The 37 countries you can enter without a test
You will need:
- Proof of full vaccination (12+)
- Children aged 5-11 can travel if accompanied by a vaccinated adult, with proof of a negative PCR test
Although by no means extremely hot, Malta will bring milder temperatures than most of Europe during the February semester. Although spring will prove more pleasant, if you can hold out until then. Although our expert, Juliet Rix, says Malta’s real appeal lies beyond its sun and sea.
“Malta may be well known for its sun and sea, but the island’s real USP is its extraordinary history (and prehistory) and the fabulous sites it left behind. n the Stone Age, Malta was possessed or coveted by many great European powers, from the Phoenicians and Romans, Arabs and medieval monarchs, to the Knights of Malta and Ottoman Turks, to the Axis powers and the British. Each has left its mark here – some very beautiful too – giving Malta more historic sites per square mile than any other country.
To book: Oliver’s Travels has a range of luxury villas in Malta, including Villa Ellul which sleeps six and costs £1,914 for seven nights departing in April (0333 888 0205; oliverstravels.com).
Favorites further away
If you’re looking to soak up the winter sun and are willing to travel a little further afield, you have plenty of no-test options. Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru are all open to fully vaccinated UK arrivals with no testing requirements.
Of all of them, Mexico is perhaps the most attractive option in February, as it is one of the driest months of the year with warm days and pleasant water temperatures. Airlines including Tui and British Airways fly direct to Cancun in less than 11 hours. You must register on the Mexico Vuela Seguro platform before you arrive, but then you are free to explore, regardless of your vaccination status.
To book: British Airways Holidays (britishairways.com/mexico) offers seven-night stays at the four-star Allegro Playacar from £1,403 for two, all-inclusive with flights. Departures on certain dates in January and February.
The rest of the world
We have excluded Afghanistan, Syria and Samoa from the list below as UK arrivals are currently not permitted to enter these countries. Countries that say “test possible” may have random health screening measures in place; Always check gov.uk before travelling.
- Caribbean Netherlands
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Sint Maarten (possible test)
- St Martin (test possible)