Heathrow & Gatwick: latest travel advice for Turkey, Cyprus, Morocco and Tunisia

With hopes of the final ‘Freedom Day’ set for March, many Britons are eager to start traveling again under potentially easier rules. And for those looking to go abroad, that certainly sounds promising, but it’s sure to be a lot harder if you’re not fully vaccinated yet.

But while the UK is easing its restrictions, it’s important to research your destinations well so you don’t get caught up in any tougher measures that may be in place. Read on for the latest rules for UK travelers to Turkey, Cyprus, Morocco and Tunisia.

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UK holidaymakers can enter without testing if fully vaccinated

Arrivals to Turkey will be subject to an assessment for coronavirus symptoms, such as temperature checks. Some passengers may be subject to random PCR testing upon arrival. Those who are fully vaccinated can enter without needing to test first or enter quarantine.

You will just need to have waited at least 14 days since your second dose of vaccine and show proof of this. If you are not fully immunized you will need to: show proof of a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours, rapid antigen test within the last 48 hours or proof of recent recovery from Covid within the last six last months.


The UK remains in the red category of Cyprus. All arriving must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass prior to travel. Anyone wishing to go there must have a negative PCR test dating back less than 72 hours or a rapid antigen test carried out within 24 hours prior to departure. These testing requirements apply to everyone, whether you are vaccinated or not.

Upon arrival in Cyprus, you will need to take a PCR test at the airport. The result should be available within three hours and you will need to self-isolate while you wait.


Morocco is set to reopen on February 7

Morocco will reopen its borders to commercial flights from February 7. Passengers must be able to present a vaccination pass (with two doses) as well as proof of a negative PCR test within the last 48 hours.

Upon arrival, rapid antigen tests will be carried out for all passengers, as well as random PCR tests for selected groups. There may also be additional PCR tests after 48 hours for randomly selected travellers.

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You must complete the Tunisian government’s short online questionnaire before travelling. All travelers must be able to provide a negative PCR result within the last 48 hours or a negative rapid lateral flow test within the last 24 hours.

If you are fully vaccinated, you must provide proof of your vaccination status. Those who are not fully vaccinated must enter mandatory quarantine at a government-approved hotel for five days upon arrival and provide proof of booking when you arrive at the airport. You will need to pay for a test during your last 24 hours of hotel quarantine and if the result is positive you will need to extend your quarantine period.

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