COVID-19 Travel Alert: Which Countries Have Open Borders?

When will it be safe to travel again? Get the latest information on how coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine and restrictions are affecting travelers around the world.

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COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures – updated 13 January 2021

Please note: We will try to keep this page updated with the latest information on border closures and openings, but please check your government travel advisory and local news sources for the latest information. If you don't see a country listed here, be sure to check for any restrictions they may have in place.

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Which countries still have closed borders and lockdown measures in place?

From 20 December 2020, many countries around the world have announced travel bans, restrictions or compulsory quarantine rules for travelers from the UK. This is due to the huge surge in COVID-19 cases and the detection of a new variant of the virus. Please consult your travel agent or airline before traveling to or from the UK.

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Closed borders in The Caribbean

British Virgin Islands: Borders are only open to returning Virgin Islanders, Belongers, Permanent Residents and Naturalised Citizens. Anyone who wants to return needs to register online. Arrivals will be quarantined for 14 days.

Cayman Islands: International flights and cruise ships are banned from entering unless pre-authorization has been given. Anyone who is permitted to enter must undergo quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in a government facility.

Montserrat: Registration for travel must be completed via the Access Declaration Form at least 72 hours prior to departure. There are restrictions on who can enter, and enhanced health screenings in place. Eligible travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Trinidad and Tobago: Airports and borders remain closed to non-nationals unless flights are permitted by the Minister. Only returning nationals and residents are allowed to enter, and are subject to entry requirements.

Closed borders in North America

Canada: The land border between the United States and Canada will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least 21 February 2021. From 7 January 2021, at 12.01am EST, all air passengers traveling to Canada, who are five years or older, will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the country. Passengers must present evidence of a negative laboratory test result to their airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveler’s scheduled departure to Canada.

Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Most foreign nationals are banned from entering Canada. Exemptions include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or their immediate families, temporary foreign workers, and some international students. If you're a foreign national (not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada), you won't be able to enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Arrivals must provide contact information, undergo screening by a border official, and quarantine or self-isolate for 14 days

United States: There are restrictions on who can enter or transit the USA. Effective January 26, all air passengers entering the United States will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departure​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Anyone permitted to enter will be screened upon arrival, and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The land borders with Canada and Mexico are closed to all non-essential travel until at least 21 February 2021.

Closed borders in South America

French Guiana: Travel is severely restricted until further notice. Only travelers who can prove that entry is for urgent family/work reasons will be allowed to enter and must fill in a travel certificate and provide proof. A negative test result for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure for French Guiana is required for boarding a flight.

Uruguay: Borders remain closed to foreign nationals, and there are only limited exceptions to the entry ban. Eligible travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, and undergo 7 days of mandatory self-isolation at a declared address. A second swab on day 7 is required before the completion of quarantine. All non-resident foreign travelers must show proof of health insurance that covers suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Venezuela: Borders are closed and commercial flights are suspended. Flights my resume in a progressive approach from 2 December. Entry is limited to Venezuelan citizens and residents, who must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 48 hours of boarding their flight, and will undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival. Quarantine in designated state-run health facilities applies to anyone who tests positive.

Closed borders in Europe

Hungary: From 1 September, foreigners will only be allowed to enter Hungary “in the case that it is very necessary.” Most countries have been placed in the red category, and for the limited countries that aren't, strict measures apply for arrivals. Hungarians returning from overseas must self-quarantine for 14 days, or until they produce two negative COVID-19 tests taken two days apart.

Closed borders in Africa

Algeria: All international flights are suspended, and land borders are closed. Algerian nationals returning on repatriation flights from abroad, foreign nationals with diplomatic visas, or employees of foreign companies operating in Algeria are eligible to enter. Eligible travelers need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

Angola: Entry is still limited to Angolan nationals and foreign nationals resident in Angola. Air passengers must show proof of a negative PCR test from within 72 hours prior to arrival, and must undergo quarantine for at least 7 days, and will be released from quarantine once you have tested negative after the 7 day period. Returning residents can quarantine in their own homes.

Benin: Entry to Benin is restricted to "extreme necessities". Limited commercial flights are operating. COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all arrivals. After the first test proves negative, a second test will be mandatory on day 14. Passengers must leave their passports with immigration police for up to 72 hours until the first test results are received.

Cameroon: Most commercial flights are suspended, and entry is still restricted. Air passengers eligible to enter must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. If you do not have a test prior to arrival, you will undergo a rapid test for COVID-19 at the airport. A positive result means isolating at home or in a government facility at their own expense. A negative result means self-quarantine at home for 14 days.

Comoros: All international flights have been suspended until further notice. Anyone eligible to enter must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 result prior to arrival.

Eritrea: International flights are suspended until further notice. Returning residents will be required to quarantine for 21 days upon arrival.

eSwatini: Borders are closed to non-residents, and commercial flights are suspended. Returning citizens and residents must either quarantine in government-designated facilities or self-isolate for 14 days.

Gabon: All international flights have been suspended, and land and sea borders have closed indefinitely. Anyone who is permitted to enter must undergo 15-days of quarantine at a government facility.

The Gambia: Land borders are closed and commercial flights are suspended, except for repatriation, humanitarian or medevac flights. Arrivals must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, and will be required to self-isolate at home/one location for 14 days. If you do not have a negative COVID-19 test, you will be quarantined in a government facility at your own cost for 14 days.

Guinea-Bissau: Flights are suspended. Arrivals must self-isolate at one location for 14 days.

Lesotho: The borders have closed to all but essential trade. Anyone arriving in Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus and must self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital. Non-essential travel is restricted, social distancing measures must be followed, and face masks must be worn in public.

Madagascar: From 1 October, tourist flights to/from the island of Nosy Be will resume. Nosy Be is an island off Madagascar’s northwestern coast. Travel to mainland Madagascar will not be permitted until an unspecified later date – check Madagascar's tourism board for the latest information on which countries are banned from flying to Nosy Be.

Mali: Flights are limited. Arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate less than 72 hours old, or be tested on arrival at the airport and wait in self-isolation until results are received.

Malawi: Due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases recorded in Malawi, and the emergence of a new strain of the virus, Malawi has closed its land borders to all foreigners for 14 days starting from 23 December 2020. International flights are suspended. Travelers, including Malawian nationals and residents, arriving from high-risk COVID-19 countries must undergo 14-days of self-isolation. Anyone showing symptoms will be quarantined at a government facility.

Niger: Commercial flights remain suspended. Entry is only permitted for nationals, people with valid residency and foreign nationals with valid visas. Eligible visitors need to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate less than 72 hours old to airport authorities or be tested at the airport. There are temperature checks upon arrival.

South Africa: From 11 January 2021, South Africa has closed all its land borders until 15 February 2021 for general entry and departure. As of 22 December, some countries are restricting flights to and from South Africa due to the second wave of COVID-19 caused by a new variant of the virus. On 1 October, three international airports opened for inbound and outbound tourism. Borders will only be open to travelers from countries arriving from medium or low-risk categories. The list of high-risk countries is available here. Eligible travelers must show a negative test for COVID-19 that is less than 72 hours old, and will be asked to install a government contact tracing app.

