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Coronavirus travel update: Which countries are open and which are closed?

Stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 news to know which countries are open to travel...

Coronavirus travel update (Shutterstock)

Please note: The information in this article applies to UK travellers, and is up to date as of 2:00pm on 8 October. 

Grant Shapps has announced the UK's red list has been significantly reduced. From Monday 11 October, 47 countries will be removed from the red list, including South Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil and Mexico. The seven countries remaining with the travel ban are Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama and Venezuela.

From Monday 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers will not need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red list country. Later on in the month, the day two tests will be scrapped and replaced with a cheaper lateral flow tests. 

Also from Monday 4 October, a single red list replaced the previous traffic-light system for the UK, simplifying the rules for the rest of the world. 

We have colour-coded the red-listed countries in red below. Anyone entering the UK from a red list country, regardless of their vaccination status, will need to take a pre-departure test three days before coming to England, book a quarantine hotel package which included two covid tests, quarantine for 10 days,  and complete a passenger locator form.

While we do our best to keep abreast of developments do always double-check official sources before making travel arrangements.

Europe

Beautiful Italy (Shutterstock)

Beautiful Italy (Shutterstock)

Which European countries are closed to UK travellers?


  • Bulgaria: As of 19 July, However, Bulgaria has announced that the UK is now on its own red list from 19 July. This means that only Bulgarian nationals, long-term residents in Bulgaria and family members travelling from UK are allowed to enter the country. 

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

  • Russia: There are restrictions on entry for almost all foreign travellers. 

  • Slovakia: UK travellers are not permitted to enter Slovakia unless it's for essential reasons. 

  • Sweden: There is a travel ban in place  which means those from the UK cannot enter Sweden unless they are exempt from the ban and have proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. 

Which European countries are open to UK visitors? 


  • Albania: Flights between Albania and the UK have resumed. UK visitors will need to provide proof of either vaccination, a negative test no older than 72 hours, a rapid negative test no older than 48 hours or evidence of having contracted the virus before being allowed to enter. 

  • Azores: To enter the Azores from the UK you need to submit this questionnaire and will need a PCR test no older than 72 hours or have proof you are fully vaccinated.


  • Andorra: UK travellers will need a negative PCR or TMA test no older than 48 hours before arrival in Andorra. You will also need to have a TMA + Rapid Antigen Test once you have arrived. You will need to self-isolate until you get the results back. You will need to take more TMA tests on the 5, 10 and 15 days after your arrival dates. Rapid antigen tests need to be taken on day two, four, six, ten, 12 and 14 of your stay in Andorra. 

  • Armenia: Foreign nationals are now allowed to enter Armenia but will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. If you do not have a test and have no symptoms, you can get a test on arrival and then isolate until you get the result. You can also enter Armenia if you have proof that you have had your second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before travel. 

  • Austria: Fully vaccinated visitors can avoid isolation and registration on arrival. Those who are not vaccinated will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours  or negative antigen test no older than 48 hours, and will need to self isolate for 10 days. This can be reduced to five days if you test negative.

  • Azerbaijan: To enter, you will need a negative test no older than 72 hours as well as a 'Covid-19 passport' to prove you have had both doses of the vaccine, or proof that you are immune to Covid-19. 

  • Belgium: Fully vaccinated travellers need to complete a passenger locator form and have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours to avoid quarantine on arrival. Everyone from the UK, regardless of vaccination status, must take a test on day seven of their arrival in Belgium. Unvaccinated travellers can only visit Belgium for essential reasons.


  • 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 or have had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before travelling. You will also be able to enter if you have proof that you have recovered from the virus between 14-180 days before travelling. 

  • Croatia: If you are travelling from the UK to Croatia you will need one of the following: proof of a negative antigen test no older than 48 hours, proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or proof of vaccination. 

  • Cyprus: UK travellers will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours or can show proof of having two Covid-19 vaccinations. Unvaccinated visitors will also need to take a test on arrival and isolate until you get the results. All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, need to fill in a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling. Those travelling to the north of Cyprus will not only need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours but will also need to isolate for seven days on arrival and take a PCR test on arrival. Those who have been fully vaccinated are exempt from having to isolate but are not exempt from the PCR test on arrival.

