Which Countries are Open for Tourism During Covid-19?

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 14 September 2021

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all countries. 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.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here


NOTE: From 14 May 2021, the UK will limit entry to travelers from countries depending on where they appear on a red, amber and green list. Where travelers arrive from will determine whether they will be allowed entry, need to be tested, to quarantine or self-isolate. 
From 1 June 2021, some European countries are introducing an EU Digital COVID Certificate which will provide digital proof that a traveler has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, has received a negative COVID-19 test or recovered from COVID-19.

Which countries still have open and closed borders and restrictions in place?

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The Caribbean

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all countries. 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.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here

Anguilla: Anguilla’s ports, sea and air, are open. All adult visitors to Anguilla must be fully vaccinated and have received their second dose at least 21 days before arrival. The only exception is for pregnant women. They will still need to take a COVID-19 test three to five days before arrival, and take a second test on arrival, as below. 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 prior to arrival, and present negative results. Everyone is required to be tested at the end of their quarantine period. From May 1, anyone traveling in groups of 10 or more must be fully vaccinated to enter and attend or conduct any mass gatherings, weddings, conferences etc.

Antigua and Barbuda: Until 30 September 2021, all travelers aged 5 and older arriving by air must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 7 days of their flight. From 1 October 2021, the tests must have been taken within 4 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.

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.

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.

Barbados: From 8 May, fully vaccinated travelers can visit Barbados. Visitors will still need to provide a negative PCR test result three days prior to travel, a vaccination certificate, have a test done at the airport, and then quarantine for one to two days. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for five to seven days and can’t leave their rooms at approved accommodations until their second negative PCR test result. Visit Barbados has all the latest COVID travel guidelinesAll travelers are required to upload negative results from a PCR COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival and take a second PCR test 5 days after arrival. They must quarantine in government-approved accommodation while awaiting the results of the second test. More info here.

Bermuda: All visitors from the UK will need to apply for Travel Authorisation and have a pre-departure Covid-19 test that has been taken within five days prior to arrival. Those without a negative pre-departure test will not be able to obtain travel authorization. They must also quarantine upon arrival in Bermuda for four days.

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.

British Virgin Islands: From 15 May 2021, fully vaccinated travelers from overseas need to show a PCR test taken within five days of travel, and provide evidence of being fully vaccinated. They will be subject to a PCR test upon arrival and if the test returns a negative result, the fully vaccinated traveler will be immediately released from quarantine unless they have been in close contact with a positive case. If the test is positive, the traveler will be isolated and care provided for a minimum of 10 days. All travelers must register to travel on the BVI Gateway App and obtain a Certified RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 negative test result 5 days before arrival and submit it on the App to receive a Travel Certificate which is valid for five 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.

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: A national State of Emergency has been declared and from 21 July 2021, there is a nationwide curfew is from 11pm to 5am.

Only certificates showing the vaccine used is one approved by the European Medicines Agency will be accepted including Comirnaty (the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine) Spikevax (the Moderna vaccine), Vaxzevria (the AstraZeneca vaccine) and the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. These vaccines have been approved for use in the UK. For more information visit the Maltese Government website. From 28 June, travelers from the UK, or who have been in the UK in the preceding 14 days, will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. International flights have resumed from 1 July. All passengers must fill out a completed Traveler’s Health Affidavit. All passengers will have their temperature tested. The Dominican authorities will also administer a rapid diagnostic breath test to a percentage of randomly selected passengers on arrival. Until 27 April, travelers from the UK must present a negative PCR test certification taken within the previous 72 hours before travel. Those arriving without a negative PCR test certificate shall be subject to a COVID-19 test as well as mandatory quarantine of 7 days in a government facility at their own cost. 

Grenada: From May 1, fully vaccinated travelers will only be required to quarantine for 48 hours, pending a negative PCR test on entry. Visitors will not be permitted to leave quarantine until medical clearance is granted. Travelers must also provide a negative PCR test result three days before arrival, apply for travel authorization to Grenada as well as pay online for an on-island PCR test. A Pure Safe Travel Authorization Certificate is needed by each traveler arriving in Grenada from December 1, 2020. To be granted the authorization register online, upload confirmation of an accommodation booking for a minimum of seven nights. Find full details here. With the new airport testing options, the travel authorization is granted without uploading the negative PCR test, however, you must check-in at the airport with confirmation of the negative COVID-19 PCR test result.

Jamaica: Prior to checking in for a flight to Jamaica, you must get authorization to enter from the Visit Jamaica website. There is a range of local measures to limit the spread of the virus and the Jamaican authorities will seek to prosecute people who breach COVID-19 protocols, including those who break quarantine protocols, which may result in a fine and/or prison sentence, these include an island-wide curfew from 8pm to 5am.

Borders are open to foreign travelers. All travelers to Jamaica, aged 12 and above, regardless of nationality, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test (taken within 72 hours of the date of travel) to check-in for a flight to Jamaica. In addition, all passengers require Travel Authorization. Read the latest travel alert details here for more information.

Puerto Rico: As an unincorporated territory of the US, Puerto Rico follows the same entry restrictions which are outlined by the CDC. Beginning 16 August, vaccinations will be required for both employees and guests of all hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island. Those not vaccinated must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of the beginning of their visit, and if staying longer than one week, they must continue to present negative tests on a weekly basis. As of 28 May 2021, fully vaccinated domestic travelers can upload their offical COVID-19 vaccination card instead of showing proof of negative COVID-19 test result before entering. International arrivals, regardless of vaccination status, must provide negative results from either a COVID-19 PCR molecular test or a rapid antigen test. Learn more here.

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, are required to quarantine for 14 days. Everyone must have a confirmed reservation at a COVID-19 certified accommodation provider or have a pre-arranged stay confirmed at a Government operated quarantine facility. Visitors must remain at their COVID-19 Certified accommodation for the duration of their stay unless on an excursion arranged by the hotel.

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.

