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Coronavirus travel update: Which countries are open 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: The information in this article applies to UK travellers, and is up to date as of 8.30am on 18 September. Check back here tomorrow morning for the latest update.

The FCDO has updated its global advisory against all but essential travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers. The full list can be found here.

The UK government has confirmed that from 10 July, people arriving in England will not have to quarantine when returning to England or Scotland from several countries. The full list can be found here. Please ensure you check this list, as well as the official FCDO website, for your chosen country, before booking or travelling. 

What's changed since yesterday?

The FCDO advises against all non essential travel to Slovenia. This means that if you return from Slovenia to the UK on or after 4 am on the 19 September, you will need to self-isolate.

Singapore has been added to the UK government's quarantine exemption list. 

Thailand has been added to the UK government's quarantine exemption list. 

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. 

Europe

Italy is now open to tourists (Shutterstock)

Italy is now open to tourists (Shutterstock)

Which European countries have travel restrictions?

 

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

  • Finland: The borders are closed to foreign nationals except those that are residents and a few other exceptions. Travel restrictions remain in place for UK travellers. Finland is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Georgia: UK travellers are currently banned from travelling to Georgia. The Georgian government has announced it is postponing the opening until at least 1 October. 

  • Hungary: The FCDO has removed Hungary from the quarantine exemption list. This means that if you are returning from Hungary after 4am on 12 September you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Hungary is now closed to most foreign nationals. UK nationals can only enter the country if they have a permanent residence permit or are travelling with a Hungarian family member. 

  • Ukraine: Ukraine has closed its borders to most foreign visitors until the 28 September. Those with a permanent or temporary residence permit for the Ukraine are exempt. Those with a Ukrainian family member and those in higher education in the Ukraine may also be exempt. 

Which European countries are open to UK visitors? 


  • Albania: All land borders are open apart from the border with Montenegro which remains closed. 

  • Armenia: Foreign nationals are now allowed to enter Armenia but will have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. If you can get a certificate for a negative test result after arrival, you will be able to leave quarantine early.  

  • Azerbaijan: Travel to the country is very limited. You will require a negative COVID-19 test when travelling to and from the country. Although the test can be taken more than 48 hours before you fly, you need to make sure the certificate showing the negative result is within 48 hours of your flight. You may be tested again on arrival. Those who have a negative test will not have to go into quarantine. Be aware that hand luggage will not be allowed on flights apart from small bags such as handbags, briefcases etc.

  • Austria: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Austria. This means you may have to isolate on your return to the UK. UK travellers can now enter Austria without having to isolate or take a test. 

  • Azores: Before travelling to the Azores, you will need to complete this form 72 hours before you travel. You will then be given a QR code which you need to show to health authorities on arrival. You will also need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will also need to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you get the results. If you are staying longer than a week, you will need to have another test six days after first taking one. Be aware that those returning from the Azores to Scotland on or after 4am on 5 September will have to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Belarus: Belarus is open to UK tourists. If you arrive from the UK and have a medical certificate with proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours, you will not need to self-isolate. 

  • Belgium: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Belgium. Belgium has reopened its borders for travel to and from the European Union, including the United Kingdom. UK travellers will need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form if they plan to stay in Belgium for more than 48 hours. However, travellers entering Belgium from high risk regions in these countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. These regions are listed here

  • 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: Bulgaria has lifted its travel ban on UK travellers and you will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. 

  • Croatia: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Croatia. This means that from 22 August, you may have to self-isolate for 14 days on your return to the UK. Croatia is open to UK visitors. You will not have to self-isolate at the border. UK travellers just need to fill in this form to announce their visit and to help speed up processes at the airport. 

  • Cyprus: UK travellers can now visit Cyprus, provided they have proof of a negative PCR test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel. All travellers to Cyprus must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling, uploading proof of a negative test result within 24 hours of your departure. Children under 12 will not need to be tested. Cyprus is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list. Be aware that all inbound flights to the north of Cyprus have been suspended until at least 20 September. 

  • Czech Republic: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to the Czech Republic. Anyone returning to the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days. UK travellers can enter the Czech Republic without needing to quarantine. 

