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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 4 December. Check back here tomorrow morning for the latest update.

 

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

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

What's changed since yesterday? 

The UK government now advises against all but essential travel to Estonia. Anyone arriving in the UK from Estonia after 4am on 28 November will need to self-isolate. 

The UK government now advises against all but essential travel to Latvia. Anyone arriving in the UK from Latvia after 4am on 28 November will need to self-isolate.

Aruba, Bhutan, Mongolia and Timor-Leste have all been added to the quarantine exemption list, along with the Pacific Islands of Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. Anyone returning to the UK from these destinations after 4am, Saturday 28 November will not be required to self-isolate. 

Europe

Beautiful Italy (Shutterstock)

Beautiful Italy (Shutterstock)

Which European countries have travel restrictions?

 

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

  • Denmark: Only travellers who can prove they have a 'worthy purpose' will be allowed to enter Denmark or the Faroe Islands. You will also need a negative test no older than 72 hours. No one from Denmark is now allowed into the UK. 

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

  • Georgia: Most foreign citizens including UK citizens are not permitted to enter Georgia. 

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

  • Moldova: The UK is now on Moldova's red list, meaning you cannot enter Moldova unless you are exempt.

Which European countries are open to UK visitors? 


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

  • Armenia: Foreign nationals are now allowed to enter Armenia but will 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: The FCDO now advises against all but essential travel to most of Azerbaijan. Travel to the country is very limited. You will require a negative COVID-19 test when travelling to and from the country. Although the test can be taken more than 48 hours before you fly, you need to make sure the certificate showing the negative result is within 48 hours of your flight. You will need a paper copy or printed version to show on arrival. You may be tested again on arrival. On arrival, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days. 

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

  • Azores: Before travelling to the Azores, you will need to complete this form 72 hours before you travel. You will then be given a QR code which you need to show to health authorities on arrival. You will also need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. If you are staying longer than a week, you will need to have another test six days after first taking one. 

  • Belarus: All arrivals from the UK must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of whether they show symptoms.

  • Belgium: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Belgium. Belgium has reopened its borders for travel to and from the European Union, including the United Kingdom. UK travellers will need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form if they plan to stay in Belgium for more than 48 hours. Once you submit the Passenger Locator Form, you may be sent a message advising you to self-isolate. There is a traffic light system in place for high, medium and low risk regions which you can check here

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: British nationals can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina if they have a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result that is not older than 48 hours. 

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

  • Croatia: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Croatia. This means you may have to self-isolate for 14 days on your return to the UK. Croatia is open to UK visitors. UK travellers need to fill in this form to announce their visit and to help speed up processes at the airport. You will also need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours, or you can self-isolate until you get a negative test result in Croatia. 

  • Cyprus: Cyprus has been removed from the UK government's quarantine exemption list; from 1 November returning passengers will need to quarantine. The FCDO now advise against all but essential 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.Tests can be no older than 72 hours.  Children under 12 will not need to be tested. Be aware that if you go to the north of Cyprus you will need a negative test taken 0 - 120 hours before flying and will need to go into a quarantine facility for seven days. After seven days, you will have a second test. 

  • Czech Republic: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to the Czech Republic. UK travellers are allowed to enter the Czech Republic. You will need to fill in this form and will need to either isolate for ten days or have proof of a negative test on arrival. 

  • Estonia:The UK government now advises against all but essential travel to Estonia. Anyone arriving in the UK from Estonia after 4am on 28 November will need to self-isolate. From 24 August, UK travellers will have to self-isolate for 14 days on their arrival in Estonia. You will have the option of taking a test to reduce your time in quarantine. Estonia is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential travel. 

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

  • Germany: Germany has been removed from the UK government's quarantine exemption list; from 7 November returning passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days. The FCDO now advise against all but essential travel. From 23 October, anyone arriving in Germany from the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. You can avoid isolation by having a negative test no older than 48 hours. Travellers from the UK are not required to demonstrate a valid reason in order to enter Germany.  