Trinidad and Tobago: The government of Trinidad and Tobago reopened its international borders on 17 July 2021. Fully vaccinated travelers (those who have received two doses administered more than 14 days before arrival) who have had a negative PCR Test 72 hours prior to arrival, and have proof of vaccination (WHO approved) will not be required to quarantine. Unvaccinated arrivals (nationals and residents of Trinidad and Tobago only) must quarantine at a designated State Supervised Quarantine Facility for 14 days at their own expense. Only returning nationals and residents are allowed to enter, and are subject to entry requirements.

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.

North America

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all countries. 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.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here

Canada: Effective 7 September 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals can enter Canada for discretionary travel. The US land border with Canada will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least 21 October 2021. From 7 January 2021 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. As of 5 July 2021, fully vaccinated travelers currently eligible to enter Canada (including Canadian citizens) will not be required to quarantine or complete a day-8 test.

Unvaccinated foreign nationals are banned from entering Canada except for essential reasons. Those who meet the exemptions may still be required to quarantine for up to 14 days. 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.

Mexico: The US and Mexico entered a joint initiative 21 March 2020 restricting non-essential travel along the US-Mexico land border to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. The restrictions are in place until at least 21 October 2021. Travelers entering Mexico by land from Belize, Guatemala or the US may be denied admission if the purpose of their visit is considered non-essential. International air travel is continuing. All passengers must submit a questionnaire to immigration upon arrival. Contact your airline to see if your flight is going ahead, and what to expect upon arrival.

United States: The United States has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals who have visited the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, China, South Africa or India within the previous 14 days. If you’re arriving from other countries, you need to apply for a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need. There are restrictions on who can enter or transit the USA. Effective 26 January 2021, 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. Passengers allowed entry to the US must self-isolate for at least 7 days on arrival and take a COVID-19 test 3 to5 days after arrival. The land borders with Mexico and Canada are closed to non-essential travel until at least 21 October 2021.

South America

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all countries. 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.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here

Argentina: From 27 March, all travelers to Argentina must take a COVID-19 test on arrival. If the test is negative you must self-isolate for 7 days in your accommodation. You must take a further test on the 7th day of your self-isolation. You must pay for all tests. If the test is positive you will have to take a second test to determine the strain you’re carrying and you and your close contacts will have to enter managed isolation. You will have to pay for all tests as well as for your stay at the managed quarantine facility. Borders remain closed to most non-resident foreign travelers. Until at least midnight 28 February, all travelers who are authorized to enter Argentina must comply with the requirements set out below.

All travelers to Argentina (including those in transit to another country) must fill in an electronic ‘sworn statement’ form within 48 hours of traveling. Travelers must also present 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 COVID-19 treatment costs. All arriving travelers, including those who present a negative PCR test, will also be required to self-isolate for a period of 7 days. 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: Passengers arriving from all countries require a PCR test taken up to 72 hours before flying and is required for everybody over 5 years of age to enter Bolivia. On arrival, you must quarantine for 10 days, and pay for a PCR test on the 7th day of quarantine. Tourists must show proof of medical insurance that will cover the cost of treatment. 

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: Restrictions on all non-resident foreign visitors entering Chile have been extended to 30 June 2021. The only exception is for non-resident foreign nationals with specific permits or visas issued by a Chilean Consulate allowing you to enter during this specific period. All Chilean borders are closed. Plus, from 12 June 2021, quarantine restrictions will be in place in the entire Metropolitan Region including Santiago center and Santiago airport. Find out more at the Chilean Government Paso a Paso website. From 31 March, all travelers (including Chileans, residents and non-resident foreign nationals) must complete a mandatory 10-day quarantine on arrival. There are no exceptions, such as proof of the COVID-19 vaccine. You will not be able to leave quarantine early with a negative PCR. 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, residents 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

Colombia: Borders are open. International flights have resumed with limited destinations. On 4 June 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that all inbound international passengers no longer need a negative COVID-19 test result. All eligible international passengers must fill out an immigration form online 24 hours before the flight.

Ecuador: Upon entry to Ecuador, all travelers (except airline crew and children age two and under) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or rapid antigen test taken no more than three days before entering Ecuador, or present a COVID-19 vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Ecuador. As an alternative to the above entry requirements, travelers entering Ecuador who were previously diagnosed as COVID-19 positive may present a medical certificate from their country of origin attesting to their recovery and current good health, as long as onset of the COVID-19 symptoms occurred more than 30 days prior to arrival in Ecuador. As of 1 July, fully vaccinated travelers do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter the Galapagos. Travelers whose point of origin is Brazil must present a negative RT-PCR or rapid antigen test carried out up to 72 hours before arrival in Ecuador, and self-isolate for 10 days even if the test is negative. This requirement does not apply to fully vaccinated travelers.

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.

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: Travelers who have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine no longer need to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. The entry of foreign nationals who travel from India, South Africa and/or Brazil or who have stopped over in India, South Africa and/or Brazil in the last 14 calendar days and do not reside in Peru, is banned until 5 September 2021. Peru's national State of Emergency has been extended until at least 31 August 2021. The country has been divided into a three-tier system of Very High, High and Moderate with different curfews for each.  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. The entry of foreign nationals who travel from Europe and South Africa or who have stopped over in Europe or South Africa in the last 14 calendar days, and do not reside in Peru, is banned.

Uruguay: Borders remain closed to foreign nationals, and there are only limited exceptions to the entry ban. Passengers who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines must arrive with a negative PCR test, and take a new PCR test 7 days later. If you comply with the above, you do not need to quarantine unless you do not wish to take the second PCR test. If this is the case, you must comply with mandatory quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

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.

Central America

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all countries. 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.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here

Belize: All travelers (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) entering Belize through the Philip Goldson International airport, or by sea, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test. Land and sea borders (Santa Elena, Benque Viejo Del Carmen, San Pedro and Punta Gorda) are open for travelers with special permission to visit Belize for vacation purposes only, with strict COVID-19 protocols in place. Travelers who can show they have been fully vaccinated (two shots) can waive COVID-19 testing. The border with Mexico is partially closed until 21 April. Passengers must download the Belize health app and obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test result 96 hours before departure or a negative rapid test within 48 hours of travel. Travelers can also be tested on arrival at the airport for $50. Read our Belize travel alert for more information.

