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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 9.00am on 22 January. Check back tomorrow for the latest update. 

All UK travel corridors are now  closed. Anyone arriving in the UK (including UK nationals) needs to quarantine. They will also need proof of a negative Covid-19 test no older than three days. 

As of 21 December several European nations have announced temporary bans on travel from the UK based on the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19. Given the fluid and fast-changing situation please be aware that published information may have changed and at very short notice so always double-check. 

The Government has introduced a national lockdown which means that no non-essential travel is permitted. 

Europe

Beautiful Italy (Shutterstock)

Beautiful Italy (Shutterstock)

Which European countries have travel restrictions?

  • Austria: All flights from the UK are banned until 24 January.  

  • Azores: Travellers from the UK are not allowed to enter Portugal, including Azores, unless for essential reasons. The UK has banned travel from Portugal, meaning any UK nationals arriving in the UK from Portugal will have to self-isolate upon return. 

  • Belgium: Those from the UK will now only be able to enter Belgium for essential reasons. 

  • Bulgaria: Those travelling from the UK will now only be able to enter Bulgaria for essential reasons.  

  • Croatia: Those from the UK are not permitted to enter Croatia.  

  • Czech Republic: Only those who are Czech citizens or long-term residents are allowed to enter the Czech Republic from the UK. 

  • Denmark: Most people in the UK are now not allowed to enter Denmark. There are exceptions for primary caregivers for children under 18, family members of someone who is seriously ill or dying in Denmark and freight transporters. If you are arriving to the UK from the Faroe Islands or Greenland on or after 4am on 18 January, you will need to self-isolate. 

  • Finland: Finland has suspended passenger flights from the UK. 

  • Georgia: UK citizens are not permitted to enter Georgia. 

  • Germany: UK travellers can only enter Germany if they are residents or for essential reasons. 

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

  • Iceland: Travel to and from the UK is not permitted unless it is for an essential reason. 

  • Italy: UK travellers can only enter Italy if they have an official Italy residence or if it is an absolute necessity to travel.  

  • 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: All flights between Luxembourg and the UK have been banned. 

  • Madeira: Those from the UK are not permitted to travel to Portugal, including Madeira, except for essential reasons. The UK has banned travel from Portugal, meaning any UK nationals arriving in the UK from Portugal will have to self-isolate upon return. 

  • Malta: Unauthorised travel from the UK to Malta is not permitted. Maltese nationals and those with resident permits are allowed to return to Malta but will need to self-isolate for 14 days. Those wanting to travel for an essential reasons needs permission from the Superintendent of Public Health. 

  • Moldova: Flights will resume from midnight on 8 January. All travellers from the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Netherlands: UK nationals are not allowed to enter the Netherlands. 

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

  • Portugal: Portugal are restricting travel to and from the UK with the exception of Portuguese citizens and legal residents. Contact your travel operator if you were due to travel to Portugal. The UK has banned travel from Portugal, meaning any UK nationals arriving in the UK from Portugal will have to self-isolate upon return. 

  • Romania: UK nationals and those resident in the UK are not allowed to enter Romania unless they have had both doses of the vaccine at least ten days before they arrive in Romania or have had a positive test between 14 and 90 days before arrival. Those who are permitted to travel for essential reasons and do not have either of the above will have to self-isolate for 14 days.  

  • Russia: Flights from the UK to Russia are suspended until at least 1 February

  • 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. 

  • Spain: Travel to Spain from the UK is restricted until 19 January. 

  • The Canary Islands: Travel to the Canary Islands from the UK is restricted until 19 January. 

  • Sweden: There is a travel ban in place until at least 31 January which means those from the UK cannot enter Sweden unless they are exempt 

Which European countries are open to UK visitors? 


  • 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. 

  • 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 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. 

  • Azerbaijan: Travel to Azerbaijan is extremely limited. You will need to speak to your travel agent or call Azerbaijan Airlines for more travel information. Hand luggage is not allowed on flights to Azerbaijan except a handbag or briefcase. You will need proof of a test no older than 48 hours before your flight. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days or you can take a test after six days and if it is negative, come out of isolation. 