  • Greece: Greece is now open to travellers from the UK. You need to complete this form 24 hours before you arrive in Greece. You will have to self-isolate until your test results come back. You now need proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours.  On arrival you may be given an additional COVID-19 test. Greece, except the islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos will be removed from the list 4am 14 November. This means anyone returning from Greece to the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Iceland: Iceland has been taken off the quarantine exempt list meaning anyone returning from Iceland to the UK on or after 4am on 26 September will have to self-isolate. Iceland is open to UK tourists. On arrival in Iceland, you can choose between a 14-day self-isolation period or take two tests. If you choose to take the tests, one will need to be taken on arrival and then other will need to be taken five to six days later. You will then need to self-isolate until the results of your second test results come back. You will need to fill out a pre-registration form before departure. Iceland is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

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

  • Italy: The FCDO now advises against all but essential travel to Italy. If you are returning to the UK from Italy on or after 4am on 18 October, you will need to self-isolate on your return. Italy is open to tourists and there is no quarantine for British travellers unless you have visited a country which is on Italy's quarantine list. However, you do now need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours to enter, and to complete a self-declaration form before travelling. If you do not have proof of a negative test, you can take a free test at the airport but you will have to self-isolate until you get the results. Some airports offer fast tests, meaning you will get the result back within the hour. Everyone arriving in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are travelling within 48 hours, to inform them of your visit.

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

  • Latvia: The UK government now advises against all but essential travel to Latvia. Anyone arriving in the UK from Latvia after 4am on 28 November will need to self-isolate. Flights between Latvia and the UK have resumed. You will need to complete a contact form on arrival. You will also need to complete an electronic form no earlier than 48 hours before arriving in Latvia. Be aware that asymptomatic UK travellers will have to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in Latvia. 

  • Liechtenstein: Travellers from the UK will now have to quarantine for ten days on entry to Liechtenstein. The FCDO now advises against all non-essential travel to Liechtenstein. 

  • Lithuania: Lithuania has been removed from the UK government's quarantine exemption list; from 1 November returning passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days. Travellers from Scotland and Northern Ireland now need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Lithuania. You may leave isolation earlier if you have a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken no earlier than 48 hours before your arrival, or taken in Lithuania after your arrival. Travellers from England and Wales do not need to isolate on arrival to Lithuania. Everyone travelling to Lithuania will need to fill out a registration form before travelling. 

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

  • Madeira: If you are travelling to Madeira you will need to complete this form 48 before you arrive. You will also need to upload proof of a negative test taken 72 hours before departure. Madeira is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

  • Malta: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Malta. You may have to self-isolate for 14 days on your return to the UK. Malta is now open to UK travellers. Before you arrive, you need to complete a paper copy of a public health form and a passenger locator form, available here. UK travellers are exempt from the self-isolation measures, but travellers will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You may be refused permission to board the flight if you do not have proof of a test. Be aware that random temperature checks and random testing is in place at Malta's airport. 

  • Netherlands: Those travelling from the UK will now need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the Netherlands. If you are staying for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the whole of your trip. The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to the Netherlands. You may have to self-isolate for 14 days on your return to the UK. If you are arriving or leaving the Netherlands, you must complete this health screening form

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

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

  • Poland: You are not required to self-isolate on arrival in Poland if you are coming from the UK. However, during your stay, if you develop any symptoms or have contact with some who is potentially infected, you will need to self-isolate. The FCDO now advises against all non-essential travel to Poland. If you return from Poland to the UK on or after 4am on 3 October, you will have to self-isolate. 

  • Portugal: The FCDO now advises against all but essential travel to mainland Portugal. This means that those returning from mainland Portugal to the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days. Visitors from the UK are permitted to enter Portugal. You will undergo a health screening on arrival, where your temperature will be checked. You might also be asked to take a test and isolate until the results come back. 

  • Romania: Travellers arriving directly from the UK are no longer required to self-isolate on arrival in Romania. 

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

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

  • Serbia: 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: 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 test no older than 48 hours. The FCDO advises against all non essential travel to Slovenia. This means that if you return from Slovenia to the UK on or after 4 am on the 19 September, you will need to self-isolate.

  • Slovakia: The FCDO now advises against all but essential travel to Slovakia meaning anyone returning from Slovakia to the UK will have to self-isolate. UK travellers can now enter Slovakia without having to quarantine on arrival.You will need a negative RT-PVR test no older than 72 hours. 

  • 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 mainland Spain.  Those entering Spain from the UK now need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours. This includes children of any age. You will also 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.

  • The Canary islands: You will need evidence of a test no older than 72 hours. You will need proof of this test to access accommodation. You also need to download the Radar COVID app for your stay and for 15 days after your return. The Canary Islands are now on UK government's quarantine exemption list.
     
