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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: this article is correct as of 10:00 am on 2nd June. Check back here tomorrow morning for the latest update. 

Although some countries are still technically open, Britons have been advised against any international travel with immediate effect by the UK government. Also be aware that from 8 June, all arrivals coming into the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

 

What's changed since yesterday? 

Bulgaria  has lifted its travel ban on UK travellers. 

Estonia has reopened to travellers. 

Europe

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

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

Which European countries have travel restrictions? 

  • Albania: All borders are closed (with the exception of freight) to all nationals.

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

  • 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. 

  • Azerbaijan: The Azerbaijani authorities have extended the suspension of all commercial passenger flights in to and out of Azerbaijan until at least 31st May.

  • Belgium: Entry and exit checks have been reintroduced in order to prevent non-essential travel. 

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: All foreign visitors are banned from entering the country. 
     
  • Cyprus:  The government of Cyprus has banned UK tourists from entering the country. Airports and seaports will gradually start to reopen from the 9 June. 

  • DenmarkThe Danish border is closed to foreign nationals who do not have a ‘worthy purpose’ for entering Denmark. 

  • Georgia: Domestic tourism will re-open on 15 June. From 1 July Georgia’s land and air borders should re-open in line with the principle of safe corridors and there will be a gradual resumption of flights and international tourism. 

  • Iceland: The Icelandic Government intends to ease restrictions on international arrivals by 15 June at the latest. You will either need a health certificate or agree to self-isolate for 14 days in order to be allowed to enter. 

  • Italy: Travel to Italy is only possible if it is absolutely necessary. However, Italy has announced it will reopen for travel from 3 June. 

  • France: Only residents of France ands those who work in France will be granted access into the country. You will need a travel certificate to be granted access into the country. UK travellers are exempt from the 14-day self-quarantine measure. 

  • Latvia: Only Latvian nationals and foreign nationals who hold residence cards issued by the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs are authorised to enter Latvia. 

  • Lithuania: All commercial flights between Lithuania and the UK have been cancelled. 

  • Luxembourg: There are currently no scheduled passenger flights from Luxembourg Airport. 

  • Madeira: Madeira will be open to travellers from 1 July and has offered to pay for coronavirus tests for all incoming tourists. 

  • Malta: All commercial flights to Malta have been suspended. 

  • Montenegro: Montenegro has announced its borders will be open from 1st June to certain European countries that have 25 or fewer infected for every 100,000. The UK is not on their list of accepted travellers. 

  • 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. 

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

  • Spain: The border is currently closed to all except citizens and those with a Spanish residency. However, Spain has announced it hopes to reopen to tourism in June, with hotels, restaurants and shops already starting to reopen. 

  • Slovakia: Entry to Slovakia is permitted only for Slovak citizens, foreigners with proof of residency in Slovakia, and other foreign nationals under certain conditions.

  • Turkey: Passengers who are not Turkish nationals or residents of Turkey are not permitted to enter Turkey. However, Turkey has announced plans to reopen to European tourists at the end of July. 

  • Ukraine: Foreign citizens who are not residents of Ukraine are not allowed to enter the country. 

Which European countries you can still travel to? 


  • Austria: Anyone entering Austria from Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia or Switzerland, or anyone who has, in the last 14 days, been in an area for which the Austrian Foreign Ministry has travel warnings in place due to COVID-19 (including the UK), must present a medical certificate with micro-biological test results in English, French, German or Italian which is no older than 4 days old. Be aware that ski resorts and accommodation in Tyrol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg provinces are closed. 

  • Belarus: All arrivals from countries that are affected by coronavirus must self-isolate for a period of 14 days, regardless of whether they show symptoms. From 11 May, all passengers on Belavia airlines need to wear a face mask on the flight, during check-in, at security and while on the airport busses. 

  • Bulgaria: Bulgaria has lifted its travel ban on UK travellers. You will still have to self-isolate for 14 days. 
  • Croatia: Croatia has reopened border crossings on major routes for limited people, including foreign nationals who have real estate in the country, who own a boat in Croatia, have spouse or children in Croatia, need to attend funerals or have been invited for business purposes. Self-isolation is only being imposed on those who may have been in contact with an infected person. 

