Current Affected Countries

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Latest Update: 17 March @ 17:00

 

COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.

 

 

 

Update:16 March 2020 @ 01.00

At-a-glance (full details are below by country):

FCO Advice and its affects on UK Nationals 

 

 

 

 

Table compiled on basis of UK nationals only and the FCO advise received relating to them - other restrictions may apply to non UK Nationals, in which case please refer to FCO Travel website. For advice only - it is your responsibility to confirm the accuracy of the information as it may change at any time without warning.

Country

Arrivals by Flight

Border / Port Arrivals

Notified

 

Albania

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Argentina

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Armenia

-

-

14-Mar

 

Australia

Recommend self isolation 14 days

Recommend self isolation 14 days

15-Mar

 

Austria

No Direct flights from UK from 16 Mar

Unclear

15-Mar

 

Azerbaijan

Health Monitoring on arrival

Health Monitoring on arrival

14-Mar

 

Bahamas

-

-

13Mar

 

Bahrain

Mandatory 14 day self isolation

Mandatory 14 day self isolation

15-Mar

 

Bangladesh

Health Declaration on arrival

Health Declaration on arrival

12-Mar

 

Belgium

-

-

14-Mar

 

Bolivia

Mandatory 14 day self isolation

Mandatory 14 day self isolation

15-Mar

 

British Virgin Islands

Health Monitoring on arrival

Health Monitoring on arrival

13-Mar

 

Burundi

-

-

13-Mar

 

Canada

Recommend self isolation 14 days

Recommend self isolation 14 days

14-Mar

 

Cameroon

Recommend self isolation 14 days

Recommend self isolation 14 days

15-Mar

 

Chile

Health Monitoring on arrival

Health Monitoring on arrival

12-Mar

 

China - Beijing

Essential Travel only

Mandatory 14 day self isolation

11-Mar

 

China - Quandong Province

Essential Travel only

Mandatory 14 day self isolation

11-Mar

 

China - Hong Kong

-

-

12-Mar

 

China - Macao

Possible Access denied or 14 day isolation

Possible Access denied or 14 day isolation

15-Mar

 

Columbia

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Croatia

Mandatory 14 day self isolation

Mandatory 14 day self isolation

14-Mar

 

Cyprus (North)

Access Denied

Access Denied

14-Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cyprus

Access Denied

Access Denied

14-Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Czech Republic 

Access Denied

Mandatory 14 day self isolation from 15Mar20 

14-Mar

 

Denmark

Access Denied

Access Denied

14-Mar

 

Djibouti

Health Monitoring on arrival

Health Monitoring on arrival

13-Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ecuador

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

El Salvador

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Equitorial Guinea

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Estonia

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Ethiopia

Health Monitoring on arrival

Health Monitoring on arrival

14-Mar

 

Fiji

Health Monitoring on arrival

Health Monitoring on arrival

15-Mar

 

Finland

Recommend self isolation 14 days

Recommend self isolation 14 days

14-Mar

 

France

-

-

13-Mar

 

Gabon

Closure of all borders

Closure of all borders

15-Mar

 

Gambia

Health Monitoring

Health Monitoring

14-Mar

 

Guatemala

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Georgia

-

-

14-Mar

 

Greece

-

-

14-Mar

 

Grenada

-

-

13-Mar

 

Guatemala

Access Denied

Access Denied

14-Mar

 

Guinea

Health Monitoring 14 days

Health Monitoring 14 days

14-Mar

 

Guyana

-

-

13-Mar

 

Honduras

UK Nationals recommended to leave

UK Nationals recommended to leave

15-Mar

 

Hungary

Health Monitoring 14 days

Health Monitoring 14 days

15-Mar

 

Iceland

-

-

13-Mar

 

India

Access Denied - Visa's suspended to 15/4

Access Denied - Visa's suspended to 15/4

13-Apr

 

Iraq

 

 

 

 

Ireland

-

-

12-Mar

 

Israel

Mandatory 14 day self isolation in a house only

Mandatory 14 day self isolation in a house only

12-Mar

 

Italy

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

14-Mar

 

Jamaica

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Japan

-

-

13-Mar

 

