The countries welcoming Brits this summer – and the chances we'll actually be allowed to go there

BRITS are eagerly awaiting the day they can go on holiday abroad again, with restrictions meaning travel has been banned for months.

A number of countries are already planning to welcome UK travellers back this summer, with few restrictions.

The UK government has confirmed a traffic light system, which will use a three-colour guide to allow Brits to return to some countries this summer.

Countries on the 'green' list would be able to travel without quarantine restrictions and would require a pre-flight Covid test as well as a PCR test on day two after returning to the UK.

The UK government are still to confirm the countries which will be placed onto the green list, ahead of the anticipated May 17 date which will allow foreign travel to resume.

Brits returning from 'amber' countries would require a negative Covid test before arrival in the UK, plus two further tests once in the country and a ten-day quarantine at home.

Arrivals from 'red list' countries would have to isolate at a quarantine hotel for 10 days, at a cost of £1,750.

Here are the destinations planning to welcome Brits back this summer – and how likely the UK will allow tourists to visit without restriction.


Greece is already welcoming vaccinated Brits back, having opened their borders to a number of countries this week.

Tourists who have had both jabs can enter the country without restrictions, or if not vaccinated, with a negative Covid test.

However, Greece is likely to be placed on the UK's "amber" list due to Covid cases rising in the country, some of the highest since November, as well as a slow vaccine rollout of less than 18 per cent.

The Greek islands may be able to open before the rest of the country, similar to last year's island travel corridor scheme, due to many of them being prioritised for the vaccine.


Spain has confirmed that vaccine passports will be ready for tourists to return quarantine-free by June.

However, Spain is likely to be on the UK's "amber" list due to cases in the country and the vaccine rollout – just 20 per cent have been given the first jab.

The Canary and Balearic Islands could open before the mainland, similar to last year.


Portugal is welcoming Brits from May 17, as long as they are fully vaccinated or have a negative test.

The flight ban also ended last week, meaning airlines will be able to resume schedules.

Madeira has already opened to tourists, having done so last month, if fully vaccinated or can show proof of antibodies.

Portugal is likely to be on the "amber" list despite low cases, as just 20 per cent of the population has been given the first jab, although the islands Madeira and Azores would open earlier and be on the "green" list.


France has announced plans to lift travel restrictions in May and allow vaccinated tourists to return.

However, France is back in lockdown and facing soaring cases – with more than 43,000 daily infections yesterday – and a slow vaccine rollout – just 18 per cent.

The country is likely to be on the UK's "amber" list and was feared could even be on the red list.


Brits can visit Malta from June 1 if fully vaccinated, with the country even paying tourists to visit this summer.

The island is also one of the new destinations which is likely to be on the UK's "green" list due to the low Covid cases and one of the best vaccine rollouts in Europe, behind Britain, with 44 per cent given the first dose.


Cyprus will welcome fully vaccinated tourists from May 1, without quarantine restrictions.

However, Cyprus may not be on the "green" list and instead may be on the amber list, after seeing a record 941 new Covid cases yesterday and just 16 per cent given the first jab.


Italy has announced that they hope to welcome tourists with vaccine passports by May 15, according to the Tourism Minister.

However, the country is still seeing more than 10,000 new Covid cases a day, meaning it is likely to be on the "amber" list.

The vaccine rollout is also yet to pick up with just 18 per cent given the first jab.

Some of the islands could be Covid-free by the summer, meaning they could open before the mainland.


Turkey wants Brits back by May, but won't need a vaccination or negative Covid test.

However, Turkey is likely to be on the "amber" list when travel resumes next month due to rising Covid cases, with more than 61,000 yesterday – the highest since the pandemic began.


Tunisia is welcoming Brits back already, as long as you can prove you have a package holiday booked.

Tourists also need a negative Covid test to enter the country.

Tunisia is likely to be on the "amber" list due to daily cases rising but may be able avoid the "red" list.


The Maldives is currently open to Brits, with fully vaccinated tourists able to enter without needing a Covid test.

Non-vaccinated tourists will need a negative test taken up to 96 hours before travelling.

The country recently announced that they will be offering the vaccine to tourists on arrival this summer too.

Holidays are likely to go ahead – 53 per cent of the 530,000 population have been given the first dose, with less than 100 new Covid cases a day.

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