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Where can I travel to this year?

Amber list quarantine for fully vaccinated UK travellers ended on 19th July. While the government no longer advise against travel to Amber List countries, PCR testing will still be required in the three days before boarding your flight to return to the UK, as will a PCR test on day two after your arrival. Please see our FAQ page for more details on the requirements or even better, give us a call so we can talk you through the process.

While we know testing can be an onerous and expensive requirement for travel, the opening up of the amber list means you now have a quarantine free, irresistible list of destinations to choose from for your next holiday. Our flexible booking conditions are still available as we take our first steps towards the resumption of international travel, and you can rest assured that our travel experts will talk you through the individual requirements for the country you are interested in travelling to. Updated 16/08/2021

Overseas Green List: Please note, if you are travelling to a country on the Green List you won’t need to quarantine on your return back to the UK, although you will need to test negative both before travel and on your return. See more information on the traffic lights system.

Overseas Amber List: From 19th July you will no longer need to quarantine on your return from an Amber List country provided you have been fully vaccinated, no less than 14 days before travel. The countries listed below are perfect for travelling to this summer and critically are all permitting entry to vaccinated UK residents. You can expect a very warm welcome!

UK Holidays: You can now travel across the UK for that well-deserved staycation. Be inspired by our experiences and holidays and get in touch with our experts to start planning.

Click below to see our favourite destinations from each list


Albania is one of the most fascinating countries emerging from within the Balkan Peninsular.

Ruins of the ancient Apollonia town, Albania


A landlocked country overflowing with history.

Akdamar Island in Van Lake, The Armenian Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross, Turkey


A country with conservation at its heart. Diligently explore the massive chunks of its dense jungle that have been reserved for the…

Aerial view of Great Blue Hole, Belize


Carcassonne and the Le Pont Vieux bridge, Carcassonne, France


Greece boasts 3,000 islands in the Aegean and Ionian Sea where you can enjoy the magical beaches, delectable cuisine, crystal clear waters…

Santorini, Greece


A small country with a booming ecosystem. Among the breadth of animals in its forests, the calls of howler monkeys and blaring…

Alfombra Carpet, Antigua, Guatemala


From the white of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and the green of tiger-stalked jungles to the red of Mughal palaces and the opulent…

Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India


A Caribbean favourite. Be sure to take in everything Jamaica offers on your tailored itinerary - there's shining golden beaches, forest trails,…

Hellshire, St Catherine, Jamaica


Take the slow road - known as the King's Highway - and you'll have plenty of time to explore Petra, prehistoric villages…

Petra at night, Jordan


This land is a true explorer's challenge - spend time with local nomadic families, trek the Tien Shan Mountains and even make…

View of lime green grassland leading to shores of curved lake and snowy distant mountains.


Explore Roman ruins or sample the hospitality of isolated Berber villages.

Tagines, Morocco


A fresh face on the travel scene - but one that you cannot afford to miss.

Little Corn beach, sunset, Corn Islands, Nicaragua


Steppes' Portugal holidays showcase a country which feels so familiar yet offers an abundance of surprises a mere two hours away.

Villa Comporta; exterior view; Troia; Portugal

Republic of Congo

Follow your instincts and embark upon an adventure in the Congo. You'll have to be prepared for an untamed experience - rambunctious…

Young male gorilla in tree, Ngaga Camp, Odzala, Rep of Cong


Discover icons such as the masterpieces of the Hermitage and the colourful Church on Spilled Blood.

The Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Saint Lucia

This is a trip that isn't just about lying back on a beach. With a landscape that is begging to be explored…

Mountain View, Caribbean, St Lucia

Sao Tome and Principe

A duo of charming islands sat off the coast of Gabon. While both are equally exciting to visit, Principe - the smaller…

Beach, Sao Tome and Principe


The Basque Country is a particularly eclectic location with UNESCO-listed reserves and unique culinary experiences.

Alhambra from Albaicin in Granada, Andalusia, Spain

United Arab Emirates

A quick getaway for those looking for winter sun.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Uzbekistan possesses the cream of Central Asian architecture, epitomised by the magnificent ensemble in Registan Square in Samarkand.

View of Islamic buildings through blue mosaic archway.

Why book with Steppes Travel?

Fjadrargljufur canyon in iceland

What does the Traffic Light System mean for travellers?

If you visit a country on the Green List, you will not need to quarantine on your return regardless of your vaccination status. If you visit a country on the Amber List, you will not need to quarantine on your return provided you can prove you are fully vaccinated (using the NHS app). The fact that a country has been designated green or amber does not mean you can assume this country will permit entry to UK passport holders so check with our Travel Experts before you start planning. Visits to both green and amber countries require that you take a PCR test before returning to the UK and on day two after your arrival back into the UK.

Traffic Light System FAQs

Boats float on clear water off a hidden beach on the Makarska Riviera in Croatia
Hidden beach, Makarska Riviera, Croatia

Flexible Travel Planning & Payment Service

If you’re looking to get away for a much-needed and well-deserved holiday but not sure where is the most feasible destination, we are happy to put on hold several holiday options for you, giving you greater flexibility nearer to your departure.

Furthermore, just as we tailor-make your holiday to suit your needs, we will do the same with devising a payment plan that works for you. This will mean reduced deposit amounts, a cooling-off period during which time your deposit is 100% refundable and a final payment date much later than normal. We will work closely with our friends and partners around the world for you.

An aerial view of a turquoise blue river bending through a lush green forest in the Philippines
Bohol Island, Philippines

COVID -19 Cover - Travel Insurance

More than ever, adequate travel insurance is an imperative part of your holiday. Although many travel insurance companies have not caught up with the crisis, and currently won’t cover for coronavirus-related claims, there are some that do. Steppes Travel is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd, who are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority and who now offer a brand new travel insurance policy that includes cover for cancellation or curtailment of a trip due to contracting COVID-19, or through being quarantined or refused permission to travel due to infection or suspected infection.

Lake surrounded by snow capped mountains and grassy slopes against blue skies.

Great fares for winter sun 2021

Enjoy great prices on British Airways flights to the Canary Islands, Indian Ocean, Caribbean and Dubai for 2021. With British Airways protective measures on the ground and in the air, you can be safe every step of the way. What’s more, you can have peace of mind that you can change your bookings under their book with confidence policy. Speak to our travel experts for promotion details.

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Fisherman, Mekong river, Laos
Mekong River, Laos

Plan ahead for your next holiday

If you have travel plans for this year or 2022, we suggest you give us a call to help you secure the best guides and to get preferable hotel rooms reserved. With our flexible payment terms, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Read our list of where to travel

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Let your sense of adventure loose once again. Explore this beautiful planet in our safe hands.

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

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