  • Czech Republic: UK citizens may be able to enter for certain reasons, including having a permanent residence in the Czech Republic, business, visiting family or studying at university. You will need to present a negative coronavirus test upon arrival or present a negative test within 72 hours of arrival and isolate while waiting for the result in order to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • 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. UK travellers will have to self isolate for 14 days. 

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

  • Greece: Greece is gradually beginning to ease its lockdown restrictions and is hoping to be open to tourists by 15 July. However, British travellers will be banned from entering due to Britain's high numbers of coronavirus cases. 

  • Hungary: UK nationals can only enter Hungary for business, study and other essential reasons. Before being granted access, you will need to complete this form. The country is hoping to be open to tourists by 15th June. 

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

  • Netherlands: Borders are open from Schengen countries. However, travellers from high-risk countries, including the UK will have to fill in a 'fit-to-fly' health declaration form, which will ask if you have Covid-19 symptoms.  Based on your declaration, you may be denied permission to board the plane. 

  • Norway: If you have proof of residency, are visiting family members, or a travelling for work you will be allowed to enter Norway. Norway has announced it will lift nearly all lockdown restrictions in June.

  • Poland: You will be required to self-isolate on arrival in Poland for 14 days. Authorities have announced plans to start to re-open to tourists from 13th June. Be aware you will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. 

  • Portugal: If you are returning to your residence in Portugal you will be allowed to enter. Starting on 4 May, the government of Portugal will begin a three stage de-escalation plan to slowly ease the country out of lockdown. Portugal has announced that from 6th June, tourists will be welcome and will not face quarantine measures. 

  • Serbia: Commercial flights between London and Belgrade have resumed. Border crossings have now opened. 

  • Slovenia: Airports in Slovenia have now re-opened 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. Most UK nationals will be required to quarantine for 14 days. 

  • Sweden: Sweden's borders are currently open to UK nationals. There are limited flights operating between London and Stockholm. Gatherings of more than 50 are still prohibited. 

     

North America

The US has banned entry to all travellers from the UK (Shutterstock)

The US has banned entry to all travellers from the UK (Shutterstock)

Which North American places have travel restrictions? 

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

  • 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. 

Which North American countries have their borders open? 

  • Mexico: There are extra measures in place due to coronavirus, but at the moment you can still gain access to the country. Be aware that this could change with little warning, and that some airlines are imposing their own additional restrictions on travellers, different from the Mexican government guidelines. On 20 April, the Mexican government confirmed that the land border between the US and Mexico will remain closed to all non-essential traffic for a further 30 days. Be aware that hotels will no longer receive reservations and only some hotels will be authorised to offer limited accommodation to foreign nationals for humanitarian reasons.

Central and South America

Costa Rica is currently closed to travellers (Shutterstock)

Costa Rica is currently closed 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. 

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

  • Brazil: The Brazilian Government have banned entry for all foreign passengers. 

  • 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 . 

  • Costa Rica: All commercial airlines have now ceased operating to/from Costa Rica until further notice. 

  • Cuba: From midnight on 1 April 2020: all commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until further notice. 

  • Ecuador: International arrival flights have been suspended, and foreign nationals are no longer admitted into the country. 
     
  • El Salvador: All foreign visitors are banned from entering the country. 

  • Guatemala: All international and domestic flights are banned. 

  • Guyana: The Government of Guyana has cancelled all international flights from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at Timehri and the Eugene Correia Airport at Ogle.

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

  • Panama: Borders are closed to all foreign visitors. There will be no international flights to or from Panama until at least 22 June. 

  • 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. 

  • Uruguay: Only Uruguayan nationals and legal residents are allowed to enter Uruguay. 

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

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: Foreign nationals who have visited the EU or Iran since 1st March cannot enter Bangladesh. The visa-on-arrival facility has been suspended for all nationalities. Biman Airlines extends its temporary suspension of international and domestic flights until 16 May. 

  • 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.