Uganda: Entebbe International Airport will reopen from 1 October, and travelers will be required to present a medical certificate confirming a negative PCR test for COVID-19 dated within 72 hours before departure. Tour operators and local partners have been asked to make sure their travelers proceed directly to their accommodation and do not mix with Ugandans.

Zimbabwe: Borders have closed to non-residents. Entry to Zimbabwe is prohibited except for Zimbabwean nationals and foreign nationals with a valid residency visa. From 4 September, returning residents and nationals who have a negative COVID-19 certificate valid within 48 hours of arrival are allowed to self-quarantine for 21 days. Those without a negative certificate will be sent to a quarantine facility, where they will be tested and either discharged for self-quarantine or isolation.

Closed borders in Asia

Azerbaijan: Restrictions on traveling to and from Azerbaijan by air or land are in place until 30 September. To obtain permission to enter, foreigners – and Azerbaijani citizens who have visited countries affected by COVID-19 in the last 14 days – must submit a medical certificate after being tested for COVID-19. All arrivals will undergo screening for symptoms, and if suspected of exposure, will be evaluated and sent to a designated quarantine facility for 14 days.

Bhutan: International flights are suspended. Foreign nationals need to apply for permission to enter Bhutan. All travelers or returning Bhutanese nationals will be quarantined for 21 days upon arrival.

China: There are restrictions on who can enter China. Check your government travel advisory for the latest information.

Hong Kong: For the latest information on who can enter Hong Kong, read Hong Kong's inbound traveler FAQs.

India: International flights remain suspended. The Indian Bureau of Immigration website outlines categories of foreign nationals who are now eligible to travel to India. Anyone exempt from the entry ban is subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Everyone must provide contact details, and will be asked to download the Arogya Setu app.

Indonesia: Foreign nationals are banned from entering Indonesia. If you meet the criteria for entry, you must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and a certificate written in English, and the result must be no older than 7 days. If you do not have a negative COVID-19 certificate, you will undergo a swab test and quarantine at your expense until the results are received (this could take up to 7 days). You will also need to provide a personal statement that confirms you are ready to be quarantined for 14 days if required.

Laos: International flights are suspended, and borders are closed to foreign travelers. Foreign nationals who are granted permission to enter must apply for a visa. Arrivals will undergo mandatory health screenings and 14 days of quarantine at their own expense. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure, and complete a health declaration form.

Malaysia: Foreign nationals are not allowed to enter Malaysia, unless for medical tourism or long-term pass holders. Medical tourism is only allowed from designated green zone countries. Foreign nationals holding certain categories of residency and employment passes are also allowed to enter. My Travel Pass has been launched for foreigners looking to enter the country. Arrivals are subject to medical screening, quarantine for 14 days at your own cost in a designated facility, and must download the MySejahtera app.

Mongolia: All international flights and rail transport to Mongolia is suspended until at least 31 December. The Mongolian government may allow foreign nationals to enter if they meet certain criteria: passengers with a short-term visa (business (B-type), diplomatic (D-type) or official (A-type) visa) issued on or after 8 October 2020. International arrivals are subject to quarantine for 21 days at designated facilities.

Myanmar: All international flights are suspended until 15 December. Read the latest updates on the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Nepal: Most foreign travelers are still not allowed to enter. From 1 September, a progressive approach to resuming flights began. Only Nepalis, international passengers from certain employment categories, and their dependents will be allowed to enter Nepal. Eligible passengers must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours, fill out a Passengers Locator Card and may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

North Korea: All international air and train routes have been temporarily suspended since 31 January 2020. Passengers traveling for tourism purposes are not allowed to enter. Arrivals from COVID-19 affected countries will be quarantined for 30 days.

Philippines: The Philippines has suspended flights from the UK until 15 January 2021. In addition, entry is banned for all non-Filipinos arriving from the UK (and some other countries) during the same period. Filipino nationals, spouses or children of nationals, and residents returning from abroad may be subject to quarantine for a maximum of 14 days upon arrival or required to undergo COVID-19 testing. Foreign nationals with existing long-term visas are allowed to enter the Philippines, subject to certain conditions outlined here in this travel alert.

Sri Lanka: Commercial flights are suspended indefinitely. Any returning residents must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Sri Lankan nationals and residents returning from overseas will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival, followed by 14 days of self-isolation at home. Arrivals will undergo temperature checks at the airport and must now take a PCR test.

Taiwan: From 1 January 2021, foreign nationals are not permitted to enter Taiwan. Resident visa holders, diplomats, business passengers with special entry permits and spouses and children of Taiwanese nationals will be exempt from this restriction; however, these groups will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test and complete a 14-day quarantine.

Tajikistan: Commercial flights are suspended until further notice. Land borders are closed, and foreign nationals are banned from entering the country. Returning residents are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Turkmenistan: Commercial flights are suspended until at least 1 January 2021. Repatriation flights are permitted for nationals of Turkmenistan, accredited diplomats, permanently registered foreigners and some employees of international companies and organizations. Passengers must have a negative medical certificate for a COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure, and will be subject to testing on arrival and self-isolation for 21 days.

Vietnam: Vietnam's borders remain closed to most foreign travelers. From 22 September, Vietnam has resumed international commercial flights to six destinations: Guangzhou, Taiwan, Seoul, Tokyo, Phnom Penh, and Vientiane. Entry is only permitted for diplomats, experts, investors and their family members, and Vietnamese nationals returning home. Inbound travelers must submit an online health declaration form, and undergo medical checks upon arrival. Quarantine lasts a minimum of 14 days, and maybe extended longer if you test positive at any point. For the latest information, read the Vietnam tourism travel advisory.

Closed borders in the Middle East

Bahrain: Only Bahraini citizens, residents, and passengers with Prior Permission Granted are allowed entry. Arrivals are subject to a COVID-19 test on arrival and are no longer obligated to undergo self-isolation for 10 days if their first test is negative. A second test must be taken 10 days after arrival.

Israel: Non-resident foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter unless they meet limited exceptions, and obtain approval for entry from the Consulate of Israel in their country of origin. Eligible travelers must fill out an entry form, and travelers on the ‘Green list’ will not be required to self-isolate, unless they have visited a country on Israel’s ‘Red list’ in the past 14 days.

Saudi Arabia: Entry remains restricted. From 15 September, some categories of expatriates holding valid visas (exit/entry, business, residence/Iqama and visit) are allowed to enter. Passengers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure.

Qatar: Qatar has restricted entry, except for nationals and permanent residents of Qatar who must apply to return through the Qatar Portal website. Travelers from low-risk countries are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and undergo home quarantine for 7 days when they must take a second test, and quarantine will end if results are negative. Arrivals from countries that aren't on the safe list must obtain a "virus-free certificate" from an accredited COVID-19 facility no more than 48 hours before departure, and quarantine upon arrival.

Closed borders in Oceania

Australia: Foreign travelers are not allowed to enter Australia unless they are Australian citizens or permanent residents and immediate family returning from abroad. The international borders remain closed until further notice. Australia will quarantine all returning residents in hotels for two weeks. Individual states have their own restrictions in place for domestic travel. The Healthdirect Australia Restriction Checker is where you can find the most up to date information by state.

Fiji: International flights remain suspended. Only returning nationals are permitted to enter, and must undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine.

