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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 correct as of 6.30am on 7 August. Check back here tomorrow morning for the latest update. 

The FCO 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 from several countries including France, Germany and Italy. The full list can be found here. There are currently two separate lists for England and Scotland. 

What's changed since yesterday? 

  • The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas. 

  • São Tomé and Príncipe has opened its borders to UK travellers. 

  • From 4 August to 19 August, all of the Bahamas is in lockdown. They have also reintroduced a 14-day quarantine for foreign visitors during this time.

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. 

  • Armenia: The majority of foreign nationals who have travelled from or via countries with outbreaks of COVID-19 within 14 days of travel, including the UK, are not currently allowed to enter Armenia. 

  • 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. 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. This means travellers from Leicester are not currently allowed to enter Belgium. It is recommended that travellers entering Belgium from ‘orange’ regions take a test and self-isolate for 14 days. The Midlands, Yorkshire, North East, North West and Northern Ireland are currently in the ‘orange’ category.

  • Finland: Travel restrictions remain in place for UK travellers. British residents should display an ID card or other proof of residence when arriving in Finland. Non-resident British nationals are permitted to enter Finland for limited essential or compassionate reasons with evidence for their travel. 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 will no longer open its border on 1 July and is postponing the opening until at least 1 September. 

  • Moldova: Foreigners who do not hold Moldovan residency are currently not permitted to enter Moldova.

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

Which European countries are open to UK visitors? 


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

  • Azerbaijan: Travel to the country is very limited. Hand luggage will not be allowed on incoming flights apart from small bags such as handbags, briefcases etc. All passengers travelling to or from Azerbaijan will require a negative COVID-19 test. The test itself can be taken more than 48 hours before your flight but the certificate showing the negative test result will only be accepted if issued within 48 hours before the flight. Those who have a negative test will not have to self-isolate. 

  • Austria: UK travellers can now enter Austria without having to isolate or take a test. Austria is on the UK Government's quarantine exemption list.

  • 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.

  • Belarus: Belarus is open to UK tourists. Those arriving from the UK with a medical certificate showing a negative coronavirus test result, issued no later than 48 hours before entry, will not need to self-isolate. 

  • 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. As of 16 July, you will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. 

  • Croatia: Croatia is open to visitors, including those from the UK. 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. Croatia is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • 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.

  • Czech Republic: Arrivals to the Czech Republic from ‘green’ countries do not require quarantine. Click here for the full list which is updated regularly. Travel restrictions for UK citizens have been lifted. The Czech Republic is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Denmark: Denmark has classified all countries as open or restricted. A country’s status can change dependent on its infection rate for COVID-19. Currently, Denmark is open to UK travellers. The status is updated weekly on Thursdays. You can check whether the UK is ‘open’ or ‘restricted’ on the Danish government’s coronavirus website. Denmark is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Estonia: From 1 June, travellers without symptoms arriving from an EU member state, Schengen Convention state or from the UK will again be allowed to enter the country. Estonia has lifted its quarantine for UK travellers. Estonia is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential travel. 

  • France: UK travellers will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival to France. France is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list. When flying into Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports (from any country where you are required to present an international travel certificate), you'll be asked to provide a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure – from 18 July onwards. Those unable to take this test before departure will be offered a free RT-PCR test on arrival.

  • Germany: Germany has lifted all travel restrictions for UK travellers. Germany is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Greece: Greece has restarted direct flights to and from the UK and is now open to UK visitors. 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). Greece is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Hungary: Hungary has classed the UK as an amber country. This means UK travellers will have to have a medical examination for COVID-19 on arrival. If you have proof of a valid permanent residence permit, or any permit allowing you to stay in Hungary for over 90 days, you will be treated the same as Hungarian nationals. This means you can avoid 14-day quarantine if you have proof of two negative tests (with 48 hours time difference between the two, and no older than five days before your visit). If you show symptoms on arrival, you'll go into government quarantine. UK nationals without a residency permit will also undergo medical checks but will be denied entry if they show symptoms at the border. Hungary is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Iceland: Iceland is now open to tourists. All passengers can choose to be tested for COVID-19 or choose to self-isolate for 14 days. Tests around £50 per test if booked in advance. You will need to fill out a pre-registration form before departure. Children born in 2005 or later will be exempt from isolation and testing. Those who reside in Iceland need to take special precautions for five days and need to complete another test after five days. Iceland is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Ireland: Flights and ferry services continue to operate between Ireland and Great Britain but at a reduced service. New visitors 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. 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. UK travellers don't currently have to self-isolate on arrival but we advise you to check this list incase this changes. 