  • China: The FCO has advised against all travel to Hubei Province, and all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. The more positive news is that China is slowly starting to emerge from the lockdown, and Chinese residents can now enjoy the Great Wall again, a section of which has reopened. The Badaling section of the Great Wall, from Bei Liu Lou to Nan Wu Lou Ban and the most popular part with tourists, will be open from 9am to 4pm every day. As well as this, Hubei province, where the virus began, has now lifted its travel restrictions for healthy residents. 

  • Hong Kong: Travellers arriving in Hong Kong on flights from overseas countries/territories, who are not Hong Kong residents, will be denied entry to Hong Kong. 

  • India: All scheduled international commercial passenger services will remain suspended until at least 31 May.  All foreign nationals are barred from entering and transiting through Indonesia. Domestic flights will resume on 25 May. 

  • 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.

  • 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: All foreign nationals are banned from entering Kyrgyzstan. 

  • Kuwait: The Kuwait Government is no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait, unless they have close Kuwait family members. 

  • Laos: With immediate effect, the Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival and eVisa service at all international entry points for a period of 30 days for all nationals. The number of international flights out of Laos is reducing rapidly, and the borders with Thailand are now closed. 

  • Lebanon: Lebanon's borders are now closed. 

  • Malaysia: No foreign tourists are permitted to enter Malaysia. 

  • The Maldives: Anyone who has left or transited through the UK in the last 14 days is banned from entering the Maldives.

  • Mongolia: All international flights and rail are suspended. 

  • Myanmar (Burma): Myanmar has suspended all visas for foreign nationals. All commercial flights are also suspended until at least 15 June.

  • Nepal: The Government of Nepal announced its intention to deny entry to Nepal to certain foreign nationals, including British nationals until at least 31 May.

  • Oman: Only Omani nationals are able to enter the country and international flights have now stopped. 

  • 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: No foreign visitors will be allowed to enter Qatar. 

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

  • Singapore: Singapore is banning the entry of short-term visitors from everywhere in the world. People who need to visit in extenuating circumstances need to submit a Form 14

  • Sri Lanka: The government of Sri Lanka are not allowing UK travellers into the country and flights to Sri Lanka have been suspended. 

  • Taiwan: Foreign nationals are no longer permitted to enter Taiwan. 

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

  • Thailand: All foreign nationals are barred from entering Thailand and international passenger flights to Thailand are suspended. However, Thai authorities have announced that Thailand will be open to tourists from 1st July. 

  • Turkmenistan: All international scheduled commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan have been suspended. All road borders are closed.

  • Vietnam: Foreign tourists are currently banned from entering the country. However, on the  22 April Vietnamese authorities announced plans for a phased relaxation of the partial lock down measures and authorities have now announced that from July, e-visas will be available for people from 80 countries, including the UK. 

  • Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan has closed land and air borders to non-Uzbek nationals.

Which Asian countries have their borders open? 

  • 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. 

  • Iran: Although you can technically still travel to Iran, some airlines are no longer flying in and out of Iran and many neighbouring countries have closed their borders or started monitoring travellers from Iran. There may be further measures introduced at short notice. 

  • 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.

  • UAE: British Nationals will now be able to return to the UAE if they meet the criteria set by the UAE authorities. You will have to fill in this form, and if approved you will be given a reference number which will allow you to book a flight. Be aware that strict measures are still in place at the border. You may have a mandatory health check on arrive and have to go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days. 

Africa 

Rwanda has announced it is now suspending flights Shutterstock)

Rwanda has announced it is now suspending flights Shutterstock)

Which African countries have travel restrictions? 

  • 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.  

  • Cameroon: All borders are now closed. All international flights have been suspended. All entry visas have been suspended.

  • Chad: The Chadian authorities have closed airports to passenger flights until at least the 15th June.

  • 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. 

  • Cote d’Ivoire: The Cote d’Ivoire has suspended all international flights. 

  • Djibouti: All international commercial passenger flights to and from Djibouti and all land borders are closed until at least 1 September. 

  • Egypt: All international flights are suspended. 

  • 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: Conakry Airport is closed until further notice and all borders are now closed. 

