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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 10.00am on 14 April. 

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. 

 

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

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?

  • Albania: Check with your tour operator or the nearest Albanian Embassy/Consulate before travelling. 

  • Austria: Travellers from the UK are not allowed to enter Austria. 

  • Azores: You can only travel to the Azores if you are a resident, an EU national or if its for essential reasons. 

  • Belgium: All non-essential travel to and from Belgium is banned until 18 April.

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

  • Denmark: Those who are a resident of Denmark and have a worthy purpose of travelling can travel to Denmark from the UK. 

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

  • Germany: UK travellers can only enter Germany if they are residents or for essential humanitarian needs.
     
  • Hungary: Hungary has closed its borders to most foreign nationals including those from the UK. You may be able to enter for essential reasons. 

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

  • Latvia:  You will only be able to enter Latvia for essential reasons. 

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

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

  • Madeira: You can only travel to Madeira if you are a resident, an EU national or if its for essential reasons. 


  • 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. You will also need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need to take two more tests on day five and seven of quarantine. 

  • Moldova: You will need a form confirming your state of health relating to covid and will need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. If you have a proof of a test no older than 72 hours showing a negative result then you will be exempt from isolation. You can also avoid quarantine by showing proof that you have had both doses of a Covid vaccine. 

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

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

  • Portugal: You can only travel to Portugal if you are a resident, an EU national or if its for essential reasons. 

  • Russia: Flights from the UK to Russia are suspended until at least 16 April

  • 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 to EU and Schengen state citizens or those travelling for essential reasons. 

  • The Canary Islands: Travel to the Canary Islands from the UK is restricted until 30 March. 

  • Sweden: There is a travel ban in place  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. 

  • 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.  

  • Bulgaria: To enter Bulgaria, you will need a negative Covid-19 test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Croatia: You cannot travel to Croatia from the UK for tourism until at least 15 April. UK travellers who have proof of a negative test no offer than 48 hours or have a vaccination certificate showing they had a second dose more than 14 days before travel can enter Croatia for tourism.

  • Cyprus: UK travellers will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will also need to have a second test on arrival and isolate until you get the results.

  • Estonia: Travellers from the UK will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours before departure. You will need to self-isolate for 10 days unless you have tested positive for Covid-19 within the last six months or have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the last six months. 

  • France: You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours to enter France and will need to isolate for seven days on arrival. On day seven you will need to take a second Covid test.

  • Georgia: Anyone entering Georgia who has been in the UK for the last 14 days will need to quarantine for 12 days on arrival in Georgia.  

  • Greece:  You need to complete this form 24 hours before you arrive in Greece. 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 seven days in the event of a negative test result. If the result is positive, you will be asked to quarantine for at least 14 days. 

  • 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. 

  • Italy: UK travellers can enter Italy provided you have proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. You will need to self-isolate for five days, taking a test on the fifth day. You also need to call the Covid-19 helpline to inform them of your visit 48 hours before arrival. 

  • Lithuania: Those from the UK will need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in Lithuania. You will also need a negative test no older than 72 hours before your arrival. Regardless of your test result, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days. There is a chance of getting out of isolation early if you take another test and test negative after seven days. Everyone travelling to Lithuania will need to fill out a registration form before travelling.

  • Montenegro: UK travellers will need a negative test no older than 48 hours to travel to Montenegro or proof of vaccination. 

  • Poland: UK travellers are allowed to enter Poland. You will need a negative test no older than 48 hours or proof that you have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to avoid quarantine on arrival. 

  • Romania: Travellers from the UK can enter Romania with no restrictions. You will not need a test and you will not need to self-isolate. 
     

  • San Marino: 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. Those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have had the virus and are immune from it are also exempt from quarantine. 

  • 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. You will also need proof of a test no older than 72 hours. 

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? 

 

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

  • Belize: The Philip Goldson International Airport is now open but entry is 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. 


  • Brazil: Direct flights between Brazil and the UK are prohibited and anyone who has been in the UK in the last 14 days is not allowed to enter except for a few essential exceptions. Please note, Brazil is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Brazil to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Colombia: Colombia has suspended all flights to and from the UK. Please note, Colombia is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Colombia to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

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

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

  • Guyana: To visit Guyana, you will need a negative test no older than seven days. If your test is within 72 hours, you will be allowed to enter Guyana with no restrictions. If your test is between four and seven day's old, you will need to take a second test on arrival and isolate until you get the results. UK travellers returning from Guyana to the UK will need to isolate for 14 days. Please note, Guyana is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Guyana to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

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

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

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

  • Venezuela: You can only enter Venezuela if you are a citizen or a resident. Please note, Venezuela is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Venezuela to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

Which South American countries are open to visitors?

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

  • Costa Rica: UK travellers are now allowed to visit Costa Rica.  You will need to buy a specific Costa Rican insurance for the duration of your trip and complete an epidemiological form in advance.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

 

  • Bangladesh: International flights are suspended until 21 April. 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 where they will be tested for Covid-19 after 14 days.

  • 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: All scheduled flights are suspended with a very limited amount of flights flying between India and the UK. 