New Zealand: All travelers, except for returning New Zealanders, are denied entry. Exemptions to the entry ban are listed in full by New Zealand Immigration, and this includes their partners, legal guardians or any dependent children traveling with them. All arrivals will be tested for COVID-19, and are subject to 14 days of government-supervised quarantine or self-isolation. Before entering the community, everyone must test negative for COVID-19.

Kiribati: The Republic of Kiribati will now deny entry to any travelers who have been in or transited countries with confirmed local transmission within 14 days immediately prior to entering Kiribati.

Samoa: From 26 March, all international travel to and from Samoa has been banned until further notice. International cruise ships and yachts will not be allowed enter Samoa.

Solomon Islands: Scheduled international flights remain suspended until at least 10 January 2021. Only Solomon Islands citizens and residents are permitted to enter, and they must complete a Public Health Declaration and may be required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

Tonga: Tonga's borders have closed to all foreign nationals, and a state of emergency remains in place until 12 March 2021.

Vanuatu: All ports of entry are closed until further notice. Vanuatu nationals arriving on repatriation flights are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days. Passengers must fill out a form online.

Which countries have reopened borders and relaxed local restrictions?

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Open borders in Africa

Botswana: Airports in Gaborone (GBE), Kasane (BBK) and Maun (MUB) reopened. Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English. Passengers are subject to medical screening upon arrival.

Burkina Faso: Commercial flights resumed in August. All international travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated no more than 5 days prior to departure, and quarantine for 14 days on arrival at a location of your choice and at your own cost.

Burundi: Burundi re-opened for international flights on 8 November. Land borders opened to essential travel from 1 August. Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative PCR test for COVID-19, issued no more than 72 hours before departure. Arrivals will be tested again, and must quarantine for 72 hours at a hotel booked here.

Cape Verde: Cape Verde’s air and maritime borders are open. Passengers need a COVID-19 test to enter and exit, and the test has to be done within 72 hours before travel. Anyone without a COVID-19 test within the 72 hour timeframe will not be allowed to board their flight. Inter-island travel requires a form to be filled out prior.

Central African Republic: The airport has reopened. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 7 days before arrival. Everyone will be subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

Chad: Airports in Chad will be closed for commercial flights after 11.59pm on 4 January. Anyone entering must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 7 days before arrival. Everyone planning to stay more than 7 days will be subject to quarantine for 7 days.

Côte d’Ivoire: Commercial flights have restarted with limited routes. You must have a valid visa for entry, and you should organize this in advance. An air travel declaration form must be filled out prior to departure, and travelers must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result, dated a maximum of 7 days prior to travel.

The Democratic Republic of Congo: Airports reopened. Travelers must submit a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours (3 days) before arrival, and will have to pay for another COVID-19 test on arrival.

The Republic of Congo: All passengers arriving in the Republic of Congo by commercial flights are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entry, and will be subject to quarantine at their own expense.

Djibouti: Commercial flights have resumed. On arrival at all entry points, anyone over the age of 11 will be tested for COVID-19 and must remain at the point of entry until results are received (up to 4 hours). 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 facility.

Egypt: Commercial flights have restarted. All travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before the departure of their last direct flight to Egypt. Passengers are subject to temperature checks, must fill out a Public Health Card, and show proof of a valid health insurance policy. Find out if you require a visa and apply online via Egypt's Online Visa portal

Ethiopia: Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative PCR COVID-19 test result that has been issued no more than 5 days (120 hours) prior to arrival. Arrivals are subject to 7 days mandatory self-isolation. Passengers without a negative PCR test result will be quarantined and tested on arrival.

Equatorial Guinea: International flights have resumed. A negative COVID-19 test result that is no older than two days must be presented on arrival. Passengers without a medical certificate are subject to medical screening and quarantine.

Ghana: Commercial flights have resumed at Kotoka International Airport from 1 September. Passengers must have a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, and will be subject to a second test on arrival. See the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority for more details.

Guinea: Conakry airport is gradually reopening to commercial flights based on reciprocity. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative PCR COVID-19 result issued no more than 5 days before their flight. Arrivals are subject to medical screening, and anyone showing symptoms will be tested for COVID-19, and anyone with positive results will be taken to a government treatment center.

Kenya: International flights have resumed from 1 August. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 96 hours before departure, fill out a "Travelers Health Surveillance Form". For more information, read the travel alert for Kenya.

Liberia: International commercial flights have resumed at Roberts International Airport. Travelers who arrive with a negative COVID-19 test result done within 72 hours prior to arrival will be allowed entry with symptom monitoring via a mobile app. If you do not get a pre-travel test, you will be tested upon arrival and have to wait for the results. Land borders remain closed.

Mauritania: From 10 September, some international flights to and from Mauritania have resumed. Travelers entering Mauritania must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test dated within 72 hours before arrival.

Mauritius: Passengers arriving in Mauritius must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 7 days before departure, and are subject to another test on arrival. Mandatory quarantine for 14 days, and a quarantine hotel reservation must be made here.

Morocco: From 6 September, visa-exempt foreign travelers with a confirmed hotel reservation or business travelers who have an invitation from a Moroccan company can enter (contact your local Moroccan embassy for more information). Moroccan residents and their families can enter. Travelers must obtain a negative PCR test result for COVID-19, and the results must be dated no earlier than 72 hours before to departure.

Mozambique: Restrictions on international travel have partially been relaxed. Arrivals from countries with active COVID-19 cases must undergo 14 days of quarantine.

Namibia: From 1 September, international travelers are permitted to enter Namibia through Hosea Kutako International airport. All non-Namibian travelers arriving in Namibia are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from their country of departure which is not older than 7 days. Non-Namibian travelers arriving with a negative result that is older than 7 days will be placed in quarantine and tested for COVID-19 on the same day at their own cost and will only be released if the results of this test return negative.

Nigeria: From 5 September, flights have restarted to Abuja and Lagos. All intending travelers must register via the Nigerian International Travel Portal. Eligible passengers must fill out a Health Declaration Form and upload evidence of their negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours (4 days) of departure to Nigeria. Everyone must self-isolate at one location for at least 7 days, and will be tested again on day 7.

Rwanda: Kigali International Airport reopened on 1 August. All travelers from this date must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 120 hours of travel, fill out a passenger locator form, and upload their COVID-19 test certificate. Arrivals will be subject to a second test, and results will be delivered within 24 hours, during which time you will self-quarantine in designated accommodation.

São Tomé and Príncipe: From 16 July, international flights are operating. Air passengers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, and must undergo 14 days of compulsory quarantine in a private residence or hotel (at your own expense).

Sierra Leone: Commercial flights resumed on 22 July. Anyone who intends on traveling to Sierra Leone must obtain authorization from the Government of Sierra Leone, produce a negative PCR COVID-19 test issued no later than 72 hours before departure, fill out a pre-departure public health passenger locator form, provide proof of payment for on arrival COVID-19 tests paid through the online portal, and then upon arrival undergo both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test.

Senegal: From 15 July, commercial flights have resumed, however airlines are not allowed to carry foreign nationals from countries who have advised against travel to Senegal, and will not allow entry from countries that have restrictions on travel from Senegal – check your government travel advice for the latest information. Arrivals must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 7 days before arrival.

