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

Stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 travels to know which countries are open to tourists, the restrictions in places and the borders that are closed...

Coronavirus travel update (Shutterstock)

Please note: The information in this article applies to UK travellers, and is up to date as of 11am on 18 June.

A traffic light system is now in places and determines where you can and can't travel. You can see the 11 countries that are on the green list here. 

We have colour-coded the countries below so you can keep up to date with the countries on the green list, amber list and red list. 

Anyone travelling into the UK will need to either self-isolate for ten days or quarantine in a government approved hotel for ten days if coming from somewhere on the red list. You will need to pre-book two covid tests that need to be taken after you arrive. You will need a negative test 72 hours before your flight and will also need tests on day two and eight of your stay. Testing positive will increase your stay in the government hotel. You will be billed £1,750 per person for the 10-day quarantine stay. 

Europe

Beautiful Italy (Shutterstock)

Beautiful Italy (Shutterstock)

Which European countries are closed to UK travellers?

 

  • Austria: Travellers from the UK are not allowed to enter Austria and there is a landing ban for direct flights from the UK in place until 20 June. 

  • Belgium: British nationals who do not reside in Belgium or another EU/ Schengen country will only be able to travel for essential reasons. 

  • Czech Republic: You can only enter the Czech Republic for essential reasons. 

  • Finland: Only residents and nationals of Finland are allowed to enter Finland. 

  • Germany: UK travellers can only enter Germany if they are residents, citizens or for essential humanitarian needs. 

  • Hungary: Hungary has closed its borders to most foreign nationals including those from the UK. You may be able to enter for essential reasons. 

  • Latvia: You can only enter Latvia for essential reasons. 

  • Liechtenstein: Travellers from the UK are not permitted to enter Liechtenstein unless they are a Liechtenstein or Swiss citizen, have a Swiss residence permit or type D visa, or hold a 'laisser passer'. 

  • Luxembourg: Travellers from the UK are banned from entering Luxembourg for non-essential reasons.

  • Netherlands: UK nationals can only enter the Netherlands if they are residents or for essential reasons.  

  • Norway: UK nationals are not allowed to visit Norway unless they meet certain exceptions. 

  • Russia: There are restrictions on entry for almost all foreign travellers. 

  • Switzerland: Those in the UK cannot travel to Switzerland unless they are a Swiss or Liechtenstein citizen, have a Swiss residence permit or type D visa, or holds a 'laisser passer'. 

  • Slovakia: UK travellers are not permitted to enter Slovakia unless it's for essential reasons. 

  • Sweden: There is a travel ban in place  which means those from the UK cannot enter Sweden unless they are exempt. 

  • Turkey: UK travellers will need a negative test no older than 72 hours to be allowed to enter Turkey. You also need to complete this form 72 hours before travelling. Please note that Turkey is on the UK government's red list meaning any British national travelling from Turkey to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

Which European countries are open to UK visitors? 


  • Albania: Flights between Albania and the UK have resumed and UK travellers do not need to isolate on arrival in Albania.

  • Azores: UK travellers can enter the Azores provided they have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will also need to fill in this form before you arrive in the Azores. 

  • Andorra: UK travellers will need a negative PCR or TMA test no older than 48 hours before arrival in Andorra. You will also need to have a TMA + Rapid Antigen Test once you have arrived. You will need to self-isolate until you get the results back. You will need to take more TMA tests on the 5, 10 and 15 days after your arrival dates. Rapid antigen tests need to be taken on day two, four, six, ten, 12 and 14 of your stay in Andorra. 

  • 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. 

  • Azerbaijan: Only fully-vaccinated travellers can enter 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.  You will need proof of a test no older than 72 hours before your flight.  Ticket holders for UEFA EURO 2020 matches scheduled in Baku will not need a 'Covid passport but will need proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test result. 

  • 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.  

  • Bulgaria: UK travellers can enter Bulgaria if they have a vaccine certificate to prove they have had the second dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before travelling. Those who have not been vaccinated can enter Bulgaria with proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, proof of a rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours, or a positive PCR/ rapid antigen test showing you have recovered from Covid-19 between 15 and 180 days before arrival in Bulgaria.