  • 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: Those who have been in the UK in the past 14 days, including those who have passed through the UK in transit can fly to Jordan but need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
  • Kazakhstan: Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oman: Direct flights from Oman to England are prohibited and anyone who has been or transited through the UK in the past 14 days cannot enter. Only British citizens with valid residency permits can enter.

  • Philippines: Entry to the Philippines is prohibited. 

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

  • Saudi Arabia: 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 1 April.  

  • Sri Lanka: You will have to take a PCR test on arrival and quarantine for 14 days on arrival. 

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

  • Tajikistan: To enter Tajikistan, you will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Thailand: Most foreign nationals are barred from entering Thailand. 

  • Timor-Leste: Timor-Leste has a temporary border closure in place until 2 April. 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.

  • 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?

 

  • 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 five days, you need to take another test on day five and day ten of your stay. 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. 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.  You will need insurance that is valid for your whole stay and covers all cost of treatment for Covid-19. Testing is in place at the airport. You will need to take two PCR tests, one 96 hours before arriving and one on arrival and self-isolate until you get the result (48 hours). You will also be required to download and activate the “Covid Leb Track”. 

  • 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. 

  • Mauritius: All international flights have been suspended. 

  • Nepal: UK nationals are permitted to travel to Nepal provided they have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours, a visa and a hotel a booking allowing for ten days's quarantine. 

  • Pakistan: From 23 March, travellers from the UK will be allowed to enter Pakistan. You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. Please note, Pakistan is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Pakistan to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • UAE: Direct flights from UAE to England and Scotland are prohibited. 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 72 hours - you may need a second test on arrival.  Those travelling to Abu Dhabi will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will 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 the UAE to the UK, you will need a negative test no older than 96 hours. Please note, UAE is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from UAE to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

Africa 

Rwanda is open to tourists  (Shutterstock)

Rwanda is open to tourists (Shutterstock)

Which African countries have travel restrictions? 

  • Algeria: There are no commercial flights to Algeria.

  • Angola: Angola is closed to everyone except nationals, residents and those travelling for essential reasons. Please note, Angola is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Angola to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

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

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

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

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

  • Ethiopia: Direct flights between England and Ethiopia are now banned. Please note, Ethiopia is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Eth to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

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

  • Kenya: From 9 April, all flights between Kenya and the UK will be suspended. 

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

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

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

  • 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. 

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

  • 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: All direct flights between the UK and Tunisia are suspended. 

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

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

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

  • Cote d’Ivoire: International flights to Cote d’Ivoire have resumed. You need to complete this form before arriving. Temperatures will be checked on arrival. You need proof of a negative test no older than five days before arriving in Cote d'Ivoire. You will be monitored by SMS tracking for 14 days. You may also be advised to self-isolate in your own accommodation for 14 days on arrival. On departure, you will need to complete this form. 

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

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

  • Gabon: Flight restrictions have eased. Those travelling from the UK need authorisation from the Gabonese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also need a negative test no older than three days. You will take another test on arrival and self-isolate for 48 hours. 

  • Ghana: Commercial flights to and from Kotoka International Airport are now operating.  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. UK travellers also need to take another test on arrival. You will isolate at Onomo hotel until you get the test results back which could take 48 to 72 hours. Please note, Guinea is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Guinea to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Liberia: Robert International Airport has reopened to commercial flights but flights are still limited. 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. Please note, Namibia is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Namibia to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Pacific 

Australia has closed its borders to foreign travellers (Shutterstock)

Australia has closed its borders to foreign travellers (Shutterstock)

Which South Pacific countries can you 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 National Pandemic Controller and have tested negative for COVID-19 within a seven-day period prior to arrival.

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

Which countries have their borders open? 

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

The Caribbean 

Saint Lucia is open to the tourist sector (Shutterstock)

Saint Lucia is open to the tourist sector (Shutterstock)

Which Caribbean countries have travel restrictions? 

  • 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. There are currently no direct flights from the UK to the Bahamas. 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.

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

  • Jamaica: Jamaica has banned flights from the UK. 

  • St Kitts and Nevis: A Travel Advisory is now in place. UK travellers will not be able to travel to St Kitts and Nevis. 

  • 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. From 3 February, you will undergo a rapid antigen test on arrival. If positive, you will be transferred to the government isolation facility.

  • Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba: Bonaire is 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. To enter Saba you will need to meet the testing requirements and fill out a government form before entering. 

  • Grenada: To enter Grenada you will need to pre-book your accommodation for quarantine, pay for a Covid test in advance, apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate and have proof of a negative test no older than three days. 

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

  • Dominican Republic: Flights from the UK have resumed. 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. 

  • St Martin and St Barthélemy: The island has announced it is open to tourists. You will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that is no older than 72 hours. You may also need to self-isolate on arrival for seven days and take a second test.  
  • Saint Lucia: Those wishing to go to Saint Lucia need to complete a pre-arrival registration form. This will include the need for details of proof of a negative test and proof of a COVID-19 certified hotel booking. You will need a certificate showing a negative test taken 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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