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Hassle-free holidays for vaccinated travellers

If you’re double vaccinated here’s where you can travel in the next few months from September 2021 onwards.

Our experts at Steppes have unpicked the Government’s rules as well as entry requirements in destination and recommendations for travel testing so that you can focus on the fun bit of travelling. Which, let’s face it, is what your holiday should be about!

A whole host of countries have announced they will welcome British holidaymakers with proof of full vaccination – that is, two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna – which can be presented via the NHS app. Children under 18 who have not been vaccinated will also be exempt if they are travelling with someone who has been fully vaccinated but most of them will still have to undergo PCR tests on their return to the UK.

 

(Published 11/08/2021)

What You Need To Know


First and foremost, our experts are here to guide you through the requirements of travelling to Green and Amber List destinations – in short, it’s quite a bit of testing. With the boring stuff out of the way, however, scroll further down and see where you could be travelling to.

Sacred green bird

Green & Amber List Rules

If you are double vaccinated you will now not need to self-isolate after visiting countries on the Green or Amber List. It’s worth noting you will need to have had your second approved vaccination at least 14 days prior to travelling.

You must take a Covid-19 test three days before returning to the UK and have proof of a negative result. You will also need to book a test for day two after your return as well as complete a passenger locator form.

Lone paddle boarder silhouetted against the orange sky as the sunsets in Jimbaran Bay.

Travel COVID-19 Testing

CHB Medical is a government-listed COVID-19 testing provider. They can help you and your loved ones to travel safely with fast, reliable and cost-effective COVID-19 testing. We have found them to be efficient, courteous and professional. Their service offering a home visit by UKAS accredited healthcare professionals to undertake testing (ideal for family groups) is particularly helpful. If using their postal service, for peace of mind we suggest you consider their express direct courier service, especially if your trip falls over a weekend or national holiday. For more details click on this link www.chbmedical.co.uk/pcr/pcr-test-kits/ and deal with CHB Medical directly. If you use the code ‘Steppes10’ you will receive a 10% discount off their standard rate of £99 per test.

We can also recommend other testing providers should you need them.


Where To Travel Now


No quarantine is required in destination or on return to the UK for vaccinated travellers.

Wesfjords coast, Iceland
Iceland
Puffins, Iceland
Iceland
Haukadalur Geothermal Area, Golden Circle, Iceland
Haukadalur Geothermal Area
Night shot of wooden clad accommodation at Torfhus Retreat against the northern lights skies the colour of teal and emerald.
Iceland

Iceland

Iceland – a perennial and now Green List favourite. In around three hours from the UK you could find yourself in a land of black-sand beaches, verdant valleys, active volcanoes, spurting geysers and spectacular waterfalls. Travel in September to take advantage of the lingering warm summer temperatures, long daylight hours (but also dark nights) so you get to experience incredible sunrises and sunsets without too much disruption to your sleep and the chance to see the Northern Lights.

When To Travel:September, October – great for Northern Lights
Where To Stay:Torfhus Retreat – it boasts an enviable location, in the middle of nowhere, yet is within easy reach of many key sites. Switch off and escape the world, surrounded by the swirling green heavens of the aurora.
Need To Know:For entry, you will need to show your proof of vaccination via your NHS Covid Pass.
Grizzly with Salmon, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Grizzly with Salmon, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Grizzly Bear, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Grizzly Bear, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Great Bear Lodge, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Great Bear Lodge, Grizzly Viewing Platform, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Great Bear Lodge, Grizzly Eating a Flower, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Black Bear Cub, Canada
Black Bear Cub, Canada

Canada

Canada will be opening its borders for fully vaccinated travellers (with no need to quarantine on arrival) and it’s just in time for bear viewing season! September to October is one of the best times to see bears in British Columbia, as they follow the last of the spawning salmon upstream before hibernating. It’s also the perfect time to bid farewell to many different species of whales – including humpbacks – as they depart for warmer waters.

When To Travel:September, October, November
Where To Stay:Tweedsmuir Park Lodge and Great Bear Lodge for the ultimate bear viewing experiences.
Need To Know:For entry, you will need to show your proof of vaccination via your NHS Covid Pass.
View from Bunea, Carpathian Mountains, Romania
Bunea , Romania
Owl, Bunea, Carpathiain Mountains, Romania
Bunea , Romania
Buena, Wildlife, Brown Bear, Carpathian Mountains, Romania
Buena , Romania

Romania

Autumn bursts into colour in Romania in September. Whilst the medieval culture and villages are well known, we urge lovers of wildlife and wilderness to visit Romania’s spectacular areas of outstanding and unexplored natural beauty. The dense pine forests and clear mountain streams of the Carpathian Mountains support a third of Europe’s brown bears, as well as wolves and lynx, and the rich delta of the Danube is home to over 320 species of birds.

When To Travel:September, October
Where To Stay:Amfiteatrul – a stunning ridge-top lodge with 360-degree mountain views in the Carpathians
Need To Know:For entry, you will need to show your proof of vaccination via your NHS Covid Pass.
Sailing boat in clear blue water Croatia
Croatia
Dubrovnick Harbour, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Hotel Lesic Dimitri Palace, Croatia
Hotel Lesic Dimitri Palace, Croatia

Croatia

Croatia – a summer holiday destination long into September and October. Fewer crowds and balmy temperatures make for a great opportunity to explore the islands. Discover hidden coves, perfect for swimming and snorkelling and restaurants serving the freshest selection of seafood. While Dubrovnik is the most famous town, the coast and islands support a number of smaller versions which, dating back to the late 16th century, are complete with Venetian architecture and original cobbled streets.

