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

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

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COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures – updated 22 September, 2020

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

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

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Closed borders in The Caribbean

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

Cayman Islands: International flights and cruise ships are banned entry until atleast 1 October. Anyone who is permitted to enter must undergo quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in a government facility.

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

St Kitts and Nevis: St Kitts and Nevis has closed its borders to international travelers, except for returning nationals or residents. Borders may reopen in October. Upon arrival, all citizens must observe a minimum of 14 days mandatory quarantine.

Trinidad and Tobago: Airports are closed until 30 September, unless flights are permitted by the Minister. Any arriving passengers must enter quarantine for 14 days.

Closed borders in North America

Canada: Most foreign nationals are banned from entering Canada. Exemptions include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or their immediate families, temporary foreign workers, and some international students. If you're a foreign national (not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada), you won't be able to enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Arrivals must provide contact information, undergo screening by a border official, and quarantine or self-isolate for 14 days. The United States – Canada border remains closed to non-essential travel until 21 September.

United States: There are restrictions on who can enter or transit the USA. Anyone permitted to enter will be screened upon arrival, and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The borders are closed with Canada and Mexico to all non-essential travel until 21 September.

Closed borders in Central America

Belize: Philip Goldson International airport will reopen from 1 October. Passengers must download the Belize Health app and obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test result 72 hours before departure. Until 1 October, borders and airports remain closed to foreign travelers.

Panama: Commercial flights and entry for tourism is banned until 12 October, and this date may be extended further. Only nationals and residents of Panama can enter with a valid residency document, and a medical certificate with a negative PCR or antigen test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 96 hours before departure. Arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days at home, and at the airport, you will be asked to sign a health declaration, and may require quarantine in a government sanctioned facility.

Closed borders in South America

Argentina: Borders are closed to non-resident foreign travelers until at least 11 October. Returning nationals and residents of Argentina are subject to quarantine for 14 days, and passengers must now complete a Health Delcaration form online within 48 hours prior to the trip.

Chile: Foreign travelers are not allowed to enter Chile until at least 29 September. Nationals and residents of Chile returning from abroad must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Before departure, passengers must fill out an "Affidavit for Travellers to prevent Coronavirus diseases (COVID-19)".

Guyana: Commercial flights remain suspended, and there is a delay in reopening the international airport. All passengers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 certificate.

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.

Paraguay: All borders are closed and commercial flights have been suspended until further notice. Returning residents must undergo 14 days of self-isolation upon arrival.

Peru: Commercial flights are suspended until 30 September. Borders are only open to repatriation flights for Peruvian nationals and residents. Returning residents are subject to 14 days quarantine upon arrival, and must fill out a Declaration of Traveler's Health. International flights will resume and borders will open to a limited group of countries from 1 October.

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

Suriname: All borders are closed to foreign travelers until 18 September. Returning residents will be placed in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Venezuela: Borders are closed and commercial flights have been suspended until 12 September. Entry is limited to Venezuelan citizens and foreign national residents, who will undergo COVID-19 testing and quarantine in designated state-run health facilities.

Closed borders in Europe

Hungary: From 1 September, foreigners will only be allowed to enter Hungary “in the case that it is very necessary.” Most countries have been placed in the red category, and for the limited countries that arent, 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.

Ukraine: From 28 August until 28 September, an entry ban is back in place for all foreign nationals. Exemptions to the ban are listed in full here, and include family members of Ukrainian nationals, residency or work permit holders, transiting travelers, arrivals for study and other select categories of foreign nationals. Check for the latest updates and more information here.

Closed borders in Africa

Algeria: All international flights are suspended, and land borders are closed. Returning Algerian nationals must undergo quarantine for 14 days.

Angola: Entry is prohibited except for Angolan nationals and foreign nationals resident in Angola. Exceptions may be made for medical evacuations, for humanitarian flights and for essential workers. 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.

Botswana: Botswana has closed its borders except to essential workers, citizens and residents until further notice. Anyone permitted to enter will be tested for COVID-19 and subject to 14-day quarantine in government facilities.

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.

Burundi: International flights are suspended. Land borders opened to essential travel only from 1 August. Eligible travelers who arrive in Burundi with proof of a negative COVID-19 test from the last 72 hours and have registered with the Ministry of Public Health and a United Nations clinic doctor, will be allowed to travel to their place of residence without mandatory quarantine. If you arrive into Burundi without proof of a negative COVID-19 test from the last 72 hours, you have two options: testing and government quarantine, or self-isolate at your place of residence after being tested.

Burkina Faso: Commercial flights may resume from 1 August. Land borders will remain closed. All passengers are subject to 14 days quarantine at designated accommodation, and will be tested on days 8 and 14.

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.

Cape Verde: Limited flights are available for essential travel only from 1 August, including business, family, education, or professional purposes – not tourism. Check the conditions for travel with your airline before you book a flight. Inter-island travel requires a form to be filled out prior.

Central African Republic: The airport is closed to most flights until 13 September. Passengers arriving from a country with local transmission of COVID-19 must undergo 21 days of self-quarantine.

Côte d’Ivoire: Commercial flights have restarted with limited routes. Entry is only permitted for Ivorian nationals and ECOWAS foreign nationals with residency or people with visas valid for entry. An air travel declaration form must be filled out prior to departure.

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

The Republic of Congo: All ports of entry are closed to non-residents.

Chad: Commercial flights have resumed from 1 August. International travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Arrivals must surrender their passport to authorities, quarantine at their accommodation for 7 days, and be tested for COVID-19 on the 7th day. Passports will be returned to travelers when the test result has been provided to authorities.

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

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

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

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

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

Morocco: Commercial flights are suspended, and borders remain closed for tourism purposes. 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. Eligible visitors must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and serologic test dated no more than 48 hours prior to departure. Everyone must download the tracking app ‘Wiqaytna’, and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival will be quarantined in dedicated facilities.