Seychelles: From 1 October, travelers from low and medium risk countries, and countries with 'special status' listed here by the Department of Health are permitted to enter Seychelles, and you must apply for entry here. Approved travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (taken within 72 hours before your flight if arriving from Category 1, or taken within 48 hours if arriving from Category 2 countries). Travelers require medical insurance that covers COVID-19 for the duration of their stay. Upon arrival, passengers must submit a filled-out health check form, and are subject to temperature checks.

Somalia: Travelers flying to Somalia must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 96 hours before travel.

Somaliland: Travelers flying to Egal International Airport must have a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 96 hours before travel. If you do not have a negative result, you may be quarantined for 14 days at your own expense in a government-approved facility.

Sudan: Flights to Sudan have resumed. Travelers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 96 hours before arrival to be eligible for entry.

South Sudan: Khartoum international airport has partially reopened to select international flights. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 certificate issued no more than 48 hours ahead of their journey to enter.

Tanzania: There is no entry ban for foreign nationals. Passengers must complete a “Health Form” and present this upon arrival. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival may undergo enhanced screening and COVID-19 testing, followed by potential 14-day self-isolation.

Togo: International flights restarted from 1 August. Land borders remain closed. Travelers require a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, must complete an online form and pay for a COVID-19 test (on the same website) before travel. Upon arrival, the COVID-19 PCR test will be carried out, and before leaving the airport you must download the Togo Safe app, and specify the location of self-isolation until you receive your test results (up to 24 hours). A positive test result requires self-isolation either at home or at a government facility until you test negative.

Tunisia: Borders are open to international travelers. From 16 November, there is one set of guidelines applied to all people arriving in Tunisia. All visitors must present a negative RT-PCR laboratory test taken within 72 hours of departure (it must not exceed 120 hours upon arrival). All travelers must fill out an online form, and present the QR code prior to boarding and to immigration upon arrival. Everyone must download the Tunisian government’s ‘track and trace’ app. For the first 14 days, most travelers will be subject to self-isolation at their place of residence, a government-approved hotel or quarantine center.

Zambia: Flights have resumed to Lusaka, and borders are open. Tourist visas are only available in advance, not on arrival. Foreign travelers must show proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 taken within 7 days prior to arriving, and upon entry may be tested via nasal swab if symptoms are displayed. Returning residents need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, however, there is no requirement for international travelers to self-isolate.

Open borders in Oceania

French Polynesia: Since 15 July, borders are open to international tourism. Travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result no older than 72 hours (3 days) before departure, and complete a health registration form on Etis.pf. Visitors must obtain proper travel insurance and self-test 4 days after arrival.

Palau: Anyone traveling from COVID-19 affected areas must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result at least 72 hours prior to arrival in Palau. Passengers arriving from non-high-risk areas will be required to undergo 7-day mandatory quarantine in a designated government facility and will be tested for COVID-19 on days 1, 7, and 14. Passengers arriving from high-risk areas will be placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 days and tested on days 1, 7, 14, and 21. Read the Palau Government travel advisory for the latest information.

Papua New Guinea: Entry to Papua New Guinea is subject to written exemption from the Controller, and all international travel requests must be submitted to [email protected] Approved travelers must test negative for COVID-19 within 7 days prior to arrival, and fill out a mandatory I-APTF form online here. All arrivals must self-isolate in a government-approved hotel for 14 days.

Open borders in North America

Mexico: All passengers must submit a questionnaire to immigration upon arrival. The US-Mexico land border has closed to all non-essential traffic until 21 February 2021. Contact your airline to see if your flight is going ahead, and what to expect upon arrival.

Open borders in Central America

Belize: Philip Goldson International airport reopened on 1 October. Passengers must download the Belize Health app and obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test result 72 hours before departure. Read our Belize travel alert for more information.

Costa Rica: From 1 August, borders have reopened to allow citizens and residents of some countries. Eligible travelers must fill out an epidemiological form prior to departure, meet visa requirements and purchase a travel insurance policy that covers COVID-19.

El Salvador: El Salvador International Airport reopened on 19 September to scheduled international passenger flights. Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours before your departure flight or land border arrival.

Guatemala: Guatemala’s Aurora international airport reopened on 18 September. Travelers must register their travel 24 hours before arrival via the Guatemalan Health Pass website. Inbound travelers must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is no older than 72 hours upon entry. 

Honduras: From 17 August, international flights have resumed. Travelers must obtain a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result issued within 72 hours of arriving, and fill out a form online before departure. If you bring a negative PCR or rapid test, no quarantine is required. Find out if you require a visa for Honduras.

Nicaragua: Nicaragua does not have entry restrictions in place. Anyone who does enter Nicaragua is required to have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result, and the test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Panama: Tocumen International Airport reopened to commercial flights on 12 October. Foreign travelers, residents and Panamanians must obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of boarding their entry flight to Panama. Passengers who do not have a negative test result must undergo a rapid test at their own cost. Arrivals must sign a health declaration form.

Open borders in The Caribbean

Anguilla: Anguilla is open for pre-approved visitors from certain countries, and these people must apply to visit Anguilla. Approved travelers must complete a pre-registration form, take a COVID-19 PCR test within 3 to 5 days of travel, and present negative results. Everyone is required to be tested on day 10 of their visit. Anguilla’s sea and airports remain closed for regular inbound passenger movements until at least 12 December.

Aruba: All non-resident eligible travelers must obtain an online travel qualification, and 72 hours prior to travel you will be sent a health questionnaire. You must provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure, purchase Aruba’s COVID-19 insurance, agree to health screening and temperature checks on arrival.

Antigua and Barbuda: Borders are open to foreign travelers. All travelers must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR medical certificate issued within 7 days of their flight. Upon arrival, visitors are subject to medical screening and must complete a health declaration form. Everyone will be monitored for COVID-19 for up to 14 days. Travelers may be subject to further COVID-19 testing at their own cost.

Barbados: The airport is open. Check to see if you are traveling from a country that has been identified as very low, low, medium or high risk. Everyone must fill out an online Immigration and Customs Form 24 hours before travel. Travelers from certain categories are required to upload negative results from a PCR COVID-19 test 72-hours prior to arrival.

The Bahamas: Commercial flights resumed. All travelers must apply for an online Health Visa, present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result that has been taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of travel, and anyone staying longer than 5 days will be tested again on day 5.

Bermuda: If you are from a country the WHO has classified as having community transmission of COVID-19, you must obtain Travel Authorisation, and this requires a negative pre-departure test result taken no more than 7 days before departure. Eligible travelers must fill out a screening form, show proof of health insurance, undergo further COVID-19 testing upon arrival and quarantine until the results are ready. For the latest information, read the Bermuda Government's protocols for travelers.

Cuba: Havana Airport reopened to commercial and charter flights at midnight on 15 November. All of Cuba's airports are now open. Everyone must complete a Health Declaration, declare where they are staying, and take a PCR test. After taking the PCR test, travelers must quarantine at their hotel for a maximum of 24 hours while waiting for test results. Once a negative result is produced, travelers are free to explore Cuba.

Dominica: Commercial flights have resumed. All visitors must fill out an online questionnaire 24 hours before arrival, take a PCR swab test up to 72 hours before arrival and provide proof of a negative result. Upon arrival, health checks are in place, including a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) on arrival. If the RDT is negative, then the traveler must self-isolate in a government-operated or certified facility for 5 days before having another PCR test.

