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Where is Safe to Travel Now – Updated January, 2022

We couldn't be more excited to see travel opening up again amid the pandemic. Of course, with green lists, red lists, and ever-changing post-lockdown rules and travel updates from the UK government, this new holiday landscape can be confusing. That's where our experts come in. Day in, day out, they're hard at work collating the latest updates, travel tips, inspiration, safety advice and holiday deals so you can book with confidence.

Here we've pulled together a handy travel guide showcasing some of the safest holiday destinations, access information for our top destinations, and helpful links and advance on what travel documentation you might need. So, brush up on your COVID travel know-how and know where's safe to visit before booking your next big trip with us. And, if you’re really stuck, be sure to give us a call on 0208 127 4273, check our COVID Travel Restrictions Map, or visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the most up-to-date guidance.

  1. Where is safe to travel in January, 2022?
  2. Where is safe to travel in Europe?
  3. Where is safe to travel from the UK?
  4. What does travel look like for the start of 2022?
  5. What does travel look like for January 2022?
  6. Top 5 2022 holiday travel destinations
  7. Will travel return to normal in 2022?
  8. How can I prepare for travel in 2022?
  9. Want to know more about travel restrictions?

Canada

Canada

Where is Safe to Travel in January 2022?

Throughout the last few months of 2021, we saw a number of destinations open their borders and once again allow entry for UK citizens. Most notable are destinations like the USA and Canada, not to mention Australia and New Zealand cautiously reopening their borders to citizens once more. Key, though, is that currently there are no countries on England's red list, meaning there's no need for fully vaccinated travellers to quarantine when entering England. It's worth noting that arrivals into England are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form in the 48 hours before departure, and take an arrival lateral flow or PCR test on or before day 2. Find out more about testing and entry requirements here.

It's also important to remember that travel is a two-way street, and it’s crucial to check the rules in your destination of choice. Many countries in Europe are waiving quarantine for double-jabbed travellers who can prove their vaccination status, but there are exemptions to this rule.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Where is Safe to Travel in Europe?

Happily, a lot of countries in Europe are welcoming us with open arms! With omicron more contagious than other variants, coronavirus numbers are inevitably rising. But, as we see fewer severe cases and deaths, we’re hopeful open borders will continue. Countries such as Portugal, Croatia, Greece, Italy, IcelandMalta and Cyprus had a good reciprocal travel set-up throughout 2021, and this looks likely to continue in 2022. All of these countries have lower case numbers than the UK, with many actively promoting (or enforcing) social distancing, mask-wearing and regular hygiene/hand washing. This makes all of these great, safe choices for a new year getaway – whether you’re looking for sunshine or a frozen adventure.

COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing

Where is Safe to Travel from the UK?

Each of the four UK states has a green list, which indicates where is safe to travel from the UK. You can find out more on these green list (or non-red) countries here. We also recommend looking at in-destination restrictions via our COVID restrictions checker. In England, travellers who have been double-vaccinated are able to travel to countries not on the red list, without any concerns over quarantine on their return home. These travellers are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) to be presented on their return, as well as taking a lateral flow or PCR test on or before day 2, after their arrival in England. Your arrival day counts as day 0. Day 2 tests must be booked in advance and the reference number added to your PLF for checking at the airport.

Travellers who have not been double vaccinated will be required to undertake a pre-departure test, as well as tests on day 2 and day 8 after their return to England. More on that here.

Yosemite National Park, USA

Yosemite National Park, USA

What Does Travel Look Like for the Start of 2022?

Mandatory testing, vaccination passports and quarantine requirements is likely to continue to play a big part of travel in 2022. That said, day by day we’re seeing more and more destinations reopening their borders and requirements around testing easing. The USA is certainly one of our most popular destinations since reopening its borders last November, while we're looking to Australia to continue reopening to international travellers as the year progresses.

Of course we're keeping a watchful eye on the government's travel updates in lieu of the omicron variant. Indeed, it makes our Red List & Quarantine Protection even more important as we move into 2022. You can book with peace of mind knowing that, on the off chance your destination of choice moves to the red list or enforces quarantine, we’ve got your back. With this protection, you can either change your dates, destination, or ask us for your money back – no questions asked, and no worries!  

Christmas market, Berlin, Germany

Christmas market, Berlin, Germany

What Does Travel Look Like for January 2022?

Like you, we love few things more than a last-minute getaway to kick-start the new year, which is why we’re thrilled that there are so many destinations with open borders this winter. For the holiday season, we’re expecting our customers to be looking to destinations like Cyprus, the Caribbean & Mexico, and Indian Ocean for winter sun, or perhaps Iceland or New York for a quick getaway. Of course there’ll still be vaccine passports and COVID tests to consider, but our experts will be on hand to help you navigate the changes.

Maldives

Maldives

Top 5 2022 Holiday Travel Destinations

As we kick-start 2022, our top five holiday travel destinations are: 

We’re excited that these are not only open for travellers both ways (or soon to be), but also that they showcase a breadth of our world, and sure signs of travel recovering once more.

Kings Canyon, Australia

Kings Canyon, Australia

Will Travel Return to Normal in 2022?

There have been a few changes to travel with the discovery of the omicron variant, but we're always prepared for change. That means we're still feeling exceptionally positive for travel returning to normal in 2022. We do believe we’re still a way off from travel how it was pre-pandemic, and expect testing and vaccine passports to be around for the foreseeable future. However, with big-hitters like AustraliaCanada and the USA looking positive for reciprocal travel, we’re certainly seeing the green shoots of growth the industry has long been waiting for.

Coronavirus vaccinations

Coronavirus vaccinations

How Can I Prepare for Travel in 2022?

The best thing you can to prepare for travel in 2022 is to know all the rules, and keep up-to-date with all the latest news and guidance. We recommend speaking to one of our expert Travel Consultants if you’re unsure, and for help booking a trip that works for you. It’s also crucial to get the right COVID travel insurance (we can help you with that), find a good testing provider (we can help with that, too!) and make sure you have all the relevant documentation and proof of vaccinations.

 

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Written by Alexandra Cronin (Gregg)

Once a roving local news reporter and now a travel-obsessed writer/sub, I'm head-over-heels for nature, wildlife and the ocean. When I'm not getting up close to animals and sea creatures, I'm seeking out the sets of my favourite TV shows around the world. 

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