Coronavirus travel update: Which countries are open and which are closed?

Stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 news to know which countries are open to travel...

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Please note: The information in this article applies to UK travellers, and is up to date as of 8:00am on 6 January 2022.

The government has announced from 4am on Friday 7 January, fully vaccinated arrivals no longer need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test before returning to the UK.

Passengers will still need to pay for and take a lateral flow test two days after arriving, but do not need to self-quarantine while waiting for the result.

This easing of travel restrictions is due to omicron becoming 'dominant and widespread' in the UK, making previous testing measures no longer proportionate.

Anyone entering the UK from a red list country, regardless of their vaccination status, will need to take a pre-departure test three days before coming to England, book a quarantine hotel package which included two covid tests, quarantine for 10 days,  and complete a passenger locator form.

There are currently no countries on the UK red list for travel. 

While we do our best to keep abreast of developments do always double-check official sources before making travel arrangements.

Europe

Beautiful Italy (Shutterstock)

Beautiful Italy (Shutterstock)

Which European countries are open to UK visitors? 

  • Albania: Flights between Albania and the UK have resumed. UK visitors will need to provide proof of either vaccination, a negative test no older than 72 hours, a rapid negative test no older than 48 hours or evidence of having contracted the virus before being allowed to enter. 

  • Azores: To enter the Azores from the UK you need to submit this questionnaire and will need a PCR test no older than 72 hours, or antigen test no older than 48 hours. Those who have proof of a full vaccination will not need to show tests. 

  • Andorra: Those travelling from the UK will not need any health certifications to enter Andorra. However, be aware that you will need to transit through Spain or France to enter Andorra, so will need to check entry requirements for those countries. 

  • Armenia: Foreign nationals are now allowed to enter Armenia but will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. If you do not have a test and have no symptoms, you can get a test on arrival and then isolate until you get the result. You can also enter Armenia if you have proof that you have had your second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before travel. 

  • Austria: Be aware that Austria is currently in lockdown for unvaccinated. Fully vaccinated visitors will need to also show a negative PCR test upon arrival no older than 72 hours. Entry is not permitted for the unvaccinated.

  • Azerbaijan: To enter, you will need a negative test no older than 72 hours as well as a 'Covid-19 passport' to prove you have had both doses of the vaccine, or proof that you are immune to Covid-19. 

  • Belgium: The UK is on Belgium’s red list, meaning anyone visiting Belgium from the UK who is fully vaccinated will need to complete a PLF form and have proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or a negative RAT test taken on the day of travel or the day before travel. Those who cannot show proof of a test will need to take a rapid antigen test on day one or two of their stay and take another test on day seven. Those who are not fully vaccinated can only enter Belgium for essential reasons.

  • Bulgaria: Travellers from the UK can enter Bulgaria, provided they have a negative test no older than 72 hours, proof of vaccine or proof you have recovered from the virus. 

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: British nationals can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina if they have a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result that is not older than 48 hours or have had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before travelling. You will also be able to enter if you have proof that you have recovered from the virus between 14-180 days before travelling. 

  • Croatia: If you are travelling from the UK to Croatia you will need one of the following: proof of a negative antigen test no older than 48 hours, proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or proof of vaccination no older than 365 days. 

  • Cyprus: All UK travellers need proof of vaccination, need to fill in the Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling, take daily self-tests for five days after arrival, and go to a mobile unit after 72 hours for a rapid test. Unvaccinated travellers or those who have not previously contracted the virus will need to quarantine for seven days at accommodation under their own expense. 

  • Czech Republic: Fully vaccinated visitors can now enter the Czech Republic for any reason and you will not need to isolate or take a pre-departure test. If you have not been fully vaccinated, you can only travel to the Czech Republic for essential reasons. 

  • Denmark: Those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus can enter Denmark without needing to isolate or take any tests. If you are not fully vaccinated or recovered then you will need to take a test within 24 hours of arriving in Denmark and will need to self-isolate for up to 10 days. You can leave after four days if you get a negative PCR test. 

  • Estonia: Travellers from the UK will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours before departure and complete a passenger locator form before arrival. You will need to self-isolate for 10 days unless you have tested positive for Covid-19 within the last six months or have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the last six months. You can shorten the isolation period by having proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours before arrival and taking a second test on day six of isolation. 

  • Finland: Fully vaccinated visitors from the UK are now allowed to visit Finland for any reason, or if you have recovered from the virus and received once dose. Unvaccinated visitors can only travel for essential reasons. 
     
  • Georgia: UK travellers who have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccination and are arriving by air will be allowed to enter Georgia with no restrictions. Unvaccinated visitors need to show proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and take another test on day three. 
  • Germany: Passengers must present proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. Unvaccinated passengers can only enter if they are residents and citizens, with few exceptions. All unvaccinated arrivals must have a negative PCR less than 48 hours and must quarantine for 10 days, but can be released on day five after testing.
  • Greece: You need to complete this form no later than 11:59pm Greek time on the day you arrive in Greece. To avoid isolation on arrival, you need proof of either a negative Covid-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours or proof of a negative rapid antigen test no older than 24 hours. You may also have to test upon arrival.