  • Denmark: UK travellers can visit Denmark without having to quarantine. Denmark is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Estonia:From 24 August, UK travellers will have to self-isolate for 14 days on their arrival in Estonia. You will have the option of taking a test to reduce your time in quarantine. Estonia is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential travel. Estonia is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • France: The UK FCO now advises against all but essential travel to France. Be aware that those going to France will now have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK. Travellers from the UK can enter France without having to self-isolate. France has introduced a déclaration sur l’honneur that states those arriving by sea and air need to complete to say they have no COVID-19 symptoms and haven't been in contact with any people with confirmed cases. 

  • Germany: Germany has lifted all travel restrictions for UK travellers. People entering from the UK will only have to go into quarantine if they are entering from an area where there is a high rate of infection. Proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours may exempt you from the self-isolation period.  Germany is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Greece: Greece is now open to travellers from the UK. You need to complete this form 24 hours before you arrive in Greece. On arrival you may be given a COVID-19 test. You will have to self-isolate until your test results come back. Any passenger entering Greece may be asked to undergo a test, but you are more likely to be asked if you have arrived from a country outside of the EU (including the UK). Be aware that if you are returning from Greece to Scotland, you will  have to self-isolate. Be aware that if you are returning from the islands of Mykonos, Zante, Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos, Crete, Santorini, Serifos and Tinos  to Wales, you will need to self-isolate. If you are returning from Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos to England, you will need to self-isolate. 

  • Iceland: Iceland is now open to UK tourists. On arrival in Iceland, you can choose between a 14-day self-isolation period or take two tests. If you choose to take the tests, one will need to be taken on arrival and then other will need to be taken five to six days later. You will then need to self-isolate until the results of your second test results come back. You will need to fill out a pre-registration form before departure. Iceland is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Ireland: New visitors to Ireland will have to restrict their movement for 14 days, which means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people as much as possible. Ireland is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

  • Italy: Italy is open to tourists and there is no quarantine for British travellers. You need to complete a self-declaration form before travelling. If you are going to Sardinia, you will need proof of a negative COVID test no older than 48 hours. Italy is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Jersey: Jersey's borders are now open. Prior to travelling, visitors must complete this form for contact tracing purposes. 

  • Latvia: Flights between Latvia and the UK have resumed. You will need to complete a contact form on arrival. Be aware that asymptomatic UK travellers will have to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in Latvia. 

  • Liechtenstein: UK travellers can enter Liechtenstein. People travelling from the UK to Liechtenstein will not have to self-isolate on arrival, but be aware that depending on which route you take, and which country you travel through, you may have to isolate. So be sure to check this list first. Liechtenstein is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Lithuania: British nationals in the UK will now need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Lithuania and will need poof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours. Everyone travelling to Lithuania will need to fill out a registration form before travelling. Lithuania is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Luxembourg: Luxembourg's borders are open to UK travellers. However, the UK FCO advises against all but essential travel to Luxembourg. Those returning from Luxembourg will have to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Madeira: If you are travelling to Madeira you will need to complete this form 48 before you arrive. You will also need to upload proof of a negative test taken 72 hours before departure. Madeira is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list. Be aware that those returning from Madeira to Scotland on or after 4am on 5 September will have to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Malta: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Malta. You may have to self-isolate for 14 days on your return to the UK. Malta is now open to UK travellers. Before you arrive, you need to complete a paper copy of a public health form and a passenger locator form, available here. UK travellers are exempt from the self-isolation measures. Malta is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Moldova: Visitors from the UK are now allowed to enter Moldova. You will not need to self-isolate on arrival. You will need to fill in an epidemiological form on your arrival.  

  • Netherlands: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to the Netherlands. You may have to self-isolate for 14 days on your return to the UK. UK travellers are no longer advised by the Dutch government to self-isolate on arrival. If you are arriving or leaving the Netherlands, you must complete this health screening form

  • Norway: UK travellers are allowed to Norway but will now have to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Norway is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Montenegro: UK residents are currently on Montenegro's 'green list' meaning they can enter the country. Thise who have had contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus, or suspected to be infected with coronavirus will be subject to quarantine.

  • Poland: You are not required to self-isolate on arrival in Poland if you are coming from the UK. However, during your stay, if you develop any symptoms or have contact with some who is potentially infected, you will need to self-isolate. Poland is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Portugal: The FCDO now advises against all but essential travel to mainland Portugal. This means that those returning from mainland Portugal to the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days. If you are returning from the Azores or Madeira to England, you will not have to self-isolate. However, those returning from these islands to Scotland will have to self-isolate for 14 days.  Visitors from the UK are permitted to enter Portugal. You may be asked to undergo a health screening on arrival, where your temperature will be checked. You might also be asked to take a test and isolate until the results come back. 