  • Croatia: UK travellers who have proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours or have a vaccination certificate showing they had a second dose more than 14 days before travel can enter Croatia for tourism. Until there is a means to certify people who are vaccinated, all travellers should have a test with them. You will also need proof of accommodation if travelling for tourism. 

  • Cyprus: UK travellers will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours or can show proof of having two Covid-19 vaccinations. It is advised that until there are specified ways to certify vaccinations, you should come prepared with a negative test. You will also need to fill in a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling. Those travelling to the north of Cyprus will not only need proof of a negative test but will also need to isolate for 10 days on arrival. Those who have been fully vaccinated are exempt from having to isolate. 

  • Denmark: Fully vaccinate UK travellers can now enter Denmark for non-essential reasons. You will need to have had both doses of the the vaccine at least 14 days before travel and you will not need to test or self-isolate. If you have not been fully vaccinate you can only enter if you have a 'worthy purpose' and will need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. Please note that Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Rossendale and Bedford are on Denmark's red list meaning residents of these areas cannot enter for non-essential reasons even if they are fully vaccinated. 

  • Estonia: Travellers from the UK will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours before departure. 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. 

  • France: If you have not been fully vaccinated you can only enter France for essential reasons and will face restrictions including needing a negative test result and having to isolate for seven days on arrival. If you have been fully vaccinated can travel to France for any reason and will not need to self-isolate on arrival but will still need either negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or a negative antigen test no older than 48 hours. 

  • Georgia: UK travellers who have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccination will be allowed to enter Georgia with no restrictions. Those who have not been vaccinated can enter the country by showing proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Greece: You need to complete this form 24 hours before you arrive in Greece. To avoid isolation on arrival, you need proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours to avoid isolation on arrival. You can also enter Greece without isolating if you have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before travelling. 

  • Gibraltar: Travellers arriving from the UK who are fully vaccinated will need to upload their vaccination certificate to the passenger locator form and also book a lateral flow test to have within 24 hours of your arrival. Those staying in Gibraltar for longer than seven days need to take a second lateral flow test on day five. Those who not fully vaccinated will need to have a lateral flow test no longer than 48 hours before flying to Gibraltar and will need to book another lateral flow test to have within 24 hours of arrival in Gibraltar.  Those staying in Gibraltar for longer than seven days need to take a second lateral flow test on day five. Gibraltar is on the UK's green list for travel. 

  • Ireland: You will need to complete a passenger locater form. Anyone entering Ireland from Great Britain needs proof of a negative RT-PCR test no older than 72 hours. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days. After day five, you will need to take a free RT-PCR test and if you are fully vaccinated and the test comes back negative, you can leave quarantine early. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will also need to take a test after 10 days and stay in quarantine until this test comes back negative. 

    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. Iceland is one of 12 countries on the UK's green list for travel. 

  • Italy: UK travellers can enter Italy without needing to isolate provided you have proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. You will need to fill in this form before travelling and will also need to call the region your are travelling to 48 hours before your arrival. 

  • Lithuania: Those 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. Regardless of your test result, you will need to self-isolate. There is a chance of getting out of isolation early if you take another test and test negative after seven days. Everyone travelling to Lithuania will need to fill out a registration form 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. 

  • Madeira: UK travellers are permitted to enter Madeira for any reason. You will need to fill in a questionnaire 12-48 hours before departure, need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and undergo a health screening at the airport. If you have had your second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 15 days before you travel, then you will not need a test and your NHS letter proving your vaccine will be accepted. 

  • Malta: UK travellers can now travel to Malta provided they have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You also need to fill in the Public Health Declaration Form and the Passenger Locator form before your arrival. 

  • Moldova: Those travelling from the UK to Moldova will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours or proof of a positive serology test on IgG antibodies no older than 30 hours. It is recommended that bring a paper version of your test result. You will also need to self-isolate for 14 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, or a positive serology test no older than 30 days. 