  • Gibraltar: Fully vaccinated travellers need proof of vaccination to enter as well as a lateral flow test on arrival. Unvaccinated travellers will need a pre-departure lateral flow test no older than 48 hours and will need to take another test on arrival.

  • Hungary: Fully vaccinated visitors from the UK can enter Hungary without any restrictions. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Ireland: You will need to complete a passenger locater form. Fully-vaccinated travellers from Great Britain will not need to undergo any testing or quarantine to enter. Those who are not vaccinated will need proof of a negative text no older than 72 hours. The government advises arrivals from Great Britain take an antigen test five consecutive days, beginning on the day of arrival.

    Iceland: You can travel to Iceland for reasons other than essential travel if you are a resident or if you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or can prove you have recovered from Covid-19. You will need to pre-register before arrival. You will also need to have proof of a negative PCR test or antigen test no older than 72 hours before departure. 

  • Italy: Fully vaccinated travellers from the UK can enter Italy without having to quarantine. As well as proof that you are fully vaccinated, you will also need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. Unvaccinated visitors will also need the form and the negative test, and will also need to notify the Prevention Department of the local health authority of your entry to Italy, only use private transport to travel to your final destination, and take a second PCR test after five days of isolation. 

  • Latvia: Visitors travelling from the UK can enter Latvia regardless of their vaccination status. Unvaccinated travellers will need to have proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or a negative antigen test no older than 48 hours. All travellers will need to complete this form no earlier than 48 hours before travelling. You do not need to quarantine. 

  • Liechtenstein: Those in the UK who are fully vaccinated can enter Liechtenstein for any purpose. If you are not fully vaccinated, you can only enter the country if you are: an EU or EFTA national, have a residence permit, a cross border permit, an FDFA legitimation card, a D visa or have a ‘laissez passer’. 

  • Lithuania: Those travelling from the UK need to complete a registration form no earlier than 48 hours before travelling. Those who have proof of being fully vaccinated are exempt from having to have proof of a test and from having to isolate. Unvaccinated visitors from the UK will need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in Lithuania. You will also need a negative test no older than 72 hours before your arrival or an antigen test no older than 48 hours. Regardless of your test result, you will need to self-isolate. You need to take another test between day three and five after your arrival, and you can shorten your isolation period by taking a third test on day seven of isolation. 

  • Luxembourg: UK travellers can now enter Luxembourg for any reason providing they are fully vaccinated, or have a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or a negative antigen test no older than 48 hours. 

  • Madeira: UK travellers are permitted to enter Madeira for any reason. You will need to complete a traveller questionnaire, have proof of vaccination or proof of recovery or proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, or proof of a negative antigen test no older than 48 hours. 

  • Malta: To enter Malta from the UK, you will need to present proof that you have received both doses of the vaccination at least two weeks before your arrival. Children between the ages of five and 11 are exempt from this rule but they will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. You also need to fill in the Passenger Locator Form and Public Health Declaration Form before travelling. 

  • Moldova: To avoid isolation on arrival, those travelling from the UK to Moldova will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours or proof of a that you have tested positive for Coronavirus no older than 90 days.  If you have proof that you have had both doses of the vaccine, you will not need a negative test to enter and you will not need to isolate on arrival. 

  • Montenegro: UK travellers who want to travel to Montenegro will need either a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, a negative rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours, proof you have recovered from the virus between 14 and 180 days, or proof you are fully vaccinated.

  • Netherlands: Fully vaccinated travellers coming from the UK can enter the Netherlands provided they have proof of their vaccination as well as either a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours or a negative antigen test no older than 24 hours. From 22 December, all visitors must undergo 10 days quarantine upon arrival, which can be reduced to 5 days if you test negative. Unvaccinated visitors can only enter for essential reasons. 

  • Norway: From 3 December, all travellers to Norway must take a COVID-19 test on arrival, regardless of vaccination status. You will also have to complete a declaration form within 72 hours before arrival, and will need to quarantine for 10 days. 

  • Poland: Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers are allowed to enter Poland with a negative PCR or lateral flow test. Those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will not need to isolate on arrival. Those who have not been fully vaccinated will have to self-isolate on arrival. You can leave isolation after 8 days if you receive a negative antigen or PCR test result, or you can leave isolation after 14 days if you do not take a test. 

  • Portugal (mainland): Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is needed to enter Portugal. It can either be a PCR test no older than 72 hours or a negative antigen test no older than 48 hours. You will also be subject to a health screening upon arrival

  • Romania: Unvaccinated travellers will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need to quarantine for 14 days. Those staying in Romania for less than 72 hours can avoid quarantine provided they leave Romania within 72 hours of arriving. You can also enter Romania without quarantining if you have had a full course of the vaccination. 