  • Romania: UK travellers can enter Romania without having to self-isolate. Be aware that flights remain limited. 

  • Russia: Russia has now lifted restrictions on flights from the UK. Foreign passengers arriving from the UK who hold British citizenship (or other foreign nationals with permanent residence in the UK) are permitted to enter Russia, providing they have a valid visa and can demonstrate their citizenship or residence. All arrivals will need to present a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or if you test positive you will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
     

  • San Marino: There are no longer any COVID-19 related restrictions on entry into San Marino. San Marino is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Serbia: There are no entry restrictions or quarantine requirements for UK travellers arriving in Serbia, however the FCO advise against all but essential travel to Serbia, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

  • Slovenia: UK travellers can enter Slovenia without the need to quarantine. The FCDO advises against all non essential travel to Slovenia. This means that if you return from Slovenia to the UK on or after 4 am on the 19 September, you will need to self-isolate.

  • Slovakia: UK travellers can now enter Slovakia without having to quarantine on arrival. Slovakia is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. Slovakia is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Spain: Spain has reopened to European travellers and UK tourists will not need to self-isolate on arrival. However, as of 26 July, the UK government has advised against travel to mainland Spain, and reimposed quarantine on arrivals into the UK from either mainland Spain or its islands. The FCO advise against all non-essential travel has been updated to include the islands as well as mainland Spain. Those entering Spain will need to provide contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19, have a temperature check, and undergo a visual health assessment. You will need to fill out this form before travelling. 
  • Sweden: Sweden's borders are currently open to UK nationals with no requirements for UK travellers to self-isolate on arrival. Be aware that there are limited flights between Stockholm and London. From 4am on 12 September, Sweden will be added to the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Switzerland: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Switzerland. Anyone returning from Switzerland to the UK from 29 August will need to self-isolate for two weeks. Entry to Switzerland from the UK is permitted for British nationals of EU and EFTA countries. Travellers from the UK who do not have UK/EU/EFTA nationality will not be permitted to enter Switzerland. If you are travelling from the UK you will not have to self-isolate on arrival in Sweden. However, if you are travelling from Gibraltar or the British Virgin Islands, you will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Switzerland. 

  • Turkey: Flights between the UK and Turkey have resumed. All passengers who meet Turkish immigration rules are allowed to enter Turkey. Be aware that passengers need to wear a face mask at all times on the flight and in the airport. Before flying, passengers will need to complete a passenger locator form. Any passenger who shows symptoms of coronavirus will need to take a test. Turkey is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

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: 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. Canada is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. 

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 have travel restrictions? 

 

  • Argentina: Argentina’s borders are closed to foreign nationals and non-residents entering the country.  

  • Belize: The government of Belize closed all borders including suspending all international flights to the Philip Goldson International Airport. 

  • Chile: The Chilean government has closed its borders. 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: Colombia’s land and sea borders are now closed and airports are closed to international flights. 

  • El Salvador: You cannot enter El Salvador unless you are a national or have a valid residency visa. 

  • Guatemala: From 18 September, Guateemala's international airport will be open. You will need a negative test on arrival. If you do not have a negative test, you will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

  • Guyana: Guyana's government has cancelled all international flights from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at Timehri and the Eugene F. Correia Airport at Ogle.

  • Honduras: All land, air and maritime borders are now closed for the transit of people. 

  • Panama: Land borders are closed to everyone except for citizens and residents. Tourists are not allowed to enter the country.

  • Paraguay: Borders are closed to all foreign visitors except those with a residency in Paraguay. 

  • Peru: All borders are now closed. 

  • Suriname: Suriname has closed its borders. 

  • Venezuela: Entry to Venezuela is banned for everyone except Venezuelan citizens and foreign residents. Commercial flights are expected to resume on 13 October. UK Emergency Travel Documents are being accepted for entry, transit and exit from Venezuela. 

Which South American countries are open to visitors? 

  • Bolivia: Commercial flights to and from Bolivia are now operating. Those visiting the country will need a negative COVID test certified by a Bolivian consulate. Check with your airline before flying. 

  • Brazil: Foreign nationals can fly to Brazil but not into these aiports: Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraiba, Rondonia, Rio Grande do Sul and Tocantins.Those staying for 90 days or less will need proof of travel insurance that covers the whole of their stay.