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: Madagascar has suspended all international flights until further notice.

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

Malawi: 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: Borders are closed and flights are suspended until 31 October. Arrivals from high-risk COVID-19 countries are required to go into quarantine.

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

South Africa: On 1 October, 3 international airpots and 18 land borders will reopen for inbound and outbound tourism. Borders will only be open to travelers from countries deemed safe based on the epidemiological situation, and a list has not been released yet. Eligible travelers must show a negative test for COVID-19 that is less than 72 hours old, and will be asked to install a government contact tracing app.

Sudan: Most commercial flights are suspended until 10 October.

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

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

Closed borders in Asia

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

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

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

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

India: International flights are suspended until 30 September. The Indian Bureau of Immigration website outlines categories of foreign nationals who are now eligible to travel to India. Anyone exempt from the entry ban is subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Everyone must provide contact details, and will be asked to download the Arogya Setu app.

Indonesia: Foreign nationals are banned from entering Indonesia. If you meet the criteria for entry, you must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that is 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.

Kyrgyzstan: Commercial flights are suspended. Foreign nationals are banned from entering Kyrgyzstan, except for immediate family members of Kyrgyz citizens who must show documentation to prove the relationship. Anyone entering who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will be taken to medical facilities. Arrivals are subject to medical screening, and could be asked to self-isolate at home.

Laos: International flights are suspended until at least 30 September, 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 until 31 December, and there are limited exceptions to the entry ban. Entry is prohibited except for Malaysian nationals and foreign nationals holding certain categories of residency and employment passes. Anyone who believes they qualify to return must apply here. Arrivals are subject to medical screening, quarantine for 14 days at your own cost in a designated facility, and must download the MySejahtera app.

Mongolia: All international flights and rail transport to Mongolia is suspended until at least 31 October. International arrivals are subject to quarantine for 21 days at designated facilities. The Mongolian government may allow foreign nationals to enter if they meet certain criteria (a valid long-stay visa or permanent residency) and undertake the required quarantine measures on arrival.

Myanmar: All international flights are suspended until 30 September. Read the latest updates on the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

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

North Korea: All international air and train routes have been temporarily suspended since 31 January. Passengers traveling for tourism purposes are not allowed to enter. Travelers visiting for business or official duty will be quarantined upon arrival.

Philippines: Filipino nationals, spouses or children of nationals, and residents returning from abroad may be subject to quarantine for a maximum of 14 days upon arrival or required to undergo COVID-19 testing. Foreign nationals with existing long-term visas are allowed to enter the Philippines, subject to certain conditions outlined here in this travel alert.

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

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

Turkmenistan: Commercial flights are suspended until 1 October, and this date may be extended further. Repatriation flights are permitted for nationals of Turkmenistan, accredited diplomats, permanently registered foreigners and some employees of international companies and organizations. Passengers must have a negative medical certificate for a COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure, and will be subject to testing on arrival and self-isolation for 14 days.

Vietnam: Vietnam's borders remain closed to foreign travelers. Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers are permitted to enter. Inbound travelers must submit an online health declaration form, and undergo medical checks upon arrival. Quarantine lasts a minimum of 14 days, and may be extended longer if you test positive at any point. For the latest information, read the Vietnam tourism travel advisory.

Closed borders in the Middle East

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

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

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

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

Oman: International commercial flights are suspended until at least 1 October. Until then, nationals and residents returning to Oman on chartered flights (after obtaining permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) are subject to 14 days quarantine at home or at a hotel at their own cost, depending on citizenship or residency. All foreign national residents must have health insurance valid for the full duration of their trip.

Closed borders in Oceania

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

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

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

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

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

Solomon Islands: Scheduled international flights remain suspended until 24 October. Only Solomon Islands citizens and residents are permitted to enter, and they must complete a Public Health Declaration, and may be required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

Tonga: Tonga's borders have closed to all foreigners, and a state of emergency remains in place until 28 September.

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.

Which countries have reopened borders and relaxed local restrictions?

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Open borders in Africa

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.

Djibouti: Commercial flights have resumed. On arrival at all entry points, anyone over the age of 11 will be tested for COVID-19 and must remain at the point of entry until results are received (up to 4 hours). If your result is negative, you will be free to go to your accommodation. If the result is positive you will be taken to a government designated-quarantine facility.

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

Ethiopia: Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative PCR COVID-19 test result that has been issued no more than 5 days (120 hours) prior to arrival, will be tested again upon arrival, and subject to 14 days mandatory self-isolation. Passengers without a negative PCR test result will be quarantined for 7 days in government-designated hotels, tested, and then required to self-isolate for an additional 7 days at home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Namibia: From 1 September, international travelers are permitted to enter Namibia through Hosea Kutako International airport. Travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival. International arrivals will undergo 7 days in quarantine. A COVID-19 test will be conducted a few days after arrival, and travel in Namibia will only be permitted if a negative result is produced after 7 days.

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

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

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

Sierra Leone: Commercial flights resumed on 22 July. Anyone who intends on traveling to Sierra Leone must obtain authorisation 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 who have restrictions on travel from Senegal – check your government travel advice for the latest information. Arrivals must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 7 days before arrival.

Seychelles: From 1 August, travelers from countries deemed  low or medium COVID-19 risk 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. Travelers require medical insurance that covers COVID-19 for the duration of their stay. Upon arrival, passengers must submit a filled out health check form, and are subject to temperature checks.

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

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

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

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

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

Tunisia: Borders are open with restrictions. Countries have been categorized as red (high), orange (medium) or green (low) depending on the COVID-19 risk. All visitors to Tunisia, regardless of where you are arriving from, must present a negative RT-PCR laboratory test taken within 72 hours of departure (it must not exceed 120 hours upon arrival). Travelers from red (high risk) countries are banned from entering Tunisia, unless they are Tunisian nationals or hold residency in Tunisia (subejct to entry conditions).