  • Poland: UK travellers are allowed to enter Poland. 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 early if you have a Covid test after entering Poland that is negative.  

  • Portugal: Travellers coming from the UK can enter Portugal as long as they have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Romania: The UK is now on Romania's red list meaning you will need to quarantine for 14 days unless you have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine at least 10 days before travel or proof that you have recovered from the virus between 14 and 90 days before arriving in 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. 

  • 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.

  • Slovenia: The UK is now on Slovenia's Dark Red list meaning you will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival, unless you test negative on day five which means you can come out of quarantine on day five. You can avoid quarantine completely if you arrive with a negative test no older than 48 hours. You can also avoid quarantine if you have proof of a second dose of vaccine. The length of time required for you to have had your second dose before entering depends on what vaccine you had, so make sure you check the dates.  Those who can prove they have recovered from Covid-19 and are ummune can also avoid quarantine. Please note that if your travel is deemed to be non-essential by the Slovenian authorities then you could be denied entry. 

  • Spain: From midnight on 24 May, UK travellers are allowed to enter Spain with no restrictions. You will need to fill in a pre-travel declaration form before you travel. 


  • Ukraine: On arrival in the Ukraine, you will need proof of health insurance that covers Covid-19. You will also need either: proof of a test no older than 72 hours, a rapid test no older than 72 hours, an official document to prove you have had both doses of the vaccine. 

North America

The US has banned entry to all travellers from the UK (Shutterstock)

The US has banned entry to all travellers from the UK (Shutterstock)

Which North American places have travel restrictions?

  • USA: Travellers who have been to the UK, Ireland, Schengen Zone, Iran, Brazil or China within the last 14 days will be denied entry to the USA. US citizens and permanent residents of the USA, certain specified close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt. They will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements. 

  • Canada: The Canadian authorities are barring entry to Canada, including at its border with the US, to most foreign nationals, including British nationals. The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Canada. Those returning to the UK from Canada need to self-isolate. Canada is on the UK government's orange list.  

Which North American countries are open to visitors? 

  • Mexico: Commercial flights are operating to and from Mexico but you are advised to check with your travel company or airline before travelling. 

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? 

 

  • Argentina: Borders are closed to non-resident foreign nationals. Please note, Argentina is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Argentina to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Brazil: Those travelling from the UK are banned from entering Brazil. Please note, Brazil is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Brazil to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Chile: UK travellers are banned from entering Chile. Please note, Chile is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Chile to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Guatemala: Guatemala has temporarily banned UK travellers from entering the country. 

  • Honduras: Honduras has banned all travellers from the UK.  

  • Panama: UK travellers arriving to Panama from the UK need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. You will also take a second test on arrival and will need to self-isolate at a pre-approved hotel. After three days, you will take a third test and if this is negative you can come out of isolation.  Please note, Panama is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Panama to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days.

  • Suriname: Suriname has closed its borders. Please note, Suriname is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Suriname to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days.

Which South American countries are open to visitors?

  • Belize: Belize has opened to foreign tourists and travellers but you will need special permission before travelling. You will need to either have proof that you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a negative PCR test no older than 96 hours or a negative Rapid Antigen test no older than 48 hours.  You may be subject to random testing on arrival. 

  • Bolivia: Travellers from the UK will need proof of a test no older than 72 hours before flying. You will need to isolate in Bolivia for 10 days and take a test on day seven. You will also need proof of medical insurance.  Please note, Bolivia is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Bolivia to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Colombia: To enter Colombia you will need to fill in this form at least 24 hours before travelling. Those who 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.  Please note, Colombia is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Colombia to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days.

  • 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. 

  • Cuba: Havana Airport is now open and all other Cuban airports are open for commercial flights. From 10 January, everyone travelling to Cuba will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. From 6 February, once you have arrived in Cuba you will be taken to an isolation centre until you get a negative result. 

