Which countries can Brits most likely travel to this summer? From Spain and Greece to Turkey and Cyprus

HOLIDAYS abroad are yet to be given the go-ahead by the UK government, although it is hoped that they will resume from the summer.

A number of countries are very keen to get Brits back, and are offering vaccine passport schemes and fewer travel restrictions to encourage people to return.

Last month, the government gave a road map out of lockdown which included domestic holidays resuming from April 12.

This was followed by May 17 for hotels and group trips, while a date for foreign holidays will be announced next month but hoped for by June 21.

With the success of the vaccine rollout in the UK – one of the best in the world with more than 20m (30 per cent of the population) being given the first jab – Brits are likely to be high up on the list for many countries wanting tourism to return.

Here are some of the locations you are likely to be able to visit from the summer.


Spain is one of the countries most keen to have British holidaymakers return this year.

Pedro Homar, director of the Palma Tourism Board, said UK holidaymakers could be back in the Balearic Islands as soon as May.

He told Telegraph Travel: "With the rate in which the UK is rolling out the vaccination, we are confident that the UK market will be one of the first to return to Palma.

"In terms of timings, we expect the UK market to return from around May onwards."

While this may be slightly premature, the country is also backing vaccine passports to allow restriction-free travel.

The country's foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez previously said: "Vaccine passports will make it easier to return to mobility – but it needs to be coordinated.

"What we have in mind is that obviously people with vaccine certificates are in the lower-risk, versus other people who may be on the higher risk and would have to go through the ordinary procedures of PCR tests and the rest.

"But of course there could be some sort of fast-track for people who have gotten their vaccine and can prove it with vaccine certification, that would have it easier, to move around…because they would be in the lower-risk category."

Their own vaccination rollout is lagging behind the UK, however, with just 6 per cent of the population getting their first jab.


Greece is a much safer bet for a summer holiday, as the country has kept their Covid cases much lower than some of their neighbours.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Greece has reported under 200,000 cases in total, with more than 6,500 deaths.

The Greek tourism minister Haris Theocharis praised the British prime minister’s unveiling of a roadmap out of lockdown, saying it provided the clarity for travel plans to finally be made. 

He said: “We’ll try to dovetail with the plan that has been announced in the UK, a May 17 date has been announced there and we want to be certain to be ready by then and more generally support [the UK’s] opening.” 


Turkey wants Brits back by June – and the vaccination programme is beating a lot of Europe holiday hotspots.

In the country, 8.6 per cent of the population have been given their first jab of the Covid vaccine.

According to The Daily Sabah, Turkey has also already been in talks with UK ministers regarding foreign travel, and with the news website saying that tourists will likely start flying into the country from June.

Turkey's tourism industry has also adopted the Safe Tourism Certification Program, a set of safety and hygiene measures the Turkish government introduced earlier last year.


The Maldives remained open to Brits during the pandemic, with many of the resorts social distanced by nature.

It is likely that Brits will be able to return there this summer, as the country requires few restrictions apart from negative coronavirus tests.

It also isn't on the UK's red list, and isn't likely to be re-added as they keep their Covid cases low.

While the Maldives can be a pricey option for families wanting a hot holiday, we reveal what you can expect from a resort which will set you back just £14 each a night.


Cyprus is one of the first countries to confirm that vaccinated travellers will be welcomed back.

They have also kept their numbers low when it comes to Covid, and continued to welcome Brits last year as other countries closed their borders.

According to TUI, Cyprus is one of the destinations seeing bookings at the moment along with Greece and Turkey.

There are fears that plans for foreign holidays could be thrown into disarray as a major search is launched to track down a missing Covid patient who has tested positive for the mutant Brazilian strain of the virus.

Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford also said he had "worries" about Boris Johnson's comments that international travel could return in May and that he would instead "build the walls higher for now" to prevent bringing in coronavirus variants to the UK.

Mr Drakeford told a virtual meeting with Welsh businesses and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer: "It worries me hugely to hear the Prime Minister say that he intends to reopen international travel in May of this year."

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