Dominican Republic: International flights have resumed from 1 July. All passengers must fill out a completed Traveler’s Health Affidavit, and rapid tests for COVID-19 will be given to randomly selected travelers upon arrival, and those who are displaying symptoms. As of 30 December, the Dominican government has introduced a mandatory seven-day quarantine period for travelers with journeys originating in the UK or those who have previously been in the UK within two weeks of arrival in the Dominican Republic. Travelers will be required to undertake a PCR test while in quarantine. All inbound passenger flights from the UK are suspended from 22 December-10 January 2021. 

Grenada: Based on Grenada's color code system identifying low, medium and high-risk regions, travelers arriving from all countries are required to present a certified copy of a negative PCR test conducted within 7 days of travel. All travelers must fill out a health declaration form, register and download the Grenada contact tracing app, and will be given a rapid test on arrival. Non-nationals must have travel insurance to cover COVID-19,or declare that they will bear the cost for treatment and isolation.

Haiti: Some international flights have resumed from 1 July. Passengers must complete a COVID-19 health questionnaire, and anyone with a temperature above 100.4ºF (38ºC) will not be allowed to board the flight.

Jamaica:

From 7 January 2021, Jamaica has extended the travel ban on flights entering from the UK until Sunday 31 January 2021.

British Airways will operate special two, one-way flights to London. On 11 January, from Kingston to London and on 13 January from Montego Bay to London. British Airways is unlikely to operate any other flights from Jamaica in January.

Borders are open to foreign travelers. Prior to check-in or boarding a flight to Jamaica, all passengers require Travel Authorization. Read the latest travel alert details here on who requires a pre-departure COVID-19 test result.

St Lucia: All travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR result taken no more than 7 days prior to arrival in Saint Lucia, and must fill out a Pre-Arrival registration form. Passengers will be screened upon entry. Incoming passengers, except anyone with a travel history inside the designated Travel Bubble in the last 21 days, is required to quarantine for 14 days. Everyone must have a confirmed reservation at a COVID-19 certified accommodation provider for the duration of their stay, or have a pre-arranged stay confirmed at a Government operated quarantine facility.

St Kitts and Nevis: The international airport reopened for travelers to St Kitts and Nevis from 31 October. All incoming passengers must fill out a Travel Authorization Form and obtain a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travel, and upload to the authorization portal.

St Vincent and the Grenadines: All travelers must complete an online Pre-Arrival Travel Form, and everyone should arrive with a certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 5 days before arrival. Read the protocols outlined here in detail to find out which category you fall under. Upon arrival, everyone will be subject to another PCR test. While waiting for the results, everyone will undergo mandatory quarantine for clearance. The Port Health Officer may request a continuance of quarantine for 9 to 16 days.

Turks and Caicos: Borders are open and travelers must obtain travel authorization via the TCI Assured portal 72 hours before departure, a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 5 days before departure, proof of health/travel insurance with COVID-19 cover, and must complete a health screening questionnaire.

Open borders in Asia

Afghanistan: Flights have resumed. Arrivals are advised to self-isolate upon arrival, but is not mandatory. Check your government travel advice for the latest information.

Bangladesh: International flights from select countries have resumed. Check for the latest information on who is permitted to enter. Arrivals from high-risk COVID-19 countries must complete a Health Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form provided by cabin crew, and health officials will assess if you are able to self-quarantine for 14 days or be quarantined for 14 days. All foreign nationals must show proof of a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result dated no more than 72 hours before departure.

Cambodia: Travelers who are eligible to enter must provide a negative COVID-19 test result that is no older than 72 hours, get a visa before arrival, and prove that they have medical insurance with a minimum coverage of US $50,000. Foreign travelers are required to deposit US $2,000 for COVID-19 service charges at the airport upon entry. Once deductions for services have been made, the remainder of the deposit will be returned. Anyone who tests positive upon arrival will be quarantined for 14 days at designated facilities. Travelers who test negative must self-isolate at their own accommodation.

Iran: Entry is permitted for anyone holding an Iranian passport or a valid visa. Arrivals who are exempt from any entry bans must have a valid health certificate containing a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 96 hours of entry, and no self-isolation or quarantine is required. Non-nationals without a certificate will be denied entry. Nationals will be directed to quarantine locations for 14 days and will cover associated medical and accommodation costs.

Japan: Borders are partially open. Foreign nationals arriving from a country where an entry ban does not apply (restrictions are listed here) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, and self-isolation for 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief. Foreign nationals who wish to enter Japan for work or study and have visited the UK (or countries on Japan's exempt list) in the past 14 days are currently not permitted to enter until at least the end of January. If you are entering Japan you will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test, 72 hours before your flight's departure.

Kazakhstan: International flights are severely limited, and are only operating with select countries. Most foreign nationals are not permitted to enter. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, issued at most 72 hours before arrival. A completed questionnaire must be submitted upon arrival.

Kyrgyzstan: Some international commercial flights have resumed with limited destinations. There are currently no requirements for quarantine. A negative PCR test from no more than 72 hours before arrival is now required for entry. Requirements could change at short notice. Check with your airline before travel.

Maldives: Commercial flights have resumed to the Maldives. All visitors must fill out a health declaration form and an immigration arrival card. Health screenings are in place on arrival, and anyone showing symptoms will require a PCR test at their cost. All tourists and short term visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19, conducted within 96 hours of departure.

Pakistan: All arrivals must submit a health declaration form, and will be subject to thermal screening. Anyone without COVID-19 symptoms will be given instructions to self-isolate for 14 days. Flights are limited but have resumed.

Singapore: Anyone permitted to enter Singapore will be issued with a 14-day Stay at Home Notice, which will be served at a government-designated hotel or at your place of residence in Singapore. From 17 November, travelers who have been granted permission to enter from most countries (except for Singapore citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents) must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Check the latest information to see which measures apply to you. The 14 day period cannot be reduced, even if you wish to leave Singapore. Transit via Changi Airport is permitted, and includes health screening measures.

South Korea: From 8 January 2021, all foreign nationals arriving in South Korea by air will be required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 48 hours of departure. The same requirement will apply from 15 January 2021 to all foreign nationals arriving in South Korea by sea.

Anyone who arrives in South Korea will undergo quarantine for 14 days. Some travelers may be tested for COVID-19 within 3 days of arrival depending on the country of origin, others will be tested within 14 days. If you are not a resident in South Korea, you will be quarantined in government-arranged facilities and charged a fee. Check visa requirements.

Thailand: From 9 December, travelers from any country can now enter Thailand, irrespective of their countries' COVID-19 situation, under a newly amended Special Tourist Visa (STV) long-stay program.

However, these travelers still need to comply with Thailand's 14-day mandatory quarantine. For the latest information, read our Thailand travel alert.

Uzbekistan: From 1 October, international has resumed. Countries will be divided into color categories of green, yellow and red. Click here to find out if you are eligible to enter without restrictions. Travelers from the yellow or red zones must obtain a negative test result prior to arrival, and may be subject to further testing and self-isolation for 14 days.

Open borders in Europe

From 1 July, entry to the EU by non-EU citizens is permitted for countries that are deemed safe by the EU council, and this list will be reviewed every 15 days. It is up to EU member states to make the decision for their own borders.

