Specific restrictions and requirements by destination

Please note, that certain destinations and hotels will require you to adhere to local rules and restrictions in order to be permitted entry. Criteria could range from undertaking a COVID-19 test (often at your own expense), to self-monitoring via a regional track and trace app, to agreeing to a period of self-isolation if necessary.

Many destinations will now also require you to provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken before arrival. To find out more about the different testing options available to you, visit our Covid-19 testing before you travel page.

Failure to comply could mean that you are refused admission unless – or until – you meet the necessary requirements.

As an On the Beach customer it is your individual responsibility to adhere to comply with local restrictions at all times. Further information relating to Covid-specific entry requirements and your obligations as a passenger can be found in our terms and conditions here.

Please refer to the destinations below to understand any guidance or measures that are in place to protect you and other passengers.

Abu Dhabi

Please note that it is currently not possible to visit Abu Dhabi as a tourist from the UK.

Antigua

All visitors to Antigua aged 12 years or older must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than seven days before arrival. The local authorities may instruct you to enter government-provided quarantine. Further health screening is in place at VC Bird International Airport for all international arrivals. The measures are subject to change but may include mandatory temperature and travel history checks, and further testing for Coronavirus. You should expect long waiting times on arrival. Visitors instructed by the local authorities to take a Coronavirus test on arrival must pay a fee of US$ 100 or local equivalent in cash.

Visitors must stay at a prebooked hotel from the local government’s approved list of accommodation.

Barbados

Travellers to Barbados must provide a negative PCR test result for Covid-19 on arrival at the airport. The test must be done 72 hours before arriving in Barbados. Failure to do so may result in you being denied entry to the country. The test will also be screened for validity by the local authority.

You will also need to fill out the online immigration form and upload the negative test results here. You must take a copy of the results to the airport.

You will then need to remain (with restricted movement) at one of these holding hotels or approved villas at your own expense - or a government facility free of charge – until you are tested again. This will take place 4-5 days after your initial test, and should mean that you only have to self-isolate for a maximum of 2 days after arrival. If you test positive you will be required to self-isolate.

Bulgaria

The FCO currently advises that travellers avoid non-essential travel to Bulgaria. Individuals entering or returning to the UK from this country will be required to follow additional UK border measures which includes self-isolation for 10 days.

Croatia

On 20th August, the UK government removed Croatia from its list of exempt destinations, advising against all but essential travel. This means that anyone travelling to Croatia will need to quarantine for two weeks upon their return to the UK. Prior to travelling to Croatia, travellers must fill in this form.

Cuba

It is recommended that you able to provide evidence of a negative PCR test result when arriving in Cuba. Visitors will also be tested on arrival in Cuba, with results available within 24 hours. Guests must adhere to social distancing, mask use and other measures during that time. The cost for this test will be included in the price of your ticket as a government mandated sanitation cost. If the result is positive you will be required to self-isolate in a hospital.

You will also need to fill in a declaration of health form. This we be given to you on board the plane.

Cyprus

From 21st December, 2020, all visitors to Cyprus from the UK will be required to self-isolate at their hotel for a minimum of 7 days.

Dominican Republic

The FCDO advises against all but non-essential travel to the Dominican Republic. Travellers to the Dominican Republic will need to complete this health form before departure.

Dubai

From 1 August 2020 all passengers arriving in Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must complete this health declaration form and give it to the airline staff at check-in. The form will also be available at check-in.

Additionally, all passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate or get tested on arrival in Dubai. Tests in Dubai are currently free of charge, but this is subject to change. This excludes children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability. If taking a test before you fly, it must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure and the test result certificate should be presented at check-in. This must be a printed official certificate, SMS or digital confirmation messages are not accepted. You may also need to undertake a second test upon arrival. If the result is positive you will be required to self-isolate. The same test criteria applies to passengers travelling from Dubai to UK or Europe (or other mandated destinations), as you may be required to have an additional negative PCR COVID-19 test prior to leaving Dubai.

Egypt

From 1 September, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival. If you are unable to obtain a PCR test 72 hours before travel, you can purchase one on arrival in Hurghada, Marsa Allam, Sharm el Sheikh or Taba for $30 per person and quarantine in your hotel until you get the test result. If the test is positive then you will remain in quarantine in your hotel.

The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in all other regions. Children under the age of six, of all nationalities, are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates. No other exemptions have been confirmed. COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. You should check with your airline to confirm time frames for undertaking PCR tests and what proof of testing needs to be presented before you travel.

France

Travellers showing symptoms of Covid-19 infection during border health checks in France may be subject to quarantine or isolation, regardless of their nationality. People returning from France to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have to isolate for 10 days.

Greece

Beginning July 1, 2020, all travellers are obliged to complete a form at least 24 hours before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of your stay while in Greece. You can find the form here. All passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive measures (use of masks and social distancing).