  • Liechtenstein: UK travellers can enter Liechtenstein. People travelling from the UK to Liechtenstein will not have to self-isolate on arrival. Liechtenstein is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Lithuania: British nationals resident in the UK may travel to Lithuania without needing to self-isolate. Lithuania is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Luxembourg: Luxembourg's borders are open. 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 exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. 

  • Malta: 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.

  • Netherlands: UK travellers are no longer advised by the Dutch travellers to self-isolate on arrival. Travellers from Leicester, however, are strongly advised to self-isolate on arrival for 14 days. The Netherlands is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Norway: UK travellers are allowed to Norway and will not have to self-isolate on arrival. Norway is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Montenegro: UK travellers can go to Montenegro and will not need a test prior to arriving and will not need to self-isolate. 

  • Poland: You are not required to self-isolate on arrival in Poland if you are coming from the UK or European Union. Poland is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Portugal: If travelling to Portugal, you will be given a health screening on arrival and have your temperature checked. If it is high or you are showing symptoms, you will be referred to health authorities. You may also need to take a COVID-19 test and self-isolate at your accommodation until the results are known. Portugal is NOT on the UK government's quarantine exemption list, meaning if you go to Portugal you will have to quarantine on your return. 

  • Russia: On 15 July, Russia began relaxing some of its restrictions on international flights. Make sure you check with your airline that your flight is running. On arrival, you will need to show a medical certificate confirming you have tested negative for COVID-19 less than three days old and you will also need a certificate to confirm you have tested positive for the presence of COVID-19 IgG antibodies. Those who develop symptoms during their stay or those who test positive will have to self-isolate until they have recovered. Temperatures are being check at the airport. 

  • 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: Commercial flights between London and Belgrade have resumed. Border crossings have now opened. 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: Airports in Slovenia have now reopened for passenger transportation. Health checks are being conducted at all border entry points. British visitors who display signs of coronavirus infections will be refused entry. UK nationals are no longer required to self-isolate in Slovenia. Slovenia is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • 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. As of 27 July, the FCO advisory against all non-essential travel has been updated to include the islands as well as mainland Spain. Please keep checking for the latest news. 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. Be aware that there are reports of substantial increases of COVID-19 in Aragon and Catalonia. 
  • Sweden: Sweden's borders are currently open to UK nationals. There are limited flights operating between London and Stockholm.

  • Switzerland: Entry to Switzerland from the UK is permitted for British nationals of EU and EFTA countries. Family member from that country are also allowed to enter, regardless of nationality. Switzerland is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Turkey: Turkey has begun reopening its international air borders. 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.

  • Ukraine: Ukraine has reopened its borders to foreign nationals. All foreign nationals will need proof of health insurance on arrival. Currently, the UK has been put on the Ukraine's red zone list, meaning travellers from the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. 

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. The airport is expected to reopen on 15 August. 

  • Bolivia: All international flights to and from Bolivia are suspended and all land border crossings closed.

  • Chile: The Chilean government has decided to close its borders from Wednesday 18 March onward. This means that those who do not have Chilean residence will be prohibited from entering Chile by air, sea or land. Disembarking from a cruise on the Chilean coasts is also prohibited. Our thanks to Southbound for this information. 

  • Colombia: Colombia’s land and sea borders are now closed, including the border with Ecuador. With effect from 23 March, airports are closed to international traffic.

  • Cuba: All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until 15 August. From 24 July, Cuba is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
     
  • El Salvador: All foreign visitors are banned from entering the country. 

  • Guatemala: All international and domestic flights are banned. Land, air and sea borders are closed. 

  • 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: Borders are closed to everyone except for citizens and residents, who will need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. There are currently no international flights to or from Panama. 

  • Paraguay: All passenger flights have been suspended and borders will remain closed to travellers until further notice.

  • Peru: All borders are now closed. 

  • Suriname: Suriname has closed its borders. 