  • Ecuador: Ecuador has resumed international flights. If visiting Ecuador, you will need to sign a declaration form on arrival declaring your itinerary and local contact details. If you have a negative PCR test on arrival no older than ten days then you will not need to self-isolate. On return to the UK, UK travellers will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Please note, Ecuador is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Ecuador to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. Those who have had both doses of a Covid vaccination will be allowed to enter without needing to provide proof of a negative test. 

  • El Salvador: To enter El Salvador you will either need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours or proof that you have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

  • 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 day's old, you will need to take a second test on arrival and isolate until you get the results. UK travellers returning from Guyana to the UK will need to isolate for 14 days. Please note, Guyana is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Guyana to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Paraguay: Non-resident foreign nationals arriving by air are now allowed to enter Paraguay. On arrival, you will need to complete this form, have international health insurance that covers Covid-19, have a negative test no older than 72 hours. Those who do not have a test need to self-isolate for 14 days. UK travellers need to self-isolate for 14 days if returning from Paraguay. Please note, Paraguay is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Paraguay to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Peru: You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Uruguay: Only Uruguayan nationals and legal residents are allowed to enter Uruguay. Uruguay has been removed from the UK's travel corridor. UK travellers need to self-isolate for 14 days if returning from Uruguay. Please note, Uruguay is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Uruguay to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Venezuela: You will need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. You will need to take and pay for an additioinal test on arrival. Please note, Venezuela is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Venezuela to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

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. You will need to provide a negative test on arrival no older than 72 hours. All foreign visitors will have to pay $350 BND for a coronavirus test and need to be able to cover the cost of a stay in a quarantine facility for 15 days. You will also be encouraged to download the BruHealth app. Be aware that there is an exit travel ban in place.  Brunei is one of the 12 countries on the green list.

  • Cambodia: Cambodia has suspended its visa exemption policy, visa on arrival and e-visa arrangements are suspended indefinitely.

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

  • Hong Kong: Hong Kong is only open to residents. 

  • India: All scheduled flights are suspended with a very limited amount of flights flying between India and the UK. Please note, India is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from India to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Indonesia: All foreign nationals are barred from entering and transiting through Indonesia. Exceptions have been made for some essential travellers. 

  • Israel: To enter Israel you will need an entry permit which you can get by submitting your request to the Israeli Embassy in London. You will also need proof of a negative result no older than 72 hours. You also need to fill in an inbound passenger statements at least 24 hours before travelling to Israel. If you have not been vaccinated then you will need to isolate for 14 days on arrival in Israel.  Israel is one of 12 countries on the UK's green list for travel.

  • Japan: You cannot enter Japan for short-term reasons such as business, tourism and to visit family. 

  • Kazakhstan: Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan.

  • 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. 

  • Kuwait: Only Kuwait nationals and their first-degree relatives are allowed to enter Kuwait. 

  • Malaysia: Entry to Malaysia is now prohibited to almost all British nationals. If you want to enter Malaysia, you will need permission from the Malaysian Embassy/ High Commission or the Immigration Directorate. 

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

  • Myanmar (Burma): Those travelling from teh UK Are not allowed to enter Myanmar. 

  • Nepal: Almost all international flights are suspended. 

  • Oman: Direct flights from Oman to England are prohibited and anyone who has been or transited through the UK in the past 14 days cannot enter unless you are an Omani citizen. 

  • Philippines: Foreign travellers can only enter the Philippines if they have a valid visa at the time of entry and have pre-booked accommodation for at least ten nights in a quarantine facility. You will be tested at the quarantine hotel on day seven. Before travelling to the Philippines you should contact your airline or travel company. 

  • Qatar: Qatar is only open to residents.  Please note, Qatar is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Qatar to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • 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 seven days. 

  • Singapore: UK travellers can only enter Singapore if they have pre-travel permission from the Singapore government.  Singapore is on of the 12 countries on the green list. 

  • South Korea: South Korea is not open to tourism from the UK. 

  • Sri Lanka: All inbound flights to Sri Lanka are currently suspended.  You will have to take a PCR test on arrival and quarantine for 14 days 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. 

