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The world is opening…time to book a holiday

After the excellent news we recently received in regards to the world opening up once again, travel is starting to resume back to some form of normality. However, there is so much to consider regarding green lists, FCDO advice and which countries allow us to enter, which can make the situation unclear as to where is open.

To make things clear and straightforward for everyone below is our updated travel list of all countries we currently travel to on our website.

Please browse the list below and if you would like to learn more about a specific destination, click on the country name to see all our tours available in that country. We have made it as simple as possible.


Destination NameFCDO Travel Advice AllowedUK Traffic-light SystemCountry Allows Entry From The UK
AlaskaYesGreenYes
AndamansYesGreenNo (Expected 15th November)
AngolaYesGreenYes
ArgentinaYesGreenNo (Expected 1st November)
BahamasYesGreenYes
BelizeYesGreenYes
BrazilYesGreenYes
CanadaYesGreenYes
Canary IslandsYesGreenYes
ChileYesGreenNo (Expected 1st November 2021)
Christmas IslandYesGreenNo (Expected 1st January 2022)
Costa RicaYesGreenYes
CubaYesGreenYes
FranceYesGreenYes
GabonYesGreenYes
GreenlandYesGreenNo (Expected 1st January 2022)
GuatemalaNoGreenYes
Guinea BissauNoGreenYes
HungaryYesGreenYes
Iceland Sea
Iceland Fly
YesGreenYes
MadagascarYesGreenNo (Expected 6th November 2021)
MadeiraYesGreenYes
MauritiusYesGreenYes
MexicoYesGreenYes
MozambiqueYesGreenYes
NamibiaYesGreenYes
Norway Sea
Norway Fly
YesGreenYes
OmanYesGreenYes
PanamaNoRedYes
Papua New GuineaNoGreenNo
SeychellesYesGreenYes
South AfricaYesGreenYes
Spain Fishing
Spain Shooting
YesGreenYes
SudanYesGreenYes
SwedenYesGreenYes
TanzaniaYesGreenYes
ThailandYesGreenYes
UruguayYesGreenNo (Expected 1st January 2022)

Recent Updates

19/11/2021 – Booster Jabs Added To Nhs Covid Pass For Travel

Travellers who have had a booster or a third dose will be able to show their vaccine status through the NHS Covid Pass from today.

The addition will enable those who have had their booster or third dose to travel to countries including Israel and Croatia which have introduced a time limit for the vaccine to be valid for quarantine-free travel.

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to show their vaccine status if they are travelling abroad.

“This update to the NHS Covid Pass will mean people can have their complete medical picture at their fingertips if they are going on holiday or seeing loved ones overseas.”

Booster and third doses will not be added to the domestic Covid Pass as it is not a current requirement for individuals to receive booster doses to qualify as fully vaccinated. It is also not currently necessary to show evidence of a booster for travel into England.

More than 13 million booster and third jabs have been administered in the UK, with the programme now being extended to those aged 40-49.

Since its launch on 17 May, almost 20 million people have accessed the Covid Pass via the NHS App.

Booster and third doses will show up automatically in the digital Covid Pass and will be visible from midday on Friday for users in England but will not immediately be available via the Covid Pass letter service. The government said this will be updated “in due course”.

The booster vaccine will appear on the Covid Pass in Wales from 29 November.

29/10/2021 – The seven countries remaining on the UK’s red list will be removed from 4am on Monday (1 November)

This means travellers from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela would no longer have to submit to 10 days’ mandatory isolation upon arrival in England.

Both the BBC and Sky News on Thursday reported the system would not be scrapped and would instead be retained to guard against the import of new variants of Covid-19, if a particular country was deemed to pose a significant variant risk. This was later confirmed by transport secretary Shapps.

Shapps tweeted: “Update: All seven remaining countries on the red list will be removed from Monday 1 November at 4am.”

We can also confirm that from Monday, eligible travellers from over 30 new countries and territories including Peru and Uganda will be added to our inbound vaccination policy, bringing the total number of countries on this list to over 135.

28/10/2021 – The EU will formally recognise the NHS Covid Pass starting Friday (29 October)

The European Commission on Thursday (28 October) said it would grant the NHS pass equivalence with its EU Digital Covid Certificate. The move is reciprocal, with the UK agreeing to accept the EU certificate as proof of vaccination.

EU commissioner Didier Reynders said: “Safer travel is a reality thanks to the EU Digital Covid Certificate, which is now the leading global standard – 45 countries in four continents are connected to the system, and more will follow in the coming weeks and months. We are open to other countries to join our system.”

Several European countries unilaterally recognised the NHS pass earlier this year, but sign off from the commission means it should now be accepted across the EU.

The Guardian reports equivalence will extend to NHS Covid passes issued in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

26/10/2021 – Scotland To Ditch Day 2 Pcr Tests

Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament on Tuesday (26 October) that from 4am on 31 October, fully vaccinated arrivals into Scotland will no longer have to take a Day 2 PCR test.