  • Kenya: All international flights to and from Kenya have been suspended. The Kenya-Uganda land border has been closed to all pedestrians and vehicles.

  • Liberia: The Government of Liberia has announced the suspension of all commercial flights. 

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

  • Malawi: Visitors from high-risk countries for coronavirus, including the United Kingdom, are no longer permitted to enter Malawi unless they have a residence permit.

  • 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. 

  • Morocco: All commercial flights to or from Morocco have now been suspended. Passenger ferry links between Morocco, Spain and Gibraltar have also been suspended. 

  • Mozambique: The government of Mozambique is only allowing Mozambican citizens or foreign residents to enter the country until further notice. All international commercial passenger flights are now suspended until 31 May. 

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

  • Rwanda: Rwanda has suspended all flight to or from Kigali International Airport. 

  • Seychelles: The Seychelles have closed their borders to anyone from the UK or Europe. 

  • 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 until further notice. 

  • South Africa: South African airspace is closed to commercial airlines. 

  • Sudan: The Sudanese authorities have closed all external borders. 

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

  • Nigeria: All airports in Nigeria are closed to all international commercial flights until at least 4 June. 

  • Sao Tome and Principe: Entry for all foreign visitors is prohibited. 

  • Senegal: A ban on all commercial air transport is in place. 

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

  • Tunisia: Flights between Tunisia and all other countries are now suspended. 

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

Which African countries still have their borders open? 

 

  • Ethiopia: The land borders are closed and the airports have strict measures in place. Be aware that if you show symptoms of COVID-19, you will likely be transferred to an isolation facility. 

  • Tanzania: Tanzania has resumed international flights. You will no longer have to go into mandatory quarantine (unless you have symptoms). Enhanced screening is still in place. 

  • Zambia: Zambia’s borders remain open but under tight screening. 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. All tourist visas to Zambia have been cancelled. Kenneth Kaund 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.

  • Australia: Normal visas are no longer accepted. If you want to enter Australia, you need to apply for a visa via special exemption. 

  • Fiji: The Fijian Government have closed Nadi Airport. 

  • 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 except for health workers, flight crew, military personnel or those with a special written exemption from the Emergency Controller. A reduced domestic flight schedule has resumed. 

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

The Caribbean 

Saint Lucia is planning to reopen the tourist sector from 1 June (Shutterstock)

Saint Lucia is planning to reopen the tourist sector from 1 June (Shutterstock)

Which Caribbean countries have travel restrictions? 

  • Anguilla: The island's airports and sea ports are closed. 

  • Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda has decided to shut VC Bird International airport until at least 1 June. Barbuda Airport is closed for everything except emergency, cargo and rescue flights. 

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

  • Dominica: All airports and seaports are closed. 

  • Dominican Republic: All of the Dominican Republic’s air, land and sea borders closed. 

  • Grenada: Incoming passengers are no longer allowed to enter Grenada. 

  • Haiti: All ports, airports, and borders would be closed
     
  • Jamaica: Travellers can expect disruption and termination of flights and should contact their airlines, travel agents and tour operators. 

  • Saint Lucia: St Lucia’s border is closed, but the government has announced plans to reopen the tourism sector on 4 June. This will happen in phases, with phase one seeing Hewanorra International Airport welcoming flights from the United States. Advance testing, daily screening, the monitoring of staff and visitors, social distancing and sanitisation at various points throughout the travellers' journey will be in place to help prevent the spread of the disease. Visitors will have to present a certificate to say they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the last 48 hours. Face masks must be worn and social distancing measures adhered to while in St Lucia. As well as this, new COVID-19 certificates are being introduced to hotels to prove they are clean and are following social distancing. 

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: All international flights have been suspended until further notice. The seaports of Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union Island have also been closed to yachts and pleasure craft.

  • Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government has indefinitely closed its borders. British Airways have announced they will not be flying to and from Trinidad and Tobago until 30 June. 


    Which Caribbean countries still have their borders open? 

  • Barbados: All visitors arriving in Barbados will be placed in government-run quarantine for 14 days.

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