Heathrow and Gatwick: the countries still not letting unvaccinated Britons in for the holidays

Summer is just around the corner and many people will be looking forward to traveling the world for a well-deserved vacation. While the vast majority of people in the UK have been vaccinated against Covid and will have wide horizons when choosing a holiday destination, an estimated 8% of people in the UK are still unvaccinated.

The UK has no vaccine requirements for people entering the country, and many other countries are in the same boat. While unvaccinated Britons will be able to visit many countries without any problems, there are still countries they will not be able to travel to.

With that in mind, here’s a round-up of some of the most popular holiday destinations that won’t let unvaccinated Britons in.

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New Zealand

Unvaccinated Britons will not be allowed to enter New Zealand unless they are aged 16 or under or cannot be vaccinated for medical purposes. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will need electronic or paper proof from a medical professional. Otherwise, you will need a full course of the Covid-19 vaccine.


It is quite difficult for a Briton to enter Australia without vaccination. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 12-17 will be exempt from Australian restrictions if they are traveling with at least one parent or legal guardian who is fully vaccinated for the purpose of international travel.

If you hold a travel visa but are not fully vaccinated, you can only travel to Australia if you are in a exempt category. This includes traveling for humanitarian reasons such as the death or illness of a close family member.


Current measures in Spain mean that you can only enter the UK for tourist purposes if you are vaccinated. However, they have an exemption for those who have a medical certificate showing that you have recovered from Covid-19 within the last six months.

Unvaccinated children between the ages of 12 and 17 can enter with a negative PCR test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival. Spain’s tourist board had announced earlier this month that it would allow unvaccinated passengers, before issuing an apology and saying that unvaccinated passengers will continue to be banned.


Britons cannot currently enter the United States without a full vaccine. The only exemptions are for children under 18, diplomats, those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, or spouses/children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.


Unvaccinated children aged 11 and under may enter in German if accompanied by fully vaccinated parents. However, unvaccinated adults will not be allowed to enter Germany.

Limited exemptions apply, including spouse, partner or child (under 18) of a German resident. You can also request a waiver if you have an urgent need to travel.

The Netherlands

If you are not vaccinated, there are only a few, you will be allowed to enter the Netherlands. If a close family member is seriously ill or you are attending a funeral, travelers can fill out a form. Grandparents visiting their newborn grandchildren will be allowed to travel even if they are not vaccinated, as well as divorced parents visiting minor children.

If you are able to demonstrate proof of recovery from Covid-19 within 180 days of travel, you will also be permitted to travel even if you are not vaccinated.


If you are 12 or older and not vaccinated, you can only enter Belgium if you can produce a negative test recovery certificate. Alternatively, if your travel is essential, you can request an exemption.


All international travelers aged 18 or over must be vaccinated to enter Morocco. Children between the ages of 0 and 6 can enter without any conditions, while children between the ages of 6 and 17 will need to pass a PCR no more than 48 hours before travelling.


If you are not vaccinated, you can only enter Thailand under the alternative quarantine program. You must quarantine in a state quarantine or alternate state quarantine (ASQ) facility. Children under 18 do not need to be vaccinated to enter.

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