  • San Marino: To enter San Marino, you will need to go through Italy, so follow the entry rules for UK travellers entering Italy. 

  • Serbia: All visitors to Serbia must arrive with a negative PCR test taken in the 48 hours before arrival, or a vaccine certificate, or a certificate showing you have recovered from Covid-19. 

  • Slovakia: Fully vaccinated travellers from the UK can now enter Slovakia. If you are unvaccinated you will need to isolate for 10 days on arrival but may be able to leave isolation early if you test negative on day five. 

  • Slovenia: To enter Slovenia you will need either: a PCR test no older than 72 hours, a rapid test no older than 48 hours, proof that you have recovered from Covid-19, or proof you are fully vaccinated.

  • Spain: All travellers from the UK to Spain will need proof of vaccination. 

  • Sweden: Those who are fully vaccinated can enter Sweden for any reason without needing any tests or isolation. If you are not fully vaccinated, you can only enter for essential reasons and will need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. 

  • Switzerland: Vaccinated travellers can visit for any purpose if you have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding. If you are not fully vaccinated, you can only enter the country if you are: an EU or EFTA national, have a residence permit, a cross border permit, an FDFA legitimation card, a D visa or have a ‘laissez passer’. 

  • Turkey: UK travellers will need one of the following: a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, a rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours, proof you have recovered from Covid-19 or proof you have been fully vaccinated. You also need to complete this form 72 hours before travelling. 

  • Ukraine: On arrival in the Ukraine, you will need proof of health insurance that covers Covid-19. You will also need proof you have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and negative test (either antigen or PCR) no older than 72 hours. Those staying longer than 72 hours need to take a test on arrival to avoid isolation. 

Which European countries are closed to UK travellers?

  • France: You can only travel to France for essential reasons.
  • Germany: Only residents and citizens can enter Germany from the UK, with few exceptions. All arrivals must have a negative PCR less than 72 hours and must quarantine for 14 days.
  • Russia: Only nationals and foreign residents can visit Russia. 

North America

The US has announced it will be open to vaccinated Brits from the start of November (Shutterstock)

The US has announced it will be open to vaccinated Brits from the start of November (Shutterstock)

Which North American places have travel restrictions?

 

Which North American countries are open to visitors? 

  • Canada: Fully vaccinated visitors travelling from the UK can now enter for tourism. You will also need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or a positive test from between 14 and 180 days before travel.

  • Mexico: You need to register on the Mexico Vuela Seguro Platform before flying to Mexico and will need to show a QR code on arrival at the airport in Mexico. The land border between the USA and Mexico has now opened for vaccinated travellers. 

  • USA: Fully vaccinated visitors will need a negative Covid-19 test no older than 24 hours before their flight departs to enter the US and must provide contact information to the airline before boarding. You are also recommended to take a viral test within there to five days after your arrival.

Central and South America

Costa Rica is currently open to travellers (Shutterstock)

Costa Rica is currently open to travellers (Shutterstock)

Which Central and South America Countries are closed to UK travellers? 

  • Suriname: Severe restrictions and border closures are preventing people from travelling to and from the country. To enter, you will need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. 

Which South American countries are open to visitors?

  • Argentina: To enter Argentina, you will need to have: proof of vaccination, have filled in the form 48 hours before travelling, have a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, have proof you have recovered from the virus within 90 days of your trip, have medical insurance that covers Covid-19. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to take extra tests and quarantine for seven days.

  • Belize: Whether you are fully vaccinated or unvaccinated, you will need proof of a negative test no older than 96 hours to enter Belize.  

  • Bolivia: Travellers from the UK will need proof of a test no older than 72 hours before flying. You will also need proof of medical insurance. Unvaccinated visitors will need to isolate in Bolivia for 10 days and take a test on day seven.

  • Brazil: To enter Brazil, you will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or proof of a negative antigen test no older than 24 hours. From December 18, all arrivals will have to prove they're fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated arrivals will have to quarantine for five days upon arrival and take a PCR test at the end of their quarantine. You will also need to submit a Health Declaration form 72 hours before boarding your flight. 

  • Chile: To enter Chile you will need proof that you are fully vaccinated. You will need to have your vaccination validated via the MeVacuno website which can take between 30 and 45 days. You will also need travel insurance covering a minimum of $30,000 USD. As well as this, you will need a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours and will need to fill in the declaration form 48 hours before boarding your flight.

  • Colombia: To enter Colombia you will need to fill in this form at least 24 hours before travelling. From 14 December, you will also have to be fully vaccinated to enter the country. Those who are unvaccinated, have symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter. 

