Travel destinations for the un-vaccinated.

Travel destinations for the un-vaccinated.

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DriveSnowdonia

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45 posts

4 months

Wednesday 16th February
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My partner has decided to not get vaccinated and due to a recent medical scare, I fully respect her reasons for not doing so. However we were planning to go abroad in June when her current work contract ends. We had our eyes on Sri Lanka but it seems that presently the un-vaccinated can only stay in approved hotels and visit approved attractions. A country that discriminates based on vaccination status does not appeal to us for obvious reasons. Nor does complying with a sea of Covid related paperwork, excess testing, or mask wearing at the destination. It is supposed to be a holiday after all!

So I would be grateful to know if anyone has booked anywhere recently where Covid restrictions are minimal, and where entry is easy for those of us who have chosen not to be vaccinated. It would be a huge help as our research has so far drawn a bit of a blank. Hopefully this information will be useful for others on PH who find themselves in a similar position and for keeping track of things as post-Covid travel evolves and opens up.

Please note, this thread is not intended to debate the merits (or not) of vaccination, nor my partners decision, nor the efficacy of other Covid measures. I believe there is a thread running over on News, Politics & Economics if discussing this is your thing.




GitsNovelties

53 posts

4 months

Wednesday 16th February
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Greece and Coratia seem nice options

https://www.cntraveller.com/article/travel-without...

Also, I would expect (hope?) a lot of the rules to change between now and June. Things changed a lot in many places just in the last couple of weeks because of omicron fading away and with political pressures a lot of the rules are being wiped away as the peasants start to revolt (and look at Canada and begin to think about it)

That's not much use when you want to book it now and have to gamble that the rules at your destination of choice will change (that's the position I am currently in - come on spain you beg jessies, sort it out)

WelshRich

113 posts

34 months

Wednesday 16th February
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Mexico seem to be pretty relaxed…

Vasco

12,690 posts

82 months

Wednesday 16th February
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Scotland

The Leaper

4,172 posts

183 months

Wednesday 16th February
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Channel Islands

ChocolateFrog

16,524 posts

150 months

Wednesday 16th February
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England, add the theoretical flight cost onto your stay and I'd imagine you could stay just about where to like.

ChocolateFrog

16,524 posts

150 months

Wednesday 16th February
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Just wait until a week or two before and see what's available, the rules are changing all the time, mainly for economic reasons.

There's money to be made from relaxing restrictions, just look at Spain last week ensuring they didn't scare families off before half term.

DriveSnowdonia

Original Poster:

45 posts

4 months

Wednesday 16th February
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GitsNovelties said:
Greece and Coratia seem nice options

https://www.cntraveller.com/article/travel-without...

Also, I would expect (hope?) a lot of the rules to change between now and June. Things changed a lot in many places just in the last couple of weeks because of omicron fading away and with political pressures a lot of the rules are being wiped away as the peasants start to revolt (and look at Canada and begin to think about it)

That's not much use when you want to book it now and have to gamble that the rules at your destination of choice will change (that's the position I am currently in - come on spain you beg jessies, sort it out)
Croatia, great didn't think of that, and thanks for that list. Very useful. Heard today that Switzerland is removing all restrictions by next week. Let's hope it's true.

DriveSnowdonia

Original Poster:

45 posts

4 months

Wednesday 16th February
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Vasco said:
Scotland
Haha, yeah, nice one wink

mattyprice4004

538 posts

151 months

Wednesday 16th February
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The restrictions on getting back into England also need to be considered.
Personally in your situation I’d sit tight for now.

DriveSnowdonia

Original Poster:

45 posts

4 months

Wednesday 16th February
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ChocolateFrog said:
There's money to be made from relaxing restrictions, just look at Spain last week ensuring they didn't scare families off before half term.
Agreed, they seem to be loosing out to Portugal, and according to some sources, the Spanish tourist industry is not happy about it. At the end of the day, the more hassle it is to travel somewhere, the less likely it is to attract tourists.

GitsNovelties

53 posts

4 months

Wednesday 16th February
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DriveSnowdonia said:
ChocolateFrog said:
There's money to be made from relaxing restrictions, just look at Spain last week ensuring they didn't scare families off before half term.
Agreed, they seem to be loosing out to Portugal, and according to some sources, the Spanish tourist industry is not happy about it. At the end of the day, the more hassle it is to travel somewhere, the less likely it is to attract tourists.
From what I could learn about Spain their rules on tpurism are purely politically driven.