  • Czech Republic: Fully vaccinated visitors can now enter the Czech Republic for any reason and you will not need to isolate or take a pre-departure test. If you have not been fully vaccinated, you can only travel to the Czech Republic for essential reasons. 

  • Denmark: The UK (Wales not included) is now on Denmark’s orange list. This means that unvaccinated travellers can only travel if they have a 'worthy purpose'. Fully vaccinated residents of the UK can enter Denmark for any reason and will not have to take any tests or quarantine on arrival. 

  • Estonia: Travellers from the UK will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours before departure. You will need to self-isolate for 10 days unless you have tested positive for Covid-19 within the last six months or have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the last six months. You can shorten the isolation period by having proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours before arrival and taking a second test on day six of isolation. 

  • Finland: Fully vaccinated visitors from the UK are now allowed to visit Finland for any reason.You can also visit for any reason if you have recovered from coronavirus in the last 6 months. Unvaccinated visitors can only travel for essential reasons. 

  • France: If you have not been fully vaccinated you can only enter France for essential reasons and will face restrictions including needing a negative test result and having to isolate for seven days on arrival. If you have been fully vaccinated you can travel to France for any reason and will not need to self-isolate on arrival and will not need any pre-departure tests or tests on arrival. 
     
  • Georgia: UK travellers who have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccination and are arriving by air will be allowed to enter Georgia with no restrictions. Unvaccinated visitors need to show proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need to isolate for 14 days. 

  • Germany: Fully vaccinated visitors travelling from the UK are allowed to visit Germany for any reason. Anyone who is unvaccinated can only enter for urgent reasons. 

  • Greece: You need to complete this form no later than 11:59pm Greek time on the day you arrive in Greece. To avoid isolation on arrival, you need proof of either a negative Covid-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours or proof of a negative rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours. You can also enter Greece without isolating if you have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before travelling. Greece will also accept proof that you have recovered from Covid-19 as long as you had the virus between 30 and 180 days before travel. 

  • Gibraltar: Travellers arriving from the UK who are fully vaccinated will need to upload their vaccination certificate to the passenger locator form and also book a lateral flow test to have within 24 hours of your arrival. Those staying in Gibraltar for longer than seven days need to take a second lateral flow test on day five. Those who not fully vaccinated will need to have a lateral flow test no longer than 48 hours before flying to Gibraltar and will need to book another lateral flow test to have within 24 hours of arrival in Gibraltar.  Those staying in Gibraltar for longer than seven days need to take a second lateral flow test on day five. 

  • Hungary: Travellers from the UK can enter Hungary with a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. You will need to quarantine and take two tests within five days of each other but no less than 48 hours apart. Once you have proof of two negative results, you can leave quarantine. 

  • Ireland: You will need to complete a passenger locater form. Fully-vaccinated travellers from Great Britain will not need to undergo any testing or quarantine to enter. Those who are not vaccinated will need proof of a negative text no older than 72 hours and will need to quarantine for 14 days. This can be lessened to five days if you take a PCR test five days after arrival and it comes back negative. 

    Iceland: You can travel to Iceland for reasons other than essential travel if you are a resident or if you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or can prove you have recovered from Covid-19. You will need to pre-register before arrival and from the 26 July, you will also need to have proof of a negative PCR test or antigen test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Italy: Fully vaccinated travellers from the UK can enter Italy without having to quarantine. As well as proof that you are fully vaccinated, you will also need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. Before arriving, you need to complete this form and need to call the Covid-19 helpline for the region you are travelling to within 48 hours. Unvaccinated travellers and those without a test will have to self-isolate for five days, taking a second test on day five. 

  • Latvia: Visitors travelling from the UK can enter Latvia regardless of their vaccination status. Unvaccinated travellers will need to have proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or a negative antigen test no older than 48 hours. All travellers will need to complete this form no earlier than 48 hours before travelling. You do not need to quarantine. 

  • Liechtenstein: Those in the UK who are fully vaccinated can enter Liechtenstein for any purpose. If you are not fully vaccinated, you can only enter the country if you are: an EU or EFTA national, have a residence permit, a cross border permit, an FDFA legitimation card, a D visa or have a ‘laissez passer’. 