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

Open borders in Oceania

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

Palau: Anyone traveling from COVID-19 affected areas must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result at least 72 hours prior to arrival in Palau. Passengers arriving from non-high risk areas will be required to undergo 7-days 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 approved travelers must test negative for COVID-19 within 7 days prior to arrival. International visitors can apply for the exemption by emailing [email protected] From 21 September, travelers must complete an online electronic health declaration form within 24 hours of departure. All arrivals must self-isolate in a government approved hotel for 14 days.

Open borders in North America

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

Open borders in Central America

Costa Rica: From 1 August, borders have reopened to allow citizens and residents of some countries. Eligible travelers must fill out an epidemiological form prior to departure, obtain a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result dated within 72 hours of travel, and purchase a travel insurance policy that covers COVID-19.

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

Guatemala: Guatemala’s Aurora international airport reopened to commercial flights on 18 September. Travelers must register their travel 24 hours before arrival via the Guatemalan Health Pass website. Inbound travelers must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is no older than 72 hours upon entry, or will be subject to 14 days quarantine. Land borders with Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize are also now open, but only to travelers who can show a negative COVID-19 PCR test that has been conducted within the past 72 hours.

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, but travelers will be screened and quarantined if necessary. Anyone who does enter Nicaragua is required to have a “negative for COVID-19” certificate. Contact your airline or travel provider for the latest information.

Open borders in The Caribbean

Anguilla: Anguilla is open for pre-approved visitors from certain countries, and these people must apply to visit Anguilla. Approved travelers must complete a pre-registration form, take a COVID-19 PCR test within 3 to 5 days of travel, and present negative results. Everyone is required to be tested on day 10 of their visit.

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

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

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

The Bahamas: Commercial flights resumed. All travelers must fill out 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 undergo mandatory quarantine at their own cost for 14 days.

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

Cuba: From 1 July, charter flights for international visitors are limited to resorts in Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Santa Maria or Cayo Largo del Sur. International flights and tourism to Cuba's mainland remains suspended. Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving on repatriation flights to Havana will have their temperature checked and be quarantined 14 days in a government facility.

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

Dominican Republic: International flights have resumed from 1 July. All passengers must fill out a completed Traveler’s Health Affidavit, and rapid tests for COVID-19 will be given to randomly selected travelers upon arrival, and those who are displaying symptoms.

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

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

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

St 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.

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

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

Open borders in Asia

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

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

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

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

Japan: Borders are partially open. Foreign nationals arriving from a country where an entry ban does not apply (restrictions are listed here) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, and self-isolation for 14 days at a location designated by the quarantine station chief.

Kazakhstan: International flights are severely limited, and are only operating with select countries. Most foreign nationals are not permitted to enter. A completed questionnaire must be submitted upon arrival.

Maldives: Commercial flights have resumed to the Maldives. All visitors must fill out a health declaration form and an immigration arrival card. Health screenings are in place on arrival, and anyone showing symptoms will require a PCR test at their cost. All tourists and short term visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19, conducted within 72 hours of departure.

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

Singapore: Anyone permitted to enter Singapore will be issued with a 14-day Stay at Home Notice, which will be served at a government designated hotel or at your place of residence in Singapore. Check the latest information to see which measures apply to you. The 14 day period cannot be reduced, even if you wish to leave Singapore. Transit via Changi Airport is permitted, and includes health screening measures.

South Korea: 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.

Taiwan: From 29 June, travelers who want to visit Taiwan for reasons other than tourism and regular social visits must apply for an entry permit. Approved travelers must produce a negative RT-PCR test result that is no older than 72 hours prior to arrival, and fill out a health declaration form detailing travel history for the previous 14 days. Specific travelers from low or medium risk countries may be eligible to apply for a shorter quarantine, instead of the required 14 days. Face masks must be worn on public transport.

Thailand: Most foreign nationals are not allowed to enter, except for a limited number of foreign visitors from specific categories, including 11 groups of Thai and non-Thai nationals outlined here by the Civil Aviation Authority. For the latest information on what to expect upon arrival and pre-departure requirements, read our Thailand travel alert.

Uzbekistan: International flights have resumed. From 15 August, countries are divided into color categories of green, yellow and red. Click here to find out if you are exempt from quarantine, require self-isolation or 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon arrival to Uzbekistan..

Open borders in Europe

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

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

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

Belarus: Travelers arriving from countries where COVID-19 cases have been reported (check for the latest updates on the Belarus Government website) must self-isolate for 14 days. Foreign travelers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of arrival. Check to see if you require a visa. Foreign travelers must have valid medical insurance to cover their stay.

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

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

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

Croatia: Borders have opened to travelers from the UK, EU and EEA. Travelers must fill out this online form prior to arrival. Quarantine of 14 days has been reintroduced for travelers from countries where COVID-19 is still a high risk, and this list is subject to change.

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

Czech Republic: From 15 June, EU countries will be divided into three groups according to risk of COVID-19: low (green), medium (orange) and high (red). Travelers from low risk countries may enter without a negative COVID-19 test result. To travel from a medium risk country, arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival in the Czech Republic. 

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

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

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

Greece: Eligible travelers must complete an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival. Any passenger may be asked to undergo a COVID-19 test, and once tested you must self-isolate at the address given on your entry form, and wait for the call with your results. Check Re-open EU for the latest list of eligible travelers to Greece.

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

Finland: From 24 August, leisure travel is possible between Finland and Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Vatican. Leisure travel is also possible from China (based on reciprocity), Georgia, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Essential, work-related and return travel is possible from the UK, all Schengen and EU countries. Except for the countries listed as open for leisure travel, self-isolation for 14 days is recommended upon arrival. For the latest information, check Finland's guidelines for border traffic

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

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

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

Italy: Travel to Italy without quarantine is allowed from EU member states, the Schengen area, UK, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City, unless they have stayed in or transited a country where Italy requires self-isolation in the 14 days prior to arrival. Some third-country nationals are eligible to enter.

