Current Country Testing Requirements and Quarantine Rules

Updated 10 March 2021

In the ever-changing narrative of 2021 and the Covid-19 crisis, many new rules and regulations are being introduced that it’s hard to keep track of what we can and can’t do. Airlines are more than familiar with these twists and turns, and one of their main challenges is communicating the government’s Covid-19 strategy to people who just want to get a holiday in while it’s safe. 


Safety comes first, of course. Between increased Covid-19 testing and the enforcement of local lockdowns, our response to the pandemic needs to be connected. By keeping a close eye on Covid-19 infection rates abroad, particularly holiday destinations, our government and all UK airlines can keep us safe by enforcing a quarantine period for travellers. 


To help simplify the ever-changing travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of countries currently on the UK’s quarantine list and the travel restrictions they are imposing. This will be regularly updated according to Covid-19 rates in the respective countries, as well as the changes to requirements introduced by the government as a result. 

What are Covid-19 travel regulations?

Covid-19 travel regulations require you to self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive back in the UK. This applies to UK residents as well as visitors to the UK. 

Are there exemptions to these quarantine requirements?

There are some slight exemptions but only very slight, and if this applies to you then all precautions should still be taken. 


  • You do not need to self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from a country that has no current travel restrictions due to the low infection rates in these areas. You can see these countries by scrolling further down the page. 
  • You do not need to self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from domestic travel (for example, returning to England from Scotland, Ireland, Wales or the Isle of Man).
  • You do not need to self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from British overseas territories. 

Current Country Testing Requirements

COUNTRY TESTING LIST

Please note: The information in this list applies to UK travellers, and is up to date as the 10th March.

COVID-19 travel restrictions and border closures – updated 9th March 2021

Caribbean:

Restriction:

Covid Test

1

Anguilla

Anguilla is open for pre-approved visitors from certain countries, and these people must apply to visit Anguilla. Approved travelers must complete a pre-registration form, take a COVID-19 PCR test within 3 to 5 days of travel, and present negative results. Everyone is required to be tested on day 10 of their visit. Anguilla’s sea and airports remain closed for regular inbound passenger movements until at least 6 March 2021.

COVID-19 PCR test within 3 to 5 days of travel

2

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of departure.

3

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 7 days of departure.

4

Barbados

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

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of arrival.

5

The Bahamas

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

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 5 days of departure.

6

Bermuda

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

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 5 days of departure.

7

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.

8

Cayman Islands

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

9

Cuba

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

10

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

11

Dominican Republic

As of 30 December, the Dominican government has introduced a mandatory seven-day quarantine period for travelers with journeys originating in the UK or those who have previously been in the UK within two weeks of arrival in the Dominican Republic. Travelers will be required to undertake a PCR test while in quarantine. All inbound passenger flights from the UK are suspended from 22 December-10 January 2021.

12

Grenada

Based on Grenada's color code system identifying low, medium and high-risk regions, travelers arriving from all countries are required to present a certified copy of a negative PCR test conducted within three 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. All arrivals will need to quarantine for up to 7 days, and take a COVID test if they have been given approval in advance to quarantine at home.

13

Haiti

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. all travelers to Haiti will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid Antigen test taken within 72 hours of travel to their airline

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

14

Jamaica

Effective March 4, 2021, all travelers to Jamaica, 12 years of age and over, regardless of nationality, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result to check in for a flight to Jamaica. In addition, all passengers require Travel Authorization. Read the latest travel alert details here for more information.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

15

St Lucia

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 7 days before departure.

16

St Kitts and Nevis

All incoming passengers must fill out a Travel Authorization Form and obtain a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of travel, and upload to the authorization portal.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

17

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 5 days before departure.

18

Trinidad and Tobago

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

19

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 5 days before departure.

North America:

Restriction:

Covid Test

1

Canada

All air passengers traveling to Canada will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the country. Passengers must present evidence of a negative laboratory test result to their airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveler’s scheduled departure to Canada.

