Destinations accepting recovery certificates

As countries around the world ease restrictions and open their borders, recovery certificates are becoming a popular means of entry. Recovery certificates can be obtained after an individual has tested positive for Covid-19 and can be used as proof of recovery from that infection. Their validity usually starts at 14 days after a positive result and can last up to 6 months, however, this period differs depending on the final destination. Hometest began offering recovery certificates to those who received a positive PCR test result from us.

In selected countries, the certification can allow unvaccinated travellers to vacation abroad. Please find below a small list of countries that accept recovery certificates including a ‘how to guide’ for each destination.


1. Greece

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Take a break and enjoy the beauty of Greece. Whether you want a cultural or beach holiday trip, you will find what you are looking for here. Traverse the ancient districts and classical historical monuments within the fabled Acropolis of Athens, or kick back and relax on Astir beach with a chilled glass of Ouzo.

Travelling to Greece has become easier for those who have recovered from Covid-19 within the last 180 days of travel. Recovery certificates will be accepted if issued 14 days after the day of the first positive Covid-19 test and valid for 180 days thereafter. Visitors can enter Greece using one or more of the following: Covid-19 testing services, Vaccination Passes or Covid-19 recovery certificates.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Greece:

Vaccination Status:
  • Preferred - not required


Test type / Time frame required:
  • A Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours or a Lateral Flow test within 24 hours of arrival.

  • Travellers with recovery certificates issued between 14 days and 180 days of the positive result + Positive Covid-19 test result certificate.


Quarantine upon arrival :
  • Not required


Any additional paperwork:
  • Not required



2. Croatia

Hvar Port, Croatia

Due to its location between the Balkans and central Europe, Croatia has passed from various kingdoms and empires throughout the centuries. From Roman monuments to Renaissance-era palaces, Napoleonic forts to Viennese mansions, Croatia is endowed with a rich cultural heritage. Not to forget the breathtaking crystal-blue coastline dotted with white sand beaches.

Croatia will accept recovery certificates in place of vaccination. You will need to show proof of recovery from Covid-19, older than 11 days before arrival but not older than 180 days before arrival. Alternatively, you can show proof of a single dose of vaccine administered within 8 months of contracting Covid-19 - this must have been administered within the last 270 days and at least 14 days must have passed.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Croatia:

Vaccination Status:
  • Preferred - not required


Test type / Time frame required:
  • Unvaccinated - A Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours or a Lateral Flow test within 24 hours of arrival.

  • Unvaccinated - Recovery certificate issued between 11 and 180 days of the positive result + Positive Covid-19 test result certificate.


Quarantine upon arrival :
  • Unvaccinated travellers without a Covid-19 certificate will need to test on arrival and quarantine until a result.


Any additional paperwork:


3. Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Turkey is a classic holiday destination that has seen more tourism this past half term due to travel regulations in Spain requiring children over 12 to be double vaccinated to enter. Known for its vibrant culture, famous cuisine, a plethora of ancient monuments from various empires and its position within both Europe and Asia, Turkey is a dazzling location for those dreaming of a sun-soaked Mediterranean holiday.

Turkey is also one of the countries accepting recovery certificates for entry in place of a negative COVID-19 certificate for unvaccinated arrivals. Certificates must show proof of recovery within 6 months of arrival. Travellers must also complete a 'Traveller Entry' online form within 72 hours of departure to Turkey if aged six and over and present at both check-in and arrival. This is not needed for transit passengers.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Turkey:

Vaccination Status:
  • Preferred - Fully vaccinated since 14 days - vaccine must be approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health or WHO.


Test type / Time frame required:
  • Unvaccinated - A Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours or Lateral Flow test within 48 hours of arrival.

  • Unvaccinated - Recovery certificate issued between 14 and 180 days of the positive result + Positive Covid-19 test result certificate.


Quarantine upon arrival :
  • Unvaccinated travellers without a recovery certificate may be subject to 14 days of self-isolation.


Any additional paperwork:


4. Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

An old favourite for UK tourists, Portugal is a great choice if you want white sand beaches and the option to delve into a vibrant nightlife scene, but also experience the romance of Venice. Spend your days in Cascais basking or taking long walks on the beach, and your evenings exploring the vibrant coastal nightlife. You may also enjoy roaming the streets of Porto, taking in the colourful architecture and dazzling riverside views.

Portugal is accepting UK travellers with recovery certificates at least 11 days and at most 180 days prior to arrival in place of vaccinations/testing.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Portugal:

Vaccination Status:
  • Preferred - Fully vaccinated between 14 and 270 days or fully vaccinated + booster or one dose + recovery certificate.


Test type / Time frame required:
  • Unvaccinated - A Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours or a Lateral Flow test within 24 hours of arrival.

  • Unvaccinated - Recovery certificate issued between 11 and 180 days of the positive result + Positive Covid-19 test result certificate.


Quarantine upon arrival:
  • Not required


Any additional paperwork:


5. Spain

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Spain is now welcoming all travellers regardless of their vaccinations status. As only a few hours away from London, the country offers excellent holidays spots for everyone. Whether you are looking for a city break in Barcelona, enjoying its vibrant architecture and lively nightlife or if you feel like escaping to the beach in the charming Balearic Islands. You will have a wonderful time in Spain from April, with lots of outdoor activities to enjoy whilst soaking up the sunshine and warm weather. Delight in a pre-taste of summer.

If you have had Covid-19 in the past year, the country is now accepting holders of recovery certificates and do not require pre-departure document for fully vaccinated.

Current regulations and requirements for travel to Spain:

Vaccination Status:
  • Preferred - Fully vaccinated between 14 and 270 days or fully vaccinated + booster or one dose + recovery certificate.


Test type / Time frame required:
  • Unvaccinated - A recovery certificate issued between 11 and 180 days of the positive result.

  • Unvaccinated - 12 years old and over - A Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours or a Lateral Flow test within 24 hours of arrival.


Quarantine upon arrival:
  • Not required


Any additional paperwork:


*This blog post was published on 31st March 2022 and so contains information relevant at that time. As details concerning government guidelines in this post are subject to change we always recommend checking the relevant government pages for the latest information.*

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