It's been a long time waiting, but finally the UK government 'Green List' has been announced. Travellers to destinations on this list may return to the UK free of quarantine restrictions, subject to completing a pre-return locator form, pre-return COVID test and subsequent PCR test two days after return.
We are delighted to advise that the countries detailed below are now Green! Importantly, they are also quarantine-free upon arrival, subject to any entry restrictions detailed.
And, as we have since the beginning of the pandemic, we also offer flexible booking terms for your peace of mind. It's time to start planning...
Whether child-free or family-friendly, tranquil retreat or party vibe oasis there's an idyllic island with all the loveliest clichés - swaying palms, turquoise ocean and fine sand beaches - for a post-lockdown escape. Head to One&Only Reethi Rah for family time, or Finolhu for fun-seeking teens. If ocean antics are where you get your kicks, the South Ari Atoll's Constance Moofushi promises some of the best diving spots in the archipelago, while Four Seasons Kuda Huraa has water sports from gentle paddle boarding to thrill-filled jet skiing and shark safaris. For sublime spa treatments little beats Gili Lankanfushi which pampers to perfection.
Entry requirements: Proof of negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival. Many resorts also require a rapid lateral flow test on arrival, conducted in your villa with results returned within an hour.Entry requirements: Proof of negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival. Many resorts also require a rapid lateral flow test on arrival, conducted in your villa with results returned within an hour.
Mighty forces of nature have shaped the dramatic geography of Iceland, creating spectacular geysers, thundering waterfalls and topaz-hued geothermal lakes. Spend a long weekend at Retreat Hotel and experience the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, or take a road trip adventure through the island's cinematic landscapes, riding Icelandic ponies and swimming between tectonic plates. Travel during the summer months for inspiring days that never end, or plan ahead for the winter to experience the Northern Lights as they dance through the night sky.
Entry requirements: Registration upon arrival. Proof of full vaccination or full recovery from COVID-19, plus negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.
Many come for the beaches, but Mallorca's interior is as aesthetically blessed as its stunning coastline; the dramatic Tramuntana Mountains are dotted with peaceful monasteries, charming hilltop towns and rambling estates. Ibiza is known for its party vibe, though it's as much about chilling out as it is hitting the dance floor. Sophisticated sibling Menorca completes the trilogy, with some of the Mediterranean's finest beaches. Travel à deux to a chic hideaway, such as Menorca Experimental or Castell Son Claret. Alternatively, gather the clan at a beautifully restored finca such as Finca Tortuga, or a contemporary private house with Mediterranean views, like Villa Canyamel.
Entry requirements: Completion of online entry form prior to arrival. Proof of negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Spain will not currently allow entry to UK residents.
In days gone by, navies and buccaneers sought shelter in the myriad coves and deep blue bays of Antigua. Today you'll find yacht enthusiasts and winter sanctuary seekers entranced by warm weather and the island's natural beauty. Resorts generally espouse an English-country-house-meets-the-Caribbean theme where afternoon tea is a precursor to rum cocktails. Inn at English Harbour occupies one of the island's best positions, with a private beach, indulgent spa and five star fusion cuisine with winning sea views. Alternatively, a villa rental provides privacy as well as value: The Hill Club and Harbour Hill are conveniently close to the boutiques and restaurants of English Harbour while St Anne's Point is just five minutes' walk to Pigeon Beach, considered one of the Antigua's finest.
Entry requirements: Proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than seven days before arrival.
Few places rival the Seychelles for tropical idyll status. The archipelago of 115 islands is bestowed with eye-watering beauty from the finest beaches to the jungle-clad mountains and teeming underwater wildlife. For romance and the ultimate pampering spa, head to Six Senses Zil Pasyon on Felicité. Four Seasons Seychelles offers faultless service, a splendid beach and excellent dining. Her sister property, Four Seasons Desroches has some of the most inspiring marine life and diving opportunities in the Seychelles. Fregate Island was once a pirate's lair; today it's one of the most conservation-conscious resorts in the world (and also one of few places where you can claim your own butler-serviced private beach).
Entry requirements: Proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.
Portugal is an intriguing country with a varied history, culture and topography that never fails to delight. In the north, the Douro Valley cuts a course through neatly terraced vineyards down to the port of Oporto. Stay at Six Senses Douro Valley or The Yeatman to appreciate the best of Portugal's viticulture in magnificent surroundings - both have amply-provisioned cellars. For bohemian escapism with sustainability clout, Areias Do Seixo is a rare find cushioned amongst the sand dunes on a pristine stretch of Atlantic Coast. The Algarve is a playground for those of any age; Vila Vita Parc is a safe bet for families, with lush gardens, well thought-out facilities and a bay of fine sand.
