Getting Tested for Travel if You Haven’t Been Vaccinated

If you’re planning to travel and haven’t gotten the jab yet, you might be wondering to yourself: Is it possible for me to travel overseas? 

Many nations across the globe have implemented rules that only allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter their country without a negative COVID-19 test. However, some may not be able to receive the vaccine, and many young people have yet to receive their first dose.

If you are over 18 in the United Kingdom, you are now eligible for vaccination. Nevertheless, due to the six-to-eight-week gap between the first and second doses, it could be likely that you are not vaccinated in time to enjoy your holiday. 

Don’t worry if you have a negative test result, you can travel internationally. A negative COVID-19 testing result is acceptable proof inside Europe and in certain countries outside the region. 

The following are updated travel rules in- and outside the United Kingdom and your rapid testing options for travel that you must read before departing. With this, you’ll be well-prepared for your vacation.

Which Countries Can I Visit Without COVID-19 Vaccination?


Unvaccinated visitors to Croatia can enter the country with proof of either a negative COVID-19 antigen test issued within 48 hours of arrival, a negative PCR test provided within 72 hours of arrival, or a doctor’s certificate of recovery issued between 11 and 180 days before arrival. 


Unvaccinated travellers entering Cyprus must provide evidence of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. And then another PCR test is necessary upon arrival at Larnaca or Paphos airports. Travellers must wait for a negative result before departing these airports. 

Tourists spending longer than a week must do further PCR or rapid antigen tests every seven days after arrival unless they can demonstrate proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the preceding six months.

Visitors to Northern Cyprus who haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine may only forgo official quarantine if they show documentation of previously contracting COVID-19.


With tourism accounting for about a fifth of Greece’s GDP, this popular tourist destination has been eager for UK travellers to return for some time now. Unvaccinated travellers can enter Greece with documentation of a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of arrival, proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test performed 48 hours before arrival, or evidence of COVID-19 recovery. 

Although the NHS does not issue proof of recovery certificates, Greece will accept documentation of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result obtained between 30 and 180 days before your travel dates.


When visiting Madeira, visitors must show a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours of arrival. They should also complete and submit a traveller questionnaire before departing to the tiny island off Africa’s northwest coast.


British travellers with a negative PCR test given within 48 hours of arrival are welcome in the UK’s most popular tropical paradise, Spain.

Unvaccinated travellers coming to the UK, on the other hand, will be required to quarantine for ten days and take tests on days two and eight. Travellers may end their quarantine early by undergoing a Test To Release COVID-19 test, as long as the result is negative quarantine ends.

Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera are amongst the Balearic Islands included, as are the Canaries.

What About Going a Little Further Overseas?


Mexico is in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, so it may be best to avoid this popular vacation spot. Infection rates are nearly as high as they were earlier this year.

On the other hand, Travellers visiting Mexico must fill out a health declaration form and scan the QR code it creates when they arrive.

Although many resorts encourage guests to fill out health questionnaires, there is no obligation to submit a negative PCR test or quarantine upon arrival.

Travelling to the United Kingdom During COVID-19: What to Know Before You Go

Coronavirus cases are on the rise all across the world. According to health authorities, staying at home until you’re wholly vaccinated is the most reliable method to prevent transmission. 

Who Can Visit the UK?

Within 48 hours after arriving in the UK, visitors must provide a negative COVID-19 test. Arrivals coming from nations on the “red list” are allowed entry, however they must quarantine and undergo testing upon arriving.

What Are the Restrictions You Need to Know?

  • Residents of the United Kingdom returning from red-listed countries must shoulder a 10-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
  • They must book a “quarantine package” before arriving in the UK, which covers their stay in hotel quarantine as well as food and drinks while there. 
  • The cost of a single adult’s day stay at a quarantined hotel climbs to £2,285 from August 12.
  • Those who try to avoid quarantine face penalties ranging from £5,000 to £10,000.
  • When visiting England, Scotland, and Wales from an amber list country, those who have complete vaccination in the EU or the US will not need to isolate.
  • Quarantine is no longer required for UK residents who are wholly vaccinated through the UK vaccination programme and are returning to England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.
  • Travellers must still do pre-departure and PCR tests on day two.
  • Residents who return to the UK without complete COVID-19 vaccination must quarantine for ten days, and take a PCR test on day two and day eight of quarantine. 
  • The Test to Release scheme allows these visitors returning to England to finish their quarantine sooner.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers coming from non-red list nations who are vaccinated with vaccines approved by the EMA and FDA in Europe and the United States, or via the Swiss vaccination programme, can come to England without quarantine upon arrival. They also don’t have to take the test on day eight.
  • Fully vaccinated arrivals must take a test on or before Day 2 after their arrival.
  • Cruising resumes in the United Kingdom. It includes many “staycation” cruises taking place this summer along the UK coastline. Visit here for government guidance to check relevant cruise line regulations.
  • To show vaccination data or current Covid test results for local or international purposes, Britons can use the NHS app and NHS COVID Pass. They can also seek a printed letter detailing their vaccination status.
  • The UK government urges people in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to use their respective NHS COVID-19 app for contact tracing purposes.

Fast and Convenient COVID-19 Testing for Travel to and From The UK

Countries, airlines, and ships may demand COVID-19 testing for travellers before entry as border restrictions ease and travel resumes. Testing requirements are constantly changing and will differ based on the destination.

MSI Clinics is a government listed COVID-19 private testing service provider and is UKAS accredited. Individuals and companies in England may rely on us for all types of COVID-19 testing. We ensure reliable, fast results seven days a week.

We offer the following COVID-19 travel testing:

  • Fully Vaccinated Arrival – Day 2
  • Non Vaccinated Arrival – Day 2 & 8
  • 3-HR PCR Fit to Fly
  • Next-Day Fit To Fly
  • 3-HR Test To Release
  • Next-Day Test To Release
  • Rapid Antigen Fit to Fly
  • Family Packages 
  • Antibody Testing

Book your appointment today to book your travel COVID-19 tests before your next holiday or work trip and ensure a smooth, safe experience.

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