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

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

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

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

Malta: Check Malta's tourism website to see if entry restrictions apply to you. Anyone who has not spent at least 14 days in a listed safe country requires a special permit before traveling, and may require quarantine if accepted by Health Authorities. Some travelers need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 swab test result carried out within 72 hours.

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

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

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

The Netherlands: From 1 July, The Dutch government has adopted the EU's recommendation to lift its travel ban for residents of a number of countries deemed safe. This list will be updated every two weeks. All travelers must fill in a health screening form prior to departure, and will be subject to a health check. For the latest information, read the Q&A's on travel restrictions for the Netherlands.

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

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

Portugal: Check Re-open EU for the latest information on who is and isn't permitted to enter Portugal. Upon arrival at the airport, passengers will undergo a health screening, including temperature checks. If you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to health authorities. Different measures apply for arrivals to Madeira and the Azores.

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

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

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

Slovenia: Anyone traveling from an epidemiologically safe country identified on the Slovene Government's green list may enter without quarantine. Arrivals from countries listed on the red list will have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, unless they qualify as one of the six exceptions.

Spain: Borders are open to travelers from the EU and all Schengen Area countries without quarantine. Entry restrictions have been lifted for some approved 'safe' countries recommended by the EU, check Re-open EU for the latest information. All travelers must fill out and sign the FCS form, and present the QR code upon arrival.

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

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

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

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 Sweden. The list is being updated regularly at Re-open EU.

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

Open borders in South America

Bolivia: Commercial flights are set to resume in September. Contact your airline for information on the availability of flights. Passengers will be exempt from quarantine if they present a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is dated within 7 days of the flight, and foreign travelers must have their test result endorsed by the respective Bolivian Consulate before arriving. Anyone who arrives without a medical certificate and negative test result will be subject to quarantine. Land border crossings will remain closed to foreign travelers.

Brazil: Foreign travelers are now allowed to enter Brazil by air for up to 90 days under a number of temporary visas, including for purposes of research, studies including academic extension courses, work, investment, family reunions, or sporting or artistic activities. Foreign nationals must present proof of valid health insurance that provides coverage during the period of their stay, unless they are students attending Brazilian institutions or Brazilian residents. All non-Brazilian nationals/residents must present a medical declaration that confirms they do not have COVID-19. Land and sea borders remain closed.

Colombia: International flights have resumed with limited destinations from 21 September, however land and maritime borders remain closed to foreign travelers until at least 1 October. All eligible international passengers must fill out an immigration form online 24 hours before the flight, and take a PCR test no more than 96 hours before their departure flight.

Ecuador: Commercial flights have resumed. Travelers must present a negative PCR test result taken no more than 10 days prior to departure to be exempt from self-isolation. Arrivals without a negative result can take a COVID-19 test at the airport and wait in temporary accommodation until a negative result is produced. Arrivals without a negative result who do not agree to undergo the RT-PCR test must complete self-isolation (APO) in temporary accommodation for a period of 10 days.

Open borders in the Middle East

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

Georgia: Entry is severely restricted, and the most up to date information can be found here. Certain business travelers and those who want to work from Georgia remotely can apply here. A form must be filled out to indicate where a traveler has been in the previous 14 days. From 15 September, all foreigners must take a PCR test on arrival, followed by 8-days quarantine and a PCR test on the 8th day. If this test is negative, you will be able to leave quarantine, and must take another PCR test on the 12th day.

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

Kuwait: The airport has partially reopened from 1 August. Eligible passengers must have an OK TO TRAVEL authorization obtained from their local Kuwait embassy. Prior to departure, the ‘Shlonik’ app must be installed, and passengers must obtain a negative PCR test result within 96 hours of departure. 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: Commercial flights have resumed from 1 July at a limited capacity. Passengers must fill out a health declaration form online before departure, and have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 96 hours before arrival. A second PCR test must be taken on arrival. Depending on where you are traveling from, requirements may differ. Check with your airline for the most up-to-date information.

Turkey: Commercial flights are resuming on a country by country basis. Airline passengers must wear face masks, complete passenger locator forms supplied by the airline, and undergo COVID-19 screening upon arrival. If you display symptoms of COVID-19, you will be given a PCR test.

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

Am I covered for coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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

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

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

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

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

If you have traveled to an affected country recently

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

World Health Organization (WHO) Health Alerts

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

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

Listen to the World Nomads Podcast: COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is a PHEIC?

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

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

Thomas Cook Collapse - September 2019

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

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

Transit Strikes – British Airways –September 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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76 Comments

  • Conni said

    This is incorrect and dangerous information to be circulating. Not only is it out of date, you should never “see your doctor” if you are experiencing symptoms, you should Isolate and call NHS 111 or else risk infecting others, including medical professionals

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  • Rick said

    Conni, the guidance from CDC is to inform your doctors office if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, but to go get tested/treated. same if you need an ambulance: inform them when you call 911.

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  • Andrea said

    Is it legal for you to change our policies once they have been issued and we have already begun travelling?

    Please explain how it is okay for you to do this?

    Isn't the point of travel insurance to cover ourselves for any unexpected events that may occur while we are travelling?

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  • Deborah M said

    My question is if we are traveling to Italy, Austria, and Switzerland and are we covered(to get better clarification)? We purchased the higher policy and will not be traveling until June but I need to know as that was the purpose of purchasing the insurance. I want to make sure we are covered in all areas in the event that the illness is still active around the world.