  • Lithuania: Those travelling from the UK need to complete a registration form no earlier than 48 hours before travelling. Those from the UK will need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in Lithuania. You will also need a negative test no older than 72 hours before your arrival or an antigen test no older than 48 hours. Regardless of your test result, you will need to self-isolate. You need to take another test between day three and five after your arrival, and you can shorten your isolation period by taking a third test on day seven of isolation. Those who have proof of being fully vaccinated are exempt from having to have proof of a test and from having to isolate. 

  • Madeira: UK travellers are permitted to enter Madeira for any reason. You will need to fill a questionnaire 12-48 hours before departure, need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours and undergo a health screening on arrival. If you have had your second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine 15 days before you travel, then you will not need a test and your NHS letter proving your vaccine will be accepted.

  • Malta: To enter Malta from the UK, you will need to present proof that you have received both doses of the vaccination at least two weeks before your arrival. Children between the ages of five and 11 are exempt from this rule but they will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. You also need to fill in the Passenger Locator Form and Public Health Declaration Form before travelling. 

  • Moldova: To avoid isolation on arrival, those travelling from the UK to Moldova will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours or proof of a that you have tested positive for coroanvirus no older than 90 days.  If you have proof that you have had both doses of the vaccine, you will not need a negative test to enter and you will not need to isolate on arrival. 

  • Montenegro: UK travellers who want to travel to Montenegro will need either a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, a negative rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours, proof you have recovered from the virus between 14 and 180 days, or proof you are fully vaccinated. Montenegro is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Montenegro to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Netherlands: Fully vaccinated travellers coming from the UK can enter the Netherlands provided they have proof of their vaccination as well as either a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours or a negative antigen test no older than 24 hours. You will also be required to quarantine for 10 days even if you are fully vaccinated. You can end your quarantine early if you test negative after five days. Unvaccinated visitors can only enter for essential reasons. 

  • Norway: Fully vaccinated travellers and those who have recovered from the virus in the last six months can visit Norway without facing any restrictions. Unvaccinated travellers will have to complete a declaration form within 72 hours before arrival, may be tested on arrival and will need to quarantine for 10 days. You can end quarantine early if you get a negative test three days after entry.


  • Poland: UK travellers are allowed to enter Poland. Those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will not need to isolate on arrival. Those who have not been fully vaccinated will have to self-isolate on arrival. You can leave isolation after seven days if you receive a negative antigen or PCR test result, or you can leave isolation after ten days if you do not take a test. 

  • Portugal (mainland): Fully vaccinated visitors or those with proof they have recovered from the virus between 11 and 180 days before travel can enter Portugal without having to isolate and without needing to take any tests. Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to have proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or a negative antigen test no older than 48 hours. 

  • Romania: Unvaccinated travellers will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need to quarantine for 14 days. Those staying in Romania for less than 72 hours can avoid quarantine provided they leave Romania within 72 hours of arriving. You can also enter Romania without quarantining if you have had a full course of the vaccination. 

  • San Marino: To enter San Marino, you will need to go through Italy, so follow the entry rules for UK travellers entering Italy. 

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

  • Slovenia: To enter Slovenia you will need either: a PCR test no older than 72 hours, a rapid test no older than 48 hours, proof that you have recovered from Covid-19, or proof you are fully vaccinated.

  • Spain: All travellers from the UK to Spain need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours or proof they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel. Please note, antigen tests are not being accepted. 

  • Switzerland: Those in the UK who are fully vaccinated can enter Switzerland for any purpose. If you are not fully vaccinated, you can only enter the country if you are: an EU or EFTA national, have a residence permit, a cross border permit, an FDFA legitimation card, a D visa or have a ‘laissez passer’. 

  • Turkey: UK travellers will need one of the following: a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, a rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours, proof you have recovered from Covid-19 or proof you have been fully vaccinated. You also need to complete this form 72 hours before travelling. 

  • Ukraine: On arrival in the Ukraine, you will need proof of health insurance that covers Covid-19. You will also need proof you have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and negative test (either antigen or PCR) no older than 72 hours. Those staying longer than 72 hours need to take a test on arrival to avoid isolation. 

