Top Quarantine-Free Beach Holidays

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You’ve earned that week soaking up the sun on a golden beach. And we don’t want you to have to quarantine in order to get it. These are our top quarantine-free beach holidays.

For this list, we have chosen destinations who are, or will be, open to leisure travellers, both vaccinated and not.

Sit back, order a gin and tonic, and start planning!

The Bahamas – PCR Test: 5 days prior

The Bahamas’ numerous islands and cays all offer their own character and unique experience to visitors. Visit The Exumas and swim with the famous pigs, stroll along the pink sand beach on Cat Island, or spend your days sailing sedately through the islets and cays, stopping to explore grottos and caves as you go.

Don’t Miss: The lesser known and secluded, Rum Cay, home to historical ruins, shipwrecks and spectacular marine life.

Vaccination Status: There’s currently no quarantine requirement for vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers who have been approved for the travel visa.

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Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – PCR Test: 72 hours

This archipelago off the coast of Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean, is often over looked and underappreciated. The volcanic nature of the series of islands has created a dynamic topography and diversity, giving visitors a bit of everything. Travellers can visit the island of Fogo with its dark, black, earth and rich green landscapes – its no surprise to see the volcano dominating the views. Or, meander the 55km of white sandy beaches of Morna island. Known for its music, restaurants and beautiful beaches, the island of Saint Vincent is gives culture and relaxation.

Don’t Miss: Explore the tiny island of Brava – said to be the greenest of the archipelago and home to nature trails and jagged mountain peaks.

Status: Beyond a negative PCR test there are no other specific entry requirements. Travellers are advised to enquire locally with regards to inter-island travel.

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Mauritius – PCR Test: 72 hours (October)

This Indian Ocean island is officially re-opening to all travellers in October. Mauritius is surrounded by a natural reef, so visitors can enjoy snorkeling in the calm waters of the lagoon, kite-surfing, water-skiing and more. If you need a break from the beach, the island has a number of historical, and cultural attractions. Take in the sights at the Chateau de Labourdonnais, L’Aventure du Sucre, and the Chamarel Waterfall. Out of Mauritius’ multiculturalism has emerged a kaleidoscopic cuisine, with fusions of the various heritages of its people entwined in its local dishes. Experience this while strolling through the many markets, or, on the beach, watching the sun slip into the sea.

Don’t Miss: Take a catamaran trip out to the small islands of Coin de Mire and Ilot Gabriel for excellent snorkeling and a barbeque on the beach.

Vaccinated Travellers: No travel restrictions except for a PCR test

Non-Vaccinated Travellers: In-room hotel quarantine for 14 days

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Zanzibar, Tanzania – PCR Test: 72 hours and again on arrival

A melting pot of distinct histories and culture, Zanzibar presents visitors with a little bit of everything. If you tire of sunning yourself on the beach, then spend a day visiting Stone Town. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a fascinating mélange of Persian baths, Anglican cathedrals, an old fort, and colourful bazaars. Zanzibar is a spice-lover’s mecca, and a key source of some of the most valued spices. Book a spice tour to learn how this stop on the trade route influenced the culinary world. After all this, whether you head back to your luxury resort, or your local guest house, you’ll be met with warmth and hospitality (and excellent food).

Don’t Miss: Spotting monkeys, bush pigs, antelope and more on a Jozani Forest Tour.

Vaccination Status: Tanzania has no quarantine requirement in place, regardless of your vaccination status.

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The Seychelles – PCR Test: 72 hours

The Seychelles' beaches hide caves and grottos - perfect for hidden treasure

Let stories of pirates and buried treasure weave through your imagination whilst lying on the beach in the Seychelles. Visitors will have their pick of sandy coves, as the Seychelles is home to miles of unspoiled coast line. Inland, stretch your legs on gentle trails through verdant landscapes, or challenge yourself and conquer one of the steep peaks. The Seychelles is home to some of the world’s most biodiverse landscapes, as well as fascinating markets, museums, and attractions (and, according to rumour, pirate treasure!).

Don’t Miss: Charter a yacht (or, if experienced, sail yourself) and sail between the islands at your own pace.

Vaccination Status: The Seychelles has no quarantine requirement regardless of vaccination status

Status: Open to all countries except South Africa, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan

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The Maldives – PCR Test: 72 hours

Jump from atoll to atoll in the Maldives, and laze on the pristine white beaches

Whether you choose to go for a luxury resort, a yacht anchored off one of the atolls, or a budget-friendly guesthouse, the Maldives has accommodation for everyone. The small nation remained popular with visitors throughout 2020, and is now open to travellers from all countries. Think glisteningly white beaches, parasol palm trees, and spectacular marine life – whether you jump from atoll-to-atoll or stay in one place, you’ll have everything you need for a proper escape!

Don’t Miss: Dining at Ithaa, the world’s first underwater restaurant.

Vaccinated Travellers: Do not need to quarantine but must provide a negative PCR test

Non-Vaccinated Travellers: Must be accommodated in a tourism guest house that meets specific requirements. More information here.

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