Costa Rica: Check the requirements for entry. From 1 August 2021 travelers with proof of double vaccination received more than 14 days previously, can enter without mandatory insurance. All others will need to buy insurance with specific cover requirements. All travelers must complete an advance epidemiological information form

El Salvador: El Salvador International Airport reopened on 19 September 2020 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: As of 20 July, Guatemala does not permit the entry of travelers who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 14 days prior to their arrival. Travelers to Guatemala can enter with one of the following: a COVID–19 vaccine certificate proving the vaccine was administered at least two weeks prior to arrival; a negative COVID–19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival; or proof of having tested positive for COVID–19 and recovered within three months of arrival. All persons arriving by air must also complete, in advance of arrival, a Health Pass. Airlines will request proof of a negative test and completion of the Health Pass prior to boarding. 

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.

Europe

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all countries. 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.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here

Countries have adopted a set of common criteria that determine whether or not borders can open, who can enter, and what measures (e.g covid test, quarantining) may be required to facilitate entry. There is also a list of countries outside Europe that are considered safe to allow travelers from. This is a fluid and fast-changing situation. A tool has been created to allow travelers to track which countries they can enter which is updated every two weeks. Check Re-open EU for the latest information. 

From 1 June 2021, some European countries are introducing an EU Digital COVID Certificate which will provide digital proof that a traveler has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, has received a negative COVID-19 test or recovered from COVID-19.

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: Austria currently restricts the entry of most travelers arriving from outside the European Union. Those allowed in must present a certification of full vaccination or proof of recovery from COVID19. If neither of those is provided, the traveler must present a negative PCR test result (performed within 72 hours prior) and self-isolate for 10 days. Quarantine may be terminated upon presentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than five days after entry.

Belgium: From 26 June 2021, until further notice you cannot enter Belgium if you have been in countries classified as “very high risk” during the previous 14 days; this list includes the United Kingdom. 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: From 29 July 2021, the rules for eligible travelers entering from ‘red zone’ countries, such as the UK, have changed. Travelers must present: a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before entry, a vaccination certificate completed at least 14 days before entry, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19.

Travelers can enter Bulgaria in the following ways: with proof of by a completed  COVID-19 vaccination schedule;  with proof of a positive PCR test or a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 - for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 for the period from the 15th to the 180th day from the date of the test entered in the document; by showing a negative result from a PCR test performed up to 72 hours before entry into the country or a negative result from a rapid antigen test performed up to 48 hours before entry into the country to detect COVID-19, as of the date of test entered in the document. Information by country can be found from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in relation to travel during COVID-19. Bulgaria is also accepting the Digital Health Certificate.

Croatia: UK nationals traveling to Croatia must arrive with one of the following documents:

  • a negative COVID-19 antigen not older than 48 hours, or;
  • a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours, or;
  • proof of vaccination, or;
  • a doctor’s certificate of recovery following a positive test result between 11 and 180 days prior). (See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status’).

Travelers from most countries can enter Croatia without the need for pre-arrival testing or quarantine if they arrive at least 14 days after receiving two doses of a vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Third-country travelers, i.e. from countries that are not members of the EU / EEA (including US citizens) must also show proof of accommodation paid for in advance. Third-country travelers or EU / EAA travelers not on the green list who have not been vaccinated must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival or proof of having contracted COVID–19 and recovered within the last six months. Passengers from countries to which special epidemiological measures apply are obliged to present a negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours and they have to stay in self-isolation for 14 days. Read our Croatia travel alert for more information.

Cyprus: Vaccinated travelers from Green category countries can enter the country without a negative PCR test or quarantining from 1 March 2021. They must have had the second dose of the vaccine within seven days of arriving in Cyprus. Travelers must have been inoculated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and maybe randomly tested on arrival.  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 5 January, the Czech Republic has instituted a three-tier system for entry, designating countries as red, orange, or green according to risk level. Check this website to learn about restrictions on the country you are traveling from.

Denmark: UK travelers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before entry. 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. Denmark is also accepting the Digital Health Certificate. From 26 June 2021, tourists arriving from orange EU and Schengen countries and who have a negative COVID-19 test are no longer expected to have to self-isolate on arrival in Denmark. Most travelers will need to document a negative test before boarding and upon arrival. Some travelers will also need to isolate for up to 10 days. Your isolation can end after a negative PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry. In Denmark, you need to present a corona passport to visit restaurants, museums and more.

Estonia: Travel to this Baltic nation may enter with a valid vaccination certificate or vaccination passport presented in English, Russian or Estonian. It must include details of the vaccines' origins and other details including when and where it was issued.

France: France has introduced a new system governing international travel to and from France. There are three categories of measures: green, amber and red. If traveling from a country on the green list, travelers will not need to have an essential reason to enter France or to self-isolate. Fully vaccinated travelers from countries on the green list will be able to enter without showing a negative COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated travelers on the amber list can only travel to France for essential reasons. Vaccinated travelers from the amber list, including children aged 11 and above, must present a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19, carried out less than 48 hours before departure. All travelers must complete a ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) certifying they have no symptoms associated with COVID-19 and have not been in contact with a confirmed case in the previous 14 days. This form can be found on the French government’s website.

Finland: From 12 July 2021, Finland welcomes fully vaccinated travelers and travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 from EU and Schengen countries. 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

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.

Georgia: Visitors to Georgia can enter by air with proof of a full course of any COVID-19 vaccination. Unvaccinated travelers may enter if they submit a travel history in advance, present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel, and take a further PCR test at their own expense on their third day in Georgia.

Gibraltar: From 17 May, the rules for people arriving in Gibraltar have changed. Requirements upon arrival depend on the countries you have visited in the 14 days prior to your arrival, and whether they are on the green, amber or red lists.

