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Coronavirus travel update: Which countries can you go to and which are closed?

With travel being disrupted almost constantly by COVID-19 (aka coronavirus), we'll be updating this article daily to share which borders are closed, and where in the world is still open to travellers...

Coronavirus travel update (Shutterstock)

Please note: this article is correct as of 10:30 am on the 8th April. Check back tomorrow morning for the latest updates. 

Although some countries are still technically open, Britons have been advised against any international travel with immediate effect by the UK government.

With disruption and changes to travel happening almost every hour, it's hard to keep up with where you can and can't go.

Every day, we'll update this article to keep you up to date with the latest coronavirus travel news. To find out if a specific destination is open for business, click one of the below links, or keep scrolling for the full list...

What's changed since yesterday? 

  • Wuhan in China, where the virus started, has lifted its lockdown after 67 days. 
  • Most Mexican hotels have now stopped taking reservations. 
  • Tui has now cancelled all beach holidays until the middle of May. 

Europe

Currently, Italy is on lockdown due to coronavirus (Shutterstock)

Currently, Italy is on lockdown due to coronavirus (Shutterstock)

Which European countries have travel restrictions? 

 

  • The European Union: As of 16 March, the EU has banned all non-essential foreign arrivals. 

  • Albania: The FCO advises against all but essential travel, as there are severe restrictions on travel and only essential businesses are open. 

  • Andorra: All ski resorts are now closed and the FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

  • Austria: As of midnight 16 March, flights from the UK will no longer have permission to land in Austria. 

  • Bulgaria: The FCO is advising against all but essential travel to Bulgaria, and asre also urging Britons to leave the country as soon as possible. 

  • Croatia: On 19 March the Croatian government announced that it would close its land borders for a period of 30 days. The Croatian government has also advised that foreign nationals who do not have a valid residence permit are not allowed to enter Croatia. Dubrovnik International Airport is now closed. 
  • Czech Republic: UK citizens without permanent or temporary residency will not be able to enter the Czech Republic, with the FCO advising against all but essential travel.

  • Cyprus:  The government of Cyprus has banned all tourists from entering the country as of 15 March until 30 April. Cyprus is also closing all tourist accommodation from Saturday 21 March. 

  • Greece: Greek authorities have announced the suspension of direct commercial flights between the UK and Greece. This suspension will be in place until 3pm local time on 15 April. At present, it is possible to travel indirectly between Greece and the UK (and vice versa). 
  • Hungary: The country has declared a state of emergency, with plans to close its borders to all foreigners. Those in the country are being advised to leave as soon as possible. 

  • Estonia: The FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

  • Italy: The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the country. The majority of airlines have now stopped flying to Italy. All non-essential businesses are now closed across Italy. 

  • France: Only residents of France ands those who work in France will be granted access into the country. You will need a travel certificate to be granted access into the country. 

  • Madeira and the Azores: The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores recommend against all but essential travel to and from the archipelagos until further notice. 

  • Malta: The FCO has advised against all but essential travel and visitors have been told to leave as soon as possible. 

  • Montenegro: The FCO is advising against all but essential travel to Montenegro.

  • Norway: The FCO has advised against all but essential travel to the country and Norway has asked anyone who is not Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Swedish or residents of Norway to leave. 

  • Poland: Poland has now closed its borders, as of midnight on Saturday 14 March, so you will not be able to get into the country. 

  • Russia: On the 16th March, Russia announced that it will restrict entry into the whole country for almost all foreign citizens from 18 March until 1 May 2020. 

  • Spain: The FCO is advising against all but essential travel to Spain. Like Italy, Spain has closed all but essential businesses, public events have been banned and there's a significant restriction of movement within the country. All tourist accommodation options in the country have been instructed by the Spanish Government to close by Tuesday 24 March. 

  • Slovenia: The FCO is advising against all but essential travel to Slovenia.

  • Turkey: The government in Turkey has announced that its borders will now be closed to all flights from the UK and Ireland. 

Which European countries you can still travel to? 


  • Finland: Finnish borders will be closed initially between 19th March and 13th April to all arriving non-resident foreign nationals with some limited local exemptions. However, entry is extremely limited. Non-resident British nationals are permitted to enter Finland for limited essential or compassionate reasons with evidence for their travel. From 27 March, Finland is introducing new measures that restrict travel into, and out of, the Uusimaa region (including the wider Helsinki area). Trips to Helsinki air and sea ports are permitted if you have tickets for onward travel out of Finland.


  • Ireland: Flights and ferry services continue to operate between Ireland and Great Britain but at a reduced service. New visitors will have to self-quarantine for 14 days and the country is largely on lockdown. 

  • Portugal: Flights from Portugal to the UK have reduced considerably. There are strict measures in place and there are significant restrictions on movement within the country. Be aware that as of the 22 March the Portuguese government announced the closure of all campsites and motorhome parks to tourists and visitors. Be aware that anyone visiting the Algarve (Faro) or the North North (Viana do Castelo, Braga, Vila Real, Bragança, Porto, Aveiro, Viseu) will have to self-quarantine for 14 days. As well as this, cruise ships can berth at ports on mainland Portugal, but passengers can only disembark if they are Portuguese nationals or residents. Recreational vessels and private yachts are not permitted to dock, except for refuelling or taking on supplies.