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  • Phil said

    Andrea,
    there has been no change to the wording of the policy, these clauses have always been there and were the ones you agreed to when you purchased.
    Please click the link in the very first paragraph of this article and select your Country of residence to see the detail specific to your policy.
    We know this is upsetting, but no insurance policy covers everything. Each provider chooses to tailor a product by excluding certain things in order to limit risk (exposure) and set the premium at an affordable rate. All travel insurance providers I know of make some sort of provision to limit risk from epidemic.
    One important thing to remember is that your insurer doesn't have your money, the airlines, hotels and tour providers have it. You should ask them if they think it is right to keep your deposit in these circumstances? Fortunately many are offering 100% refunds, so please ask them first.
    Phil from World Nomads

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  • Nicole said

    Hello, can you please provide more information. Are flights were rerouted and avoiding Hong Kong. We are going to be a laid over on Singapore. As this has been upgrading to a international emergency with a standard plan can you please clarify what this means in your clause. Your blogs are very vague and notifications are unclear. Please advise.

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Nicole,

      For more info, please email the team at [email protected]

      You'll just need to let them know your country of residence and whether you have purchased a policy as different coverage advice may apply.

      Stay safe,
      Sarah - World Nomads

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  • Jonathan Terry said

    My daughter in Utah wishes to travel with friends to Italy, France and Austria in March. Are you excluding coverage for Covid 19 Related emergencies such as quarantine or inability to return to the USA, or covering such occurrences?

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Jonathan,

      For US residents, cover may be available for medical emergencies from contracting COVOID-19 or if they've been personally quarantined. There is a cut-off date for this cover however, so please see these articles for more info: https://www.worldnomads.com/help/insurance/recent-events/travel-alert-coronavirus-january-2020

      It's important to note, that fear of travel or fear of illness are not covered reasons under plan provisions. There is also no coverage in the plan should the city / location / travel supplier determine there is a quarantine and services are canceled as a result.

      Hopefully it's all OK by March and your daughter and her friends can explore Europe!

      All the best,
      Sarah - World Nomads

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  • Gary said

    Wow,
    I’ve bought travel insurance in the past. Does you house policy cancel your fire insurance the minute a fire breaks out?
    World nomads you are teaching some of us a valuable lesson.
    Not to buy your insurance.

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    • John said

      Gary, does your home insurance have earthquake coverage, or a flood rider? It depends on the policy and rates you choose. Does your car insurance include $1,000,000 or $2,000,000 third party coverage? Once again, it depends on what options you choose. If a flood happens, it does not change whether you are covered or not.

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  • Chad said

    If I would like to travel to Europe does your insurance cover COVID-19?

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Chad,

      There are a few moving parts for coverage, including your country of residence and when you purchased your policy.

      For info on whether you'd be covered for COVID-19, please see our 'Travel Alert' page: https://www.worldnomads.com/help/insurance/recent-events/travel-alert-coronavirus-january-2020

      If you have any further questions, reach out to the team on [email protected]

      All the best,
      Sarah - World Nomads

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  • Di said

    You never know how good an insurance company really is ... until you maybe need to make a claim.

    Cancelling folks coverage like this does NOT make me want to take out World Nomad cover, as I have several times in the past, any time soon.

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  • Rosalina V. Giusti said

    I took insurance from your company last month because I will travel to Japan next month but unfortunately they re-scheduled our trip because of the CORONAVIRUS. We’re supposed to leave on March 23-April 04 2020 but they re-scheduled it for next year March 19-30 2021. Can I ask favor from you to change the date of my insurance instead of March 23-April 04 2020 to March 19-31 2021. I always purchase my insurance from your company every time I travel so I hope you can help me this time. I sent also email to Ms Kathy Pratt because she was the one who helped me before but she’s not replying on my email & I also sent email to [email protected] but no reply. Thank you!

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  • Cleo said

    I found out I am pregnant and the tour I booked contains many days of long journey which the doc doesn’t recommend. If I cancel the tour, will this be covered by the insurance?

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  • Katie said

    I'd like to know the exact date your statement regarding no longer covering any changes caused by COVID-19 was published.

    Also, our return flight connects in Seoul, south korea and Delta says they have no other way to re-route us. Since this has been declared a level 4 Do Not Travel location by the Department of State, shouldn't this be reason enough to cover my cancelled trip? Delta has agreed to refund 100% of the flight but I find it interesting that WN won't cover anything.

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  • Natalie said

    So, to clarify, if I am a US resident traveling to France next week... if I buy insurance now and say the airline cancels my flights due to COVID-19, World Nomads would NOT cover my flight? Or, if a hotel cancels our booking, World Nomads would NOT cover that cancellation or the cost of a new hotel?

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  • Iona said

    I am about to go on an organised tour of Israel but am concerned the trip may be cancelled due to Coronavirus. Would I be covered for the cost of my flights, hotels etc that I purchased separately to the organised tour? Thanks.

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    • Amelia said

      Hi Iona,
      Coverage for Coronavirus / COVID-19 depends on your country of residence whether or not you have already have travel insurance and the policy you buy.

      Our Travel Alerts page (https://www.worldnomads.com/help/insurance/recent-events/travel-alert-coronavirus-january-2020) has full details about coverage and the latest updates on COVID-19.

      If you have any further questions, reach out to the team on [email protected]

      All the best,
      Amelia – World Nomads

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  • Mayra said

    I bought travel insurance for our trip, but have since cancelled the trip. I understand that there is a 10 day cancellation window for a full refund, but I guess the website is crashing because I haven't been able to log into my account to cancel. I've been trying to get help through phone and email since last week! I only get automated messages through email and transferred to other people through phone then told I'll be called back and nothing.

    I hope I still get a full refund since the 10 day window is over today and I have been trying every day to cancel this insurance.

    WNUSA 20528932-1

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  • Natalie Wilson said

    I live in the US and traveling to London and Paris next week. (March 13 -21). I bought travel insurance On 2/16 before I knew there was a worldwide emergency with the corona virus. I typically buy insurance for medical reasons on international trips. If I become iill would I still be covered even in relation to the corona virus? The way I read the policy it would cover it if the illness manifests itself during the trip.