Greece: Beginning 14 May 2021, residents of EU & Schengen Area countries, USA, UK, Albania, Australia, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UAE, and Ukraine are exempted from quarantine restrictions if they present: 1. A negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before arrival or a negative antigen (rapid) certificate taken no more than 48 hours before arrival, 2. A certificate of vaccination issued by a certified authority provided that the vaccination was completed at least 14 days before arrival to Greece, or 3. Proof that the traveler has recovered from COVID in the past 9 months. Eligible travelers must complete an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival and departure. Read our travel alert for more information

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.

Hungary: There is a nationwide curfew in place from 8pm to 5am. Non-essential shops are closed until 8 April 2021. Face masks are mandatory in public, including outdoors, on public transport and taxis, in shops, health and social care institutions, and public offices. 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.

Iceland: Travelers will be asked to provide proof of vaccination which must contain the specific COVID information Iceland requires. From 20 July 2021, travelers who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine, the certificate will only be valid for travel to Iceland on or after the 15th day since your second vaccination (or from the single dose of the Janssen / Johnson and Johnson vaccine). From 26 July you will also need to present a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test that is no more than 72 hours old before departing to Iceland. From 1 July, 14 days will need to have passed since your second vaccination (or the single dose of the Janssen / Johnson and Johnson vaccine) for the certificate to be valid for travel to Iceland. Fully vaccinated travelers (including those from the US) can enter Iceland without the need to be tested or undergo quarantine. However, travelers from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland are not allowed if they have not been vaccinated and must pre-register and take two tests after arriving as well as quarantining for five days in between the two tests.

Ireland: All travelers must fill out a health passenger locator form and provide a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival in Ireland. Travelers from high-risk countries are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. Travelers from other countries must quarantine for 14 days at their place of residence.

Italy: From 31 August 2021, UK travelers can enter Italy without quarantining if they have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19, have a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours before entering Italy. Travelers who are unvaccinated or can’t show proof of vaccination and a negative test must self-isolate for 5 days. Travelers must complete an online digital form that will generate a QR code, which should be presented to your travel provider and Border Police if requested. A paper form can be completed if you do not have an electronic device. All arrivals in Italy must also call the COVID-19 helpline for the region you are traveling to within 48 hours, to inform them of your visit. 

Latvia: From 29 July 2021, travelers entering Latvia must present evidence of a negative result of a PCR COVID-19 test, taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival, or an antigen test, taken not earlier than 48 hours before arrival. If you are unable to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, you will be denied boarding or entry into Latvia. Until 6 April 2021, entry into Latvia is allowed for essential travel only, defined as for work, studies, transit, medical treatment, funerals, family reunions, returning to your residence, and accompanying a minor. All those entering Latvia must complete and submit an electronic form no earlier than 48 hours before arrival. Further information is available on the Latvian government’s COVID-19 website.
Luxembourg: Travelers from the European Union and Schengen Area are allowed to enter. For the latest information, check Re-open EU.

Lithuania: Travelers who arrive with proof of having taken the full course of COVID-19 vaccines can enter without the need for testing or self-isolation. This form must be filled in on arrival.

Madeira: Travelers can enter who can prove they have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 90 days or who have proof of vaccination. Documentation in English must be submitted to madeirasafe.com before travelers visit the island. 

Malta:  Malta will only accept certificates showing EMA-approved vaccines including Comirnaty (the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine) Spikevax (the Moderna vaccine), Vaxzevria (the AstraZeneca vaccine) and the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. For more info, visit the Maltese Government website. From 30 June 2021, all arrivals from the United Kingdom must present proof of full vaccination. From 29 March 2021, all passengers arriving in Malta will be required to have evidence of a negative PCR test dated within 72 hours prior to arrival. The list of countries or regions requiring prior testing or from which arrivals are currently banned can be found on the Maltese Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs’ website. The Maltese Government will regularly review the list of countries for which prior testing will be required. 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.

Moldova: Travelers arriving with a COVID–19 vaccine certificate can bypass the 14-day quarantine. Travelers from countries on the red list (which is updated every two weeks) are still prohibited from traveling. It is mandatory to present at the state border crossing on the direction of entry into the Republic of Moldova the negative result of the PCR test COVID-19, performed no later than 72 hours before boarding 

Montenegro: Fully vaccinated travelers can now skip testing and quarantine arrangements in Montenegro. The second dose of the vaccine must have been received at least seven days before arrival. 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.

Norway: From 5 July, travelers from the UK will be required to quarantine at a suitable location for 10 days; a negative test may allow this period to be shortenedFrom 29 March, all travelers entering the country for non-essential reasons must complete a self-declaration form prior to arrival and spend the first ten days in Norway in a quarantine hotel. A negative PCR test taken no earlier than seven days after arrival may allow you to shorten your stay in the quarantine hotel. 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: As of 15 June 2021, the Netherlands classifies the UK as a very high-risk country and travelers arriving from the UK by plane or ferry must produce either a negative PCR test result taken no more than 24 hours before departure or a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and a negative rapid test result taken no more than 24 hours before departure. From 28 April, the evening curfew is lifted. A travel ban on all passenger flights and ferries from the UK has been extended to at least 1 April 2021. Entry is not allowed to travelers who are not nationals of an EU or Schengen area country. Anyone traveling to the Netherlands by aircraft, ship, train, or coach from a high-risk area must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test before departure, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands. Travelers arriving by sea or air from high-risk countries must also take a rapid test shortly before departure. This does not apply to those coming from a country on the EU list of safe countries. For the latest information, read the checklist for travel to 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: Those vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter without need to quarantine for 10 days. Since 23 January, persons holding a negative result of a test for SARS-CoV-2 are exempt from the obligation to undergo quarantine. The test must be conducted before crossing the border and is valid for 48 hours from the moment of receiving the result. If you arrive in Poland from the UK from midnight on 22 June 2021, there is a compulsory 7-day quarantine and release is dependent on a negative covid test result after those 7 days.