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: There is a travel ban in place across the whole of the United States of America. The US has extended its travel ban to include Ireland and the UK. As of Monday 16 March, travellers from the UK, Ireland and from the Schengen area will be denied entry into the USA. The ban is in place for 30 days initially. 

  • Canada: Canada has now closed its borders to most foreign visitors, including those coming from the UK. The border between the US and Canada has now also closed for all but essential journeys. 

Central and South America

Costa Rica has announced that it will be keeping its borders open (Shutterstock)

Costa Rica has announced that it will be keeping its borders open (Shutterstock)

Which Central and South America Countries have travel restrictions? 

 

  • Argentina: There is now a thirty day suspension on all flights from the UK to Argentina. Flights have also been suspended from the rest of Europe, the US, China, Japan, South Korea and Iran. 

  • Belize: The FCO advises against all but essential travel to Belize.

  • Bolivia: The FCO advises against all but essential travel to Bolivia. 

  • Brazil: The Brazilian Government announced that from midnight of Monday 23rd of March all foreign passengers originating from the United Kingdom, EU, China, Japan, Australia, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Malaysia and South Korea by air will be denied entry, for a period of at least 30 days. 
  • Chile: The Chilean Government has decided to close its borders from Wednesday 18th March onward. This means that those who do not have Chilean residence will be prohibited from entering Chile by air, sea or land. Disembarking from a cruise on the Chilean coasts is also prohibited. Our thanks to Southbound for this information. 
  • Colombia: The FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

  • Costa Rica: On 16 March 2020 the Costa Rican government announced that from midnight on Wednesday 18 March 2020 until midnight on Sunday 12 April 2020 only Costa Rican citizens and legal residents will be allowed entry to the country by land, sea or air. The FCO is advising all tourists to make their way out of the country as soon as possible. 
  • Cuba: From midnight on 29 March 2020, all arriving passengers (Cuban nationals and foreign residents of Cuba only allowed to enter) will be take to government accommodation to be monitored for COVID-19. Visitors that are already in the country will need to stay inside their accommodation. 

  • Ecuador: The FCO advises against all but essential travel.
     
  • El Salvador: The FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

  • Guatemala: The FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

  • Panama: The FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

  • Peru: As of 16 March, Peru will not be allowing flights from Europe or Asia to land. They have also closed Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. 

Which Central and South America countries can you still travel to? 

 

  • Mexico: There are extra measures in place due to coronavirus, but at the moment you can still gain access to the country. Be aware that this could change with little warning, and that some airlines are imposing their own additional restrictions on travellers, different from the Mexican government guidelines. The land border between Mexico and the US is closed as of Saturday 21st March to all but essential traffic, and will remain so for 30 days. Be aware that hotels will no longer receive reservations and only some hotels will be authorised to offer limited accommodation to foreign nationals for humanitarian reasons.

Asia 

For now, Cambodia's borders remain open to UK travellers (Shutterstock)

For now, Cambodia's borders remain open to UK travellers (Shutterstock)

Which Asian countries have travel restrictions?
 

  • China: The FCO has advised against all travel to Hubei Province, and all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. The more positive news is that China is slowly starting to emerge from the lockdown, and Chinese residents can now enjoy the Great Wall again, a section of which has reopened. The Badaling section of the Great Wall, from Bei Liu Lou to Nan Wu Lou Ban and the most popular part with tourists, will be open from 9am to 4pm every day. As well as this, Hubei province, where the virus began, has now lifted its travel restrictions for healthy residents. The travel restrictions on Wuhan will be partially lifted from the 8th April. 
  • India: All tourist visas to India have been suspended for at least a month. Visa-free travel for Indian citizens living overseas has also been suspended until 15 April. India has also now made the decision to close the Taj Mahal. 

  • Indonesia: The FCO advises against all but essential travel.

  • Israel: The Israeli authorities have announced that with effect from Wednesday 18 March, foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter unless they are citizens or residents of Israel.

  • Japan: Foreign visitors who have visited the UK or other affected countries will not be allowed to enter Japan. 
  • Laos: With immediate effect, the Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival and eVisa service at all international entry points for a period of 30 days for all nationals.The number of international flights out of Laos is reducing rapidly, and the borders with Thailand will close at midnight on 22 March. 

  • Lebanon: Lebanon's borders will close on 19th March. The decision will be reviewed on the 29 March.

  • Malaysia: The FCO is advising against all but essential travel to Malaysia. This is following a special order put in place by the Malaysian Government that will restrict the entry of all foreign visitors from 18 March to 1 April 2020. 

  • The Maldives: Anyone who has left or transited through the UK in the last 14 days is banned from entering the Maldives as of 11.59pm local time on 18th March. The FCO is advising that people already in the Maldives should contact their airline or tour operator to arrange travel out of the country. 
  • Myanmar: The FCO is advising against all but essential travel to Myanmar.