Entry requirements: Completion of online entry form prior to arrival. Proof of negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. There is currently a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, to be reviewed on 16th May.
Instantly recognisable for the twin peaks of the iconic Pitons that stand like guardian sentries, St Lucia is one of the Caribbean's prettiest islands, with idyllic beaches against a backdrop of lushly forested craggy mountains. Once rested, the jungle-clad interior invites exploration to discover tumbling waterfalls, nature trails and ancient plantations. Resorts tend to be small and chic. Cap Maison is particularly well suited to honeymooners and claims one of the island's best restaurants. Jade Mountain does not welcome children and is blissfully quiet as a result. For barefoot chic, head to Anse Chastenet which boasts superb views of the Pitons. The divine Sugar Beach re-opens in November following a refurbishment, just in time for pre-Christmas sun...
Entry requirements: Completion of online entry form prior to arrival. Proof of negative PCR test taken no more than seven days before arrival.
The Greek islands have long enticed - whether through its sapphire seas and gentle beaches or the possibility of pottering down to a charming taverna for plates of delicious meze and fresh-from-the sea fish. Recent years have seen a spate of new boutique hotel openings, such as OKU Kos, Parilio Hotel Paros and Kalesma. For complete privacy and the opportunity to gather the entire brood, opt for a villa. In Corfu we have a collection in the much sought-after northeast, where the Durrells famously made their home. Eremitis, Villa Eleni and Kogevina Beach Villa are all within a walk of both a village and a beach. On the island of Zakynthos, is just the place for a very special family celebration, with 10 bedrooms across three villas within a private enclave with Ionian Sea views.
Entry requirements: Registration upon arrival. Proof of full vaccination or negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. A further PCR test may be required upon arrival in Greece.
The Canary Islands' position just off the North African coast ensures gentle, warm weather year-long. Tenerife is the king of the archipelago, with volcanic sand beaches and resorts of every genre. Family-friendly Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque has villas with private pools, with all of the first-rate facilities one would expect of a five star resort including an impressive spa, Teen lounge and Duqui children's club, Kinesis gym, several pools and access to a PADI dive centre. Guests at Ritz Carlton Abama are similarly spoilt for choice, with seven tennis courts, spa, beach club, seven pools and an 18-hole golf course with sea views. Though there is plenty to fill a week without leaving the resort, inland the Pico del Teide National Park is rich with walking trails through dense woodland and other-worldly lava flows. Head out to sea too, to watch the whales and dolphins who live in the waters off the island's southern coast.
Entry requirements: Registration upon arrival. A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.
Croatia's beauty inspired writers from Dante to Agatha Christie, while George Bernard Shaw described Dubrovnik as 'heaven on earth'. For views of Dubrovnik without the crowds, stay at Villa Dubrovnik where the restaurant and rooms are oriented to the iconic Old Town. For historical charm, stay at Split's Judita Palace, right in the heart of Diocletian's Palace. The country's unbeatable draw, however, is its glorious coast, punctuated with pretty fishing villages and patchwork of stunning islands, all best explored by privately chartered gulet. Captain Dare's Altair boasts one of the best crews in the Adriatic.
Entry requirements: Completion of online entry form prior to arrival. Proof of negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival.
The recent discovery of the 'lost city' of Aten 100 years after Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of Tutankhamen has shone a light on Egypt in the run up to the opening of the long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum. No journey to Egypt is complete without visiting the chaotic, characterful Cairo. We'll help you uncover the city's history while also telling its contemporary story. Whether sailing by dahabiya or by luxury river boat, a voyage along the Nile is a journey through history with a cast of remarkable pharaohs, gods and goddesses. Stay at the boutique Al Moudira Hotel in Luxor, once a palace, before commencing your sailing to Aswan, taking in the temples of Edfu, Philae and Kom Ombo en route. The Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel is steeped in history and, with rooms paying homage to its 19th century heritage, it receives some of the best reviews of any hotel we recommend.
Entry requirements: Proof of negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.
A compact island of diverse scenery, Sri Lanka offers far more than its beautiful tropical beaches. The island's long multicultural past has left vestiges of Europe, Arabia and the Orient evident in its cuisine, religious buildings and architecture. The national parks are a haven for wildlife including leopards, elephants, monkeys a myriad bird species. It's a destination for travellers of all stripes: Classic journeys take in Sri Lanka's cultural heart and Tea Country; adventurers will enjoy a few nights at Wild Coast Tented Lodge, while recently opened Haritha Villas & Spa promises R&R in super-chic residences closes to the golden sands of Hikkaduwa.
Entry requirements: PCR test to be taken on day one in Sri Lanka.
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