Jordan

-

-

12-Mar

 

Kazakhstan

Health Monitoring during stay

Health Monitoring during stay

13-Mar

 

Kenya

Health Monitoring during stay

Health Monitoring during stay

13-Mar

 

Kosovo

Access denied from 16-Mar

Access denied from 16-Mar

15-Mar

 

Kuwait

Access Denied

Access Denied

12-Mar

 

Kyrgyzstan

(Cat 3 – Entry allowed but with health checks during stay)

(Cat 3 – Entry allowed but with health checks during stay)

13-Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latvia

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Lebanon

Access Denied

Access Denied

14-Mar

 

Lithuania

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Luxembourg

-

-

14-Mar

 

Maldives

Health Monitoring during stay

Health Monitoring during stay

14-Mar

 

Malta

Essential Travel

Essential Travel

14-Mar

 

Mauritania

Health Monitoring during stay

Health Monitoring during stay

15-Mar

 

Moldova

Access Denied 15-16 Mar

Access Denied 15-16 Mar

14-Mar

 

Mongolia

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Montenegro

-

-

14-Mar

 

Morocco

Closure of all borders

Closure of all borders

15-Mar

 

Mozambique

-

-

13-Mar

 

Myanmar

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Namibia

Health Monitoring on arrival

Health Monitoring on arrival

14-Mar

 

Nepal

No Visa’s being issued from 14 Mar-30Apr – though there are flights!

All land crossings have been closed

13-Mar

 

Netherlands

-

-

13-Mar

 

New Zealand

Health Monitoring on arrival

Health Monitoring on arrival

14-Mar

 

Niger

Mandatory 14 day self isolation

Mandatory 14 day self isolation

13-Mar

 

North Macedonia

Access Denied

Access Denied

14-Mar

 

Norway

VISA’s withdrawn, Country is actively discouraging all visitors

Mandatory 14 day self isolation

13-Mar

 

Occupied Palastinian Territories

Access Denied

Access Denied

15-Mar

 

Oman

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Pakistan

Health Monitoring on arrival

Health monitoring on arrival

14-Mar

 

Panama

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Paraguay

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Peru

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Philippines

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Poland

Essential Travel Only

Essential Travel | All borders closed

15-Mar

 

Portugal

-

-

14-Mar

 

Portugal - Madeira & Azores

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Romania

-

Health Monitoring on arrival

12-Mar

 

Rwanda

Mandatory 14 day Isolation

Mandatory 14 day Isolation

14-Mar

 

San Marino

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

13-Mar

 

St Lucia

Mandatory 14 day Isolation

Mandatory 14 day Isolation

14-Mar

 

Saudi Arabia

Suspension of access

Suspension of access

15-Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serbia

-

-

11-Mar

 

Seychelles

-

Cruise passengers cannot disembark

11-Mar

 

Sierra Leone

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Singapore

Mandatory 14 day Isolation

Mandatory 14 day Isolation

15-Mar

 

Slovakia

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Slovenia

-

-

13-Mar

 

South Africa

Health monitoring on arrival

Health monitoring on arrival

14-Mar

 

South Korea

Health Monitoring with contact for 14 days from arrival

Health Monitoring with contact for 14 days from arrival

13-Mar

 

Spain

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Sri Lanka

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Suriname

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Switzerland

-

-

14-Mar

 

Taiwan

14 Days Isolation on arrival

14 Days Isolation on arrival

14-Mar

 

Thailand

Health Monitoring – 14 Days

Health Monitoring – 14 Days

14-Mar

 

Tunisia

14 Days Isolation on arrival

14 Days Isolation on arrival

14-Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey

Health Monitoring for 14 days

Health Monitoring for 14 days

14-Mar

 

Turks & Caicos Islands 

-

-

12-Mar

 

Uganda

Asked to postpone non essential travel

Mandatory 14 days isolation 

12-Mar

 

Ukraine

Access Denied

Encouraged to Leave

14-Mar

 

United Arab Emirates

Visa's suspension from 17 March

Visa's suspension from 17 March

15-Mar

 

USA

Essential Travel only

Essential Travel only

15-Mar

 