  • Oman: As of tomorrow (17 March), only Omani nationals will be able to enter the country.

  • Singapore: The FCO has advised against all but essential travel to Singapore. 

  • Sri Lanka: The government of Sri Lanka has decided to not allow UK travellers into the country as of midnight on 16 March. 

  • Thailand: The Thai authorities announced on 25 March that all foreign nationals will be barred from entering Thailand. 
  • Vietnam: The FCO has advised against all but essential travel to Vietnam. Vietnam has also changed its visa rules, so anyone from the UK planning to travel there will now have to get a visa before they go. 

  • UAE and Qatar: From 19 March, new visas will be suspended and various air, land and sea routes have already been halted. 

Which Asian countries can you still travel to? 

  • Cambodia: Restrictions are in place for travellers coming from, and nationals of, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the USA and Iran. Be aware that the the number of international flights out of Cambodia is reducing rapidly and the Cambodia-Laos, Cambodia-Thailand and Cambodia-Vietnam land borders are closed.

Africa 

Rwanda has announced it is now suspending flights Shutterstock)

Rwanda has announced it is now suspending flights Shutterstock)

Which African countries have travel restrictions? 

  • Egypt: The Egyptian prime minister has announced all international flights will be suspended from the 19th March.

  • Kenya: The FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

  • Malawi: The FCO advises against all but essential travel due to the strict quarantine measures in place. 

  • Morocco: The FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

  • Rwanda: As of 20 March, Rwanda will be suspending all flight to or from Kigali International Airport for an initial period of 30 days.

  • Seychelles: The Seychelles will be closing their borders to anyone from the UK or Europe from 8pm on the 18th March. 

  • South Africa: The government of South Africa has introduced entry restrictions. The FCO has advised against all but essential travel to South Africa.

  • Mauritius: As of 9am on 19th March, local time, no travellers will be allowed to enter Mauritius. 

  • Namibia: A state of emergency was declared on 17 March, which includes prohibiting entry to Namibia by all foreign nationals if they have come from countries affected by coronavirus, including the United Kingdom. 

  • Nigeria: From 21 March, entry will be restricted for travellers from the United Kingdom, China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, United States of America, Norway, Netherlands and Switzerland. The Nigerian Government has also suspended the issuance of visa on arrival to travellers from these countries.

  • St Helena: The Government of St Helena is imposing travel restrictions on St Helena. All non-essential travel to St Helena has been suspended only allowing for residents, technical corporation officers, persons travelling to Ascension and persons authorised in advance by the Governor to return and depart the island. With immediate effect, the island has also restricted all cruise ship visits to St Helena. The decision will be reviewed after three months. St Helena is urging all in the travel community to not cancel, but to modify trips. 

  • Tunisia: The Government are urging all Britons to leave Tunisia as soon as possible, as flights between Tunisia and all other countries will be suspended from the 18th March. 

Which African countries can you still travel to?

  • Tanzania: The Government of Tanzania is implementing mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving from high risk countries, even for those without symptoms.

  • Zambia: Authorities have introduced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone coming from an affected country, including the UK. Be aware that the issuance of visas for travellers from the UK is being reviewed.

South Pacific 

If you travel to Australia, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days (Shutterstock)

If you travel to Australia, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days (Shutterstock)

Which South Pacific countries can you not travel to? 

  • New Zealand: The New Zealand authorities have stopped all visitors, except for returning New Zealanders, from boarding a plane to New Zealand from 11:59pm local time on 19 March. Cruise ships and boats are also banned from the country. 

  • Australia: As of 9pm on 20th March, Australia is banning foreign tourists from the country. The FCO is urging British tourists currently in Australia to contact their airlines or tour operators. 

The Caribbean 

Saint Lucia is not allowing entry for visitors from the UK (Shutterstock)

Saint Lucia is not allowing entry for visitors from the UK (Shutterstock)

Which Caribbean countries have travel restrictions? 

  • Anguilla: The island will close its airports and sea ports for at least 14 days from the 20th March. 

  • Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda has decided to shut VC Bird International airport to all incoming air traffic from 27 March for an initial two weeks.
  • Bahamas: The FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

  • Dominican Republic: The FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

  • Jamaica: The FCO advises against all but essential travel. 

  • Saint Lucia: Anyone who has been to Spain, France, Germany, Iran or the UK in the last two weeks will be denied entry to Saint Lucia. 

Which Caribbean countries can you still travel to? 

  • Barbados: All visitors arriving from the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States who are not showing symptoms will be need to self-quarantine for 14 days.  Those who are showing symptoms will be placed in government-run quarantine. Beginning the 3 April, more restrictive measures will be imposed. These include the closures of beaches and parks, the sale of alcohol will be prohibited, movement will only be allowed to purchase food or medicine to seek medical or dental treatment or to work in an essential service.

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Travellers from the UK and other affected countries will have to self-quarantine for 14 days. Other than a once daily flight on LIAT between St Vincent and Barbados, all international flights have been suspended until further notice. The seaports of Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union Island have also been closed to yachts and pleasure craft.

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