  • Sweden: Sweden has been removed from the UK government's quarantine exemption list; from 4am on 7 November returning passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days. Sweden's borders are currently open to UK nationals with no requirements for UK travellers to self-isolate on arrival. Be aware that there are limited flights between Stockholm and London. 

  • Switzerland: The FCDO now advises against all but essential travel to Switzerland. Anyone returning from Switzerland to the UK from 29 August will need to self-isolate for two weeks. Entry to Switzerland from the UK is permitted for British nationals of EU and EFTA countries. Travellers from the UK who do not have UK/EU/EFTA nationality will not be permitted to enter Switzerland. UK travellers no longer need to isolate on arrival in Switzerland. 

  • Turkey: Flights between the UK and Turkey have resumed. All passengers who meet Turkish immigration rules are allowed to enter Turkey. Be aware that passengers need to wear a face mask at all times on the flight and in the airport. Before flying, passengers will need to complete a passenger locator form. Any passenger who shows symptoms of coronavirus will need to take a test. The FCDO now advises against all non-essential travel to Turkey, meaning if you return from Turkey to the UK on or after 4am on 3 October you will need to self-isolate. 

  • Ukraine: The Ukraine has lifted its temporary flight ban. The UK is on the green list meaning you will not have to self-isolate on 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. The US Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands are now on the list of countries and territories where self-isolation is not required on return to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

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

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

  • 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. 

  • Suriname: Suriname has closed its borders. 

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

Which South American countries are open to visitors? 

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

  • Brazil: Foreign nationals can fly to Brazil. 

  • Chile: From 23 November, Chile is opening the border at Santiago Airport. This will mean non-resident foreigners will be able to enter Chile, provided they have a negative Covid-19 test no older than 72 hour and have travel insurance for the duration of their trip. Travellers from the UK need to self-isolate for 14 days.  Chile is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

  • Colombia: Colombia is open to tourism. You must fill in this form 24 hours before flying on your way there and on your way back and you must follow the rules on the CoronApp. Be aware that land and sea borders are still closed. 

  • 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. You will need to take a PCR test on arrival and will have to self-isolate until you have a second test with a negative result. You will be transferred to your resort after your test has been taken. Cuba is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Ecuador: Ecuador has resumed international flights. If visiting Ecuador, you will need to sign a declaration form on arrival declaring your itinerary and local contact details. If you have a negative PCR test on arrival no older than ten days then you will not need to self-isolate. 

  • El Salvador: The International Airport has now opened. Before entering, you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Guatemala: Guatemala's international airport is open. You will need to register on the Guatemalan Health Pass website 24 hours before you arrive and have a printed version with you. You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours on arrival. If you do not have a negative test, you will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

  • Honduras: International flights are now permitted in Honduras. You need to register online before travelling and have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Panama: Panama is now open to foreign tourists. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. If you do not have a test, you can pay for one at the airport. If you test positive, you will need to self-isolate for at least seven days. 

  • Paraguay: Foreign non-residents can now enter the country but will have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. This can be shortened to seven days with a test no older than 72 hours prior to entering and another test on the seventh day. Those staying less than seven days can avoid isolation by having proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

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

  • 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. Uruguay is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

Asia 

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

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

Which Asian countries have travel restrictions?

 

  • Bhutan: Bhutan is closed to all foreign tourists. Bhutan is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Brunei: Entry to Brunei is severely restricted and anyone who wants to visit will need a permit from the Prime Minister's office. You will need to provide a negative test on arrival no older than 72 hours. All foreign visitors will have to pay $350 BND for a coronavirus test and need to be able to cover the cost of a stay in a quarantine facility for 15 days. You will also be encouraged to download the BruHealth app. Brunei is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. 

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

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

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

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

  • Israel: Foreign nationals are not permitted to enter unless they are citizens or residents of Israel. Israel and Jerusalem are both now on the UK Government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Japan: Japan is closed to all British nationals and anyone travelling with a British passport. Also, short term business travellers can now enter Japan under self-isolation and other strict rules. Japan is on the UK Government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Jordan: Jordan's international airport has reopened but there are very strict measures in place. Countries have been categorised on a scale of the Covid-19 outbreak - you can check the UK's status, and the measures in place here. 

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

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

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

  • Mongolia: British nationals without long-stay visas, residence or business permits cannot travel to or from Mongolia. All international flights and rail are suspended until at least 31 December. Mongolia is on the UK Government's quarantine exemption list.