Portugal: From 28 June 2021, travelers from the UK to mainland Portugal must quarantine for 14 days in the place you are staying or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority, unless you can show you have been vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel. Travel is allowed between Portugal and EU countries, as well as England, Scotland, and the US. If traveling from any other non-EU/EEA country, or an EU/EEA country where the COVID-19 incidence rate is 150 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants, you can only enter for essential purposes. If your journey originated in India, South Africa, Brazil or in an EU member state where the COVID-19 incidence rate exceeds 500 per 100,000 inhabitants, or you have been in one of these countries in the last 14 days, you must self-isolate on arrival for 14 days at home or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority. All passengers, excluding children up to the age of 12, traveling to Portugal must show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS/COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of travel or an approved, negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of travel. Check our travel alert for more information. Different measures apply for arrivals to Madeira and the Azores.

Romania: Restrictions are eased for travelers with proof of full vaccination provided the two doses were received more than 10 days before arrival, thereby avoiding the need for self-isolation. 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: The suspension of flights between the UK and Russia is extended until 1 June 2021. 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: As of December 20, the Serbian Government is reporting that foreigners seeking to enter Serbia will need to provide a negative PCR test for COVID-19. As of January 14, travelers entering Serbia from North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, or Bulgaria do not require a negative PCR test. 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: Vaccinated travelers will be exempt from 10-day quarantine depending on which vaccine they received. To be exempt from quarantine you must have had either; a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech at least seven days before arrival, or; a second does of the Moderna vaccine at least 14 days before arrival, or; a second dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine at least 21 days before arrival. From 26 March 2020, a curfew is in place from 10pm to 5am every day. Protective masks must continue to be worn in all indoor areas, and all outdoor public areas where you are unable to maintain 2 meters of social distancing. 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:
 From 2 July 2021, UK travelers must present a pre-travel declaration form and either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination. See Testing and vaccination requirements for arrivals from the UK for details. 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: From 26 June 2021, travelers from UK and non-EU/EEA countries can only enter if they can adequately demonstrate they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 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.

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: Upon arrival, all non-exempt foreign nationals must provide proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19 observation and treatment for the duration of their stay. Insurance must be purchased from a company registered in Ukraine or a foreign company that has a representative office or an insurance partner in Ukraine. From 8 June 2021, all non-exempt foreign nationals must also provide proof of one of the following: a negative PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours in advance of their arrival in Ukraine; a rapid test for COVID-19 antigens (RAT), taken no more than 72 hours in advance of their arrival in Ukraine; confirmation of a full course of vaccination against COVID-19.

United Kingdom: 
From 2 August 2021, travelers who have been fully vaccinated in many European countries or the USA don't need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a day 8 test. From 19 July 2021, travelers returning to the UK from countries on its Amber list no longer need to quarantine on their return, as long as they have been fully vaccinated, and have not been in a red list country or to France in the previous 10 days. However, France is excluded from this rule change, and travelers entering the UK from France must still quarantine for 10 days and take covid tests on day 2 and 8. From 14 May 2021, the UK will limit entry to travelers from countries depending on where they appear on a red, amber and green list. Where travelers arrive from will determine whether they will be allowed entry, need to be tested, to quarantine or self-isolate. From 4am on 18 January 2021, if you intend to travel to EnglandScotland, or Wales, including UK nationals returning home from overseas, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival. You must also self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland unless you have a valid exemption. 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 EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland easing restrictions in different phases and at different times.

Africa

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all countries. 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.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here

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.

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.

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.

Chad: Land and air borders have opened There is a modified curfew between 8pm and 5am. 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.

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.

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

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

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 of mandatory self-isolation. Passengers without a negative PCR test result will be quarantined and tested on arrival.

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.

Ghana: Commercial flights have resumed at Kotoka International Airport from 1 September 2020. On 21 April 2021, the Government of Ghana introduced the mandatory digitization of all COVID-19 tests for international air travel, with the implementation of the Trusted Travel scheme. Passengers arriving to Ghana are now required to: Take a Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID test with one of the listed providers within 72 hours of departure. Visit https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/ for a certified list of providers. Travelers must create an account at https://trustedtravel.panabios.org/ with the same email address and mobile telephone number you give your PCR test provider. If your provider is unable to upload your test certificate on your behalf you should enter your TT or BIOMARS code from your PCR certificate, or upload the certificate yourself.

The same arrangements apply to passengers leaving from Ghana, and you may not be allowed to board flights without uploading a certified Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID test. Visit https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/ for a certified list of providers in Ghana.

Kenya: From midnight 24 May 2021, all passengers/crew arriving from the UK must have a valid certificate for a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before arrival in Kenya except children below 5 years of age. For more information, read the travel alert for Kenya.

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.

Malawi: Due to the 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.

Mauritius:  From 15 July 2021, fully vaccinated travelers can enter Mauritius and unvaccinated travelers cannot. Until 30 September, visitors must remain at their accommodation for 14 days before being allowed to explore the island on presentation of a negative PCR test. From 1 October, vaccinated travelers will be allowed entry without restrictions on the presentation of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel. 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 15 June 2021, direct flights between the UK and Morocco resume. Travelers will need to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the second dose administered at least two weeks prior to travel, or a negative PCR test result before boarding a flight or ferry to Morocco. The result must show that the PCR test itself was undertaken no more than 48 hours before arrival. From 30 March 2021, the Moroccan Government has suspended all flights until further notice between Morocco and France and Spain. All passengers from those countries traveling through another country are not allowed to enter Morocco. The only exceptions are overflights, cargo, and medical flights. 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: Entry to Mozambique is allowed to all travelers with a valid tourist or residency visa. The issuing of border visas for tourism purposes has now resumed. Testing for COVID-19 may be required on arrival in Mozambique, at your expense. Travelers presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test are exempt from the quarantine regime. The test must have been issued in the departure country, within 72 hours prior to the time of arrival. Anyone testing positive, or in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Anyone who does not present a negative COVID-19 test will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Namibia: Until 15 July 2021, there is a nationwide curfew from 9pm to 4am.  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 4 May, all travelers to Nigeria need to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival in Nigeria. There will be no entry permitted for any non-Nigerians/non-permanent residence permit holders who have visited Brazil, India or Turkey in the 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria. This does not apply to transit passengers. 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.