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  • Melody Morales said

    Yesterday, March 5, I cancel my insurance policy on your website, because I am going to cancel my trip.
    What I need to do to get the premium amount refunded?
    The cancellation was made 9 days after you issue my policy, in the cooling-off period.
    I sent an email but I have not received an answer.

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    • Juan Gisbert said

      Hello,

      Country of residence: Spain.

      Although it may be still early, I would like to ask the possibilities in advance. We had a month-long planned trip to Taiwan departing on July 22, 2020. Two questions:

      1. If we decide not to travel, will WNS cover the money for the airline tickets?

      2. If we are NOT able to travel because the country is lookdown, or do not allow travelers from high risk countries (Spain), or require a quarantine of at least 14 days upon arrival to travelers, would WNS cover the money for air tickets?

      The airlines are not refunding the ticket money, and in many cases they do not even make you a voucher to enjoy the trip on another date. In our case, we could not delay the trip for work reasons either.

      Thanks and regards,

      Juan

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  • Elad Nava said

    Indeed it's quite ludicrous that a travel insurance company which insurers specifically for unexpected emergencies, can just on-the-fly amend their insurance policy, which is a legally binding contract that it has entered with its insurers, especially due to the unexpected nature of this Coronavirus epidemic. You can't issue a change to an already-entered legal contract without approval from both sides.

    Not sure I ever wanna insure with WorldNomads anymore.

    FYI - other travel insurance plans aren't "amending their plans" to remove cover for Coronavirus. I'm insured with SafetyWing which has assured me that I would be covered so long as I'm not intentionally traveling to countries which have been deemed high risk with outbreaks (e.g. China/South Korea/Japan).

    WorldNomads, we're really disappointed with you for this one.

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  • Austin said

    Does anyone know insurance companies that do cover these kind of situations? If world nomads wont help then we need to look elsewhere

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  • Phil Sylvester said

    Hi Elad,
    Phil from World Nomads here.
    We haven't amended our policy, and even if we had the one issued to you would remain applicable to you for the life of the policy. It is, as you rightly say, a contract we entered into with you. One we will honour. Please check the wording of the policy you purchased.
    What we have been doing is trying to answer people's questions about coverage by pointing out what the wording may say.
    I promise you, cross my heart, there's been no change to the wording.
    What you are covered for depends on your country of residence (we have a range of underwriters across the globe with slightly different wording).
    Luckily we have published a set of detailed FAQs relevant to your country. Please go to this page and select your country of residence. Hopefully it helps you understand the coverage.
    https://www.worldnomads.com.au/help/insurance/recent-events/Coronavirus-faqs
    Hope that helps.

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  • HEMA PADMANABHAN said

    I have a trip booked to Ireland for end of May this year(for 12 days). I live in USA(citizen) and would like to know if I would be covered by worldnomads if I cancel my trip. Would I get my non refundable ticket price refunded by worldnomads? Ireland has been having a rise in covid 19 cases and the first death today.
    I do not want to go there and be quarantined. Although Ireland is not in the list of high risk countries it is still bad for tourists who might get caught in the health crisis. I have got a quotation from worldnomads but have not bought my travel insurance yet because I want to clarify this point. Thanks for your reply.

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Hema,
      Hopefully COVID-19 doesn't impact your May travel plans, but if it does - unfortunately there's no cover for cancellation due to this event.
      World Nomads plans also don’t provide coverage for events surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak for which you aren’t directly affected by the sickness. Examples: a conference you were planning to attend was canceled or flights out of your destination were shut down.
      There is still cover for claims that don't relate back to this event. Such as a broken arm due to a fall or damage luggage while traveling.
      Hope this helps,
      Sarah - World Nomads

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  • Annie said

    I would recommend removing the links and paragraphs that tell people they can find out if they're covered for Coronavirus, because I've just been sent around and around your page in an endless loop through "the articles" (if it's in one of them it should be in the title, or do I have to trail through all the text in all of them), "The FAQ" which just sends you to the articles, the help center where I entered my country of residence, but got no link or text coming up about whether or not I am covered...

    Literally, the the FAQ says "Importantly, before you buy new flights or incur the expense to change your existing flights, read our articles on what’s covered (and not covered) for COVID-19.", I go to the articles and under the question "Am I covered for COVID-19", that whole sentence is a link that sends me BACK TO THE FAQ.

    I have to say this just makes me angry. I gather the information is in there somewhere (maybe?), but it needs to be more easily accessible because as it is now it seems very clear to me that you're eluding the question until I give up, and that is extremely poor service.

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Annie,

      Coverage for Coronavirus can be found on our FAQ page:
      https://www.worldnomads.com/help/insurance/recent-events/coronavirus-faqs

      Clicking your region should then take you through coverage questions and answers for your policy.

      I know you mentioned that it was getting frustrating, but all the Travel Insurance info should be all on this page.

      If you have any issues, please contact the team at [email protected]

      All the best,
      Sarah - World Nomads

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  • Jane Lillian MacIsaac said

    Am I understanding this correctly?
    Even policies that have not yet been started are non-refundable?
    Surely you are going to adapt to the current situation and save your business going forward?
    This is a time for compassionate concessions and most companies are taking the opportunity to show that they are caring and understanding. At least that has been my experience.
    I have insurance booked for a trip that won’t happen and every provider from airlines to tour providers, Airbnb and hostels have ALL updated their policies as the decent thing to do and have ALL refunded my bookings.
    I do not intend to travel to France, Israel and Italy next month and expect that my insurance policy for travel in April will be refunded.
    Nothing less is acceptable.
    Listen to the people on this site.
    We will not forget.