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

  • Nepal: Nepal is closed to British nationals until at least 15 December. 

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

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

  • Saudi Arabia: Some expats that hold valid visas will now be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia - Check here for the specific requirements. There are now a limited number of flights from the UK to Saudi Arabia. You mist have a valid visa and a PCR test certificate with results no older than 72 hours. 

  • 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. Singapore is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • Sri Lanka: Entry to Sri Lanka is prohibited to all non-nationals, according to the FCO. Sri Lanka is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. Sri Lanka is now on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

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

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

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

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

Which Asian countries are open to visitors? 

  • Bangladesh: UK visitors need to complete Health Declaration Forms and Passenger Locator Forms while on the flight. On arrival in Bangladesh, all foreign nationals need to show a medical certificate issued within 72 hours of travel as proof of a negative test. Those arriving from the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days. From 26 July, all foreign nationals departing from Bangladesh are required to provide a COVID-19 test certificate issued within 72 hours of travel indicating the passenger is COVID-19 negative. This test certificate must be issued by one of the hospitals listed on the official Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh website. You are exempt from this requirement if you have spent less than 14 days in Bangladesh. Children under the age of 10 are also exempt. UK travellers will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

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

  • 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. Cambodia is now on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

  • Iran: Entry is permitted to holders of an Iranian passport or holders of a valid visa. You may have to have a COVID-19 test on arrival and you have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. 

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

  • 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: The UK FCO advises against all non-essential travel to Lebanon. All passengers travelling to Lebanon must fill this health declaration form online.  Testing is in place at the airport. You will need to take two PCR tests, one before arriving and one on arrival and self-isolate until you get the result. 

  • The Maldives: The Maldives has reopened its borders and lifted its ban for anyone who has left or transited through the UK in the last 14 days. You will need to fill in this form 24 hours before you travel. All tourists and short term visitors now need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 96 hours. All visitors are encouraged to download the 'Trace Ekee' app.  The Maldives is now on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

  • Oman: British nationals with valid residence, tourist, business and family visit visas can enter Oman. To enter, you will need to download the Tarassud+ track and trace app. You will also need proof of accommodation, a letter from your sponsor to confirm you have accommodation and health insurance for the length of your stay. You will have your temperature checked on arrival and if you show symptoms, you may be taken to a quarantine facility. Anyone entering Oman must have a PCR test 96 hours or less before arrival, on arrival and after 7 days self-isolation.

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

  • Taiwan: Foreign nationals will be permitted to enter Taiwan provided they are not entering for study, tourism or to visit friends. You will need to apply for a visa before travelling.  Taiwan is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

  • UAE: Currently visitors and tourists from the UK can only visit Dubai but cannot fly to Abu Dhabi.  Everyone arriving in Dubai either needs proof of a negative COVID-19 test before they arrive no older than 96 hours or will have to take a test at the airport.  If departing from Abu Dhabi to the UK, you will need a negative test no older than 96 hours. UAE is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

  • Uzbekistan: Entry for tourism is prohibited until 1 October. After the 1 October, the country will be open to tourists. Uzbekistan has categorised the UK as a yellow country, meaning you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. If you test positive, you will have to go into quarantine for 14 days. 

Africa 

Rwanda is open to tourists  (Shutterstock)

Rwanda is open to tourists (Shutterstock)

Which African countries have travel restrictions? 

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

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

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

  • Botswana: From 9 November, air travel will resume to and from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Maun International Airport and Kasane International Airport. From 1 December, air travel will resume from Philip G. Matante International Airport in Francistown. You will need proof of a negative Covid-19 test no older than 72 hours. 

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

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

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

  • The Gambia:  You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Madagascar: Madagascar has suspended all international and domestic 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 when you leave Malawi. 

  • Mauritania: Some international flights have resumed. If you travel to Mauritania, you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Mauritius: Mauritius is now open to travellers from the UK. To enter, you need to book your flights and hotel through the Mauritian Tourism Promotion Agency website; quarantine at your hotel for 14 days; have proof of a negative test no older than 7 days on arrival. Mauritius is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

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

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

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

  • 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: International travel is now permitted. Upon arrival, you will need proof 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. Please note, you can only travel to OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. 

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

  • St Helena: All foreign nationals can now enter St Helena. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days. You will have a test on day one and day 14 of quarantine. From 24 July, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. 