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

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

2

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 March 2021.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

3

United States

There are restrictions on who can enter or transit the USA. Effective January 26, all air passengers entering the United States will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departure. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Passengers allowed entry to the US must self-isolate for at least 7 days on arrival, and take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after arrival. The land borders with Canada and Mexico are closed to all non-essential travel until at least 21 March 2021.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

Country:

Restriction:

Covid Test

South America:

1

Argentina

Borders remain closed to most non-resident foreign travelers. Until at least midnight 28 February, all travelers who are authorized to enter Argentina must comply with the requirements set out below.

All travelers to Argentina (including those in transit to another country) must fill in an electronic ‘sworn statement’ form within 48 hours of traveling. Travelers must also present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before arrival and obtain medical insurance with coverage of coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment costs. All arriving travelers, including those who present a negative PCR test, will also be required to self-isolate for a period of 7 days.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

2

Bolivia

Anyone traveling to Bolivia from North America, Europe or Asia must submit official certification of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 10 days of their flight.

COVID‑19 PCR test 10 days of departure.

3

Brazil

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

4

Chile

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

5

Colombia

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 96 hours before departure.

6

Ecuador

Commercial flights have resumed. Upon arrival, all passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. All travelers must present a negative PCR test result taken no more than 10 days prior to departure to be exempt from self-isolation. Random antigen tests will also be carried out by the Ministry of Health (MSP) on arriving passengers. Arrivals without a negative result must agree to take a COVID-19 test at the airport, at their expense. Arrivals who test positive for the antigen test must self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

COVID‑19 PCR test 10 days of departure.

7

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

8

Guyana

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

9

Paraguay

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

10

Peru

The country's State of Emergency has been extended to at least 31 January 2021, and the country has been divided into a three-tier system of Very High, High and Moderate with different curfews for each. From 5 October, international flights with countries in the region have resumed at a limited capacity. Eligible passengers must submit a negative molecular test result, which has been performed a maximum of 72 hours before departure, and sign a Declaration Jurada de Salud that agrees to comply with the mandatory 14-day quarantine and that you are symptom-free of COVID-19. The entry of foreign nationals who travel from Europe and South Africa or who have stopped over in Europe or South Africa in the last 14 calendar days, and do not reside in Peru, is banned.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

11

Uruguay

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

12

Venezuela

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 48 hours before departure.

Country:

Restriction:

Covid Test

Central America:

1

Belize

Passengers must download the Belize Health app and obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test result 72 hours before departure.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

2

Costa Rica

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

3

El Salvador

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

4

Guatemala

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

5

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

6

Nicaragua

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

7

Panama

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 48 hours before departure.

Country:

Restriction:

Covid Test

Europe:

1

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.

2

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

3

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 48 hours before arrival.

4

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 48 hours before arrival.

5

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

6

Croatia

Travelers from the UK, or any other non-EU/EEA country, are not permitted to enter Croatia due to Coronavirus measures. Restrictions are expected to remain in place until 15 March 2021.

7

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

8

Czech Republic

A State of Emergency in the Czech Republic is in place until 28 March 2021. From 5 January, the Czech Republic has instituted a three-tier system for entry, designating countries as red, orange, or green according to risk level.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

9

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 24 hours before arrival.

10

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 48 hours before arrival.

11

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 5 days before arrival.

12

Greece

Eligible travelers must complete an online Passenger Locator Form at least 24 hours before arrival and departure, and obtain a negative PCR test result 72 hours before entry to Greece. All arrivals must self-isolate for 7 days. Read our travel alert for the list of eligible travelers to Greece.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

13

Finland

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

14

France

Travellers from the UK will no longer need a “compelling reason to travel” to France. Those flying to or from Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the UK and Singapore will no longer need to have a compelling reason to travel.

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of departure.

15

Hungrary

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

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of departure.

16

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of departure.

17

Italy

The Italian Government has extended the state of emergency until 30 April. Until 5 March, travel to Italy is banned for non-European travelers. Those wishing to fly must present the airline with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 72 hours before entry into Italy.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

18

Latvia

From 15 January 2021, all travelers entering Latvia, including children age 11 and above, are required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no earlier than 72 hours before boarding or before crossing the Latvian border. From 25 January 2021, the test must be a PCR test. Entry without self-isolation is only allowed for visitors from countries identified, which have less than 16 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of departure.