  • Costa Rica: UK travellers are now allowed to visit Costa Rica. You will need a certificate to prove you have had a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before you depart. You will also need to buy a specific Costa Rican insurance for the duration of your trip and complete an epidemiological form in advance.

  • Cuba: Foreign tourists can only visit certain places in Cuba: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Largo del Sur. On arrival in these places, you will have your temperature checked and a PCR test. Anyone showing symptoms and anyone that tests positive will be hospitalised. From 29 August, Cuba will be added to the list of countries where self-isolation on return to the UK is not required. From 29 August, Cuba will be added to the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • 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 seven days then you will not need to self-isolate. 

  • Uruguay: All non-residents visiting Uruguay need proof of health insurance that covers actual and suspected coronavirus. You will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours. You will need to self-isolate for seven days (proof of address is required) and will have to take a second test on your last day of quarantine. If you do not take the second test, you will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

Asia 

Cambodia has reopened its borders to visitors from all countries (Shutterstock)

Cambodia has reopened its borders to visitors from all countries (Shutterstock)

Which Asian countries have travel restrictions?

 

  • 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. Brunei is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. 

  • China: Chinese Visa Application Centres have re-opened.  A small number of international flights are operating. Ahead of their trip, UK travellers need to submit a Health Declaration Form to a Chinese Embassy in the UK. From 7 September you will need proof of a negative test no older than three days. All arrivals will have to have a health check followed by 14 days minimum in quarantine. 

  • Hong Kong: Travellers arriving in Hong Kong on flights from overseas countries/territories, who are not Hong Kong residents will be denied entry to Hong Kong. Hong Kong is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • India: India has suspended all international commercial flights. All land borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal in the east and north-east of India are closed to all except returning Indian nationals until further notice.

  • Indonesia: All foreign nationals are barred from entering and transiting through Indonesia. Exceptions have been made for essential travellers, who will need to have a valid health certificate before being allowed to enter. 

  • Israel: Foreign nationals are not permitted to enter unless they are citizens or residents of Israel. 

  • Japan: Japan is closed to all British nationals except those with a Status of Residence in Japan and those with a valid re-entry permit.  Japan is on the UK Government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Jordan: Jordan's international airport has reopened but there are very strict measures in place. The UK has been categorised as 'yellow' which means that anyone arriving from the UK to Jordan will be taken straight to a government quarantine for seven days and you will have to self-isolate for the next seven days. You will also need a test before you arrive and will have to take another test on arrival. 

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

  • Kuwait: The Kuwait government is gradually reopening to international travel. Currently, British citizens can only enter Kuwait of they have a residency visa and proof of a negative test no older than 96 hours. Once in Kuwait, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Laos: Laos has suspended the visa on arrival service for UK travellers. Laos is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

  • 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.

  • 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 tourists and short term visitors now need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. All visitors are encouraged to download the 'Trace Ekee' app. Be aware that the country is still closed to all cruise ships and all passenger vessels arriving from overseas. 

  • Mongolia: British nationals without long-stay visas or residence permits cannot travel to or from Mongolia. All international flights and rail are suspended until at least 31 October. 

  • Myanmar (Burma): All commercial flights are suspended until at least 30 September. 

  • Nepal: Nepal is closed to British nationals.

  • Oman: Only Omani nationals are able to enter the country. This is subject to approval from Oman's governments and any resident currently in the UK who wishes to return to Oman needs to contact Oman Air's UK office. International flights are scheduled to resume fro 1 October. 

  • Philippines: British nationals will no longer be able to receive a visa on arrival and will not be able to enter the Philippines until further notice.

  • Qatar: Travel to Qatar is currently not possible, unless you are a Qatari national or permanent resident, or specific family member. British nationals with a Qatar residence permit will be allowed to enter Qatar from 1 August. Returning residents must take a COVID-19 test on arrival and self-isolate at home for seven days. A second test must be taken on day six  at one of the dedicated health centres. 

  • Saudi Arabia: Some expats that hold valid visas will now be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia - Check here for the specific requirements. 

  • Singapore: Short term visitors from anywhere in the world are not able to enter Singapore. People who need to visit in extenuating circumstances need to submit a Form 14. If you're given permission to enter Singapore, you will be issued with a 14-day Stay at Home Notice (SHN) and must pay $2,000 to carry out the quarantine at a government-designated hotel. From 4am on 19 September, Singapore will be on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Sri Lanka: Entry to Sri Lanka is prohibited to all non-nationals, according to the FCO. Sri Lanka is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. 