  • Costa Rica: UK travellers are now allowed to visit Costa Rica. You will need to buy a specific Costa Rican insurance for the duration of your trip and complete an epidemiological form in advance. Those who are double vaccinated can enter without the need of insurance. Tourists will not have to quarantine but residents and nationals will. The Costa Rica Sanctuary site has more details on how to plan your trip to the country now that it is back open. 

  • Cuba: Fully vaccinated visitors can enter Cuba without having to quarantine on arrival. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Ecuador: If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Ecuador provided you complete a health declaration form. Unvaccinated visitors can also enter but will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours.

  • El Salvador: You do not need vaccination or negative test proof to enter El Salvador. It is advised you carry proof of vaccination with you as it may be required to enter certain events. 

  • Guyana: To visit Guyana, you will need a negative test no older than seven days. If your test is within 72 hours, you will be allowed to enter Guyana with no restrictions. If your test is between four and seven days old, you will need to take a second test on arrival and isolate until you get the results. 

  • Guatemala: To enter Guatemala, you will need proof of a negative test no older than three days or proof you have recovered from the virus in the last three months or proof you are fully vaccinated. You will not have to quarantine on arrival but you will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Honduras: To enter Honduras, you will need a negative test no older than 72 hours and proof that you are fully vaccinated.

  • Panama: To enter Panama from the UK you will need proof you are fully vaccinated as well as a negative PCR or antigen test no older than 72 hours, and will need to quarantine for 72 hours. A negative test will be needed to end your quarantine.

  • Paraguay: Non-resident foreign nationals arriving by air are now allowed to enter Paraguay. Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to quarantine on arrival but all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, will need to have proof of a PCR test no older than 72 hours or an antigen test no older than 24 hours.

  • Peru: To travel to Peru you will need proof of vaccination or of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will need to wear two face masks on the flight and complete an affidavit before arrival.

  • Uruguay: Fully vaccinated visitor can now enter Uruguay but will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need medical cover in Uruguay or travel insurance. You will also need a negative test on day seven from when you took the pre-flight test to avoid isolation.

  • Venezuela: You will need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. You will need to take and pay for an additional test on arrival.

Asia 

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Which Asian countries are closed to UK travellers?

 

  • Bhutan: Bhutan is closed to all foreign tourists.

  • Brunei: Entry to Brunei is severely restricted and anyone who wants to visit will need a permit from the Prime Minister's office at least eight days before travelling. You will need to provide a negative test on arrival no older than 48 hours. You will need to quarantine on arrival. Those who are fully vaccinated only need to quarantine for one to seven days. Unvacccinated travellers may have to quarantine for up to two weeks. All travellers also need to pay $350 BND for a Covid-19 test on arrival. 

  • China: Flights between the UK and China have been suspended. 

  • Hong Kong: The UK is currently on Hong Kong's 'high risk' list. This means all arrivals from the UK must be fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents. Those unvaccinated will need to isolate for 21 days in a designated quarantine hotel.

 

  • India: All scheduled flights are suspended with a very limited amount of flights flying between India and the UK. You will need to submit this form before travelling which should include negative test results no older than 72 hours. You will undergo thermal screening on arrival and if you have a temperature you will be taken to isolation. Fully vaccinated travellers will need to self-monitor their health for 14 days once they have arrived and unvaccinated travellers will need to take a test on arrival and quarantine for seven days. 

  • Indonesia: To see if you are eligible to enter Indonesia, you should contact the Consular Section of the Indonesian Embassy: consular@indonesianembassy.org.uk.

  • Israel: To enter Israel from the UK, you will need a PCR test no older than 72 hours and will need to take a test on arrival. You will need to isolate for 14 days on arrival, even if you are fully vaccinated. 

  • Japan: You cannot enter Japan, unless for exceptional circumstances. 

  • Laos: Laos has suspended the visa on arrival service for UK travellers and no visas are currently being issued to people travelling from the UK.

  • Iran: Only Iranian nationals, residents and those with certain visas can enter Iran. 

  • Malaysia: British travellers are banned from entering Malaysia except in some exceptional circumstances. 

  • Mongolia: British nationals without long-stay visas, residence or business permits cannot travel to or from Mongolia.

  • Myanmar (Burma): Those travelling from the UK are not allowed to enter Myanmar. 

  • Oman: To enter Oman from the UK you will need proof of a negative test: this should be no older than 72 hours if your flight is less than eight hours and no older than 96 hours if your flight is over eight hours. You need to fill in this form before arrival with your vaccine certificate and negative test results. You also need proof of insurance that covers 30 days of Covid-19 treatment. 

  • Philippines: To enter the Philippines you will need a valid visa and to be fully vaccinated, and will need to take a test 72 hours before departure. Those arriving from the UK should pre-book accommodation in an accredited quarantine hotel where you isolate for five days. On the fifth day you can take a PCR test, and if negative, can continue home quarantine until the 14th day after your arrival. Unvaccinated arrivals will do the same, but for seven days. 