North America

The US has announced it will be open to vaccinated Brits from the start of November (Shutterstock)

The US has announced it will be open to vaccinated Brits from the start of November (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. It has been announced that from November, UK travellers can enter the US provided they are fully vaccinated and can show proof of a negative test no older than 87 hours before departure.

Which North American countries are open to visitors? 

  • Canada: Fully vaccinated visitors travelling from the UK can now enter for tourism. You will also need a negative test no older than 72 hours or a positive test from between 14 and 180 days before travel.

  • 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 are closed to UK travellers? 

 

  • Argentina: Argentina’s borders are closed to foreign tourists. Only residents and nationals can enter, unless it is for essential reasons.

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

  • Chile: You cannot enter Chile unless you are a Chilean national, resident foreign national, or in certain exceptional circumstances. 

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

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

  • Panama: To enter Panama from the UK you need to fill in this form. To avoid quarantine on arrival, you will need proof that you are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated travellers coming from the UK will need to have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and quarantine for 72 hours at home or in an approved hotel, taking another test at the end of your isolation. 

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

Which South American countries are open to visitors?

  • Belize: Whether you are fully vaccinated or unvaccinated, you will need proof of a negative test no older than 96 hours to enter Belize.  

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

  • Colombia: To enter Colombia you will need to fill in this form at least 24 hours before travelling. Those who have symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter.  Please note, Colombia is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Colombia to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days.

  • 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. Those who are double vaccinated can enter without the need of insurance. Tourists will not have to quarantine but residents and nationals will. Please note, Costa Rica is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Costa Rica to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days.

  • Cuba: Cuba will move to  the red list on 4am on Monday 19 July. Havana Airport is now open and all other Cuban airports are open for commercial flights. From 10 January, everyone travelling to Cuba will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. From 6 February, once you have arrived in Cuba you will be taken to an isolation centre until you get a negative result. 

  • Ecuador: If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Ecuador provided you complete a health declaration form. Unvaccinated visitors can also enter but will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will need to take an antigen test at the airport and if that is positive, you will have to self-isolate for 10 days.


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

  • Guyana: To visit Guyana, you will need a negative test no older than seven days. If your test is within 72 hours, you will be allowed to enter Guyana with no restrictions. If your test is between four and seven day's old, you will need to take a second test on arrival and isolate until you get the results. UK travellers returning from Guyana to the UK will need to isolate for 14 days.
  • Paraguay: Non-resident foreign nationals arriving by air are now allowed to enter Paraguay. Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to quarantine on arrival but all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, will need to have proof of a PCR test no older than 72 hours or an antigen test no older than 24 hours.

  • Peru: To travel to Peru you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. Visitors travelling from the UK do not need to isolate, regardless of their vaccination status.

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

  • Venezuela: You will need proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. You will need to take and pay for an additioinal test on arrival. Please note, Venezuela is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Venezuela to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

Asia 

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Which Asian countries are closed to UK travellers?

 

  • Bhutan: Bhutan is closed to all foreign tourists.

  • Brunei: Entry to Brunei is severely restricted and anyone who wants to visit will need a permit from the Prime Minister's office. You will need to provide a negative test on arrival no older than 72 hours. All foreign visitors will have to pay $350 BND for a coronavirus test and need to be able to cover the cost of a stay in a quarantine facility for 15 days. You will also be encouraged to download the BruHealth app. Be aware that there is an exit travel ban in place.  

  • Cambodia: Cambodia has suspended its visa exemption policy, tourist visa, visa on arrival and e-visa arrangements indefinitely.

  • China: Flights between the UK and China have been suspended. 

  • Hong Kong: From the 1 July, all passenger flights from the UK are banned from landing in Hong kong and UK visitors will be denied entry. 

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

  • Indonesia: Indonesia is on the UK government's red list. To enter Indonesia you need to apply for a visitor or limited stay visa which should include proof you are fully vaccinated, proof of travel insurance with a letter to say you will pay for your own treatment if you get the virus and proof you have 2,000 USD by showing last three months bank statements. 

  • Israel: To enter Israel from the UK, you will need a PCR test no older than 72 hours and will need to take a test on arrival. You will need to isolate for 14 days on arrival, even if you are fully vaccinated. 