  • Belarus: All arrivals from the UK must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of whether they show symptoms. You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • 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. 

  • Cyprus: Temporary travellers from the UK are banned from entering Cyprus. Those that are permitted to enter will need a PCR test no older than seven days. You will also be tested again on arrival and will have to self-isolate for seven days. Another test will be given on day seven. If it is negative, you will need to self-isolate for another three days. 

  • 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. 

  • France: France has restricted travel from the UK. This travel restriction applies to air, car, ferry and train passengers. Only French nationals and nationals of the European Area can enter France or those who are habitually resident in France or the EU, or who must travel for essential reasons. 

  • Greece:  You need to complete this form 24 hours before you arrive in Greece. You will have to self-isolate until your test results come back. You need proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours. You will be required to have a rapid COVID test on arrival and to self-isolate for 10 days in the event of a negative test result. If the result is positive, you will be asked to quarantine until advised otherwise. 

  • Ireland: Anyone entering Ireland from Great Britain needs proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Latvia: Those entering Latvia will need to complete this form no longer than 48 hours before you enter the country. UK travellers will need to isolate for 14 days. All traveller will need evidence of a Covid-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Lithuania: Those from the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Lithuania. You will also need a negative test no older than 48 hours before your arrival. Alternatively, you can register to have a test on arrival. Regardless of your test result, you will need to self-isolate for the full 14 day period. There is a chance of getting out of isolation early if you take another test and test negative after ten days. Everyone travelling to Lithuania will need to fill out a registration form before travelling.

  • Montenegro: UK travellers can enter Montenegro with no restrictions in place. 

  • Poland: UK travellers are allowed to enter Poland. You may need to self-isolate for ten days on arrival.  
     

  • San Marino: The FCDO now advises against all but essential travel to San Marino. If you are returning to the UK from San Marino on or after 4am on 18 October, you will need to self-isolate on your return. There are no longer any COVID-19 related restrictions on entry into San Marino. However, you will need to travel through Italy to get to San Marino, so you will need to follow Italy's entry rules. 

  • Serbia: All visitors to Serbia must arrive with a negative PCR test taken in the 48 hours before arrival.

  • Slovenia: All of the UK is on the red list. This means anyone arriving in Slovenia from the UK will need to quarantine for 10 days or have a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours or a negative antigen test no older than 24 hours. The FCDO advises against all non essential travel to Slovenia. This means that if you return from Slovenia to the UK you will need to self-isolate.

  • Turkey: Turkey has temporarily suspended passenger flights between the UK and Turkey

  • Ukraine: On arrival in the Ukraine, you will need proof of health insurance that covers Covid-19. The UK is on Ukraine's red list, which means you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

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. 

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? 

Be aware that due to a new strain of coronavirus, the UK government has banned entry to the UK from many countries in South America. UK nationals will be permitted entry but will need to self-isolate for 14 days along with their families. 

 

  • Argentina: Direct flights between Argentina and the UK have been suspended. 

  • Belize: The Philip Goldson International Airport is now open but entry is extremely restricted. Before travel, foreign tourists will need to: download the Belize Health App; pre-book accommodation at a Gold Standard hotel; have proof of a test no older than 72 hours. You may be randomly selected for a second test on arrival. 

  • Bolivia: Flights from Europe have been suspended until at least 15 February. 

  • Brazil: Direct flights between Brazil and the UK are prohibited. 

  • Colombia: Colombia has suspended all flights to and from the UK. 

  • Chile: UK travellers are banned from entering Chile. 

  • El Salvador: Travellers from the UK are currently banned from travelling to El Salvador. 

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

  • 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. 

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

  • Panama: Panama is closed to all travellers from the UK unless you are a resident or national of Panama.

  • Suriname: Suriname has closed its borders. 

  • Venezuela: There are currently no flights from the UK to Venezuela.  

Which South American countries are open to visitors?

  • 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. You will also need to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until a negative test is confirmed. Test results from the test on arrival should be back within 48 hours.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Peru: International travel has resumed. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. If you show symptoms, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. UK travellers need to self-isolate for 14 days if returning from Peru. 

  • 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. 

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?

 

  • 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. 