Seychelles: You can enter Seychelles if you received a complete dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks before arrival and have a negative PCR test result conducted within 72 hours of travel. 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.

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.

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.

South Africa: Strict health protocols are in place for international travelers to South Africa. You will need to show a paper copy of a negative PCR test on arrival in South Africa taken no more than 72 hours before your departure and install a government contact tracing app. South Africa has opened its land borders from 15 February 2021 in 20 locations to Botswana, Lesotho, Kingdom of Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Extra staff have been deployed at borders and a ticket system is in place to limit Covid tests being done at the border. There is also a crackdown on fake COVID-19 test certificates. 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.

Sudan: The Government of Sudan has re-opened Khartoum International Airport to international flights. All arriving passengers are required to present their certified negative PCR test certificate dated within 96 hours of arrival. The Government of Sudan may conduct temperature checks and other health screening measures. All foreigners departing Sudan are required to present a certified negative PCR test certificate from an accredited lab dated within 72 hours of departure.

Tanzania: All passengers arriving in Tanzania must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours of arrival. All passengers must complete an online Traveller’s Surveillance Form submitted no more than 24 hours before arrival. All passengers will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 including a mandatory rapid test. If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Tunisia: Travelers to Tunisia must undertake a mandatory seven-day self-isolation period, regardless of where they travel from. To leave isolation, a second PCR test must be taken on day five and result in a negative result. You must enter   Tunisia with evidence of an appointment booking for the second test. Exemptions apply for fully vaccinated travelers or if you have tested positive for COVID-19 at least 6 weeks before traveling.

Proof of a negative PCR test less than 72 hours before travel is also necessary. You must also self-isolate for seven days after arriving in Tunisia and pay to take a second COVID-19 PCR test, and receive a second negative result, in order to leave isolation. You need to arrive in Tunisia with evidence of a booking for this second COVID-19 PCR test (to be taken from day 5 of your isolation period). You can organize this online. 

Uganda: To enter Uganda, you must provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate, issued no more than 72 hours before boarding the aircraft or crossing land borders. Foreign nationals without a valid negative test certificate will be denied entry. As of 11 June 2021, the exemption from testing on arrival for those who have received their full COVID-19 vaccination and show no COVID-19 symptoms has been withdrawn. From 8 May 2021, all travelers from the UK, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States are also required to undergo PCR testing at the border at their own expense, including at Entebbe International Airport. 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.

Zambia: All visitors to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 72 hours before their arrival. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival, and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities. Returning residents must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 72 hours before their arrival. Returning residents must self-isolate for 14 days after arriving. Those with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival, as will anyone with COVID-19 related symptoms.

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.

Asia

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all countries. 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.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here.

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.

Bangladesh: From 14 April until 21 April, all international commercial passenger flights to and from Bangladesh will be suspended. On arrival, all foreign nationals need to produce a medical certificate issued within 72 hours of travel indicating the passenger is COVID-19 negative. Passengers are required to complete a 14 day period of quarantine at a government facility, or government-approved hotel. You may be tested for COVID-19 during this time. In all circumstances, people staying in a government-approved hotel, government facility or hospital will need to cover the costs of those stays.

Cambodia: Tourist visas have been suspended indefinitely. 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. All foreigners arriving in Cambodia will now be subject to a COVID-19 test on arrival as well as the pre-flight COVID test. Anyone who tests positive upon arrival will be quarantined for 14 days at designated facilities. Travelers who test negative must self-isolate for 14 days at their own accommodation.

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

Hong Kong: From midnight on 28 June 2021, the UK will move onto the Hong Kong SAR government’s list of “very high risk” places. Travelers from these places will then be subject to 21 days of compulsory quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel on arrival, followed by 7 days of self-monitoring. You should check the Hong Kong SAR government’s website for important details about the documents required. 

India: Coronavirus cases in many parts of India have risen sharply during a second wave and healthcare infrastructure is under huge pressure. Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice and may vary between states. 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: Currently, all non-Indonesian travelers are prohibited from entering Indonesia, although there are exceptions to this ban. 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.

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 from most countries are currently denied entry. All travelers who do enter Japan will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours before your flight's departure. Most arrivals are also subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, and self-isolation for 14 days at a designated location (such as a hotel). Those coming from countries/regions with a confirmed spread of coronavirus variants of concern will also be required to spend the first 3 days of that self-isolation in a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day.

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.

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.

Maldives: A Public Health Emergency is in place until 5 June 2021. Travel between the Greater Male’ region and other islands is restricted to essential services only. When traveling from Greater Male’ (but not including the airport) to other islands, a negative PCR test must be obtained and there is a mandatory 10-day home quarantine upon arrival. Masks are mandatory while traveling by air and sea. There are no travel restrictions between islands without COVID-19 cases. Travel to and from islands with confirmed COVID-19 cases is restricted. 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.

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.

Nepal: The Government of Nepal has suspended almost all international flights until 30 June 2021. You should contact your airline or travel provider for more information and for re-booking. All international travelers must quarantine for 10 days after arrival, regardless of vaccination status. All tourists entering Nepal must possess the following documents: 1) PCR negative report taken before 72 hours of boarding OR document showing complete vaccination against COVID-19; 2) Visa to Nepal OR recommendation letter from the Department of Tourism or Nepal Tourism Board to participate in tourism activities within Nepal; 3) Hotel booking confirmation or guarantee of accommodation; 4) Proof of Travel Insurance which covers emergency search, rescue, treatment, among others, for the duration of their travel; and 5) Barcode generated from the online application of the Online International Travel Arrival Form.

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.

Philippines: Until 30 April 2021, there is a temporary suspension of entry into the Philippines for non-nationals and their families or those with appropriate visas. 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.