Albania: International flights have resumed to Albania, and travelers do not require pre-departure testing or quarantine on arrival. Arrivals will have temperatures checked and be asked to wear face masks, and quarantine only applies to anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Austria: Entry without restrictions only applies to travelers who have spent the previous 10 days in countries that are deemed safe by the Austrian Foreign Ministry, listed here. For travelers from countries with a travel warning in place, entry is possible with either a medical certificate confirming a negative PCR test result (performed within 72 hours prior), or by self-isolating for 10 days. Exiting quarantine is possible if a negative result is produced within this period.

Belarus: Travelers arriving from countries where COVID-19 cases have been reported (check for the latest updates on the Belarus Government website) must self-isolate for 10 days. Foreign travelers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of arrival. Check to see if you require a visa. Foreign travelers must have valid medical insurance to cover their stay.

Belgium: Travel to Belgium is determined by a traffic light system of high, medium and low-risk regions in the EU, UK and non-EU Schengen countries. For the most up to date information on where travel restrictions apply, check the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Anyone eligible to enter must fill out a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before arrival.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Borders are open for citizens and residents of EU and Schengen countries who arrive with a negative PCR test result no older than 48 hours, unless they fall into an exempt category. For other non-resident foreign nationals, an entry ban is in place, with some with special circumstances. Check for the most up to date information.

Bulgaria: Borders have opened to nationals from some countries, and depending on where you are traveling from you may need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. Check Re-open EU for the latest information.

Croatia: Croatia has announced it will be restricting air travel passenger arrivals from the UK. As of Dec 1, 2021, the border is closed to foreign travelers, with the exception of some EU /EAA countries. Travelers must fill out this online form prior to arrival. Get more information here.

Cyprus: International arrivals from a limited number of countries are permitted to enter Cyprus, and these countries have been categorized as A (low risk, no restrictions) or B (increased risk by comparison to those of category A, some restrictions). All travelers must complete a Cyprus Flight Pass online and upload PCR test results within 24 hours of departure. Read the latest information on safe travel protocols. Travel from category C (no entry except for citizens/residents) is banned.

Czech Republic: From 22 October, travel to the Czech Republic is only allowed for essential purposes, such as business, essential family visits or to attend a funeral or wedding. Check the government website to see if the country you are traveling from is eligible for entry.

Denmark: Borders have opened to limited countries that are marked as yellow on the Denmark government's website which is updated weekly, and subject to change depending on the infection rate for COVID-19. Travelers from "open" countries must show documentation for a stay of at least six nights. People with a worthy purpose will be allowed to enter from a banned country. 

Germany: Travel without restrictions is only allowed if the area is not defined as "high-risk" by the Robert Koch Insitute (RKI). Anyone who has spent 14 days before arrival in an identified risk area is obliged to self-isolate in their own home or suitable accommodation for 14 days, or provide proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 taken within 48 hours prior to entry or be tested on arrival.

Greenland: Travel to Greenland is open to residents of open countries, classified as yellow on Denmark's government website. All eligible travelers must fill out a Sumut form and obtain a negative RT/PCR test result from a Scandinavian hospital, and the result must be no older than five days from the day you are tested.

Greece: Eligible travelers must complete an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival and obtain a negative PCR test result 72 hours before entry to Greece. Any passenger may be asked to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival, and once tested you must self-isolate at the address given on your entry form, and wait for the call with your results. Read our travel alert for the list of eligible travelers to Greece

For arrivals into Greece after 6am on 18 December 2020, in addition to a negative PCR test conducted within the 72-hour period before your arrival time, and completion of an online Passenger Locator Form  (PLF) at least 24 hours before arrival, passengers will also be required to complete a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival and to self-isolate for three days in the event of a negative test result. If the result is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine until advised otherwise.

Estonia: Travelers arriving in Estonia who began their journey from (or transited) a country with a COVID-19 infection rate above 16 cases per 100,000 people for the previous 14 days will be subject to restrictions on the freedom of movement. From 1 September, travelers have the option of taking a test to reduce their self-isolation period. Check here to see the list of countries that are eligible to travel to Estonia without restrictions.

Finland: From 12 October, leisure travel is possible between Finland and the Vatican. Leisure travel is also possible from China (based on reciprocity) Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay. Essential, work-related and return travel is possible from the UK, all Schengen and EU countries. Except for the countries listed as open for leisure travel, self-isolation for 14 days is recommended upon arrival. For the latest information, check Finland's guidelines for border traffic

France: Travel to France from most non-EU countries is restricted. For the latest information on who can enter France and requirements, read our travel alert.

Iceland: All travelers must fill out a pre-registration form. All passengers arriving from high-risk areas who intend to stay for 10 days or more must undergo 14 days quarantine. To shorten quarantine, you must take a PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival to Iceland, followed by a second test after 5 days. While waiting for results, you must follow quarantine measures until the result of the second test is known.

Ireland: All travelers must fill out a health passenger locator form. Travelers from Northern Ireland or a green list country will not have to restrict their movements for 14 days upon arrival. All arrivals not on the green list will be asked to restrict their movements for 14 days.

Italy: From 7 January, entry will only be permitted to residents or for reasons of work or study. Travelers must present a negative test, taken no more than 48 hours before travel, and self-isolate for 14 days. Ski resorts are closed till 18 January 2021. You can read more here in our Italy travel alert.

Kosovo: Travelers do not require a COVID-19 test for arrival, and there is no mandatory quarantine. Follow all preventative measures in place.

Latvia: Entry without self-isolation is only allowed for visitors from countries identified here, which have less than 16 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

Lithuania: Travelers arriving from affected countries listed here must self-isolate, register within 24 hours of entry with health authorities, and may require pre-departure testing. Restrictions differ depending on the COVID-19 infection rate of the population per 100,000 people in the last 14 days.

Luxembourg: Travelers from the European Union and Schengen Area are allowed to enter. For the latest information, check Re-open EU.

Malta: Check Malta's tourism website to see if you are traveling from a Green, Amber or Red listed country. Passengers from a red-listed country must have spent at least 14 days in an Amber or Green listed country. Travelers on the Amber and Red list must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result carried out within 72 hours of arrival.

Montenegro: Entry to Montenegro is subject to restrictions depending on your country of residence and where you are traveling from. To see which countries are on the Green or Yellow list, the Government of Montenegro is regularly updating this page.

Moldova: From 1 September, travelers from countries with a low epidemiological COVID-19 risk (classified as green areas) are allowed to enter. The list will be updated every two weeks on Friday on the Moldovan Border Police website (click the pdf link at the bottom of the page), where you will also find a detailed list of exceptions to the entry ban.

Norway: Entry to Norway is restricted. Anyone arriving in Norway from countries where the level of infection is high (marked as "red" on the map here) must self-quarantine for 10 days. If you arrive from a "yellow" area, you are exempt from quarantine.

The Netherlands: From Friday 15 January, a negative rapid antigen test will now be required from all travelers from the UK arriving by air. From 14 December, visitors are strongly advised not to visit the country unless absolutely necessary ahead of a strict lockdown from 15 December until at least 19 January. Find updates here. From 1 July, The Dutch government has adopted the EU's recommendation to lift its travel ban for residents of a number of countries deemed safe. This list will be updated every two weeks. All travelers must fill in a health screening form prior to departure, and will be subject to a health check. For the latest information, read the Q&A's on travel restrictions for the Netherlands.