19

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of departure.

20

Luxembourg

Travelers from the European Union and Schengen Area are allowed to enter.

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of departure.

21

Malta

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

22

Montenegro

UK travellers will need a negative test no older than 72 hours to travel to Montenegro. If you do not have a test then you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 72 hours of departure.

23

Norway

Entry to Norway is restricted. Anyone arriving in Norway from countries where the level of infection is high (marked as "red" on the map here) must self-quarantine for 10 days. If you arrive from a "yellow" area, you are exempt from quarantine. Must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 24 hours of travel and also be tested again for COVID-19 as soon as possible after arrival (usually at the airport and it must take place within one day) and enter a 10-day quarantine period. There are special rules for travelers from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Brazil.

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 24 hours of departure.

24

The Netherlands

A travel ban on all passenger flights and ferries from the UK has been extended to at least 1 April 2021. Entry is not allowed to travelers who are not nationals of an EU or Schengen area country. Anyone traveling to the Netherlands by aircraft, ship, train, or coach from a high-risk area must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test before departure, taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands. Travelers arriving by sea or air from high-risk countries must also take a rapid test shortly before departure. This does not apply to those coming from a country on the EU list of safe countries.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

25

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. North Macedonia is now open to all tourists. Skopje International Airport (SKP) and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport (OHD) opened on July 1. But the country suspended flights from the United Kingdom on Dec. 22 due to a new COVID-19 variant circulating there and has mandated restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing. All passengers will face temperature screening, but there are no quarantine or testing requirements.

26

Poland

UK travellers are allowed to enter Poland. You will need a negative test no older than 48 hours to avoid quarantine on arrival.

COVID‑19 PCR test must be within 48 hours of arrival.

27

Portugal

Portugal: From 7 March until 23.59 on 16 March, passengers arriving in mainland Portugal on flights from either the UK or Brazil, including anyone who has transited via another airport with authorized connections to Portugal, must additionally observe a 14-day quarantine period at home or in a place indicated by the Portuguese National Health Authority. Check our travel alert for the list of travelers who can enter Portugal via commercial flights. Upon arrival at the airport, passengers will undergo a health screening, including temperature checks. If you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to health authorities. Different measures apply for arrivals to Madeira and the Azores.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

28

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.

29

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

30

Serbia

As of December 20, the Serbian Government is reporting that foreigners seeking to enter Serbia will need to provide a negative PCR test for COVID-19. As of January 14, travelers entering Serbia from North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, or Bulgaria do not require a negative PCR test. International visitors are encouraged to have travel insurance that covers COVID-19.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

31

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

32

Slovenia

Anyone traveling from an epidemiologically safe country identified on the Slovene Government's green list may enter without quarantine. Arrivals from countries listed on the Amber or Red list may have to quarantine for 10 days. Slovenia has reopened its borders to some EU travelers, but it has a traffic light system of entry requirements. Countries on the red list face a mandatory 10-day quarantine on arrival.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

33

Spain

Borders are open to travelers from the EU and all Schengen Area countries without quarantine. Travelers from high-risk countries must provide a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain. All travelers must fill out and sign the FCS form, and present the QR code upon arrival. On 22 December 2020, Spain introduced travel restrictions on passenger travel from the UK by air and sea. These measures have been extended to 16 March 2021, with the exception of Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain. Anyone entering Spain from a high-risk country must complete a health form and then provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival in Spain.



COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

34

Switzerland

Swiss borders have reopened to travelers from EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and the United Kingdom. At this time, entry to Switzerland is permitted for residents of countries in the EU and around the world that are not deemed high-risk. If you hold those passports but are traveling from the United States or any other country listed as high-risk, you will likely be denied entry or be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine. Anyone from a high-risk country (which includes the U.S.) who is allowed to enter must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test results taken within 72 hours of travel.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

35

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 48 hours before departure.

36

Ukraine

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

Africa:

Restriction:

Covid Test

 

1

Algeria

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

2

Angola

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

3

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.

4

Botswana

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

5

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

6

Chad

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 7 days before arrival.