  • Qatar: Qatar is only open to residents who will need to get prior approval to enter the country. Fully vaccinated visitor will need to pre-register to enter Qatar. You will also need to have a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need to quarantine for two days in a hotel when you will take a second test.

  • Saudi Arabia: To enter Saudi Arabia you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need a valid health insurance policy. Those who have not been vaccinated will need to quarantine for five days. 

  • Singapore: UK travellers can only enter Singapore if they have pre-travel permission from the Singapore government.

  • South Korea: To enter South Korea you will need a PCR test no older than 72 hours. You will be tested on arrival, on day six and day seven. You will need to quarantine at a government facility for ten days and pay around £75 a day.


  • Sri Lanka: You need permission to travel to Sri Lanka and need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation to visit. You will need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours and will be subject to quarantine measures on arrival. 

  • Taiwan: You cannot enter Taiwan for tourism or social reasons. 

  • Tajikistan: To enter Tajikistan, you will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours and will have to self-isolate for at least three days. 

  • Timor-Leste: Timor-Leste has a temporary border closure in place. 

  • Turkmenistan: All international scheduled commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan have been suspended. Entry to Turkmenistan is prohibited for tourists. 

  • Vietnam: Vietnam is not open for tourism.  

Which Asian countries are open to visitors?

 

  • Bahrain: Fully vaccinated visitors can enter Bahrain. To enter, you will need to present a negative PCR test, pay for a PCR test on day five, and on day ten of your stay. You will need to quarantine for 10 days at an approved quarantine centre.

  • Bangladesh: To enter Bangladesh from the UK you must have proof you are fully vaccinated, a medical certificate of a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours, a completed health declaration form and a completed passenger locator form. If you have proof you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, you are exempt from the 14-day home quarantine.

  • Cambodia: To enter Cambodia, you will need to apply for a tourist visa online in advance. You will also need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours as well as proof of insurance that include at least US$50,000 for medical cover. You should buy the insurance here. Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine but do need to take a lateral flow test on arrival. 

  • Kuwait: To enter Kuwait you will need to be fully vaccinated. You will also need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours and will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival, but taking a PCR test on arrival will shorten your quarantine. You also have to download the Shlonik app on arrival.

  • Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan is now open to British passport holders. There is no government quarantine measures in place but be aware that if you are showing symptoms you may be asked to isolate at home. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours or proof that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. If your journey is delayed and your test therefore older than 72 hours by the time you arrive, then you will need to take a PCR test on arrival. For any entry or exit questions, you are urged to contact the Kyrgyz authorities: +996 312 881 618.

  • Jordan: Those who have been in the UK in the past 14 days, including those who have passed through the UK in transit can fly to Jordan provided they have proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. You will need to register before travelling to either book a PCR test on arrival or be granted exemption by proving you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. For travel to Aqaba, make sure 21 days have passed since you had your second dose of the vaccine or come with proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Lebanon: Those entering Lebanon from the UK will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 96 hours, proof you are fully vaccinate or proof you have recovered from the virus within 90 days. 

  • The Maldives: The Maldives has reopened its borders and lifted its ban for anyone who has left or transited through the UK in the last 14 days. You will need to fill in this form 24 hours before you travel. All visitors must present a negative PCR test no older than 96 hours on arrival to Maldives. Those travelling for tourism will not face quarantine on arrival. 

  • Nepal: To enter Nepal, you will need a negative test no older than 72 hours, travel insurance and to have filled in the International Travel Arrival Form. Those who are fully vaccinated can get a visa on arrival but unvaccinated visitors will need to secure their visa beforehand. Unvaccinated visas will also need to book a hotel where they can isolate for ten days. All travellers need a barcode generated from the Online International Travel Arrival Form. 

  • Kazakhstan: To enter Kazakhstan you will need a PCR certificate no older than three days. 

  • Pakistan: You can only enter Pakistan if you are fully vaccinated.You will also need a negative test no older than 72 hours to enter Pakistan. On arrival you will have to take a rapid antigen test. 

  • Thailand: Fully vaccinated visitors from the UK ca enter Thailand. You will need a PCR test before you leave the UK and also when you arrive in Thailand. You need to stay in approved accommodation for 24 hours while waiting for the results.

  • UAE: For Abu Dhabi, you will need a negative test no older than 48 hours. You will also need to take a PCR test on arrival. UK visitors do not need to isolate regardless of vaccination status. For Dubai, you will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will need health insurance before travelling.

  • Uzbekistan: UK travellers will not need to quarantine in arrival if they have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours.

Africa 

Rwanda is open to tourists  (Shutterstock)

Rwanda is open to tourists (Shutterstock)

Which African countries are closed to UK travellers? 