North Macedonia: International airports are open for commercial flights and land border crossings are open for movement without self-isolation or a PCR test upon entry.

Poland: Poland's borders opened to travelers within the internal borders of the European Union from 13 June. Restrictions still apply to most travelers from outside of the EU. Check the Polish Government website for the latest list of international flight restrictions.

Portugal: Check our travel alert for the list of travelers who can enter Portugal via commercial flights. Upon arrival at the airport, passengers will undergo a health screening, including temperature checks. If you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to health authorities. Different measures apply for arrivals to Madeira and the Azores.

Romania: Arrivals from countries with a high rate of COVID-19 infection should self-isolate at home or quarantine for 14 days. Travelers from countries with a lower or equal rate of COVID-19 transmission to Romania in the last 14 days are allowed to enter without restrictions. Click here for the latest list of countries, which is being updated weekly.

Russia:
Restrictions on some international flights have been lifted, check with your airline for the latest measures in place. A negative COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel is required. Self-isolation is required if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must continue to self-isolate until you have recovered and produce a negative PCR test result.

Serbia: Only travelers from Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and North Macedonia need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival. All other travelers do not require a pre-departure test or quarantine upon arrival. International visitors are encouraged to have travel insurance that covers COVID-19. Find out if you need a visa to travel to Serbia.

Slovakia: Unrestricted cross-border movement is allowed from countries Slovakia has deemed as "safe" from an epidemiological point of view. The list of countries is updated frequently on the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic website. If you arrive from any country which is not listed, or if you have visited an unlisted country within the previous 14 days, you must self-isolate on arrival and register with your regional Public Health Authority office, who will contact you after at least 5 days to arrange a COVID-19 PCR test. 

Slovenia: Anyone traveling from an epidemiologically safe country identified on the Slovene Government's green list may enter without quarantine. Arrivals from countries listed on the Amber or Red list may have to quarantine for 10 days.

Spain: Borders are open to travelers from the EU and all Schengen Area countries without quarantine. Travelers from high-risk countries must provide a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain. All travelers must fill out and sign the FCS form, and present the QR code upon arrival.

Switzerland: Swiss borders have reopened to travelers from EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and the United Kingdom. Read the FAQs if you are a third-country national. From 6 July, travelers from certain countries must quarantine for ten days, regardless of their nationality – see the Swiss Federal Council website for the latest list.

Liechtenstein: The country is in a customs and currency union with Switzerland, and is following Swiss border rules.

Sweden: Borders are open without restrictions to travelers from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and the UK. Citizens from outside the EU and Schengen Area from approved countries are allowed to enter. The list is being updated regularly at Re-open EU.

Ukraine: From 28 September, travelers from countries in the green zone, listed here, are allowed to enter. Travelers from the green zone will not be required to self-isolate. Foreign nationals must have a Health Insurance Certificate that confirms cover for COVID-19 treatment and observation – the insurance policy must be issued by a company registered in Ukraine.

United Kingdom: Within 48 hours of arrival in the UK, all travelers must complete this online form. Most travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to the UK, unless arriving from countries listed on the travel corridor exemption list. Different rules apply through the UK with the national governments of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland easing restrictions in different phases and at different times.

Open borders in South America

Argentina: Borders remain closed to most non-resident foreign travelers. From 30 October, entry is permitted for nationals and residents of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, and they must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before arrival and obtain medical insurance with coverage of coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment costs. Returning nationals and residents of Argentina are subject to quarantine for 14 days, and passengers must now complete a Health Declaration form online within 48 hours prior to the trip. In all parts of the country, you must cover your nose and mouth with a face mask or other garment whenever you go out in public.

Bolivia: On 24 December, the government has announced that passengers from Europe can't enter the country between 25 December and 8 January 2021. Commercial flights resumed in September. Passengers will be exempt from quarantine if they present a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is dated within 7 days of the flight, and foreign travelers must have their test result endorsed by the respective Bolivian Consulate before arriving. Anyone who arrives without a medical certificate and negative test result will be subject to quarantine. Land border crossings will remain closed to foreign travelers.

Brazil: Foreign travelers are now allowed to enter Brazil by air for up to 90 days under a number of temporary visas. Foreign nationals must present proof of valid health insurance that provides coverage during the period of their stay. All non-Brazilian nationals/residents must present a medical declaration that confirms they do not have COVID-19. Land and sea borders remain closed.

Chile: From 22 December, non-resident foreign nationals that have been in the United Kingdom during the last 14 days will not be allowed entry to Chile. From 31 December, all other travelers including Chileans, resident and non-resident foreign nationals have to complete a mandatory 10-day quarantine on arrival in Chile. After seven days of mandatory quarantine, travelers may take a PCR test, remaining in quarantine while awaiting the result. If the result is negative, quarantine may be lifted. Further details here. From 23 November, all travelers, regardless of the epidemiological situation in the country they are traveling from, may enter Chile for tourism via Santiago’s international airport only. All other border crossings will remain closed.

Colombia: International flights have resumed with limited destinations. As of 9 Jan 2021, a negative PCR test issued within 96 hours prior to boarding will be required for all air passengers. All eligible international passengers must fill out an immigration form online 24 hours before the flight.

Ecuador: Commercial flights have resumed. Travelers must present a negative PCR test result taken no more than 10 days prior to departure to be exempt from self-isolation. As of 22 December, all travelers arriving from the EU, the UK, South Africa, or Australia must present a negative test and also quarantine for five days at a hotel approved by the Ministry of Tourism. Arrivals without a negative result can take a COVID-19 test at the airport and wait in temporary accommodation until a negative result is produced. Arrivals without a negative result who do not agree to undergo the RT-PCR test must complete self-isolation (APO) in temporary accommodation for a period of 10 days.

Guyana: Airports have reopened to allow foreign travelers. All passengers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 certificate, and the test must be taken at least 7 days prior to arrival. Passengers who have a test completed within 72 hours will be allowed immediate entry into Guyana without restrictions. If your test was taken between 4 and 7 days of entry, you will be subject to a second PCR test and must self-isolate until a negative result is produced.

Paraguay: Non-resident foreign nationals are now permitted to enter Paraguay by air, so long as they follow health protocols. Non-resident passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result (taken at most 72 hours before arrival at an authorized laboratory in the country of departure or of transit). Paraguayan nationals without a negative COVID-19 result will be subject to quarantine for 14 days. Foreign travelers must have international medical insurance with coverage of coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment costs (this does not apply to travelers arriving from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay or Venezuela). Everyone must fill out a Traveler's Health information form online, at most 24 hours before departure.

Peru: From 5 October, international flights with countries in the region have resumed at a limited capacity. Eligible passengers must submit a negative molecular test result, which has been performed a maximum of 72 hours before departure, and sign a Declaration Jurada de Salud that agrees to comply with the mandatory 14-day quarantine and that you are symptom-free of COVID-19.

Suriname: Only flights arriving from the Netherlands, medical and repatriation flights are permitted. Passengers must send an email no more than 72 hours before departure to [email protected] with a medical certificate containing a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result (test taken at most 72 hours before departure), or a medical certificate with a positive ELISA test result for passengers who have tested positive previously (the test must not be older than 6 months). Non-residents must also include a confirmed accommodation booking (for a minimum of 10 days) at a registered SHATA accommodation, and health insurance covering any COVID-19 expenses.