  • Venezuela: A large number of commercial flight routes to/from Venezuela (and internally) have been suspended due to travel and border restrictions.

Which South American countries are open to visitors? 

  • Brazil: Non-resident foreign nationals are allowed to enter Brazil by air, except at airports in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraiba, Rondonia, Rio Grande do Sul and Tocantins. This is subject to regular entry requirements. Short term travellers staying up to 90 days in Brazil will need to present the airline company proof of travel insurance with complete coverage for the duration 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 48 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. 
  • Ecuador: International flights to and from Ecuador have resumed. The restriction on international arrivals has been lifted. Upon arrival, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. They must also present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to seven days prior to departure. If those tests aren't available in your country, you need to agree to have a test at the airport in Ecuador. All passengers will have to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • 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?

  • Bahrain: Foreign visitors will not be allowed to enter Bahrain. 

  • Brunei: Entry to Brunei is severely restricted. All foreign visitors will have to pay $1,000 BND for a coronavirus test and need to be able to cover the cost of a stay in a quarantine facility. You will also be encouraged to downloads the BruHealth app. Brunei is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. Be aware that Brunei is enforcing an exit travel ban. 

  • China: China has suspended entry to foreign nationals with visas issued before 27 March. A small number of international flights are also operating direct between European cities and Shanghai, Guangzhou and Qingdao.

  • Hong Kong: Travellers arriving in Hong Kong on flights from overseas countries/territories, who are not Hong Kong residents or the spouse or children of 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: Foreign visitors who have visited the UK or other affected countries will not be allowed to enter Japan, other than in exceptional circumstances. Japan is on the UK Government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Jordan: Commercial flights in and out of Jordan are suspended and all land and sea borders are closed. 

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

  • Kyrgyzstan: Most foreign nationals are banned from entering the country, including permanent residence holders. Foreign nationals with a close family member who is a Kyrgyz national (spouse, parent, child) will be allowed to enter with documented proof of the relationship.

  • 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 72 hours.

  • Laos: No visas are being issued to people travelling from a country with cases of COVID-19, including the UK. From 24 July, Laos is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

  • Malaysia: Entry to Malaysia is prohibited, except for Malaysian nationals and foreign nationals holding certain categories of residency and employment passes.Malaysia is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. 

  • 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. Temperatures will be checked on arrival and suspected positive cases will have to pay for a test. Tourists will not have to self-isolate. All visitors are encouraged to download the 'Trace Ekee' app. 

  • Mongolia: All international flights and rail are suspended until at least 31 August. 

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

  • Nepal: Nepal has announced its intention to deny entry to certain foreign nationals, including British nationals. The government of Nepal has announced its intention to lift the suspension of international commercial flights on 17 August but we do not yet know if this means British nationals will be allowed to enter. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. A 14-day isolation at a government facility is in place for those showing symptoms. Those without symptoms need to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Saudi Arabia: Entry to Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa from significantly affected countries has been temporarily suspended.

  • 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. 

  • Sri Lanka: Entry to Sri Lanka is prohibited to all non-nationals, according to the FCO. However, numerous reports suggest Sri Lanka began reopening its borders on 1 August to tourists from all countries, with strict restrictions for visits in place. 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. 

  • Turkmenistan: All international scheduled commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan have been suspended. 

  • 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. 

  • Cambodia: Travellers from all countries can now enter Cambodia, but must have a certificate 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 one passenger tests positive, everyone who was on the same flight as them will be quarantined for 14 days. 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. 

  • 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 PCR two tests, one before arriving and one on arrival and self-isolate until you get the result (around 48 hours). 

  • South Korea: All foreign national travellers are being tested for COVID-19 on arrival in South Korea. Testing may take up to 24 hours and you may be held in a separate facility during this time. If you test positive for the virus you will be transferred to the appropriate healthcare facility. 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 carried out no more than 96 hours before arrival. 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: All scheduled international flights to and from Angola are suspended. 

  • 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. There are currently no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana.  

  • Cape Verde: There are currently no international commercial flights to and from Cape Verde. International flights are expected to restart in August.

  • 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: Airports are now closed to passenger flights.
     
  • Ghana: International flights are suspended. 

  • Guinea: Land borders are closed but commercial flights are slowly starting to reopen. Contact the Guinean Embassy for more details. 