Instead, they will be able to take a cheaper lateral flow test, bringing Scotland in line with the rules that came into force in England on Sunday (24 October).

Like in England, the new rules will apply to all non-red list arrivals. Tests will be verified using a photo.
“For practical reasons, the Scottish government has decided to align with this change,” said Sturgeon, who revealed tests would be bookable from around 5pm on Friday from the gov.uk website.

“These tests will cost between £20 to £30 per test, which is less than a PCR test,” she added. “I’m sure that this change will be welcomed by many travellers, and by the travel industry.”

22/10/2021 – The USA is back

On Friday the 15th October, the US government confirmed that fully vaccinated UK visitors will be able to enter the US from the 8th November 2021.
This is great news for our US destinations but also for other countries that we need to transit through the US like Belize for example.

18/10/2021Lateral flow tests to be introduced for vaccinated international arrivals.

From 24 October fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a cheaper lateral flow test, on or before day 2 of their arrival into the UK. These can be booked from 22 October.

  • From 24 October fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a cheaper lateral flow test, instead of a PCR test, on or before day 2 of their arrival into the UK. These can be booked from 22 October
  • Change will come into effect for those returning from half-term breaks with lateral flow tests available to book through private providers listed on GOV.UK
  • Passengers must upload a photo of their test to verify results as soon as possible, with free confirmatory NHS PCRs for any positive cases

Eligible fully vaccinated passengers arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a lateral flow test on or before day 2 of their arrival from 24 October, rather than PCR tests – cutting the cost of tests in time for travellers returning from half-term breaks. These can be booked from 22 October.

Eligible travellers will be able to order cheaper lateral flow tests from private testing providers as an alternative to a PCR, offering faster results. The list of approved private providers will go live on GOV.UK on 22 October.

Passengers will need to take a photo of their lateral flow test and booking reference supplied by the private provider and send it back to them to verify the result. Passengers are also able to book to have a test which they can take on their arrival into the UK at testing centres located in some airports.

Those that have already bought a PCR do not need to buy another test. The arrival test must be taken as soon as possible on or before the second day of a passenger’s arrival in the UK. Lateral flow tests for international travel must be purchased from a private provider as NHS Test and Trace tests cannot be used for international travel.

The government is able to make this change thanks to the success of the vaccination programme both in the UK and around the world which has protected millions of people and reduced the risks of opening up international travel.

Anyone who tests positive will need to self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test. PCR tests can be accessed free of charge by ordering in the usual way through NHS Test and Trace – via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.  Providers will be expected to advise people to self-isolate and direct people towards the NHS Test and Trace booking page.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

We want to make going abroad easier and cheaper, whether you’re travelling for work or visiting friends and family.

Lateral flow tests will be available later this month for those returning from half-term holidays.

This change to testing is only possible thanks to the incredible progress of our vaccination programme, which means we can safely open up travel as we learn to live with the virus.

Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, said:

Today’s rule changes will make testing on arrival simpler and cheaper for people across the country who are looking forward to well-earned breaks for this October half term.

Taking away expensive mandatory PCR testing will boost the travel industry and is a major step forward in normalising international travel and encouraging people to book holidays with confidence.

Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said:

Testing, along with vaccines, remains one of our first lines of defence against COVID-19. Getting a test as early as possible on arrival and isolation when necessary, can help control the spread of the virus and protect one another.

The government will extend regulations and publish protocol to allow some tests supplied to the private testing market that are pending validation to remain on the market in the short term. This is to address any potential shortage of supply while work continues at pace to ensure only high-performing tests are ultimately approved to remain on the UK market. The government will continue to publish a list of private testing providers who meet the minimum standards for the public to choose from, with PCR test options available as well.

All travellers must complete their passenger locator form prior to travel, including a test booking reference number supplied by a testing provider. Travellers will be able to upload their test booking reference to the passenger locator form from 22 October for arrival in the UK from 24 October.

Eligible travellers vaccinated in over 100 countries and territories including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, will be treated the same as returning fully vaccinated UK residents.

This means they will be eligible for the quarantine exemption and reduced testing measures, including taking just a lateral flow test on arrival. This is as long as they have not visited a red list country or territory in the 10 days before arriving in England. Eligible under 18s from these countries will also be treated as if fully vaccinated. The government continues to work with the devolved administrations to ensure there continues to be robust border measures in place to protect the UK.

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated with an authorised vaccine returning from a non-red destination must still take a pre-departure test, a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 test and complete 10 days self-isolation (with the option of Test to Release on day 5).


Although most countries allow entry for double vaccinated people, there may be some entry requirements such as PCR tests. We are keeping up to date with each destination and will personally guide you through anything required. If you have any questions, please contact our team on 01603 407596 or via email at info@sportquestholidays.com.

Kind regards,

Peter Collingsworth

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  1. Dheeraj pradhan

    Nice palce

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