  • Japan: You cannot enter Japan for short-term reasons such as business, tourism and to visit family. 

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

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

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

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

  • Malaysia: British travellers are banned from entering Malaysia except in some exceptional circumstances. 

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

  • Myanmar (Burma): Those travelling from the UK are not allowed to enter Myanmar. 

  • Oman: To enter Oman from the UK you will need proof of a negative test: this should be no older than 72 hours if your flight is less than eight hours and no older than 96 hours if your flight is over eight hours. You need to fill in this form before arrival with your vaccine certificate and negative test results. You also need proof of insurance that covers 30 days of Covid-19 treatment. 
  • Philippines: Foreign travellers can only enter the Philippines if they have a valid visa at the time of entry and have pre-booked accommodation for at least ten nights in a quarantine facility. You will be tested at the quarantine hotel on day seven. Before travelling to the Philippines you should contact your airline or travel company. 

  • Qatar: Qatar is only open to residents who will need to get prior approval to enter the country.

  • Saudi Arabia: To enter Saudi Arabia you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need a valid health insurance policy. Those who have not been vaccinated will need to quarantine for seven days. 

  • Singapore: UK travellers can only enter Singapore if they have pre-travel permission from the Singapore government.

  • South Korea: Visas for non-urgent travel, including tourism, is suspended until further notice. 

  • Sri Lanka: You need permission to travel to Sri Lanka and need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation to visit. You will need a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours and will be subject to quarantine measures on arrival. 

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

  • Tajikistan: To enter Tajikistan, you will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours and will have to self-isolate for at least three days. 

  • Thailand: You will need to apply for permission on the Royal Thai Government website before being able to travel. Thailand is now on the UK government's red list meaning any British national travelling from Thailand to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Timor-Leste: Timor-Leste has a temporary border closure in place until at least 29 September. 

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

  • Vietnam: Vietnam is not open for tourism.  

Which Asian countries are open to visitors?

 

  • Bahrain: Bahrain has reopened to UK visitors and visas on arrival are available. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival, taking tests when you arrive, on day five and on day ten of your stay. You need to download the BeAware app. Those who can prove they have had both doses of the vaccine will be allowed entry into indoor public services in Bahrain. Visitors from the UK who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are exempt from quarantine but still need proof of a negative test 48 hours before arrival and have tests on arrival and on day ten. 

  • Bangladesh: To enter Bangladesh from the UK you must have proof you are fully vaccinated, proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, a completed health declaration form and a completed passenger locator form. If you have proof you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, you are exempt from the 14-day quarantine at a government hotel but will still need to isolate at home. 

  • 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 or proof that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. If your journey is delayed and your test therefore older than 72 hours by the time you arrive, then you will need to take a PCR test on arrival. For any entry or exit questions, you are urged to contact the Kyrgyz authorities: +996 312 881 618.

  • Jordan: Those who have been in the UK in the past 14 days, including those who have passed through the UK in transit can fly to Jordan provided they have proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours. You will need to register before travelling to either book a PCR test on arrival or be granted exemption by proving you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. For travel to Aqaba, make sure 21 days have passed since you had your second dose of the vaccine or come with proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. 

  • Lebanon: Those entering Lebanon from the UK will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 96 hours, proof you are fully vaccinate or proof you have recovered from the virus within 90 days. 

  • The Maldives: The Maldives has reopened its borders and lifted its ban for anyone who has left or transited through the UK in the last 14 days. You will need to fill in this form 24 hours before you travel. All visitors must present a negative PCR test no older than 96 hours on arrival to Maldives. Those travelling for tourism will not face quarantine on arrival. 

  • Nepal: To enter Nepal, you will need a negative test no older than 72 hours, travel insurance and to have filled in the International Travel Arrival Form. Those who are fully vaccinated can get a visa on arrival but unvaccinated visitors will need to secure their visa beforehand. Unvaccinated visas will also need to book a hotel where they can isolate for ten days.

  • Pakistan: You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours to enter Pakistan.

  • UAE: You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours to visit Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Those arriving at Abu Dhabi will need to take another test on arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers can visit Abu Dhabi without needing to quarantine. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, need to take tests on arrival, on day four and on day eight of their visitors.