The FCO advise against travel to all parts of Greece except Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos and Corfu. You must self-isolate for a period of 10 days if you’re returning from Greece to England, Northern Island, Scotland or Wales (unless you are returning from Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos or Corfu).

Italy

Travellers to Italy must hand in this completed form on arrival. A negative COVID test is also required when you arrive in Italy from the UK. You’ll be asked to show evidence that you tested negative in a test administered in the 72 hours before your outbound flight.

Jamaica

The FCDO advises against all but non-essential travel to Jamaica. Prior to checking in for a flight to Jamaica, you must get authorisation to enter the country from the Visit Jamaica website. All travellers arriving in Jamaica will be tested for Covid-19 and screened for symptoms at the airport.

For all travellers returning to the UK from Jamaica there will be a mandatory 10-day quarantine period.

Madeira & Azores

As of July 1, 2020, travelers arriving to the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo must complete the Regional Health Authority’s (IASAÚDE) form prior to arrival, provide proof of having performed a PCR Test 72 hr prior or have a test done at the airport (at no cost to the passenger), be subject to thermal screening whilst at the airport. You must self-isolate for a period of 10 days if you are travelling from Madeira & Azores to Scotland from the 5th of September.

The IASAÚDE form can be found here.

Malta

All travelers must complete a Public Health Travel Declaration Form as well as a Passenger Locator Form and present these upon arrival. People returning from Malta to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have to isolate for 10 days.

Visitors to Malta from the UK must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Failure to produce a test means you may be required to take a test in Malta and be subject to quarantine. Please note that some airlines will not let passengers board without having already taken a test.

Mexico

The FCDO advises against all but non-essential travel to Mexico.

Montenegro

The FCO currently advises against travel to Montenegro, but UK residents travelling from the UK can currently enter this country without restrictions. If you’re eligible to enter Montenegro, you may need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, or go into quarantine in state-arranged accommodation, at the direction of sanitary inspectors.

Morocco

Please note that travel to Morocco is restricted unless you are a resident – or the immediate family of a resident (children, spouse or parents) - in Morocco. You will need to present a residency card as proof to enter the country.

Passengers must complete, print and sign this passenger health form to be presented on arrival in Morocco.

Passengers must also present negative PCR test results for Covid-19, taken no less than 72 hours prior to departure from the date the test was taken (not delivered).

Portugal

All visitors to Portugal must complete an online passenger locator card before arriving.

Travellers from the UK will be subject to health screening at mainland Portugal airports. This includes temperature checks, and if your temperature is 38°C or over or you show signs of being unwell, you may be required to take a Covid-19 test and self-isolate at your accommodation until you receive a negative test result.

Visitors to Madeira and Porto Santo must complete and submit a traveller questionnaire between 12 and 48 hours before departure, and take a Covid-19 test 72 hours before you travel. For more information see the Visit Madeira website.

Visitors to the Azores must complete this passenger questionnaire and take a Covid-19 test 72 hours before departure, and be able to show the results - either printed or a digital copy - to the airline when you board.

Portugal is currently in a state of emergency so please note that the government can add restrictions when necessary. ). High risk areas are subject to different curfews on travel between municipalities in place from 23:00-6:00 on weekdays, and 13:00-06:00 on weekends. Check local restrictions before travelling.

Spain

Info correct on 17/12/2020

The UK Government has announced that the Canary Islands has been removed from the UK’s safe travel corridor. From Saturday 12th December, all visitors returning to the UK from the Canary Islands must self-isolate for 10 days. Quarantine rules also remain in place for all visitors to any other part of Spain.

Test to Release Scheme

From 15th December 2020, the UK government is introducing a new ‘Test to Release’ scheme, which is for those wishing to travel to destinations that aren’t on the travel corridor list. If you would like to travel to one of these destinations but do not want to self-isolate for the full 10 days upon return to England, you can now choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test from 5 days after you have departed from your holiday destination. If your Covid-19 test result returns negative, you can then stop self-isolating. This scheme is only applicable to those who are self-isolating in England and the earliest that you can take the private Covid-19 test is from 5 full days after leaving your destination.

To take part in the scheme, you will need to opt into it on your Passenger Locator Form and book a Covid-19 test with a private provider.

More information can be found on the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) website.

Customers travelling to Spain (including the Balearics and Canaries):

We are monitoring the situation closely and will be in touch if your holiday becomes affected.

All visitors (including children of all ages) must be able to present a negative PCR test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country.

You must declare on the mandatory ‘Health Control Form’ listed below, that you have undertaken a test within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, have tested negative for COVID-19, and can show on request evidence certifying your results. The document you provide must be the original, be written in Spanish or English, may be submitted in paper or electronic format and must contain the following information:

  • Name of passenger
  • Passport number or ID card number (the number provided must match the one provided on the Health Control Form)
  • Test date
  • Name and contact details of the testing centre
  • Testing method applied (i.e. PCR)
  • Test results

You will also be subject to the following additional requirements at the point of airport:

  • It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign a Health Control Form 48 hours prior to travel. You can do this on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app. On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival. Anyone who has not completed this form electronically via the Spain Travel Health website or app, may submit it in paper format prior to boarding.
  • Temperature check
  • Undergo a visual health assessment

Fines may be issued to anyone who arrives in Spanish airports without adequate evidence of a negative test.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Customers travelling to Canaries:

When presenting the test upon arrival the certificate must include the accuracy and sensitivity of the test.