  • 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.

  • Mali: Commercial flights have been suspended. 

  • Mauritania: Flights between Mauritania and all other countries were suspended.  

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

  • Morocco: From 15 July, British nationals living in Morocco, as well as their families, will be allowed to enter Morocco, but borders will not be open for tourism.

  • Niger: All international passenger flights into and out of Niger have been suspended until at least 23 May. 

  • Réunion: To enter the French Overseas Territories, you will need to complete a travel certificate. Réunion is on the UK Government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Seychelles: From 1 August, only visitors who travel from countries deemed to be a low or medium COVID-19 risk will be permitted entry to Seychelles. The United Kingdom is not currently on the Government of Seychelles list of approved countries.

  • 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.

  • Namibia: All ports and land borders have been closed and all commercial flights have been suspended.

  • Nigeria: All airports in Nigeria are closed to all international commercial flights. 

  • 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 a form before arriving. Temperatures will be checked on arrival. You will 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.

  • 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. 

  • Kenya: UK travellers can now enter Kenya without having to quarantine for 14 days. You will need a negative 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. 

  • Liberia: Robert International Airport has reopened to commercial flights. 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. 

  • Mozambique: There are currently limited flights to and from Maputo, but you are strongly advised to check with your airline or travel agent before travelling. Those entering Mozambique need to quarantine for 14 days. Be aware that Mozambique has suspended the issuing of some entry visas. 

  • 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. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Tanzania: Tanzania has resumed international flights. You will no longer have to go into mandatory quarantine (unless you have symptoms). You must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Tunisia: Tunisia has classified the UK as a 'green' country, meaning UK travellers can visit Tunisia, without having to face any coronavirus-related entry requirements. 

  • 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 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. All tourist visas to Zambia have been cancelled. Those arriving in the country need proof of a COVID-19 test no older than 14 days. Travellers to Zambia will be tested with a nasal swab for COVID-19 on arrival. Anyone who goes to Zambia will have to go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days at a government-run facility. You cannot leave the country until you have completed the 14-day quarantine period. Kenneth Kaunda International Airport is open to international flights but all other provincial airports remain closed to international traffic. 

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: French Polynesia has opened its borders to foreign travellers. You must complete a travel certificate to enter, as well as having proof of a medical certificate and will gave a health check at the border. French Polynesia is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list. 

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 1 September. Be aware that from 4 August to 19 August, the whole of Bahamas is in lockdown. They have also reintroduced a 14-day quarantine for foreign visitors during this time. 
  • Dominica: All airports and seaports are closed. Dominica is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list, meaning those currently in Dominica can travel to England and will not need to quarantine on arrival. 

  • 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 Trinidad and Tobago government has indefinitely closed its borders. Trinidad and Tobago is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list. Trinidad and Tobago are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel

  • St Kitts and Nevis: Currently the borders of St Kitts and Nevis are closed to all arriving passengers. Access is not available either through the sea port or the airport either to nationals, residents or non-nationals. 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. You will be subject to a coronavirus test on arrival and must pay $100 for it. Antigua is on the UK Government's quarantine exemption list.

  • 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. Aruba is on the UK Government's quarantine exemption list.
  • Barbados: You should read this website carefully before travelling. All persons arriving in Barbados should be tested for COVID-19 at an accredited laboratory. You must take a COVID-19 PCR antigen test 72 hours in advance of your flight and submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card 24 hours prior to travel. Barbados will lift most COVID-19 restrictions on 1 July, with British Airways flights to the island resuming on 18 July. Barbados is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

  • Bonaire/Sint Eustatius/Saba: Bonaire and Saba are not open to British travellers. Sint 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.

  • 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. 

  • Guadeloupe: If you wish to travel to Guadeloupe, you will need to complete a travel certificate. You will also be subject to a health check upon arrival, which may result in a period of quarantine. Guadeloupe is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list. From 24 July, Guadeloupe 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. On arrival, expect temperature checks and a 14-day at a pre-approved home quarantine address, a government facility of a COVID-19 certified property. 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. Those who do not have proof of a negative test will be tested at the airport and will be put in quarantine until the test results come back. All travellers will be quarantined for at least 24 hours until the test results from every person on the same flight come back. Saint Vincent is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

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