Singapore: From 10 September 2021, travelers must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result to travel to, or transit, Singapore. The test must have been taken within 48 hours before departure to Singapore. As of 11 May 2021, all visitors (excluding Singapore citizens and permanent residents) must be granted permission to enter Singapore by the Singapore Government and if permission is granted, you will be issued Stay at Home Notice (SHN) for at least 21 days. From 31 January 2021, Singapore citizens and permanent residents must undertake 14 days in quarantine at a government facility on arrival, followed by 7 days quarantine at their place of residence. Short-term visitors are must have medical insurance of at least S$30,000. 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. 

South Korea: From 1 July 2021, if you are fully vaccinated and traveling for business, academic or humanitarian purposes, you can apply for a quarantine exemption even if you received your vaccination outside South Korea. From 13 April 2021, inbound travelers from the U.S. (Korean nationals and foreign-nationals on long-term visas) are subject to self-quarantine and must receive diagnostic tests within three days of their quarantine period. Face masks are compulsory in public places (public transportation, demonstration sites and in healthcare facilities). Failure to wear an appropriate mask that covers both nose and mouth could result in a fine.  Those who violate a self-quarantine order may be subject to a fine, arrest, or deportation. 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 72 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

Sri Lanka: A nationwide lockdown has been imposed until 30 August. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. A 24-hour hotline number 1965 has been introduced for the public to make inquiries about essential services in operation while travel restrictions are in place.

From 21 May, there is a temporary suspension of all inbound flights to Sri Lanka until 31 May 2021 as a containment measure to control the spread of Coronavirus. Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. The Tourism Ministry has published health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from its website. 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 March, foreign nationals are now permitted to enter Taiwan, with the exception of tourists and social visitors. Passengers who do not hold residence visas must apply for a special entry permit at their local Taipei Representative Office. All direct passenger flights between Taiwan and the UK are currently suspended. Certain airlines have announced that they will resume direct flights from 26 March 2021 at a reduced capacity. 

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.

Thailand: If you want to travel to Thailand, you must apply for permission to travel via the Royal Thai Government’s online platformFrom 18 February 2021 visa applicants in the United States have to apply online through the website https://www.thaievisa.go.th/.

From 9 December 2020, 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.

In some areas of Thailand, it is possible to complete some or all of the quarantine period without being restricted to an ASQ facility. Schemes include the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus. There are plans for Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan to allow fully vaccinated travelers from October 2021. Check the Thai Embassy's FAQ page and this page on entry procedures for the latest information.

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.

Middle East

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all countries. 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.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here.

Bahrain: From 13 May, those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from COVID-19 will no longer be required to undergo on-arrival tests or quarantine. However, this only applies to those vaccinated in Bahrain and able to show their vaccination or COVID-19 recovery status certificate via the Bahrain BeAware App. All arrivals, except for those transferring, will be required to undergo and pay for the enhanced arrivals testing procedure for COVID-19 and need to self-quarantine until the first test results have been received. From 22 February, any person staying in Bahrain for 5 days or more must repeat the testing procedure on the fifth day and 10th day after arriving. You will be required to download the “BeAware” app in advance of testing. You should check Bahrain’s visa portal for the most up-to-date information.

Jordan: All passengers traveling by land and air must provide evidence of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their scheduled time of departure to Jordan. All passengers need to register on the ‘visit Jordan platform and follow instructions to either book a PCR test on arrival or claim a waiver by uploading evidence that they are fully vaccinated. 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.

Israel: Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 or received the vaccine outside of Israel (and 7 full days have passed from the second dose) must go into isolation upon arrival but can apply for an exemption if: they take a serologic test in one of the Ministry of Health accredited laboratories; the serologic test result is positive, they must apply for an exemption from isolation by filling out the online form. Applicants must attach the positive serologic test result taken in Israel, in addition to documents of any positive PCR test, antibody test or serologic test taken abroad, which show infection with coronavirus or an officially certified confirmation of recovery. Travelers must wait 10 full days between testing positive for COVID-19 and taking the serologic test. All passengers arriving in Israel must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure to Israel. This requirement applies to people with a vaccination certificate or a certificate of recovery. Entry to Israel depends on complying with this requirement. All passengers (Israeli citizens and foreign nationals), including vaccinated and recovered passengers, who arrive in Israel must submit an entry statement. After filling out the form, you can pay in advance for the COVID-19 (PCR) tests. If you are not vaccinated or recovered, you will have to go into isolation and comply with isolation requirements and guidance.

Kuwait: From 1 August 2021 foreigners with valid residency will be allowed to enter Kuwait. You must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved in Kuwait (Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson) and present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before boarding. You must register with kuwaitmosafer.gov.kw, buy a PCR test on arrival, and download the Shlonik app before boarding. You will have to quarantine at home for seven days on arrival, although quarantine can end if the PCR test carried out on arrival proves negative. 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: Vaccinated travelers may enter Lebanon but must still present a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel as well as a second test on arrival, however, they will be exempt from quarantine. 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. Depending on where you are traveling from, requirements may differ. Check with your airline for the most up-to-date information.

Oman: 
From 25 February, British Nationals (excluding healthcare workers) who have visited Lebanon, Sudan, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia in the last 14 days (including transit) will not be permitted to enter Oman. Land borders will be closed from 6pm local time on Monday 18 January 2021. 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.

Qatar: From 25 April 2021, all residents returning to Qatar must provide a negative PCR test certificate, recognized by the Health Department in the departing country. This test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in 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.

Saudi Arabia: From 4 July 2021, entry to Saudi Arabia from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam is suspended. All travelers must provide a negative PCR test certificate issued from a verified laboratory taken in the previous 72 hours. All travelers will have their temperature checked, on arrival in 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. 

Turkey: All arrivals into Turkey, except Turkish citizens or residence permit holders, must complete an online form within 72 hours of travel. This is not required for transiting passengers. Travelers from the UK, Iran, Egypt or Singapore must have a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving in Turkey. Passengers from Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka are banned from entering Turkey until further notice. Arrivals who have been in Brazil, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and must be quarantined for 14 days in government-run quarantine at their own expense. Travelers from Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan, or who have been there in the last 14 days, must submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. 