  • Uzbekistan: UK travellers will not need to quarantine in arrival if they have proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours.

Africa 

Rwanda is open to tourists  (Shutterstock)

Rwanda is open to tourists (Shutterstock)

Which African countries are closed to UK travellers? 

  • Algeria: There are no commercial flights to Algeria. 

  • Angola: To enter Angola, you need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours and need to full in this form 72 hours before travel. You will need to take a rapid test on arrival. If you test negative, you will need to self-isolate for seven days before taking another test. 

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

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

  • Eritrea: From 4am on 30 June Eritrea will be on the red list. Eritrea Asmara International Airport is closed and all entry visas have been suspended

  • Ethiopia: To enter Ethiopia you will need a negative test no older than five days and will need to isolate for seven days. Those who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus in the last 90 days do not have to isolate. You need to upload your test via the  Africa Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven systems. Please note, Ethiopia is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Ethiopia to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

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

  • Kenya: To enter Kenya you will need a negative test no older than 96 hours. You will also need to submit daily health details to the Jitenge Platform/ App for 14 days.

  • Madagascar: Entry to Madagascar from overseas is not allowed. 

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

  • South Africa: Upon arrival in South Africa, you will need proof of a paper copy of a negative test no older than 72 hours from time of departure. This needs to be a paper copy. If you do not have a negative test, you will need to take an antigen test on arrival and self-isolate for 10 days if this is positive. You will also need to fill in a health questionnaire which you can get from South Africa Department of Health


Which African countries are open
to visitors? 

 

 

  • Cape Verde: To enter Cape Verde you will need proof you are vaccinated, or proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. Before your visit, you need to fill in this form and pay £30. Please note, Cape Verde is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Cape Verde to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Chad: The ban on UK travellers has now been lifted. You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours before arrival and will need to take a further test at the airport which you will be charged 40 US Dollars for. If you are staying in Chad for more than a week then you will need to take another PCR test on day seven. 

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

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

  • Djibouti: You will need evidence that you have been fully vaccinated in order to enter. Thos who have not been fully vaccinated will have to isolate for 10 days on arrival. All visitors will also need proof of a negative PCR Test no older than 72 hours of departure and 120 hours of arrival. You will need to take a second test on arrival. 

  • 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. Passengers who are fully vaccinated will not need to show test results on arrival to Egypt. 

  • Gabon: Flight restrictions have eased. Those travelling from the UK need authorisation from the Gabonese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also need a negative test no older than three days or a valid vaccination certificate. You will take another test on arrival and self-isolate for 24 hours. Please note, your passport will be kept by authorities during your quarantine and will not be returned until you have completed the isolation period. 

  • Ghana: You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours, create an account here and fill in the information, including uploading your test result. At Kotoka International Airport, you will also need to pre-pay for a test on arrival. 

  • Guinea: If you arrive/ depart Conakry you will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than five days. UK travellers also need to take another test on arrival. You will isolate at Onomo hotel until you get the test results back which could take 48 to 72 hours.

  • Liberia: Robert International Airport has reopened to commercial flights but flights are still limited with no direct flights from the UK.You will need a negative test no older than 96 hours before arrival regardless of your vaccination status. 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Malawi: To enter Malawi, you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You may also be tested on arrival. 

  • Mauritania: If you travel to Mauritania, you will need proof of a negative test no older than three days and travellers from the UK will need to quarantine at home for 10 days. 

  • Mauritius: Fully vaccinated visitors will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will also need travel insurance that covers Covid-19. Unvaccinated visitors need to quarantine for 14 days and have a test on day seven and day 14. 
  • Morocco: To enter Morocco you need proof that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 2 weeks before travel. Those who have not been vaccinated can enter with proof of a negative test no older than 48 hours. 

  • Mozambique: Entry to Mozambique is allowed to all travellers with a valid tourist or residency visa. You can avoid quarantine on arrival by showing proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. Please note, Mozambique is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Mozambique to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • 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 may be tested for COVID-19 again seven days after your entry. Please note, Namibia is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Namibia to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days. 

  • Nigeria: All travellers to Nigeria need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours and carry evidence of your test. You will also need to complete the online health declaration before travelling and you will need to pre-book and pay for a repeat PCR test for seven days after you arrive in Nigeria. 