  • Thailand: You will need to apply for permission on the Royal Thai Government website before being able to travel. From 1 July 2021, Thailand is reportedly planning to open Phuket to fully vaccinated travellers who will not need to quarantine on arrival. 

  • Timor-Leste: Timor-Leste has a temporary border closure in place until 1 July. 

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

  • Uzbekistan: UK travellers need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. 

  • Vietnam: Flights from the UK are suspended and entry into Vietnam is suspended.

Which Asian countries are open to visitors?

 

  • Bahrain: Bahrain has reopened to UK visitors and visas on arrival are available. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours and will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival, taking tests when you arrive and of day ten of your stay. You need to download the BeAware app. Those who can prove they have had both doses of the vaccine will be allowed entry into indoor public services in Bahrain. Visitors from the UK who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will need a negative test 48 hours before arrival and a test on arrival but can come out of isolation when the results from the test on arrival comes back negative. 

  • Bangladesh: UK visitors need to complete Health Declaration Forms and Passenger Locator Forms while on the flight. On arrival in Bangladesh, all foreign nationals need to show a medical certificate issued within 72 hours of travel as proof of a negative test. Those arriving from the UK will need to quarantine for 14 days. 


  • 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. 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.

  • Lebanon: To enter Lebanon from the UK, you will need insurance that is valid for your whole stay and covers all cost of treatment for Covid-19. You will need proof of a negative PCR test 96 hours before arriving and you will also need to go into hotel quarantine at a government-approved hotel for five days before taking a PCR test. You are exempt from these requirements if you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior to your departure to Lebanon. 

  • 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. 

  • Pakistan: You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours to enter Pakistan. Please note, Pakistan is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Pakistan to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • UAE: UK travellers arriving in Dubai or Abu Dhabi will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. If you are going to Abu Dhabi, you will need to take a test on arrival. If you are going to Dubai, you will need to take a test on arrival and isolate while waiting for the result.

Africa 

Rwanda is open to tourists  (Shutterstock)

Rwanda is open to tourists (Shutterstock)

Which African countries are closed to UK travellers? 

  • Algeria: There are no commercial flights to Algeria. 

  • Angola: You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours to enter Angola and will need to complete a passenger information form at least 72 hours before travel. You will need to take a rapid test when you get off the plane and isolate for at least 10 days. 

  • Benin: Entry and exit at border crossings is limited to 'extreme necessity'. 

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

  • Chad: All passengers from the UK are banned from entering Chad. 

  • 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 beed to isolate for seven days. You need to upload your test via the  Africa Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven systems. Please note, Ethiopia is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Ethiopia to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • The Gambia: You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. UK travellers will also need to take a rapid test on arrival. 

  • Kenya: You will need a negative test no older than 96 hours and will have to self-isolate for seven days, taking another test on day four. 

  • Madagascar: Madagascar has suspended almost all international flights until further notice. 

  • Malawi: Malawi is only open to Malawian citizens, residents and those travelling for essential reasons.  

  • Mauritius: All international flights have been suspended. 

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

  • South Africa: The UK Government has suspended all flights from South Africa due to a new variant of Covid-19. Upon arrival in South Africa, you will need proof of a paper copy of a negative test no older than 72 hours from time of departure. This needs to be a paper copy. If you do not have a negative test, you may have to quarantine at a government facility. You will also need to fill in a health questionnaire which you can get from South Africa Department of Health. Please note, you can only travel to OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. Please note, South Africa is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from South Africa to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Uganda: Entebbe International Airport is now open. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 120 hours or you will be denied entry. You will also need to take and pay for a PCR test on arrival. 


Which African countries are open
to visitors? 