  • Algeria: Flights to and from Algeria are severely limited. You need to check with the Algerian authorities for entry requirements.

  • Angola: All travellers will need to have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival and fill out a passenger information form. You will also need to take a rapid covid test after getting off the plane, which you will soon need to pay for. All arrivals will need to quarantine for 10 days, even when testing negative. Those who test negative will be taken straight to mandatory government quarantine. 
  • Benin: Entry and exit at border crossings is limited to 'extreme necessity'. 

  • Botswana: You must present a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. You will have to stay in contact with the local health authority for 14 days after your arrival, and you may have to quarantine. 

  • Cameroon: Most international flights are suspended. Access across Cameroon’s land and sea borders is currently tightly restricted. 

  • Eritrea: From 4am on 30 June Eritrea will be on the red list. Eritrea Asmara International Airport is closed and all entry visas have been suspended.

  • Ethiopia: To enter Ethiopia you will need a negative test no older than five days and will need to isolate for seven days. Those who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus in the last 90 days do not have to isolate. You need to upload your test via the  Africa Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven systems.

  • Eswatini: You must supply a negative covid test no older than 72 hours before travel and will be screen upon arrival. You may have to quarantine for 14 days if adivsed by port health officers.
  • The Gambia: Fully vaccinated visitors can enter without the need of a negative test. Non vaccinated visitors need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will also need to take a rapid diagnostic test.

  • Kenya: To enter Kenya you will need a negative test no older than 96 hours. You will also need to submit daily health details to the Jitenge Platform/ App for 14 days.

  • Lesotho: You are required to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before travel and will be screen upon arrival.

  • Madagascar: If authorised to enter Madagascar, you will need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. You will need to book a hotel for two nights where you can quarantine. You will take a test to be able to leave quarantine. 

  • Niger: You will not be allowed to enter Niger unless you are a Nigerian national, have a valid residency or have a valid visa.

  • Zimbabwe: You will need a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours and will need to also take one upon arrival. All arrivals will need to quarantine for 10 days at your own cost. 


Which African countries are open
to visitors? 

  

  • Cape Verde: To enter Cape Verde you will need proof you are vaccinated, or proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. Before your visit, you need to fill in this form and pay £30. 

  • Chad: The ban on UK travellers has now been lifted. You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours before arrival. If you are staying in Chad for more than a week then you will need to take another PCR test on day seven. 

  • Comoros: International flights have now resumed. Immigration restriction, enhanced screening and other measures have been introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Biometric in-person visa services at the Côte d’Ivoire Embassy in London are suspended due to COVID-19. Anyone wishing to enter Côte d’Ivoire who does not already have a visa should make their visa application through the e-visa service online before travel. You need to complete this form before arriving. Temperatures will be checked on arrival. You need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours before arriving in Cote d'Ivoire. You will be monitored by SMS tracking for 14 days. You may also be advised to self-isolate in your own accommodation for 14 days on arrival. On departure, you will need to complete this form. 

  • Djibouti: You will need evidence that you have been fully vaccinated in order to enter. Thos who have not been fully vaccinated will have to isolate for 10 days on arrival. All visitors will also need proof of a negative PCR Test no older than 72 hours of departure and 120 hours of arrival. You will need to take a second test on arrival. 

  • Egypt: Egypt has reopened to tourists. Passengers arriving from all countries will have temperatures observed and will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. You will need proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours. If you are flying from Heathrow, your test can be taken no more than 96 hours before you fly. If you arrive at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh and you cannot present acceptable evidence of a negative PCR test, you will need to undergo testing on arrival for a fee of USD30. Passengers who are fully vaccinated will not need to show test results on arrival to Egypt. 

  • Gabon: Flight restrictions have eased. Those travelling from the UK need authorisation from the Gabonese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also need a negative test no older than three days or a valid vaccination certificate. You will take another test on arrival and self-isolate for 24 hours. Please note, your passport will be kept by authorities during your quarantine and will not be returned until you have completed the isolation period. 

  • Ghana: From 12 December, all arrivals will need to prove they are fully vaccinated. You will also need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours, create an account here and fill in the information, including uploading your test result. At Kotoka International Airport, you will also need to pre-pay for a test on arrival. 

  • Guinea: To enter Guinea you will need proof you are fully vaccinated and a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours.

  • Liberia: Robert International Airport has reopened to commercial flights but flights are still limited with no direct flights from the UK.You will need a negative test no older than 96 hours before arrival regardless of your vaccination status. Those arriving in Liberia will be tested for COVID-19 and have a health screening. If you have any coronavirus symptoms or test positive, you will be taken to a quarantine facility. 

  • Mali: To enter Mali, you will need proof of a negative COVID test no older than 72 hours. If you do not have a test, you will be tested on arrival and have to self-isolate while waiting for the results. Be aware that regional borders are closed which may limit commercial flights. Check with your travel provider before you get to the airport. 