7

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

8

Egypt

Commercial flights have restarted. All travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before the departure of their last direct flight to Egypt. Passengers are subject to temperature checks, must fill out a Public Health Card, and show proof of a valid health insurance policy.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

9

Eritrea

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

10

Ethiopia

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 5 days before arrival.

11

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

12

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

13

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".

COVID‑19 PCR test 96 hours before departure.

14

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.

15

Madagascar

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

16

Malawi

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

17

Mauritius

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 7 days before departure.

18

Morroco

All passengers without exceptions originating and with past travel history from Algeria, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Poland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey or Ukraine are not allowed entry into Morocco, irrespective of the time spent outside in a third country before travel to Morocco. Flights to and from these countries are also suspended until further notice.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

19

Mozambique

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival.

20

Namibia

Tourists are allowed to fly to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), they must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 7 days of arrival and fill out a health questionnaire. Even travelers who have proof of vaccination must provide a negative test result. Those whose test result is more than 7 days old will need to undergo a day-of-arrival quarantine until getting a negative result on a second test before being allowed to move freely in the country.

COVID‑19 PCR test 7 days before departure.

21

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 120 hours before departure.

22

Sierra Leone

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

23

Senegal

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 7 days before arrival.

24

Seychelles

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 48 or 72 hours before to arrival.

25

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 96 hours before to arrival.

26

South Africa

South Africa has opened its land borders from 15 February 2021 in 20 locations to Botswana, Lesotho, Kingdom of Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Extra staff have been deployed at borders and a ticket system is in place to limit Covid tests being done at the border. There is also a crackdown on fake COVID_19 test certificates. As of 22 December, some countries are restricting flights to and from South Africa due to the second wave of COVID-19 caused by a new variant of the virus. On 1 October, three international airports opened for inbound and outbound tourism. Borders will only be open to travelers from countries arriving from medium or low-risk categories. The list of high-risk countries is available here. Eligible travelers must show a negative test for COVID-19 that is less than 72 hours old, and will be asked to install a government contact tracing app.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

27

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 48 hours before departure.

28

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before to arrival.

29

Tunisia

All visitors must present a negative RT-PCR laboratory test taken within 72 hours of departure (it must not exceed 120 hours upon arrival). All travelers must fill out an online form, and present the QR code prior to boarding and to immigration upon arrival. Everyone must download the Tunisian government’s ‘track and trace’ app. For the first 14 days, most travelers will be subject to self-isolation at their place of residence, a government-approved hotel or quarantine center.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

30

Uganda

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

31

Zambia

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

32

Zimbabwe

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

Asia:

Restriction:

Covid Test

1

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.

2

Bangladesh

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

3

Cambodia

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

4

China

China has indefinitely suspended flights from the United Kingdom.

5

Hong Kong

Current regulations state that all non-Hong Kong residents arriving by plane will be denied entry, “until further notice.” Hong Kong has banned passengers from Group A countries (United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil and Ireland) who have been there in the past 21 days or who transited through those countries for more than two hours, from even boarding flights to Hong Kong until further notice.

6

India

India announced in March 2020 that it was not allowing foreigners into the country and there is no word yet on when foreign tourists might be welcome again. A suspension of international flights has been lifted, but only for humanitarian or essential travel and some business travelers are being allowed in. 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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

7

Indonesia

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 7 days before arrival.

8

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 96 hours before arrival.

9

Japan

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

10

Kazakhstan

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival

11

Laos

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure.

12

Malaysia

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

13

Maldives

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 96 hours before departure.

14

Mongolia

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

15

Nepal

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

COVID‑19 PCR test within 72 hours

16

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.

17

Philippines

The Philippines has suspended flights from the UK until 15 January 2021. In addition, entry is banned for all non-Filipinos arriving from the UK (and some other countries) until 31 January. 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.

18

Singapore

From 31 January 2021, Singapore citizens and permanent residents must undertake 14 days in quarantine at a government facility on arrival, followed by 7 days quarantine at their place of residence. Short-term visitors are must have medical insurance of at least S$30,000. Anyone permitted to enter Singapore will be issued with a 14-day Stay at Home Notice, which will be served at a government-designated hotel or at your place of residence in Singapore. From 17 November, travelers who have been granted permission to enter from most countries (except for Singapore citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents) must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Check the latest information to see which measures apply to you. The 14-day period cannot be reduced, even if you wish to leave Singapore. Transit via Changi Airport is permitted and includes health screening measures.