Government-"all Spanish people have to get vaccinated"
Spanish people - "whats the point of that when tourists can wander in without being vaccinated"
Government- "OK, tourists, you have to be vaccinated too"
EU- "yeah, that's not going to work when there are no borders"
Government "oh....Ok then.,, just British people, we don't like them anyway those brexit baddies"

So in reality achieving nothing other than supporting the coercion of the Spanish but massively punishing their tourism industry who will no doubt be leaning on the Spanish government hard. Add to that the push back from unvaccinated and freedom loving Spanish population, things might change soon.
https://www.euronews.com/2022/02/07/protest-agains...

As covid stats keep declining the already paper thin rationale erodes to next to nothing, which might open things up. i hope so anyway

GT03ROB

11,597 posts

198 months

Thursday 17th February
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As has been said don't stress about it. There is a lot that will change between now & the summer.

It will hopefully become more rather than less open

Xenobian

113 posts

3 months

Thursday 17th February
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GitsNovelties said:
Greece and Coratia seem nice options

https://www.cntraveller.com/article/travel-without...

Also, I would expect (hope?) a lot of the rules to change between now and June. Things changed a lot in many places just in the last couple of weeks because of omicron fading away and with political pressures a lot of the rules are being wiped away as the peasants start to revolt (and look at Canada and begin to think about it)

That's not much use when you want to book it now and have to gamble that the rules at your destination of choice will change (that's the position I am currently in - come on spain you beg jessies, sort it out)
The CN Traveller list is far from complete, it is just showing a few places. Many countries do not require vaccination for entry (I have travelled to 30 odd places since the vaccines became a thing). They just have varying requirements, usually revolving around PCR rests.

Mexico is great and unique (still, I believe), in that there are no requirements for vaccines OR testing in order to enter. You can just travel there "as normal". You will of course need the test to fly back to the UK, which is easy to get in Mexico City or Cancun (where the flights from the UK leave from), and not too pricey.

A good source of (usually) accurate information is the Foreign Office Travel Advice. For example, Mexico: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico/en...

GT03ROB

11,597 posts

198 months

Thursday 17th February
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Xenobian said:
. You will of course need the test to fly back to the UK, which is easy to get in Mexico City or Cancun (where the flights from the UK leave from), and not too pricey.
No you won't & haven't for a while now......

DangerDoom

198 posts

104 months

Thursday 17th February
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Portugal is probably the closest and one of the more easily accessible (flight availability, cost, etc...).

Otherwise, yeah, Croatia, Greece, Mexico, the US, Maldives, Seychelles, Dubai (careful with some of the other Emirates), Cape Verde, Madagascar (with some minor requirements), Namibia, possibly some other African countries, Bulgaria, The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, no doubt some other destinations too.

Definitely seems like lots of restrictions are being lifted. Lots of places want the tourism and will 'compete' if needed (e.g. Spain matching Portugal to avoid losing the business).

DangerDoom

198 posts

104 months

Thursday 17th February
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GT03ROB said:
Xenobian said:
. You will of course need the test to fly back to the UK, which is easy to get in Mexico City or Cancun (where the flights from the UK leave from), and not too pricey.
No you won't & haven't for a while now......
Errrr... so this page is incorrect?

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from...



GT03ROB

11,597 posts

198 months

Thursday 17th February
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DangerDoom said:
GT03ROB said:
Xenobian said:
. You will of course need the test to fly back to the UK, which is easy to get in Mexico City or Cancun (where the flights from the UK leave from), and not too pricey.
No you won't & haven't for a while now......
Errrr... so this page is incorrect?

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from...


Since I got vaccinated I have been suffering from memory loss, so forgot the key point that OPs OH had not been vaccinated..paperbag

river_rat

607 posts

180 months

Thursday 17th February
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Hopefully all this pre-return testing will be scrapped next week along with all the remaining rules?

DangerDoom

198 posts

104 months

Thursday 17th February
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GT03ROB said:
Since I got vaccinated I have been suffering from memory loss, so forgot the key point that OPs OH had not been vaccinated..paperbag
As side effects go... rotaterotaterotate not too bad.