  • Tajikistan: The government of Tajikistan has imposed temporary restrictions on the entry of all foreign nationals through all checkpoints into Tajikistan. 

  • Thailand: Most foreign nationals are barred from entering Thailand. From 4am on 19 September, Thailand will be on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

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

  • Vietnam: Foreign tourists are currently banned from entering the country. Vietnam is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list. 

Which Asian countries are open to visitors? 

  • 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 self-isolate for 14 days. From 26 July, all foreign nationals departing from Bangladesh are required to provide a COVID-19 test certificate issued within 72 hours of travel indicating the passenger is COVID-19 negative. This test certificate must be issued by one of the hospitals listed on the official Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh website. You are exempt from this requirement if you have spent less than 14 days in Bangladesh. Children under the age of 10 are also exempt. UK travellers will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Bahrain: Bahrain has reopened to UK visitors. You will need to pay for enhanced testing at the airport and will have to self-isolate until the test results come back. If you stay in Bahrain for more than ten days, you need to take another test. You need to download the BeAware app. 

  • Cambodia: Travellers from all countries can now enter Cambodia, but must have a certificate no older than 72 hours to prove they are COVID-19 free, have proof of insurance that includes a minimum of US$50,000 for medical cover and have a visa before arrival. Cambodia have introduced a $3,000 (USD) deposit for the COVID-19 service. Fees will be deducted for the test, an overnight stay in a waiting centre, plus meals at the waiting centre. The remainder will be paid back.If you test positive you will have to self-isolate for 14 days at a government facility. If you test negative, you will need to self-isolate at your own accommodation. From 24 July, Cambodia is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. 

  • Iran: Entry is permitted to holders of an Iranian passport or holders of a valid visa. 

  • 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. For any entry or exit questions, you are urged to contact the Kyrgyz authorities: +996 312 881 618.

  • Lebanon: The UK FCO advises against all non-essential travel to Lebanon. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill this health declaration form online. You will also need proof of an insurance policy that covers all costs of treatment for coronavirus in Lebanon. There's an option to buy a policy at the airport. Testing is in place at the airport. You will need to take  two PCR tests, one before arriving and one on arrival and self-isolate until you get the result (around 48 hours). 

  • South Korea: UK travellers can enter South Korea. You will be tested for COVID-19 and those who test negative with no symptoms will have to go into quarantine for 14 days at a government facility for a charge of around £66 a day. Those who test positive will be hospitalised.  South Korea is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

  • Taiwan: Foreign nationals will be permitted to enter Taiwan provided they are not entering for study, tourism or to visit friends. You will need to apply for a visa before travelling. Foreign nationals entering Taiwan must provide a negative COVID-19 test report completed three days prior to boarding. You need to apply for a visa before before travelling to Taiwan. Taiwan is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

  • UAE: Currently visitors and tourists from the UK can only fly to Dubai. Everyone arriving in the country needs proof of a negative COVID-19 test before they arrive no older than 96 hours. Be aware that you could have to take another test on arrival and could be asked to self-isolate. 

  • Uzbekistan: It is possible to enter Uzbekistan for business visits. Uzbekistan is expected to be open to UK tourists soon. At the moment, those from the UK will have to go into 14-day quarantine. Uzbekistan has introduced a $3,000 COVID-free guarantee. This means that those who travel to Uzbekistan with a local tour operator or on a small tour will be compensated $3,000 in the unlikely case that get COVID-19. 

Africa 

Rwanda is open to tourists  (Shutterstock)

Rwanda is open to tourists (Shutterstock)

Which African countries have travel restrictions? 

  • Algeria: All international flights to and from Algeria are suspended. All land borders are now closed and ferry services are suspended.

  • Angola: Angola's borders are closed to everyone expect Angolan nationals and residents. 

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

  • Botswana: All of Botswana's borders are closed, except for residents and citizens.  

  • Cape Verde: There are currently no regular international commercial flights to and from Cape Verde. You are not permitted enter Cape Verde unless you can prove your trip is essential. 

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

  • Comoros: All international flights are suspended until further notice. Ports are closed to those from affected countries. Immigration restriction, enhanced screening and other measures have been introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

  • Eritrea: Asmara International Airport is closed and all entry visas have been suspended. 

  • Gabon: All borders are now closed and the Gabonese authorities have announced the suspension of all international flights until further notice. Visa applications from countries affected by COVID-19 have been suspended. 