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.

Oceania

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of all countries. 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.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here

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. Travelers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more can travel by air to Australia and will not require an exemption or mandatory quarantine. A negative COVID-19 test result is required for traveling to or transiting through Australia unless you are traveling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand. 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 and domestic flights are suspended. Fiji Airways is operating a number of Special Flights between 13 and 30 June 2021, to enable visitors and approved persons to leave Fiji. These special flights will replace previously scheduled international passenger repatriation flights that are now canceled. From 26 April 2021, Fiji entered a 14-day restriction period. Many businesses are closed and sporting and religious gatherings are suspended. There is a daily curfew from 11pm to 4am. International flights remain suspended. Only returning nationals are permitted to enter, and must undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine. The public will not be allowed in or out of four containment zones: Lami, Suva, Nausori and Nadi-Lautoka.

French Polynesia: Since 1 May 2021, The Islands of Tahiti are open to travelers residing in the USA for at least 30 days prior to departure. Vaccinated and immune travelers who have been in the US for 30 consecutive days prior to departure and strictly follow the new and improved entry and stay conditions are not subject to quarantine. Travelers must present the following: The registration receipt from the ETIS* platform (completed between six and 30-6 days prior to departure); an authorization to travel into French Polynesia issued by the High-Commissioner from the “Administrative Application” (to be found on the ETIS platform); a negative laboratory RT-PCR test performed no more than three days before departure; a sworn statement to abide by sanitary regulations upon arrival in French Polynesia. CLICK HERE to obtain this form. It is recommended to also bring the proof of vaccination document if vaccinated. Find out more at tourism site.

New Caledonia: A lockdown is currently in place across New Caledonia. Movement during lockdown is only permitted for exceptional reasons. Travel may be limited at this time. International passenger flights are only available for authorized travelers. Mandatory quarantine applies to all arriving passengers and periods may be impacted by a traveller’s vaccination status. Details are available on the New Caledonian Government website (French).

New Zealand: From midnight on 23 July 2021, all quarantine-free travel from Australia is suspended. If you're normally resident in New Zealand, limited managed return flights are in place from all states except NSW until 30 July. You'll need a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test taken within 72 hours before the scheduled departure time of your international flight. If you're in NSW, you'll need to enter managed isolation on entry to New Zealand. All travelers must request permission to enter and must be traveling for a critical purpose, except for New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, and others on this list. Travelers to New Zealand from all countries, except eligible passengers from the Cook Islands and Niue, must complete a 14-day stay in managed isolation or quarantine. From 19 April 2021 travelers coming from safe zones in Australia will not be required to enter managed isolation or quarantine on arrival in New Zealand. (More information here.)

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.

Samoa: The Samoan Government has announced a State of Emergency and from 26 March 2021, all international travel to and from Samoa by plane will stop until further notice unless approved by the Samoan Government due to exceptional circumstances, e.g. repatriation. In these exceptional circumstances, travelers including crew are now required to be fully vaccinated before entry into Samoa with any vaccine prequalified by WHO. For further details please see https://www.health.gov.ws/. International cruise ships and yachts will not be allowed entry into Samoa until a later date.

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: A State of Emergency was declared on 20 March 2020 by the government of the Kingdom of Tonga. This has been renewed until 8pm on 5 July 2021. These include a night-time curfew from midnight to 5am. Gatherings are restricted to 50 people at indoor venues and 100 people at outdoor venues, except for religious services and educational institutions. Tonga's borders have closed to all foreign nationals.

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.

Am I covered for coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If you are a World Nomads policyholder, read the latest insurance advice regarding COVID-19.

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.

When traveling, please consider the risk you impose on yourself and others, particularly if visiting countries with low rates of vaccination. You can check global vaccination rates here

  • 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.

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.

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12 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

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  • Marton said

    The information for Serbia is very outdated. Since more than a week ago all neighbour countries (Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and North Macedonia) can enter in Serbia without any restrictions or requirements. PCR test or quarantine is not required.
    Please also update the information for the USA

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  • Don said

    Hi...... a couple points: the info on Spain seems to indicate that anyone (regardless of citizenship country) arriving from a "high risk" country will be admitted subject to a negative PCR test. Is this true? You might want to fact check this with the Spanish authorities. Also, it appears that the entry situation for Canary Isl is different than the mainland. You might want to check this as well.

    The info on Sri Lanka seems to be out of date. I understand that SL is now open to tourists, but subject to strict covid protocols of course.

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  • Bruno said

    Please update more often. Indonesia's borders were supposed to open on Feb 8, but there's no info, whether they did.

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  • Otto Schmidlap said

    After clicking on this 'travel alert'...... and, reading the very, very, VERY first country listed:
    "The Caribbean, Anguilla " and it says : ....."sea and airports remain closed for regular inbound passenger movements until at least 12 DECEMBER ...... "...... (emphasis added)....
    This article posts on February 14, 2021. OVER 2 months after December 12, presuming 2020. In that all Covid rules and regs are very fluid and changing continually, this complete article is very very suspect, and I choose not to read any further than the very first country listing......
    Who/Whom is the author/editor ? Jeez Louise ........ what a waste of time.!!

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  • Bruno said

    Please update Indonesia again.

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  • Bruno said

    Thanks for Indonesia update. Now another issue - where's Estonia on the list ?

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  • Sarah Willoughby said

    The section on Grenada does not include the fact that visitors are required to have a five to seven day quarantine period after arrival. This is a HUGE oversight. This leads me to wonder what other critical details are missing in the whole article.

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  • Bruno said

    Thanks for adding Estonia.

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  • Mark said

    Hey guys, I booked a holiday package to Socotra Island, they are open to tourists, you should add it to the list.

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  • Chris said

    Please note that the information on South Africa is outdated. The "high risk country list" does not exist anymore: https://wild-wings-safaris.com/blog/sa-travel-update-only-22-high-risk-countries-on-south-africas-travel-ban-list.

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  • Shelli Saenz said

    Ecuador info outdated! July 1, 2021 new info posted on govt. website!!!

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