Countries You Can Travel To From Brum Without A Covid Test Before You Fly
The summer holiday period is upon us and plenty of Brits are on the lookout for the perfect getaway destination that won’t cost them a small fortune in Covid tests before they even get on the plane.
With the rules on overseas travel under regular review, it can be confusing to book a trip overseas, but Birmingham Airport has launched a new online portal to give passengers the information they need on testing, vaccination and quarantine requirements.
And it turns out there are several countries you can fly to from Brum that don’t require a pricey PCR test before you travel – that is, as long as you can prove you’re fully vaccinated.
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Day two tests are still required for all international arrivals coming into the UK, meaning holidaymakers will still need to pay for a test when they return home – and will have to quarantine if they come back positive.
Last week, Birmingham Airport’s CEO Nick Barton said expensive tests were putting people of flying, however the government confirmed on Friday that the cost of Covid tests for travellers arriving into the UK will be reduced, so getting away for a well-deserved break and some sun and sea could be cheaper than you might think.
We’ve put together a list of some of the destinations you can fly to from Birmingham that don’t require a PCR test before you fly.
For more information on countries’ entry requirements including how long you need to be fully-vaccinated before you travel and to stay up-to-date on rule changes, check the government website before you book a trip.
Travel information: If you’ve had both jabs and you have a digital Covid vaccination certificate, you can enter Portugal without taking a Covid test. For everyone else, a PCR test is required within 72 hours or an antigen test within 48 hours, however Madeira only accepts PCRs. There are flights from Birmingham to green-list Madeira and amber-list Faro and Porto. There are no quarantine requirements for passengers from the UK to Madeira, although those who aren’t fully-vaccinated will have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to Porto and Faro. More information can be found here.
About the destination: Funchal in Madeira has flowers that bloom all year round in the shelter of dramatic mountains. Faro is Algarve’s capital city and Porto is built on the hills rising from the Douro river that winds through the centre. Its brightly painted houses are picture-postcard pretty.
Travel information: People flying to green-list Malta must present proof of full vaccination when they land, with the exception of children aged five to 15. Quarantine on arrival is not required. More information can be found here.
About the destination: The country is known for its beaches, pre-historic temples, fossil-studded cliffs, hidden coves and thrilling scuba diving, not to mention its remarkable history.
Travel information: Fully vaccinated travellers from the UK do not need a test before they fly, but all arrivals to Gibraltar must take a rapid test on arrival, which is free of charge. Unvaccinated flyers require a test prior to travel. Arrivals in Gibraltar are not required to quarantine and the same goes for those flying back to the UK – as long as their day two test is negative. More information can be found here.
About the destination: The area is famous for the limestone Rock of Gibraltar and its great climate. Its culture and military history has also made it a popular tourist destination.
Travel information: It’s a short hour-long flight from Birmingham to Dublin and there’s no testing required for fully-vaccinated travellers. Passengers without proof of full vaccination will require a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival. Quarantine is not required if you’ve had both Covid jabs. If you haven’t had both vaccines, you will have to quarantine at home for 14 days. More information can be found here.
About the destination: Dublin is peppered with classic pubs, historic buildings and a vibrant culture.
Travel information: Unless you’re fully vaccinated, PCR tests should be taken 72 hours prior to departure plus a test on arrival into Larnaca and Paphos airports. UK tourists are not required to quarantine on arrival. Cyprus is on the UK’s amber list but if you’ve had both jabs, you don’t need to isolate on return to the UK, unless you test positive on day two. More information can be found here.
About the destination: Larnaca is easy-going and great for beach days and fresh food. Paphos has got it all – from museums, food and culture to sun and sea.
Travel information: There are flights from Birmingham to various regions in Greece including Chania, Heraklion, Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki and Zakynthos. All require a PCR test within 72 hours or an antigen test within 48 hours of arrival unless you’re fully vaccinated. Travellers with proof of vaccination or tests are exempt from the need to self-isolate. On return, amber list travel rules apply, meaning those who have had both Covid jabs will not be required to quarantine unless their day two test comes back positive. More information can be found here.
About the destination: From Kos’ mosques and castles to Santorini’s iconic sunset views, there’s something for everyone at Greece’s many holiday hotspots.
Travel information: There are stricter rules for travellers arriving in France. The UK is currently on the French amber list (and vice versa), which means that unvaccinated arrivals will only be able to travel for essential reasons. Fully-vaccinated adults no longer need to present evidence of a negative test before travel, although they will require proof of their vaccination status, and need to complete a ‘sworn statement’, self-certifying they are not suffering from Covid symptoms. This can be found on the French government website. Passengers who are double-jabbed do not need to quarantine on arrival. Day two testing measures remain in place for those returning to the UK. Flights are currently operating from Birmingham Airport to Paris. More information can be found here.
About the destination: The city of love, capital of France and home to Disneyland, Paris is a popular city break destination for couples, families and solo travellers alike.
Travel information: There’s no need to take a test before you fly to amber-list Poland from the UK if you’re fully vaccinated. The same goes for quarantining on arrival – and on your return to the UK if your day two test comes back clear. For those who haven’t had both of their jabs, a mandatory quarantine is required when you land in Poland. There are flights running from Birmingham to Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow and Poznan. More information can be found here.
About the destination: Not your typical summer holiday destination, but perfect for a city break. Krakow’s Old Town is stunning, with soaring churches, impressive museums and the vast Rynek Glówny, Europe’s largest market square, while Poznan boasts fascinating neighbourhoods and landmarks, from Gothic churches to tall Soviet Skyscrapers.
Travel information: Flights are running from Brum to Alicante, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Menorca, Malaga, Palma and Tenerife. Unless you’re fully-vaccinated, testing is required within 48 hours of arrival. Quarantine rules are dependent on vaccine status and it’s worth checking the latest advice on the government website before you fly. Day two testing measures remain in place for all passengers returning to the UK. More information can be found here.
About the destination: Ibiza is tranquil before the sun goes down and there’s more to the island than parties and famous DJs. Menorca is famous for its sun-bleached shores, while Palma’s art, history, scenery and gastronomic delights makes it one of the Mediterranean’s most underrated cities.
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