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Jane,

      While we are unable to updated our policy wording when it comes to cancellations, we will review these requests on a case by case basis.

      We understand that your policy may not be needed if you are no longer traveling and you aren't making a claim for cancelled or rearrangements.

      Please reach out to the team on [email protected] for more info.

      All the best,
      Sarah - World Nomads

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  • Megan said

    Hello,

    I wanted to cancel our policy with you that we had purchased to Italy, but haven't had any luck getting through to the right department. I finally sent an email inquiring about switching the destination or a refund. I do understand that we are all in uncharted territory and I certainly hope that we can get a refund since we have tried contacting you. My boyfriend and I have purchased numerous policies with you over the years and have been loyal customers. We are hoping that you can work with us during these unprecedented times.

    Thank you,

    Meg

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  • [email protected] said

    Hi Meg,

    Thanks for reaching out.

    As I'm sure you can imagine, our teams are working around the clock to try and get back to everyone as soon as possible.

    Changing the destination or cancelling the policy is completely understandable given the current situation, especially in Italy.

    Someone within the team will be in touch shortly.

    Stay safe,
    Sarah - World Nomads

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  • Ellie said

    Hi,

    We have purchased Worldwide travel insurance for May 11th for a 1 year trip and our airlines are offering to waive the change fee for us to book flights later on in the year.

    Are we able to change the dates of our travel insurance as we don’t want to cancel it?

    Thanks,
    Ellie

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Ellie,

      For information on what amendments you can make to your policy via your World Nomads membership (including changing the start date of your policy before departure), please have a read of the following page: https://www.worldnomads.com/help/insurance/managing-policy/making-changes-to-your-travel-insurance-policy
      When you open the link, selecting your country of residence will take you through the specific information related to your residency.

      If you need assistance with locating your policy via your Members page, please see this article: https://www.worldnomads.com/help/insurance/managing-policy/where-is-my-policy-certificate


      All the best,
      Yael

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  • Kevin said

    Hello World Nomads thanks for all the updates, I appreciate the support. My policy begins in April and I'd like cancel it and get a refund since we can't leave the country.

    Here's my policy number:
    WNCAN20505051

    Can someone help us out?
    Thanks!

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      I've asked one of our service team members to contact you directly in regards to your request to cancel.

      Someone within the team will be in touch shortly.

      All the best,
      Yael - World Nomads

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  • Susan Kukla said

    I have tried to contact you numerous times last week to tell you that the travel agent and cruise line has cancelled the trip and to inform you to cancel my policy and refund me. No one has called me back no matter how many times I left a message. I am not traveling and do not need the policy due to cancellation by Travel agent, cruise line, and government. I once again am requesting a full refund back to my credit card. Why are you not hearing me?

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Susan,

      Someone from customer service will be in touch. Your case has been assigned. We really appreciate your understanding during this time, as we are doing our best to work through many thousands of customer queries.

      All the best,
      [email protected]

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  • Tom said

    Could World Nomads state clearly what the cut-off date for coverage is, as alluded to in Sarah's post below? I believe the cut-off date is also not defined in the web page she refers to ("...coronavirus-january-2020").

    Sarah's post;

    "For US residents, cover may be available for medical emergencies from contracting COVOID-19 or if they've been personally quarantined. There is a cut-off date for this cover however, so please see these articles for more info: https://www.worldnomads.com/help/insurance/recent-events/travel-alert-coronavirus-january-2020

    It's important to note, that fear of travel or fear of illness are not covered reasons under plan provisions. There is also no coverage in the plan should the city / location / travel supplier determine there is a quarantine and services are canceled as a result.

    Hopefully it's all OK by March and your daughter and her friends can explore Europe!

    All the best,
    Sarah - World Nomads"

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    • Amelia said

      Hi Tom,

      This page states the following for US residents: https://www.worldnomads.com/usa/help/insurance/recent

      "20. If I book and pay for a trip now, am I covered for COVID-19 if I buy travel insurance?

      World Nomads’ plans for U.S. residents do not have a cut-off date after which coverage related to the COVID-19 is no longer available. However, coverage under our plans is limited to when you (or a travel companion and in some cases, a family member) get personally sick or quarantined because of the COVID-19. Coverage doesn’t include any interruption of travel services caused by COVID-19, such as the cancellation of flights or trains."

      Cheers,
      [email protected]

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  • Roberto Salcedo said

    I live in Florida, USA and have bought a tour to Greece in May 2020 and bought Travel Insurance with your company. Given the present situation with quarantine and international travel bans, i have two options. To cancel my trip and get reimbursed by the tour operator / travel insurance or to delay the trip.

    I am more inclined to delay the trip one year and wonder if I can modify the insurance coverage to cover the trip’s new dates. Please let me know if this is possible or if changing the dates imply buying a second travel insurance so I can make a decision

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Roberto,

      For information on what amendments you can make to your policy via your World Nomads membership (including changing the start date of your policy before departure), please have a read of the following page: https://www.worldnomads.com/help/insurance/managing-policy/making-changes-to-your-travel-insurance-policy

      When you open the link, selecting your country of residence will take you through the specific information related to your residency.

      If you need assistance with locating your policy via your Members page, please see this article: https://www.worldnomads.com/help/insurance/managing-policy/where-is-my-policy-certificate

      All the best,
      [email protected]

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  • Ann Stevenson said

    After being fired due to the COVID19, mu husband and i are going from Spain back to Denmark ASAP. We were insured through our employer, but that ends on Friday - can we get insured through you for the remaining period? I am aware that you don’t cover anything related to the COVID19, but do you still cover accidents and other illnesses? We will be driving through Spain, France and Germany.
    Thanks!