  • The Gambia: Commercial flights to and from The Gambia remain limited. You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours and need to have a physical copy of the results on arrival. If you fail to provide proof of a test, you will be tested and quarantined for 14 days.  

  • Guinea: If you arrive/ depart Conakry you will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than five days. If you show symptoms of COVID-19, you will be detained and tested. If you test positive, you will be taken to a government treatment centre. 

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

  • Malawi: Entry to Malawi is prohibited except for Malawian nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Malawi.

  • Mauritania: Some international flights have resumed. If you travel to Mauritania, you will need proof of a negative test no  

  • Mauritius: There are currently no commercial flights from Mauritius to the UK. Mauritius is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Morocco:British nationals living in Morocco, as well as their families, will be allowed to enter Morocco. Borders are not be open for tourism.

  • Mozambique: Entry to Mozambique is prohibited except for Mozambican nationals and foreign nationals with a valid residency visa for Mozambique.

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

  • 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. 

  • Seychelles: Only people from countries deemed by the Seychelles to be low or medium risk can enter the country. The UK is currently listed as a high risk country, so you cannot visit the Seychelles from the UK. 

  • Sierra Leone: The government of Sierra Leone has announced that all flights scheduled to and from Freetown International Airport have been suspended and all land borders closed. International flights are expected to resume on 22 July. 

  • South Africa: Lockdown restrictions restrict entry into South Africa, except for South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid residence permits. South Africa has suspended commercial flights. Land borders to neighbouring countries are closed except for essential trade.

  • Sudan: The Sudanese authorities have closed all external borders. A restricted number of flights are now permitted from regional countries.

  • 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. From 24 July, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. 

  • Uganda: All international passenger flights to and from Uganda have been suspended.

Which African countries are open to visitors? 

 

  • Chad: From 1 August, all international visitors will have to hand over their passport and quarantine for a week, taking a COVID-19 test on the seventh day. Passports will be returned when you show the COVID-19 test receipt.

  • 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 departing from or 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. 

  • Djibouti: Djiboutian air, sea and land borders have reopened. 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.

  • 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 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. 

  • Ethiopia: Land borders are closed and the airports have strict measures in place. All passengers arriving into the country are subject to mandatory self-isolation. Passengers carrying a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (five days) are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted. You will be tested again upon arrival. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight. 

  • Ghana: Commercial flights to and from Kotoka International Airport are now operating.  Currently, those travelling to Ghana will need to complete a self-declaration form before departing, complete a hard copy of the form on the flight, have proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours and have temperature checks and another test on arrival. Be aware that if you or someone on your flight tests positive, you may have to go into quarantine in a government facility at your own expense. 

  • Kenya: UK travellers can now enter Kenya without having to quarantine for 14 days. You will need a negative PCR COVID-19 test no older than 96 hours. You must have a medical certificate. You will be screened on arrival and anyone showing symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone within two rows of the person showing symptoms from the same flight will also need to self-isolate for 14 days. You will have to complete a COVID-19 Travellers Health Surveillance Form. 

  • Liberia: Robert International Airport has reopened to commercial flights but flights are still limited. Those arriving in Liberia will be checked for COVID-19 on arrival and will need to wash their hands in soap and water. If you have any coronavirus symptoms, 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. If you do not have a test before flying, you will need to have a Rapid Test on arrival. 

  • 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. 

  • Namibia: Hosea Kutako International Airport is open to international travellers. You will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours. You will need to self-isolate for seven days. You will be tested for COVID-19 a couple of days after your arrival. 

  • Nigeria: Flights to Abuja and Lagos have now resumed and you should contact your airline for the latest information. Before travelling you need to complete an online pre-booking health declaration on the Nigeria International Travel Portal. You will also need proof of a negative test no older than 96 hours. You also need to book and pay for a second test for seven days after your arrival. You will need to self-isolate until the results of your second test come back. 

  • 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. 

  • Tanzania: Tanzania has resumed international flights. You will no longer have to go into mandatory quarantine (unless you have symptoms). You will have your temperature taken on arrival and if you show symptoms you will be required to take a test. 

  • Tunisia: Tunisia has classified the UK as an 'orange' country, meaning UK travellers can visit Tunisia as long as they have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days. It is possible to end self-isolation early, as long as you take a second test on day seven of isolation and the results come back negative. 