When To Travel:September, October
Where To Stay:Villa Dubrovnik – overlooks the crystal blue-turquoise waters of the Adriatic and the Old City of Dubrovnik or a boat like MY Callisto allowing you to explore the Dalmatian coastline.
Need To Know:All travellers from the UK regardless of their vaccination status must present either a negative COVID-19 antigen test, which must not be older than 48 hours, or a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours on arrival.
Petra at night, Jordan
Petra, Jordan
Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba, Jordan
Wadi Rum Landscape, Jordan
Jordan
Dead Sea, Jordan
Dead Sea, Jordan

Jordan

Easy to get around and only five hours flight from the UK, Jordan offers the perfect introduction to the culture, people and history of the Middle East. From the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra to the amphitheatre at Jerash, and the adventures served up in the lunar-like Wadi Rum to the incredible underwater world of the Red Sea, it’s little wonder that Jordan has always been a favourite of Steppes’ clients.

When To Travel:September, October
Where To Stay:The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is made up of three properties set amidst gardens dotted with lagoons, waterfalls and private pools and the Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea occupies a wonderful location on the shores of the Red Sea, ensuring it makes the most of the sea views.
Need To Know:All passengers need to register on the ‘visitjordan’ platform and follow instructions to either book a PCR test on arrival or claim a waiver by uploading evidence that they are fully vaccinated.
Cantabrian Mountains,Asturias, Spain
The Basque Country, Spain
Cantabria Coast, The Basque Country, Spain
The Basque Country, Spain
Head and shoulders of brown bear poking above green foliage looking straight at camera.
Brown bear in Spain by Luke Massey
San Sebastian Old Town, The Basque Country, Spain 232551943
The Basque Country, Spain
Wolf, Cantabrians, Spain
Cantabrians, Spain
White and black vulture with yellow face and beak standing on rock looking sideways.
Egyptian vulture in Spain by Luke Massey

Spain

Travel to Spain in September or October to escape the summer heat and the crowds, especially in fascinating cities like Seville and Cordoba. The Basque region is always a firm favourite, famous for its food, wine and spectacular scenery, however for the wildlife enthusiasts, we recommend exploring the Cantabrian Mountains with an expert naturalist in search of Iberian wolves, brown bears and wildcats – a trip in conjunction with The European Nature Trust.

When To Travel:September, October
Where To Stay:Corral del Rey – located in the heart of Seville’s old quarter, tucked away in the narrow streets of Barrio Alfalfa or if in Cantabria then Tierra del Agua – located in the heart of the Redes Natural Park, perfectly located for exploring the wilderness and wildlife.
Need To Know:On entry, a pre-travel declaration form is required with either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination.
Villa Comporta; exterior view; Troia; Portugal
Comporta, Portugal
Pico, Azores
Azores, Portugal
Pod of Dophins, Azores
Azores, Portugal

Portugal

Many have visited the golden stretches of the Atlantic coast, the markets, and villas of the Algarve, however, there is a hidden side to Portugal. Discover secret medieval castles, the rugged west coast and the enchantingly peaceful Alentejo region, with its atmosphere of a bygone era. In September and October, the weather isn’t too hot, the sea is warm, and the summer crowds have gone. A drop in temperature during these months also makes it an ideal time for sightseeing too.

When To Travel:September, October
Where To Stay:Quinta Matilde – found inland on the less-visited west coast in Pinhao. This four-bedroom villa is nestled amongst olive trees and vineyards with views over the river Douro.
Need To Know:For entry, you will need to show your proof of vaccination via your NHS Covid Pass.
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Morocco
Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca, Morocco
Ait Ben Haddou, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Morocco
Zagora, Sahara Desert, Morocco
Zagora, Morocco
Kasbah du Toubkal exterior, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Kasbah du Toubkal, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Morocco

Morocco is a great destination for a taste of the exotic, luxurious indulgence, incredible cuisine, ancient ruins and beautiful scenery, all a short flight away. By hiring a car and self-driving over the High Atlas Mountains to Southern Morocco, Taroudant and Zagora, you are able to disappear into the incredible views, unfollowed by the crowds.

When To Travel:September, October
Where To Stay:In Marrakech – Riad Kniza which dates from the 18th century and has been in the same family for over 200 years. Kasbah Tamadot in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains or Kasbah du Toubkal – a magnificent Berber run mountain retreat near the highest mountain in North Africa – Jebel Toubkal. For private villas please speak to our experts for more details.
Need To Know:For entry, you will need to show your proof of vaccination.
Al Ula Historical City of Madinah, Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia
Al Ula, Saudi Arabia
Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia, Justin Wateridge
Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia
Elaborate wooden door, house in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
Sakaka Fort, Al Jouf, Saudi Arabia
Sakaka, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudia Arabia opened up to fully vaccinated travellers and October onwards is the best time to travel given its arid desert climate. Although dominated by the rolling sands of the Empty Quarter, a journey to Saudi Arabia will have you exploring beautiful oases and dramatic mountain-tops, ancient cities, beaches and rivers. No trip to Saudi would be complete without a visit to Madain Saleh. Accessed from the oasis town of Al-Ula, Madain Saleh, Petra’s twin, was Saudi’s first World Heritage site.

When To Travel:October, November, December
Need To Know:Proof of status required. The NHS app may not be sufficient proof of your vaccination status so all visitors (except those in exempted categories) must complete a Registration Immunisation Information Form before traveling to the Kingdom through the Muqeem Portal

Let’s chat

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