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Ann,

      Without knowing your country of residence, it's hard to give you a concrete answer. But, if you take a look at our FAQs page (and select your country of residence) there are a few questions that may answer this for you. https://www.worldnomads.com/help/insurance/recent-events/coronavirus-faqs

      If you still need assistance, please contact us here: https://pp.worldnomads.com/contact-us

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Nada said

    I bought my Tavel insurance before January 30th for a trip to South Africa/ Mauritius in May. That is before the epidemic went global. Your FAQ do not provide any clarifications on what can be claimed If insurance is bought before 30 Jan. The airline recently canceled the return flight from Mauritius, some of my bookings have a free cancellation, others don’t (such as internal flights, Safari etc ). Please let me know if and how I can claim them.

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Nada,

      As we don't know your country of residence, we can’t give any advice on what is specifically covered by your insurance. Please take a look at our FAQs page and enter your country of residence: https://www.worldnomads.com/help/insurance/recent-events/coronavirus-faqs

      If you don't find the answer you're looking for, contact us for further assistance: https://pp.worldnomads.com/contact-us

      Alternatively, you could submit a claim via the members page, and the claim will be assessed in accordance with the terms and conditions of your policy.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Jeannie said

    We purchased our insurance policy to begin on December 8, 2019
    We extended it through September 8, 2020 on March 12, 2020
    We have been in Sri Lanka since February 20, 2020
    We want to know if we are covered in the event we get Coronavirus, as we purchased it prior to January 2020.

    Please let us know via email.

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  • [email protected] said

    Hi Jeannie,

    Someone from customer service will be in touch with you directly via email.

    All the best,

    Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Thao said

    Enrollment ID: 977637
    Booking Number:  WNUSA19644491-1

    I understand that you might be overwhelmed with the pandemic situation but the time for our trip is coming up in less than a week on April 1. I have emailed you several times before and gotten no response. When I called up your help desk the representative told me that she could not cancel my policy for me since World Nomads billed me and World Nomads had to give me the refund and I had to do so through email. She suggested I try cancelling using the dashboard but that is not an option on the dashboard.

    I bought the insurance in November well before any of this started.

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    • [email protected] said

      Hi Thao,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Someone from customer service will be in touch as soon as possible!

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Grace said

    My family and I are wondering if a us citizen minor can fly alone from Vancouver to LA?

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  • Tania said

    I am wondering about Croatia and why it is not on your list? Also do you have information about returning to the US after being in Croatia for a few weeks. Thanks so much.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Tania,

      Croatia is on the list – it has just been moved beneath the heading with partially reopened borders.

      For information specific to you upon arrival back to the USA, please refer to your government's travel advisory: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

      https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/croatia-travel-advisory.html

      All the best, and safe travels.

      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Ron Broadfoot said

    I booked a group tour to Iran for next April through Young Pioneer Tours (YPT). There’s a company in the UK called 1st Quest, that handles travel insurance for Iran. I became Facebook friends with a YPT employee named John McGovern. He’s providing me with up-to-date advice on how to apply for an Iranian visa. Hopefully, travel to Iran will be safer next April.

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  • Harold Gaze said

    I am in South Africa when can I go to Swaziland

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  • PBC said

    After PCR test, when the 10days start, after the result? I need to get home Jamaica

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  • Aiza Mbaye said

    The Guinea airport (Conakry) has been open for a couple of days.

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  • Aiza Mbaye said

    Mali has been open since July 25.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Aiza,

      Thanks for this information - I'm unable to find a source that confirms this information.

      The UK Government alert still says "Mali’s borders and international airports remain closed until further notice" and the IATA says the same – any chance you can provide a source for your information, and I will update the alert here right away.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads Travel Safety Producer

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  • Aimee said

    I am in South Africa waiting to see my fiance in Athens. I heard that Europe will go into lockdown in September 2020. How likely is this to happen? South Africa looks to open it's borders around this time and I am trying to plan my trip to Greece.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Aimee,

      I'm sorry to hear you are separated from your fiance right now.

      Keep up to date as things change – anything is possible at this stage, and it's hard to know this far out what the situation will be like two months from now.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Julian said

    Hi! What do you know about when Europe will be receiving travelers from Argentina? I have to re-plan my canceled flight to Italy, and I don't know for what time. I'm following this <a href="https://cuandoviajo.com">page</a> but is in spanish. :s
    Regards

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  • Aiza Mbaye said

    Mali's airport in Bamako has been open since 7/25.
    You posted that the UK and IATA could not confirm. It makes more sense to start with the Malian government. In general it makes sense to start with the country of concern. Please stop looking for European sources for African facts. You would never consult the Malian government to see if the UK is open.

    https://www.facebook.com/GouvMali

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Aiza,

      Thanks for sharing the resource. I was unable to find Mali's government website while researching (I now see their Facebook page is the source).

      You are absolutely right. However, the situation is changing fast, and validating information with various sources is important to make sure we aren't putting out false or unverified information.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Blessen skariah said

    When ghana borders will resume any update .

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Blessen,

      Commercial flights remain suspended until further notice as outlined in this news article: https://en.as.com/en/2020/08/05/latest_news/1596659713_180528.html

      I will update the information in our travel alert to match this source.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • Sharon said

    The US/Canada border is closed till Sept 21. Extended last week.

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    • Amelia Brady said

      Thanks, Sharon! I have just updated the alert info for Canada, USA and Mexico to reflect this.

      Cheers,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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  • BAREND DE KLERK said

    Democratic Republic of the Congo has opened its borders.

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  • Richard Stevens said

    What a great informative site. I am very pleased to have joined!!

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  • Robert Magai said

    Entebbe Airport in Uganda is set to open on October 1, 2020. See related news articles:

    https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Entebbe-airport-set-to-reopen-on-October-1/688334-5621360-l62b5yz/index.html

    https://nilepost.co.ug/2020/09/09/international-airlines-on-alert-as-entebbe-airport-prepares-for-reopening-on-october1/

    https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/business/entebbe-international-airport-to-reopen-next-month--1935264



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