  • Rwanda: International flights have resumed to and from Kigali International Airport. You will need proof of a negative test that's been taken 120 hours (or less) prior to your arrival. You will also need to take a second test on arriving, quarantining at a designated hotel for a minimum of 24 hours. 

  • Senegal: The government of Senegal has said airlines are not allowed to carry foreign nationals from countries who have advised against travel to Senegal. British travellers are not subject to this restriction. Despite this, some airlines are only allowing foreign nationals with proof of residency in Senegal to travel. You should check with your airline before travelling. To enter Senegal, you must provide a negative test dated no older than seven 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.

  • 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 14 days. 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. 

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. New Zealand is on the UK government's quarantine exemption 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 on the UK government's quarantine exemption list, meaning those currently in Australia can come to England without having to quarantine on arrival. The Cook Islands are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

  • Fiji: Fiji's border is closed to all non-Fijian citizens and residents. Fiji is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list, meaning those currently in Fiji can travel to England and will not need to self-isolate on arrival. 

  • 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 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: The FCDO now advises against all but essential travel to French Polynesia. This means that if you return from the country to the UK on or after 4am on 12 September, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. You will only be allowed to enter French Polynesia if you can prove it is for urgent family or work reasons. You will need a travel certificate as well as proof of a test no older than 72 hours. 

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? 

  • Anguilla: The island's airports and sea ports are closed to all except Anguillian nationals, Anguillian residents, holders of valid work permits until at least 31 October. 

  • Bahamas: The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Bahamas. Flights are severely restricted with only a limited number of both international and domestic flights available. There is currently no direct flight to the Bahamas from the UK, but British Airways are planning to resume flights from October. Visitors will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than five days, a health visa application and will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

  • Grenada: Maurice Bishop International Airport will be open to UK tourists from 1 August. All travellers will need to comply with new health protocols. Grenada is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list. 

  • Haiti: The Haitian authorities have introduced measures and travel restrictions in relation to coronavirus.

  • Trinidad and Tobago: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidad and Tobago government has indefinitely closed its borders. 

  • St Kitts and Nevis: Currently the borders of St Kitts and Nevis are closed to all arriving passengers except nationals and residents. St Kitts and Nevis is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

    Which Caribbean countries are open to visitors? 

  • Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda has reopened its borders and is welcoming tourists. All arriving passengers must take a mask with them and wear it in public areas while in the country. You must complete a health declaration form. Screening is in place. All passengers older than 12 need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than seven days. Be aware that you could be told to enter government quarantine depending on the screening results. Antigua is on the UK Government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Aruba: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Aruba. Be aware that those returning to the UK may need to self-isolate on return. 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 to present a negative COVID test on arrival no older than 72 hours. You will also need to submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card 24 hours before you travel. From 14 September, everyone arriving from the UK will be monitored daily for seven days. If the second test is negative, you will stop being monitored. Anyone who test positive will have to go into quarantine until they have recovered. Barbados is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

  • Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba: Bonaire and Saba are not open to British travellers. St Eustatius has opened its borders to UK travellers on the condition that they take a test before arrival and on day 12 of quarantine, complete a travel questionnaire, request entrance by email 72 hours before departure, are screened at the border and go into a 14 day quarantine. Bonaire is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • 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 no older than 72 hours. 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 five days, at which point you will have another PCR test. If the RDT is positive, then a further PCR swab test will be carried out. This will be at your expense.

  • Dominican Republic: The air borders are open but land and sea borders remain closed. Travellers to the Dominican Republic need proof of a negative PCR test no older than five days. If you do not have proof, you will be tested at the airport. Those who test positive or have symptoms will have to go into government quarantine. You will also need to fill out a Travellers Health Affidavit to confirm you have not had any coronavirus symptoms and to provide contact details. 

  • 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. 

  • Jamaica: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Jamaica. This means that those returning to Jamaica on or after the 29 August will now have to self-isolate for 14 days. Jamaica is  open to tourists. COVIV-19 nasal swab tests will be carried out at the airport and all travellers must complete this form before their trip.

  • Saint 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 more than three days old. Saint Barthélemy is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list. From 24 July, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
  • 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 seven days before arrival. All international visitors must stay at a COVID-certified property for the duration of their stay. Saint Lucia is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Travellers arriving in the country will need to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire and have proof of a negative PCR test no older than five days. You will be retested at the airport and must self-isolate for 48 hours to 72 hours while waiting for the results. Saint Vincent is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

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