Uruguay

Health Monitoring for 14 days

Health Monitoring for 14 days

15-Mar

 

Uzbekistan

Medical Supervision at place of residence for 14 day

Medical Supervision at place of residence for 14 day

14-Mar

 

Venezuela

Access Denied

Access Denied

14-Mar

 

Vietnam

Access Denied

Mandatory 14 days isolation for all UK Nationals from 15 March Noon (05:00 UK time) If they have been to the UK or any Schengen country in the previous 14 days

14-Mar

 

Zambia

Health Monitoring on arrival

Health Monitoring on arrival

13-Mar

 

           

Country names in Red, have been added / amend since the last update.

Following are the latest updates from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office with regards to Travel advice for UK Nationals and is a summary of the content found on the website.

See the latest information and advice for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus from the Department of Health and Social Care.

 

The FCO is not advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of coronavirus risks.

 

FCO travel advice remains under constant review to ensure it reflects our latest assessment of risks to British people. Find more information about how we put FCO travel advice together and make decisions on advising against travel in our travel advice guidance page.

 

Countries in detail:

Below are the countries who have either restricted access or are refusing entry for UK nationals, it also details issues for access from other countries and any issues that may also result:

 

Albania - New 15Mar20

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Albania following the Government of Albania’s decision to introduce stringent measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We recommend that British Nationals who wish to leave the country make arrangements to do so as soon as possible. See Health

The Albanian authorities have introduced a number of measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These include: severe restrictions on international travel; school closures; closure of shops except for food shops and pharmacies; closure of bars and restaurants; suspension of public transport in a number of cities; and restrictions on internal travel within Albania. See Health.

Argentina - Update 15Mar20

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Argentina, due to travel restrictions implemented by the Argentine Government related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. See Health

The FCO strongly encourage non-resident British nationals in Argentina to consider leaving to avoid difficulties they will face if flights out of the country and the region are further restricted and they are unable to get home

There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, but cases have been confirmed in other countries, including Argentina. On 12 March the Argentine President announced a 30 day suspension of all international flights from the UK (as well as the whole of Europe, the US, China, Japan, South Korea and Iran) to Argentina. The last direct flight from Argentina to the UK is due to depart on Monday 16 March. The government has prohibited non-resident foreigners that have transited through the countries listed above within the last 14 days from entering the country. For those already in Argentina that have travelled from any of the countries listed above, the government has also imposed a mandatory 14 day self-isolation period in order to limit the spread of the virus. See Health.
 

Armenia 
On 24 February the Armenian authorities announced that the Meghri border crossing with Iran would be closed for two weeks and scheduled flights between Armenia and Iran would be suspended, other than for Armenian and Iranian citizens to be returned to their respective countries. The temporary closure of the Armenia-Iran border has since been extended to 24 March.

With effect from 14 March, the borders between Armenia and Georgia will be closed for the movement of people for 10 days, other than for the return of the citizens of each country to their country of origin. This does not apply to the movement of goods.

The Armenian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.

You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities and keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans

Austria - UPDATE 15Mar20

Extensive restrictions are in place throughout Austria, affecting all areas of everyday life. Air travel restrictions are in place between Austria and a number of countries. From 23:59 on 16 March, there will no direct air links between Austria and the UK, Netherlands, Ukraine and Russia. As of midnight on 16 March, there will be no direct air or rail connections from Austria to Spain, France, and Switzerland. There are no direct flights and trains between Austria and Italy. You should contact your tour operator or airline for more information.

Ski resorts close on 15 March in Tyrol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg provinces. Accommodation in the ski resorts will close on 16 March. In Tyrol, the villages of Ischgl, Galtuer, See, and Kappl in the Patznaun Valley, and St Anton am Arlberg are under quarantine for the next 14 days. Tourists will be allowed to leave. In Carinthia, Heiligenblut is under quarantine until 29 March. You should follow the advice of local authorities

Australia - Update 15Mar20
From midnight on 15 March, all passengers arriving in Australia from all other countries – with the exception of the Pacific Islands – are required to self-isolate for 14 days. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Given the fast changing situation, you should check the latest entry requirements for your destination and keep in touch with your airline, cruise line or tour operator before you travel.