  • Malawi: You will need to have a negative COVID test less than 72 hours old before arrival. You may also have to be testing upon arrival. Those negative will need to quarantine. Those clear will need to self-monitor for 14 days.

  • Mauritania: Fully vaccinated visitors from the UK can enter Mauritania without having to isolate. You will undergo a temperature check on arrival and if you have a high temperature you will need to isolate for up to 10 days while waiting for the test result. 

  • Mauritius: Fully vaccinated visitors will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will also need travel insurance that covers Covid-19. Unvaccinated visitors need to quarantine for 14 days and have a test on day seven and day 14. 

  • Morocco: Morocco has suspended direct flights to and from the UK. When the ban is lifted arrivals will need to prove they are fully vaccinated and show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours. They will be asked to complete a Public Health Passenger form and have your temperature checked before arrival.

  • Mozambique: You will need to present a negative PCR test upon arrival no older than 72 hours. You may also be tested upon arrival at your own expense. 

  • Namibia: You must present a negative PCR test no older than 7 days before entering Namibia, or show proof of recovery from COVID-19.

  • Nigeria: All travellers to Nigeria need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours and carry evidence of your test as well as upload the result to the portal. You will also need to complete the online health declaration before travelling and you will need to pre-book and pay for a repeat PCR test for seven days after you arrive in Nigeria. 

  • Réunion: To enter the French Overseas Territories, you will need to complete a travel certificate. You will also need to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before you travel.

  • Rwanda: All travellers need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. All travellers need to quarantine on arrival for 24 hours while waiting for the results of a test on arrival.

  • São Tomé and Príncipe: UK nationals can enter São Tomé and Príncipe. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Senegal: Some airlines are only letting Senegal residents travel to the country. You will also need proof of a negative test no older than five days. 

  • Seychelles: The Seychelles is now open to all visitors from the UK. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need to stay at a government approved hotel. There will be no movement restrictions and no quarantines. 

  • Sierra Leone: From 27 September, if you are unvaccinated, you will have to quarantine on arrival until you get proof of a negative PCR test. To enter you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours, a locator form, proof of payment for on arrival tests. On arrival you will undergo a PCR test and a RDT test.

  • South Africa: You will need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours before arrival. You will also have a health screening upon arrival. Those without will need to test upon arrival, and if positive, quarantine for 10 days at your own cost. 

  • St Helena: You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

  • Sudan: If you are of Sudanese origin you will be tested for Covid-19 on arrival. All other passengers will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Tanzania: Tanzania has resumed international flights. You will no longer have to go into mandatory quarantine (unless you have symptoms) but you will need proof of a negative test no older than 96 hours. On arrival you will need to take a rapid test which you need to pay for.

  • Tunisia: To enter Tunisia you will a PCR test no older than 72 hours. Those who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine.

  • Uganda: To enter Uganda, you will need a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need to take a second test on arrival.

  • Zambia: All arrivals need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. You will also be screened upon arrival. 

South Pacific 

Australia has closed its borders to foreign travellers (Shutterstock)

Australia has closed its borders to foreign travellers (Shutterstock)

Which South Pacific countries can you not travel to? 

  • New Zealand: The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers. 

  • Australia: Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. 

  • Fiji: Flights are suspended, but the borders are set to reopen on 1 December for UK travellers.

  • Kiribati: The island will now deny entry to any travellers who have been in or transited countries with confirmed local transmission within 14 days. 

  • Nauru: The island is asking everyone to cancel or postpone non-essential travel to Nauru. 

  • Papua New Guinea: To enter Papua New Guinea, you need to be fully vaccinated, have written permission from the National Pandemic Controller and have proof of a negative test no older than seven days.

  • Pitcairn Islands: The borders are closed. 

  • Tonga: Tongan borders are closed to entry to all foreigners. 

Which countries have their borders open? 

  • French Polynesia: Those who are fully vaccinated will not need an essential reason to visit. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hour. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated needs an essential reason to travel. 

The Caribbean 

Saint Lucia is open to the tourist sector (Shutterstock)

Saint Lucia is open to the tourist sector (Shutterstock)

  1. Which Caribbean countries have travel restrictions? 

  • Anguilla: UK travellers must apply and be approved by the government's health team.You will need to take a test two to five days before going to Anguilla or an antigen test no older than 48 hours. You need to be fully vaccinated. You will need to have a test on arrival at the cost of US$50.00 and remain in isolation until you get a negative result.

  • Bahamas: To enter the Bahamas you will need proof you are fully vaccinated and a negative test no older than five days before arrival.

  • Bermuda: You need to apply for a Bermuda Covid-19 Travel Authorisation one to three days before departure and will need a pre-arrival test.  Unvaccinated visitors with a pre-arrival test will need to quarantine for four days at a hotel. After four days, if a  negative test is obtained, you can spend the next 10 days of isolation at home. Vaccinated travellers with a negative pre-arrival test will need to quarantine until they get a negative test result from their arrival test.