 

  • Botswana:  Air travel has resumed to and from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Maun International Airport, Kasane International Airport and Philip G. Matante International Airport in Francistown. You will need proof of a negative Covid-19 test no older than 72 hours. Please note, Botswana is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Botswana to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Cape Verde: Cape Verde's borders have reopened. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. Please note, Cape Verde is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Cape Verde to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • 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: International flights to Cote d’Ivoire have resumed. You need to complete this form before arriving. Temperatures will be checked on arrival. You need proof of a negative test no older than five days 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: Djiboutian air, sea and land borders have reopened. You will need proof of a negative test that is no older than 72 hours from when you depart and no older than 120 hours from when you arrive in Djibouti. On arrival at all entry points (land, air or sea), if you are older than 11 years, you will be tested for COVID-19 and will have to remain at the point of entry until you receive the test results (estimated waiting up to four hours). You should not eat anything 30 minutes before your arrival at the entry point. If your result is negative, you will be free to go to your accommodation. If the result is positive, you will be taken to a government designated quarantine hotel or hospital and will have to stay there until you test negative. 

  • 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.

  • 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. You will take another test on arrival and self-isolate for 48 hours.

  • Ghana: Commercial flights to and from Kotoka International Airport are now operating. You will 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: If you arrive/ depart Conakry you will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than five days. UK travellers also need to take another test on arrival. You will isolate at Onomo hotel until you get the test results back which could take 48 to 72 hours. Please note, Guinea is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Guinea to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days.

  • 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. Those arriving in Liberia will be tested for COVID-19. If you have any coronavirus symptoms or test positive, you will be taken to a quarantine facility. You are strongly advised to get a COVID-19 test before arriving in Liberia and present your test result at the border. The government of Liberia strongly recommends you isolate for seven days and self-monitor for 14 days. You will need to take another test before leaving the country. 

  • 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. 

  • Mauritania: Some international flights have resumed. If you travel to Mauritania, you will need proof of a negative test no older than five days and travellers from the UK will need to quarantine at home for 14 days. 

  • Morocco: To enter Morocco you need proof that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 2 weeks before travel. Those who have not been vaccinated can enter with proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. 

  • Mozambique: Entry to Mozambique is allowed to all travellers with a valid tourist or residency visa. You can avoid quarantine on arrival by showing proof of a negative test mo older than 72 hours. You may be tested on arrival. Please note, Mozambique is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Mozambique to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Namibia: Hosea Kutako International Airport is open to international travellers. You will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than seven days. On arrival, you will be asked for contact details and for your itinerary. You may be tested for COVID-19 again seven days after your entry. Please note, Namibia is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Namibia to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Nigeria: All travellers to Nigeria need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours and carry evidence of your test. 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.Reunion has been removed from the quarantine exemption lost. This means those returning from Réunion on or after 4am on 12 September will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • St Helena: All foreign nationals can now enter St Helena. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days. St Helena is one of the 12 countries on the green list.

  • 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 72 hours. On arrival you will need to take a rapid test which you need to pay for. Please note, Tanzania is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Tanzania to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days.  


  • Tunisia: You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours to be allowed to enter and you will need to isolate for seven days on arrival. On day five of your quarantine, to take a second test and if you test negative, you can leave isolation early. If the test is positive, you have to isolate for another 10 days. If you have had both doses of the vaccine or have tested positive at least six weeks before travelling, you will be exempt from the above requirements. Tunisia has also announced that travellers visiting Tunisia as part of a package holiday will not need to self-isolate, provided they have a negative test no older than 72 hours, have proof of a holiday organised by a tour operator, remain in a. bubble with your tour group and complete this questionnaire

  • Rwanda: International flights have resumed to and from Kigali International Airport. You will need proof of a negative test that's been taken 72 hours (or less) prior to your arrival. You will be tested on arrival and will need to quarantine at a hotel for 24 hours. If you are staying in Rwanda for longer than a week, you will then have to self-isolate for seven days and take another test at the end of this period. Please note, Rwanda is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Rwanda to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Senegal: To enter Senegal, you need a letter form the Senegalese Embassy, which you can get by emailing the Senegalese Embassy in London with your departure date and passport and flight details two days before you depart. You must provide a negative test dated no older than five days, issued in the country where you started your trip and authorised by that country or a recognised health organisation. If this is not possible, you will need to declare that you have no symptoms and accept a test upon arrival.