  • Tunisia: Those eligible to enter Tunisia need to take a test between 72 and 120 hours before travelling, complete the online questionnaire, download Tunisia's track and trace app and quarantine for 14 days on arrival. If you want to leave quarantine early, you can pay for a second test seven days after your arrival. 

  • Uganda: Entebbe International Airport is now open. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 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? 

 

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Liberia: Robert International Airport has reopened to commercial flights but flights are still limited. Those arriving in Liberia will be 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. All travellers arriving in Liberia need to self-isolate 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. Namibia is now on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

  • Nigeria: Flights to Abuja and Lagos have now resumed and you should contact your airline for the latest information. Before travelling you need to complete an online pre-booking health declaration on the Nigeria International Travel Portal. You will also need proof of a negative test no older than 120 hours. You also need to book and pay for a second test for seven days after your arrival. You will need to self-isolate until the results of your second test come back. 

  • São Tomé and Príncipe: UK nationals can enter São Tomé and Príncipe. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

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

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

  • 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: You can now visit the Seychelles as long as you have proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours, self-isolate in your hotel for the first five days and get a second negative test result on the fifth day. The Seychelles is now on UK government's quarantine exemption list.

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

  • Timor-Leste: 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. Timor-Leste is now on UK government's quarantine exemption list.
     
  • Zambia: Zambia’s borders are open but under tight screening. Tourist visas are now available. Those arriving in the country need proof of a COVID-19 test no older than 14 days. Anyone entering Zambia with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested. Any other arrivals may be randomly selected for testing. As from 20 October, any travellers leaving Zambia are required to obtain a medical certificate confirming they have had a negative test for COVID-19 in Zambia within the previous 14 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? 

Which countries have their borders open? 

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

The Caribbean 

Saint Lucia is open to the tourist sector (Shutterstock)

Saint Lucia is open to the tourist sector (Shutterstock)

Which Caribbean countries have travel restrictions? 

  • Anguilla: The island's airports and sea ports are severely restricted and you must get approval from the government's health team before travelling. You will need a negative test no older than three to five days before your arrival date and will be re-tested on arrival. You will have to isolate for 10-14 days. Anguilla is exempt from the FCDO's advice against all non-essential travel. 

  • Bahamas: The FCDO now advise against all but essential travel to Bahamas. Flights are severely restricted with only a limited number of both international and domestic flights available. Visitors will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than five days, a health visa application and insurance, and will need to quarantine for 14 days. 

  • Grenada: To enter Grenada, you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and a Pure Safe Travel Certificate. You will be tested again on arrival and will need to go into quarantine for up to seven days. 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 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. 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. 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 until a second negative test is obtained. Barbados is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list

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


  • Dominica: Borders are now open to foreign visitors. You need to complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before your arrival and have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will undergo a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) on arrival. If it is negative, then you must self-isolate in a government operated or government certified facility for five days, at which point you will have another PCR test. If the RDT is positive, then a further PCR swab test will be carried out. This will be at your expense.

  • Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic has reopened its borders. You may be randomly selected on arrival to be tested. Those who test positive or have symptoms will have to go into government quarantine. You will also need to fill out a Travellers Health Affidavit to confirm you have not had any coronavirus symptoms and to provide contact details. 

  • Guadeloupe: If you wish to travel to Guadeloupe, you will need to complete a travel certificate. You will need to take a test within 72 hours of departure. Guadeloupe has been removed from the quarantine exempt list. This means that if you return from Guadeloupe to the UK on or after 4am on 19 September, you will need to self-isolate. 

  • Jamaica: The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Jamaica. This means that those returning from Jamaica will now have to self-isolate for 14 days. Jamaica is  open to tourists. You will need proof of a negative test no older than ten days must complete this form before your trip. You may be tested at the airport. If your test is negative, you will need to stay at your hotel within the 'resilient corridor'. If you test positive you will need to isolate. 

  • St Kitts and Nevis: You will need to complete an entry form and submit a negative test no older than 72 hours. Upon arrival, you will have to follow restriction for the first 14 days, download the app and stay in an approved hotel. After day seven, you will need to take and pay for a second test. St Kitts and Nevis is on the UK government's quarantine exemption list.

  • St Martin and St Barthélemy: The island has announced it is open to tourists. You will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that is no more than three days old. The FCDO is now advising against all but essential travel to St Martin. However, St Barthélemy remains on the exempt list. 

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