  • China: Entry into China by non-Chinese national in the UK has been temporarily suspended. 

  • Hong Kong: Hong has suspended travel from the UK.

  • India: Flights from the UK to India have resumed. On arrival, you will need to go into state quarantine at a designated hotel. After seven days, you will be tested for Covid-19. If negative, you will then have to self-isolate at a home-quarantine for a further 7 days. 

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

  • Israel: Israel is in full lockdown meaning all international travel is banned. 

  • Japan: Japan is closed to all British nationals and anyone travelling with a British passport. 

  • Jordan: Jordan has suspended all flights from the UK. 

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

  • Iran: Travel from the UK is currently banned until at least 19 January.

  • Kuwait: Those who have been in the UK in the last 14 days cannot 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. All international flights and rail are suspended until at least 31 March. 

  • Myanmar (Burma): All commercial flights are suspended until at least 31 January. 

  • Nepal: Nepal is closed to British nationals. 

  • Philippines: All flights from the UK are suspended until at least 15 January. 

  • 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 are allowed to enter Qatar. Returning residents must take a COVID-19 test on arrival and self-isolate at a government approved hotel for seven days. A second test must be taken on day six at one of the dedicated health centres. The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Qatar. 

  • Saudi Arabia: Those travelling from the UK will need to spend 14 days in a country outside the effected area of the new strain before being able to enter Saudi Arabia./You must have a valid visa and a PCR test certificate with results no older than 72 hours.

  • Singapore: Anyone who has been to the UK in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Singapore. 

  • South Korea: Flights from the UK to South Korea are suspended until 28 January. 

  • 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.

  • Taiwan: Foreign nationals are not permitted to enter Taiwan. 

  • 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. 

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

  • Uzbekistan: Anyone who has been in the UK in the last 14 days is not allowed to enter Uzbekistan. 

  • Vietnam: Flights from the UK are suspended. 

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 quarantine at a government facility or government approved hotel for 14 days. You will be given a test after four days and if negative, will be able to finish your quarantine at a 'home quarantine'. 

  • 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. If you are arriving from Saudi Arabia via the King Fahd Causeway you will need to provide a negative PCR result from up to 72 hours before arrival.

  • 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. You will also need a Covid test on arrival. Cambodia have introduced a $2,000 (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. If someone on your flight tests positive, you will need to isolate for 14 days. All travellers need to take a test on the 13 day of quarantine. 

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

  • Lebanon: All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill this health declaration form online.  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. 

  • 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 for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure. 

  • Oman: British nationals with valid residence, tourist, business and family visit visas can enter Oman. To enter, you will need to download the Tarassud+ track and trace app. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will also need proof of accommodation, a letter from your sponsor to confirm you have accommodation and health insurance for the length of your stay. You will have your temperature checked on arrival and if you show symptoms, you may be taken to a quarantine facility. You will need to self-isolate for seven days. 

  • UAE: Currently visitors and tourists from the UK can only visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Uk travellers arriving in Dubai need proof of a negative COVID-19 test before they arrive no older than 96 hours. Those travelling to Abu Dhabi will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. You may also need to take a second test on arrival. You will need to wear a government wristband while in Abu Dhabi and will need to self-isolate for ten days. You will have more tests on day six and day 12 of your trip. If departing from Abu Dhabi to the UK, you will need a negative test no older than 96 hours. 
  • Travellers entering Abu Dhabi who have participated in the UAE voluntary COVID19 vaccination programme or have participated in the third phase of clinical vaccination research or who have obtained a mark in the ‘Al Hosn App’ are exempt from quarantine on arrival in Abu Dhabi.

Africa 

Rwanda is open to tourists  (Shutterstock)

Rwanda is open to tourists (Shutterstock)

Which African countries have travel restrictions? 

  • Algeria: Entry to Algeria is limited to Algerian nationals returning on repatriation flights from abroad, foreign nationals with diplomatic visas and employees of foreign companies.

  • Angola: Angola's borders are closed to everyone expect Angolan nationals, residents and foreigners traveller for business. 

  • 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. 

  • Gabon: A small number of flights are now operating. Visa applications from countries affected by COVID-19 including the UK have been suspended. 