  • 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. 

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

  • 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. 

  • Senegal: Some airlines are only letting Senegal residents travel to the country. You will also need proof of a negative test no older than five days.

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

  • Sierra Leone: From 27 September, if you are unvaccinated, you will have to quarantine on arrival until you get proof of a negative PCR test. To enter you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours, a locator form, proof of payment for on arrival tests. On arrival you will undergo a PCR test and a RDT test.


  • St Helena: You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. You will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

  • Sudan: If you are of Sudanese origin you will be tested for Covid-19 on arrival. All other passengers 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) but you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. On arrival you will need to take a rapid test which you need to pay for. Please note, Tanzania is on the UK's red list meaning any British national travelling from Tanzania to the UK will have to quarantine in a government hotel for 10 days.  

  • Tunisia: To enter Tunisia, you will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours. Unvaccinated travellers need to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel. Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from having to isolate. You are also exempt from isolation if you are travelling on an inclusive holiday with a tour operator.

  • Uganda: To enter Uganda, you will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. Vaccinated visitors will not need to take a second test on arrival.
  • Zambia: To enter Zambia, you need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hours.

South Pacific 

Australia has closed its borders to foreign travellers (Shutterstock)

Australia has closed its borders to foreign travellers (Shutterstock)

Which South Pacific countries can you not travel to? 

  • New Zealand: The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers. 
  • Australia: Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. 

  • Fiji: Flights are suspended. 

  • 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: To enter Papua New Guinea, you need to be fully vaccinated, have written permission from the National Pandemic Controller and have proof of a negative test no older than seven days.

  • Pitcairn Islands: The borders are closed. 

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

Which countries have their borders open? 

  • French Polynesia: Those who are fully vaccinated will not need an essential reason to visit. You will need proof of a negative test no older than 72 hour. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated needs an essential reason to travel. 

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: UK travellers must apply and be approved by the government's health team. Upon arrival, fully vaccinated visitors will receive a yellow wristband and non-vaccinated people and children will get a red wristband. You must show a negative PCR test taken three to five days before you arrive. You will be tested again on arrival and will need to stay at your hotel until you get told you have tested negative. With the exception of pregnant women, everyone entering Anguilla must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 21 days before arrival. Children who are travelling with their vaccinated family and have not had the vaccine can still travel without isolation but will need to take a test on day four of being in Anguilla. Unaccompanied unvaccinated children coming from an unvaccinated household will need to self-isolate for 10 days. 

  • Bahamas: Flights are severely restricted with only a limited number of both international and domestic flights available. British Airways are now running direct flights and you should head to their website for information. You will need  proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than five days, a health visa application and insurance (included in the health visa). Those who have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine can enter the Bahamas without needing a test. 

  • Bermuda: You need to apply for a Bermuda Covid-19 Travel Authorisation one to three days before departure and will need a pre-arrival test.  Unvaccinated visitors with a pre-arrival test will need to quarantine for four days at a hotel. After four days, if a  negative test is obtained, you can spend the next 10 days of isolation at home. Vaccinated travellers with a negative pre-arrival test will need to quarantine until they get a negative test result from their arrival test.


  • Cayman Islands: Vaccinated travellers can visit the Cayman Islands but need to get authorisation before entering and take a pre-arrival PCR test. You will need to vaccinated on arrival for seven days. 

  • Montserrat: The island is closed to tourists


     

    Which Caribbean countries are open to visitors? 

  • Antigua and Barbuda: You must show proof of a negative PCR test no older than seven days. You will need to complete a Health Declaration Form and have your temperature checked on arrival. Arriving passengers who are allowed to stay in a private home or government facility will need to wear a monitoring bracelet. Tourists who have pre-booked accommodation will usually be allowed to go to their accommodation after screening and move freely around the country. However, it is ultimately up to the Quarantine Authority who must self-isolate or quarantine on arrival so be aware that there is a possibility that you will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Aruba: European travellers are permitted to enter Aruba. All travellers need to complete this form before arrival. have proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours, purchase Aruba's COVID-19 insurance, agree to health checks and screening on arrival and wear a mask on the flight and at the airport.  