  • Cayman Islands: To enter the Cayman Islands you will need proof you are fully vaccinated, and will also need to take lateral flow tests on day two, five and ten of your stay.

     

    Which Caribbean countries are open to visitors? 

  • Antigua and Barbuda: To enter Antigua and Barbuda, you will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than three days. You also need evidence that you have received at least one dose of your vaccine. From December 15, you will need to prove you have been fully vaccinated. You need to complete a Health Declaration Form and need to wear a monitoring bracelet if staying at a private home or government facility. Tourists will need to stay in Government approved accommodation.
  • Aruba: European travellers are permitted to enter Aruba. All travellers need to complete this form before arrival. have proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours, purchase Aruba's COVID-19 insurance, agree to health checks and screening on arrival and wear a mask on the flight and at the airport.  
  • Barbados: All travellers, even fully vaccinated ones, must travel with a negative PCR test taken within three days of travelling. Unvaccinated visitors need to quarantine on arrival, taking a second test on day five of isolation. If this test is negative then you can exit quarantine. You should read this website carefully before travelling
  • Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba: To enter Bonaire you will need to meet testing requirments and fill out a health form. Please note that their is a flight ban in place between Bonaire and the UK. To enter Saba you need to meet testing requirements and apply to enter. You may also need to quarantine on arrival. To enter St Eustatius, you will need to meet testing and quarantine requirements and also need to request permission to enter by email at least 72 hours before you travel.
  • British Virgin Islands (BVI): Fully vaccinated travellers will need to pre-register for a rapid antigen test on arrival and show proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. You also need travel insurance that covers Covid-19. Unvaccinated visitors need to register for a authorisation certificate ($175.00), have proof of a negative test between three and five days before arrival, take a test on arrival, have travel insurance that covers Covid-19, quarantine for four days, and take another test on day seven to exit quarantine.
  • Dominica: You must complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before you arrive and show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel on arrival. You must also have a rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) on arrival. If it's negative, you must self-isolate in a government certified facility for five days and take another PCR test on day five. If it's positive you must pay to quarantine in a government certified facility for 14 days.

  • Dominican Republic: You will need proof of a negative test taken with 72 hours or proof you have been fully vaccinated. 

  • Guadeloupe: If you wish to travel to Guadeloupe, you will need to complete a travel certificate. You will need to take a test within 72 hours of departure. Guadeloupe has been removed from the quarantine exempt list. This means that if you return from Guadeloupe to the UK on or after 4am on 19 September, you will need to self-isolate.

  • Grenada: Only fully vaccinated travellers can visit Grenada with a negative PCR test, taken within three days of travel, and a completed health declaration form. You will also need to take a free PCR test on arrival.


  • Haiti: To enter Haiti, you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You may be asked to isolate in your hotel for 14 days. 

  • Jamaica: To enter Jamaica from the UK, you need authorisation from the Visit Jamaica Website. You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. You may be tested again on arrival in which case you would wait for the results in your room.  If you test negative, you will need to stay within the 'resilient corridor' area.

  • Montserrat: Fully vaccinated visitors can now enter Montserrat for any reason. To enter Montserrat, you need to travel via Antigua and follow Antigua's entry rules. You will need to complete an Access Declaration Form at least 72 hours before travel and you will also need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will need to self isolate for five days and take a test on day three or four to exit isolation. 

  • St Martin and St Barthélemy: The island has announced it is open to tourists. You will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that is no older than 72 hours. You may also need to self-isolate on arrival for seven days and take a second test. 

  • Saint Lucia: Those wishing to go to Saint Lucia need to complete a pre-arrival registration form. You will also need proof of a negative test no older than five days and you will ne screened on arrival. All international visitors will need to stay in a pre-booked Covid certified accommodation for two weeks. If you had your second dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before travel then you will be exempt from isolation.

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Consult the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ entry protocol documents for the full and latest information.  

  • St Kitts and Nevis: You can only enter St Kitts and Nevis if you are fully vaccinated. You will need to have proof of a negative test between 24 and 72 hours before arrival. You will take a PCR test on arrival at your approved hotel and will need to stay at the hotel while waiting for the results (usually 24 hours). 

  • Trinidad and Tobago: Travellers from the UK will need to complete the TT Travel Pass 72 hours before arrival. To avoid quarantine, you will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours and will need to be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated visitors are not allowed to enter the country unless they are Trinidad and Tobago nationals. 

  • Turks and Caicos Islands: Travellers must have pre-travel authorisation via Assured Portal. You must be fully vaccinated and on the portal you must upload proof of a negative test taken within three days, proof of travel insurance that includes Covid-19 cover and a completed health screening questionnaire. 

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