  • The Gambia:  You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. UK nationals must receive authorisation from the Gabonese Ministry of Foreign Affairs before travelling to Gabon. UK travellers will also need to take a test on arrival and isolate at a government facility until your test result comes back (48 hours). If you test negative, you will be given a test certificate which will be valid for 14 days. If you test positive, you need to continue self-isolation and await instruction from the authorities. 

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

  • Malawi:  Flights are very limited. Those who are eligible for entry will need a negative test no older than 10 days. You may also be tested again on arrival at your own expense. You also need a negative test no older than 72 hours when you leave Malawi. 

  • Mauritania: Some international flights have resumed. If you travel to Mauritania, you will need proof of a negative test no older than five days. If you have a temperature on arrival, you will have to have a rapid antigen test, isolating until your results come back.

  • Mauritius: If you have been in the UK within the previous 15 days will not be allowed entry to Mauritius. 

  • Morocco: All flights between the UK and Morocco have been suspended. 

  • Mozambique: Entry to Mozambique is allowed to all travellers with a valid tourist or residency visa, provided you have proof a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

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

  • Nigeria: All immigration services have been suspended. 

  • 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: Travel from the UK is banned.

  • 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. 

  • Sudan: You will need a certificate with proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need to self-isolate for 14 days. If you are of Sudanese origin, you do not need proof of a test on arrival but you will be given a test on arrival. 

  • 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. 

  • Tunisia: Due to the new strain, Tunisia has announced there is a system of authorisation to permit travel from the UK in exceptional circumstances. The details of this have not yet been published. 

  • Uganda: Entebbe International Airport is now open. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 120 hours. On arrival, if you show signs of COVID-19, an ambulance will take you to an isolation centre where you will need to pay for a test. You will need to stay at the centre until your test results come back (24 to 48 hours). 

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. 

  • Cape Verde: Cape Verde's borders have reopened. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • 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 seven 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 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. 

  • 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 five day of arrival and within three days of departure. You must have a medical certificate. UK passengers will also be tested on arrival and must quarantine until the result is back. 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. You will also need to have proof of a negative test before departing from Kenya. 

  • Liberia: Robert International Airport has reopened to commercial flights but flights are still limited. 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. 

  • 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 will be tested for COVID-19 five days after your entry. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. If you show symptoms when leaving the country, you will be barred from departing and will be moved to a centre for testing. If you test positive, you will be treated in Rwanda. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Timor-Leste: Timor-Leste has a temporary border closure in place until 24 January. To enter Timor-Leste, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in your own accommodation or a government facility.If you present any symptoms of the virus, you will be taken to a health facility for a test.

  • 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 seven 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.

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

  • Fiji: Fiji's border is closed to all non-Fijian citizens and residents.

  • 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 severely restricted and you must get approval from the government's health team before travelling. You will need a negative test no older than three to five days before your arrival date and will be re-tested on arrival. You will have to isolate for 10-14 days. 

  • Bahamas: The FCDO 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. Visitors will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than five days, a health visa application and insurance, and will need to quarantine for 14 days.
     

  • Grenada: Grenada has suspended flights from the UK until at least 31 January. 

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

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

    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. 

  • 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 to present a negative COVID test on arrival no older than three days. You will also need to submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card 24 hours before you travel. On arrival, travellers from the UK will have to go into quarantine and have another test five days after the first negative test. You will need to quarantine until your second test comes back positive. 

  • 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. 

  • 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: Flights from the UK have resumed. UK travellers 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. 

  • 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 from Jamaica will now have to self-isolate for 14 days. Jamaica is  open to tourists. You will need proof of a negative test no older than ten days must complete this form before your trip. You may be tested at the airport. If your test is negative, you will need to stay at your hotel within the 'resilient corridor'. If you test positive you will need to isolate. 

  • St Kitts and Nevis: BA flights are suspended until 16 January. You will need to complete an entry form and submit a negative test no older than 72 hours. Upon arrival, you will have to follow restriction for the first 14 days, download the app and stay in an approved hotel. After day seven, you will need to take and pay for a second test. 

  • 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 more than three days old. 
  • 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 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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