COVID‑19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel

19

South Korea

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

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

COVID‑19 PCR test within 48 hours of departure

20

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.

21

Taiwan

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

22

Thailand

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

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

23

Vietnam

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

Middle East:

Restriction:

Covid Test

1

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.

2

Georgia

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

3

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.

4

Jordan

Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport reopened to a limited number of commercial flights from countries deemed safe from 10 September.

5

Kuwait

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

6

Lebanon

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

7

Oman

From 25 February, British Nationals (excluding healthcare workers) who have visited Lebanon, Sudan, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia in the last 14 days (including transit) will not be permitted to enter Oman. Land borders will be closed from 6pm local time on Monday 18 January 2021. International commercial flights resumed with limited destinations from 1 October. Only Omani citizens and residents with valid residency permits are allowed to enter without the need for prior approval. Non-Omani citizens can seek approval via their airline. Non-citizens must have international health insurance that covers the cost of treatment for COVID-19 for a period of at least one month, download the Tarassud+ app before arriving in Oman, and complete a registration form on arrival. Anyone entering Oman must obtain a negative PCR test result 96 hours or less before arrival, and are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, and will also be required to wear a tracking bracelet for the period of self-isolation.

COVID‑19 PCR test 96 hours before arrival

8

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 48 hours before arrival

9

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 48 hours before departure

10

Turkey

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure

11

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.

COVID‑19 PCR test 96 hours before departure

Oceania:

Restriction:

Covid Test

1

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.

2

Fiji

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

3

French Polynesia

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure

4

New Zealand

As of Sunday 28 February, the Auckland region has been put under Covid-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions, the rest of New Zealand has been put under Covid-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions. These restrictions will be in place until 6am on Sunday 7 March. All travelers must request permission to enter and must be traveling for a critical purpose, except for New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, and others on this list. As of 25 January, all travelers (except those from Australia, Antarctica, and most Pacific islands) must have a COVID-19 test taken and a negative result returned within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight. Travelers will still be required to stay in managed isolation for at least 14 days, and be tested for COVID-19 at least 3 times – within 24 hours of arrival (day 0/1), day 3, and day 12.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before departure

5

Palau

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

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival

6

Papua New Guinea

Entry to Papua New Guinea is subject to written exemption from the Controller, and all international travel requests must be submitted to covid19-travel@police.gov.pg. Approved travelers must test negative for COVID-19 within 7 days prior to arrival, and fill out a mandatory I-APTF form online here. All arrivals must self-isolate in a government-approved hotel for 14 days.

COVID‑19 PCR test 72 hours before arrival

7

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.

8

Solomon Islands

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

9

Tonga

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

10

Vanuatu

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

 

How can I check whether a country I am travelling to or from is on the UK quarantine list?

If you’re thinking of taking a much-needed holiday or you’re planning on travelling for work, simply check in with the list you see above. These destinations are all on the UK’s 14-day quarantine list. The list will change according to the countries’ infection rates, so that you can guarantee the information you’re getting is up to date and relevant.

Why have these restrictions been put in place?

As the World Health Organisation (WHO) and our government track infection rates across the world, decisions are made to place travel restrictions on the locations that show rising infection rates and the highest risk potential for infection. 


For each location, there is a total sum of cases, total sum of deaths, the 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 people and the 14-day cumulative number of deaths per 100,000 people. It is the final two that matter most when it comes to deciding which locations should have 14-day self-isolation periods put in place. 

Get tested before you go away

Use this information and take extra precautions in order to travel safely and enjoy your time away. To ensure the safety of yourself and of others you come into contact with, consider  ordering one of the Covid-19 test kits from Private Harley Street Clinic, or book an antibody test with one of our medical professionals. Our testing processes are quick and we can also provide double testing if you’re returning to work upon your return.


Our team of dedicated medical practitioners are experienced, friendly professionals. Learn more about Private Harley Street Clinic here, and if you would like more information around Covid-19, click here.