbon or Porto, a hiking trip in the country's rugged mountains, or a week by a golden-sand beach with oodles of cheese and wine. We're seeing good availability on many cheap Portugal deals, and some can even be booked as fully refundable vouchers, so you can confirm your exact travel dates closer to the time.

Turkey

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Tourism minister Mehmet Ersoy said the country is “looking forward to welcoming British tourists with open arms”. Turkey's economy is reliant on the tourism industry, so it is planning to open borders to all Brits if possible, potentialy with no vaccination policy. Hotel nights will be snapped up fast with such an inclusive policy, so if you're hungry for a trip filled with hammams, hot air balloons, and high temperatures, see our current selection of cheap Turkey holidays.

Croatia

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Croatia announced as of Thursday, 1 April, they'd allow UK visitors with a booking confirmation and one of the above requirements. Once the UK restrictions on travel are lifted, Croatia will be welcoming Brits back to its dazzling waters, marvelous national parks, and historic cities for (hopefully) the summer season and beyond. You'll find all our deals for holidays in Croatia here.

Seychelles

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The vaccination programme in the Seychelles is moving at pace, and it's been open to tourists since March. The area is known for stunning beaches dotted with dramatic boulders and shimmering waters, and will have great weather almost all year round. This may just be the year to live out your dream of a tropical island holiday among swaying palms.

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