  • 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: Freetown International Airport is now open. To travel there, you will need authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone, where you can submit a negative COVID-19 test. Be aware that you will be tested again on arrival.

  • Zambia: Zambia’s borders are open but under tight screening. Tourist visas are now available. Those arriving in the country need proof of a COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours. Anyone entering Zambia with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested. Any other arrivals may be randomly selected for testing. Please note, Zambia is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Zambia to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days.

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 nottravel to? 

  • New Zealand: The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers. New Zealand is one of the 12 countries on the green list. 

  • Australia: Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.  Australia is one of the 12 countries on the green list.

  • Fiji: Flights are suspended. 

  • 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: Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea unless they have a written exemption from the National Pandemic Controller and have tested negative for COVID-19 within a seven-day period prior to arrival. 

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

Which countries have their borders open? 

  • French Polynesia: You will need a travel certificate as well as proof of a test no older than 72 hours to enter French Polynesia. You need to be registered on the French Polynesian 'electronic travel information system. 

The Caribbean 

Saint Lucia is open to the tourist sector (Shutterstock)

Saint Lucia is open to the tourist sector (Shutterstock)

Which Caribbean countries have travel restrictions? 

  • Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda has reopened its borders and is welcoming tourists. You will need proof of a negative test no older than seven days. You will need to complete a Health Declaration Form. Arriving passengers who are allowed to stay in a private home or government facility will need to wear a monitoring bracelet. 

  • Bahamas: Flights are severely restricted with only a limited number of both international and domestic flights available. British Airways are now running direct flights and you should head to their website for information. You will need  proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than five days, a health visa application and insurance (included in the health visa). Those who have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine can enter the Bahamas without needing a test. 

  • St Kitts and Nevis: A Travel Advisory is now in place and UK tracellers are not allowed to enter. However, once the travel advisory has been lifted, UK travellers who have had both doses of the vaccine will be allowed to enter. 
     
  •  Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government has indefinitely closed its borders.

    Which Caribbean countries are open to visitors? 

  • Anguilla: You will need prior approval from the government before travelling which you can apply for here. You will also need a negative test taken 3 - 5 days before your arrival. 

  • 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: You should read this website carefully before travelling. You will need a negative test no older than three days. Those that test negative will have to quarantine at a government facility and have another test on day five. 

  • 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. 
     
  • Dominica: Borders are now open to foreign visitors. You need to complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before your arrival and have proof of a negative test between 24 and 72 hours before you arrive. You will undergo a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) on arrival. If it is negative, then you must self-isolate in a government operated or government certified facility for seven days. On day five you will have another PCR test. 

  • Dominican Republic: Flights from the UK have resumed.  You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. Temperature checks will be administered on arrival as well as random rapid diagnostic breath tests. You will need to fill in a COVID Traveller’s Health Affidavit before travel to the Dominican Republic.


  • 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: To enter Grenada you will need to pre-book your accommodation for quarantine, pay for a Covid test in advance, apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate and have proof of a negative test no older than three days. Those who have had both doses of the vaccine at least two weeks before travelling only need to quarantine for 48 hours while waiting for the results of a Covid test.

  • Haiti: You need proof of a negative Covid-19 test no older than 72 hours. You may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Jamaica: To enter Jamaica, 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 and will need to wait for your results in your hotel room. 

  • 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. This will include the need for details of proof of a negative test and proof of a COVID-19 certified hotel booking. You will need a certificate showing a negative test taken five days before arrival. All international visitors must stay at a COVID-certified property for 14 days. If you have been fully vaccinated and received your second dose at least 14 days before arriving then you will not have to quarantine. 

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

  • Turks and Caicos Islands: The islands are open to UK travellers. If you are travelling to the Turks and Caicos Islands, you will need pre-travel authorisation via the Turks and Caicos Islands Assured Portal. On the portal, you need to upload evidence of a negative Covid-19 test no older than five day, proof of travel insurance that includes Covid-19 cover and a completed health screening questionnaire.

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