Open borders in the Middle East

Armenia: Entry of foreign nationals is permitted from 12 August. Arrivals are required to self-isolate for 14 days, but will be allowed to end isolation earlier if they obtain a certificate for a negative COVID-19 test result after arriving in Armenia.

Georgia: Entry is severely restricted to only a small number of countries, and the most up to date information can be found here. Certain business travelers and those who want to work from Georgia remotely can apply here. A form must be filled out to indicate where a traveler has been in the previous 14 days. From 15 September, all foreigners must take a PCR test on arrival, and may be required to quarantine before being tested again.

Jordan: Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport reopened to a limited number of commercial flights from countries deemed safe from 10 September. Read our travel alert for requirements.

Kuwait: Land, sea and air borders will reopen with effect from 2 January 2021. Commercial flights to and from Kuwait will resume. However, travelers cannot enter Kuwait if they have been in the UK or any of the countries Kuwait considers high-risk in the preceding 14 days. On arrival in Kuwait, expect medical screenings and random PCR tests may be conducted on passengers from each flight. Everyone is subject to home quarantine for 14 days.

Lebanon: Land and sea borders will close between 14 January and 25 January. From Thursday 7 January 2021, travelers to Lebanon must take a PCR test at Beirut International Airport on arrival before quarantining for one week. The first 72 hours of quarantine must be spent at a Government of Lebanon-approved hotel. Only when you receive a negative test result can you move to your accommodation where you must continue to quarantine before taking another PCR test (that you must arrange yourself) a week after your arrival. When both tests are negative, you may leave quarantine.

Commercial flights have resumed from 1 July at a limited capacity. Passengers must fill out a health declaration form online before departure, and have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 96 hours before arrival. A second PCR test must be taken on arrival. Depending on where you are traveling from, requirements may differ. Check with your airline for the most up-to-date information.

Oman: International commercial flights resumed with limited destinations from 1 October. Only Omani citizens and residents with valid residency permits are allowed to enter without the need for prior approval. Non-Omani citizens can seek approval via their airline. Non-citizens must have international health insurance that covers the cost of treatment for COVID-19 for a period of at least one month, download the Tarassud+ app before arriving in Oman, and complete a registration form on arrival. Anyone entering Oman must obtain a negative PCR test result 96 hours or less before arrival, and are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, and will also be required to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of self-isolation.

Turkey: Commercial flights are operating. Beginning December 30, 2020 all international arrivals age 6 years and older are required to have taken a COVID-19 PCR test with a negative result within 72 hours prior to their flight. Passengers must submit their test results to the airline at the time of check-in. Passengers failing to submit a negative PCR test will not be permitted to board the flight to Turkey. This requirement will remain in effect until March 1, 2021. Effective Dec 21, all flights to and from the UK, Denmark, and South Africa have been temporarily suspended. 

United Arab Emirates: All citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists traveling to the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. Check specifics with your airline. Foreign visitors to Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate and international health insurance. Passengers (including transit) must complete this health declaration form, and a quarantine undertaking form if your final destination is Dubai. Arrivals may be subject to quarantine or self-isolation for 14 days on arrival.

Am I covered for coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If you are a World Nomads policyholder, read the latest insurance advice about cut off dates.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

What should I do if I'm traveling overseas soon?

As borders begin to open, what can travelers do to lower their risk of spreading and catching COVID-19? Check out our tips for safe travel during the pandemic.

  • If you fall under a high-risk category for COVID-19, which includes adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, follow the advice of your doctor first and foremost
  • In the days and weeks leading up to your planned trip, stay up to date with information from your airline or travel provider to see how your plans have changed or if your flights are affected
  • Be aware of mandatory quarantine requirements in your final destination. Come prepared with face masks if they are a requirement by the airline you are flying with, or mandatory in the country you are visiting
  • Follow the advice of local authorities wherever you do go. Not doing so may be a criminal offense and result in fines or imprisonment
  • If you have minor symptoms such as cough, headache or mild fever, stay home and self-isolate until you recover. Some airlines are turning passengers away at check-in if they present even mild symptoms of COVID-19
  • Cases of COVID-19 are rapidly spreading in some countries, while beginning to slow in others
  • Where restrictions have been lifted, the risk may still be present and you should continue to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines as provided by the World Health Organization:
    • While in public wash your hands consistently (carry hand sanitizer)
    • Try to avoid crowded places as best you can
    • Maintain at least 3ft (1m) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
    • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early (call before visiting your doctor) and don't leave home until COVID-19 has been ruled out.

If you have traveled to an affected country recently

If you have traveled to a country where COVID-19 is present, or suspect you have been in contact with someone who is infected and are experiencing the following symptoms: feeling tired, having difficulty breathing, have a high temperature, cough and/or sore throat, isolate yourself as much as possible and call your doctor to rule out the possibility of coronavirus.

World Health Organization (WHO) Health Alerts

To increase access to reliable information, WHO has partnered with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a WHO Health Alert messaging service. This service will provide the latest news and information on COVID-19, including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves. 

To access it, send the word "hi" to the following number on WhatsApp: +41 798 931 892.

Listen to the World Nomads Podcast: COVID-19

Listen to the latest episode of our COVID-19 podcast to hear stories from travelers in lockdown around the world, get the latest news and be inspired from your living room.

On Wednesday 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.

Speaking at the COVID-19 media briefing, the WHO Director-General said: "Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.

Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do.

We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus.

And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time."

Coronavirus is declared a global public health emergency – 30 January 2020

Coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, and has spread across China and now dozens of cases have been confirmed in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as countries in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

On 30 January 2020, the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General agreed that the coronavirus outbreak "now meets the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)". A PHEIC has only been declared six times since it was introduced in 2005 following the outbreak of SARS.

What is a PHEIC?

The term PHEIC is defined as "an extraordinary event" which is determined by these two regulations:

  • To constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease; and
  • To potentially require a coordinated international response.

Thomas Cook Collapse - September 2019

Thomas Cook, the world's oldest travel firm, has collapsed stranding hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers around the world, sparking the largest peacetime repatriation effort in British history.

If you're worried about how this affects your travel plans, click here for more information.

Transit Strikes – British Airways – September 2019

British Airways’ pilots' union (BALPA) has announced it will strike on September 9, 10, and 27. If you have a BA flight scheduled on one of those days, you will likely not be able to travel.

British Airways is in the process of updating its schedule and is offering customers refunds or the option to rebook on another date.

Flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR, and Comair are not affected.

BA will be posting updates to this web page. If you think you’ll be affected, you can check your flight status at the BA website under Manage My Booking. If you booked through a travel agent, contact them directly.

Keep in mind that travel insurance coverage may not apply to affected flights if the airline has made an effort to refund or rebook your flight.

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2 Comments

  • Heinz said


    Thanks for the updated list! For us overlanders (travel the world by vehicle (car/bike) and sleep option (tent or similar) - it is not very helpful - land borders are still closed in many countrys.

    Heinz

    Reply

  • Heinz said


    Thanks for the updated list! For us overlanders (travel the world by vehicle (car/bike) and sleep option (tent or similar) - it is not very helpful - land borders are still closed in many countrys.

    Heinz

    Reply

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