The Canary Islands Tourist Board has provided a breakdown of authorised testing centres in the UK and in Ireland. Alternatively, for more information on the different types of testing available, and where this can be obtained, see our COVID-19 testing page.

In addition to the nationwide requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test on entry to Spain, if you’re travelling to the Canary Islands and are booked into regulated tourist accommodation, you will be obliged to:

  • Present an official, negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours earlier, when checking in to your accommodation
  • Download and activate the Radar COVID notification app throughout your stay on the islands, and for 15 days after your return home

These measures are specific to the Canary Islands and apply to all guests aged 6 years and over. Any traveller failing to comply, risks being refused access to accommodation. For further information, refer to guidance from the Canarian tourist board, and check with your accommodation provider prior to travel.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

This means the following rules are in place:

  • An obligatory curfew from 23:00-6:00, which may vary slightly by region
  • Reduced capacity in bars and restaurants
  • Social gatherings limited to maximums of 5-10 people, depending on the region
  • Face coverings are mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 years old on all forms of public transport in Spain and many other indoor and outdoor public spaces. You should carry a face mask with you and be prepared to use it throughout your holiday

These rules may vary slightly by region and you should check the advice from the local authority of the region that you’re travelling to before you fly.

Measures in Spain (including Canaries & Balearics):

This is a fast moving situation and rules may vary slightly by region so you should check the advice from the local authority of the region that you’re travelling to before you fly.

Generally, the following rules are in place:

  • An obligatory curfew from 23:00-6:00, which may vary slightly by region
  • Reduced capacity in bars and restaurants
  • Social gatherings limited to maximums of 5-10 people, depending on the region
  • Face coverings are mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 years old on all forms of public transport in Spain and many other indoor and outdoor public spaces. You should carry a face mask with you and be prepared to use it throughout your holiday

Tenerife update – 17th December 2020

The Spanish Government has announced new temporary restrictions in Tenerife, however please be assured that tourists are still able to travel to Tenerife over the Christmas period. Please make yourself aware of your airline’s travel requirements, and ensure you are able to show a negative PCR test – taken at most 72 hours before – upon arrival in Tenerife.

Hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping centres remain open in Tenerife, however new measures come into effect on 18th December until 1st January 2021:

  • Travel is not permitted between municipalities
  • There will be a local curfew from 22:00 until 06:00 every day, with the exception of the 24th and 31st, on which days curfew will be up to 00:30 for those who are returning home/to their hotel
  • Restaurants will not be serving indoors, and terraces will have limited (50%) capacity
  • Shopping centres will be limited to 33% capacity
  • All mass public events, including concerts, are suspended
  • Public transport is reduced to 50% capacity – please make sure you wear a mask at all times
  • On the 24th, 25th and 31st December events are limited to 6 people in attendance

St. Lucia

All travellers to St. Lucia aged 5 and over must present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than 7 days before arriving on the island. Every visitor aged 18 or over must complete and submit a Travel Authorization Formmore information here.

A health screening form must also be filled in (prior to travel), printed and taken with you when you travel to St. Lucia. Children aged 18 or under can be included on an adult’s form.

Travellers must also use face masks on transport around the island and in public places.

Tunisia

From 16th November, all visitors to Tunisia must show evidence of a negative Covid-19 test (RT-PCR), taken between 120 and 72 hours before travel. Children under 12 are exempt. Anyone showing symptoms or presenting a positive test will not be allowed to travel to Tunisia.

An online form must be filled in prior to travel, which can be found here and you must also download the Tunisian Track and Trace app, which can be found here..

Further health checks may be required such as random rapid testing, and if you test positive then you’ll be required to self-isolate for 14 days in an approved quarantine centre or hotel at your own expense. The Tunisian Regional Health Service will check if your quarantine venue is suitable. A second PCR test can be requested on the 7th day of quarantine (at your own expense); if this is negative then you will no longer need to self-isolate. If you develop symptoms during your quarantine then the PCR test will be paid for by the Tunisian Authorities. You must comply with quarantine rules.

Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago’s international borders are closed. There are currently no commercial flight options available for travelling into or out of Trinidad and Tobago.

Turkey

Prior to travelling to Turkey, travellers must fill in this form. Travellers are also required to self-isolate for 10 days on returning to the UK from 4am on Saturday 3rd October.

Please note that there are some restrictions in place in Turkey, including:

  • different curfews for week days and weekends
  • the mandatory use of face masks
  • restaurants operating as takeaway only
  • limitations on the number of people allowed into shops and other indoor spaces at a time

USA

British nationals currently cannot enter the USA.