  • Barbados: All travellers, even fully vaccinated ones, must travel with a negative PCR test taken within three days of travelling. Unvaccinated visitors need to quarantine on arrival, taking a second test on day five of isolation. If this test is negative then you can exit quarantine. You should read this website carefully before travelling

  • Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba: To enter Bonaire you will need to meet testing requirments and fill out a health form. Please note that their is a flight ban in place between Bonaire and the UK. To enter Saba you need to meet testing requirements and apply to enter. You may also need to quarantine on arrival. To enter St Eustatius, you will need to meet testing and quarantine requirements and also need to request permission to enter by email at least 72 hours before you travel. 

  • British Virgin Islands (BVI): Fully vaccinated travellers can enter the BVI through the Road Town Jetty; Soper’s Hole Dock, West End; Dog Hole Dock, Jost Van Dyke; and St Thomas Bay Dock, Virgin Gorda. People who have only received one dose of the vaccine or had their second vaccine less than 2 weeks before travelling can only enter through the Road Town Jetty and the T B Lettsome International Airport. Fully vaccinated travellers will need to pre-register for a rapid antigen test, show proof of a negative test no older than five days, have proof of vaccination, take a rapid test on arrival and have proof of travel insurance covering Covid-19 costs. Partially vaccinated travellers need to register for a BVI Gateway Authorisation Certificate, show proof of a negative PCR test between three and five days old, take a PCR test on arrival and have proof of travel insurance covering Covid-19. Partially vaccinated travellers also need to quarantine for four days and take a PCR test on day four. Unvaccinated travellers will need all of the above and will also need to quarantine for seven days, taking another test on day seven.
  • Dominica: You must complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before you arrive and show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel on arrival. You must also have a rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) on arrival. If it's negative, you must self-isolate in a government certified facility for five days and take another PCR test on day five. If it's positive you must pay to quarantine in a government certified facility for 14 days.

  • Dominican Republic: This is be on the red list from 4am on 30 June. You will need proof of a negative test taken with 72 hours and a temperature check and random rapid diagnostic breath tests on arrival. You will need to fill in a Covid Traveller's Health Affidavit before travelling. 


  • 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.

  • Grenada: All travellers must pre-pay for accommodation, pre-pay for a PCR test and apply for a Pure Safe Travel Certificate and have a negative test no older than three days. Those who have had both doses of the vaccine at least two weeks before travelling only need to quarantine for 48 hours while waiting for the results of a Covid test. 

  • Haiti: From 4am on 30 June Haiti will be on the UK's red list. You must show proof of a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours. You may be required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

  • Jamaica: To enter Jamaica from the UK, you need authorisation from the Visit Jamaica Website. You will need a negative test no older than 72 hours. You may be tested again on arrival in which case you would wait for the results in your room.  If you test negative, you will need to stay within the 'resilient corridor' area.

  • St Martin and St Barthélemy: The island has announced it is open to tourists. You will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that is no older than 72 hours. You may also need to self-isolate on arrival for seven days and take a second test. 

  • Saint Lucia: Those wishing to go to Saint Lucia need to complete a pre-arrival registration form. You will also need proof of a negative test no older than five days and you will ne screened on arrival. All international visitors will need to stay in a pre-booked Covid certified accommodation for two weeks. If you had your second dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before travel then you will be exempt from isolation.

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Consult the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ entry protocol documents for the full and latest information.  

  • St Kitts and Nevis: Fully vaccinated visitors can enter St Kitts and novice but will need to have proof of a negative test between 24 and 72 hours before arrival. You will have to stay at a hotel for five days, but will be able to move freely around the hotel. After four days, you can take a test and if negative, you can go wherever you want on the island.

  • Trinidad and Tobago: Travellers from the UK will need to complete the TT Travel Pass 72 hours before arrival. To avoid quarantine, you will need proof of a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours and will need to be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated visitors are not allowed to enter the country unless they are Trinidad and Tobago nationals. 

  • Turks and Caicos Islands: Travellers must have pre-travel authorisation via Assured Portal. You must be fully vaccinated and on the portal you must upload proof of a negative test taken within three days, proof of travel insurance that includes Covid-19 cover and a completed health screening questionnaire. 

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