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Where is Safe to Travel Now – Updated May, 2022

We couldn't be more excited to see travel back on track. Of course, with some testing and specific entry requirements in place, this new holiday landscape can be a little 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 advice on what travel documentation you might need. So, brush up on your COVID travel know-how and know where's best 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 May, 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 2022?
  5. What does travel look like for May 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 May 2022?

Travel is finally starting to get back to normal – can you feel it? Sun, sea, sand, adventure and more are calling. Most notably this month, Malaysia is back on the travel agenda, while New Zealand has also reopened its borders to fully jabbed travellers from the UK, with plans to open up to everyone from 31st July 2022. Key destinations like the USA Canada, and Australia remain great long-haul options for travel too. Crucially, England's red list continues to stay clear, meaning there's no need for travellers to quarantine when entering England. 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 and testing for double-jabbed travellers who can prove their vaccination status, but there are exemptions to this rule. In some cases, quarantine has been removed entirely – regardless of your vaccination status.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Where is Safe to Travel in Europe?

Many countries in Europe continue to welcome Brits with open arms! As we see fewer severe cases and deaths, borders are remaining open. France, Cyprus and Italy have all recently dropped testing requirements for double-jabbed UK arrivals. Many countries are still actively promoting social distancing, mask-wearing and regular hygiene/hand washing, however enforcement of face coverings is gradually easing across Europe, and worldwide.

COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing

Where is Safe to Travel from the UK?

For each of the four UK states, we recommend reviewing in-destination restrictions via our COVID restrictions checker. In England, travellers are able to travel to countries not on the red list, without any concerns over quarantine on their return home. At present there are no countries on England's red list. 

Yosemite National Park, USA

Yosemite National Park, USA

What Does Travel Look Like for 2022?

Mandatory testing, vaccination passports and quarantine requirements continue to play a big part of travel in 2022. That said, this primarily applies to unvaccinated travellers. Day by day we’re seeing more and more destinations reopening their borders and requirements around testing easing or being removed entirely. Indeed, destinations like Mexico and Slovenia have stripped away any previous restrictions related to COVID-19, for the vaccinated and unvaccinated. The USA is certainly one of our most popular destinations since reopening its borders late last year, while we're looking to New Zealand and Australia for long-haul getaways since it reopened to tourists this spring 2022.

Of course we're keeping a watchful eye on the government's travel updates should any new variants arise. 

We are also monitoring the situation in Ukraine closely.

Christmas market, Berlin, Germany

Christmas market, Berlin, Germany

What Does Travel Look Like for May 2022?

Like you, we love few things more than a last-minute getaway to celebrate spring, which is why we’re thrilled that there are so many destinations with open borders right now. Indeed, we’re expecting our customers to be looking to destinations like Greece, SpainCyprus, 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 in some cases, dependant on you destination of choice and vaccination status, but our experts will be on hand to help you navigate the changes.

Maldives

Maldives

Top 5 2022 Holiday Travel Destinations

As we hurtle through 2022, our top five holiday travel destinations are: 

We’re excited that these are not only open for travellers both ways, 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?

We're feeling exceptionally positive and excited for travel returning to normal as the year progresses. We do expect testing and vaccine passports to continue for a little longer, however, with big-hitters like New ZealandAustraliaCanada and the USA positive for reciprocal travel, we’re certainly seeing our customers excited for travel once more.

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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