Azerbaijan - Update 15Mar20
4 March, the borders between Georgia and Azerbaijan will be closed for the movement of people for 10 days, other than for the return of the citizens of each country to their country of origin. This does not apply to the movement of goods.

All travellers will be subject to health monitoring on arrival in Azerbaijan, and could then be subject to mandatory follow up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. This could include being transferred to quarantine for up to 21 days. You should carry additional supplies of necessary medication and toiletries in carry-on luggage.

Bahrain - NEW 15Mar20
The Bahraini authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

The Government of Bahrain is temporarily preventing entry to all foreign nationals who have visited or transited China, Iran, Iraq and South Korea within 14 days prior to their arrival in Bahrain. Entry is permitted for Bahraini and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals, and Bahraini residents who have visited those countries, but individuals may be subject to quarantine and enhanced testing procedures.

Foreign nationals (with a valid entry visa), Bahraini nationals, GCC nationals, and Bahraini residents who have visited UK, EU, US, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan, within 14 days prior to their arrival in Bahrain will be subject to quarantine and enhanced testing procedures. Those without symptoms will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, while those with symptoms will be tested and subject to further quarantine measures.

Foreign nationals (with a valid entry visa), Bahraini nationals, GCC nationals, and Bahraini residents who have visited Italy, Hong Kong, Lebanon and Egypt within 14 days prior to their arrival in Bahrain will only be allowed entry following testing on arrival, and then be subject to further quarantine measures including self-isolation for 14 days for those without symptoms.

Bahamas
As a precautionary measure, the Government of Bahamas announced that entry to the country will be denied to any non-resident who has been in China, South Korea, Iran, or Italy in the last 20 days. This applies to travellers of all nationalities. You should comply with screening measures put in place by the local authorities at Bahamas airports.

Bangladesh

Bangladeshi authorities have indicated passengers arriving from coronavirus (COVID-19) affected countries, including the UK, should complete Health Declaration Forms and Passenger Locator Forms provided by cabin crew. You may be subjected to additional health screening measures at the airport. Bangladesh authorities have notified the British High Commission that foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh will be requested to self-quarantine if they have visited China, Iran, South Korea or Italy in the previous 14 days. Travellers from other COVID-19 affected countries may also be asked on arrival in Bangladesh to self-quarantine for 14 days.

 

Belgium - Update 14Mar

On 12 March, the Belgian Government has announced a series of measures which will take effect from midnight 13 March until 3 April. These measures include the suspension of school lessons, and a recommendation that universities offer distance learning. Recreational (cultural and sporting) activities are prohibited, and restaurants (including those inside hotels), nightclubs and bars are closed. Shops, with the exception of food stores and pharmacies, are closed at weekends. The Government has encouraged working from home and that the use of public transport be limited to essential travel.

 

Bolivia – New 15Mar20
We advise against all but essential travel to Bolivia. All flights to and from Europe are currently suspended due to concerns about the spread of Coronavirus. On 14 March, the Bolivian Government also prohibited the entry of foreigners arriving from China, South Korea, Italy and Spain. We strongly encourage non-resident British nationals in Bolivia to consider leaving to avoid difficulties they will face if flights out of the country and the region are further restricted and they are unable to get home.

British Virgin Islands - Update 14Mar20
Travel restrictions have been put in place at all airports and seaports by the Government of the Virgin Islands. The Government has announced that they are limiting international ports of entry to Terrance B Lettsome International Airport (Beef Island), Road Town Ferry Terminal and Sopers Hole, West End, Tortola to enable enhanced screening procedures of all arriving passengers.

 With effect from Sunday, 15th March the Government of the Virgin Islands will suspend all entry to all those who have travelled to, from or through countries of special interest as specified by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Any passenger arriving in the British Virgin Islands who has in the 14 days preceding their arrival, travelled to, from or through WHO specified High Risk Countries will be subjected to enhanced screening at ports of entry and may be subjected to compulsory 14 day quarantine.

Burundi
The Burundian authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures.

Any arrivals from China, South Korea, Iran and Japan and countries within the European Union will be placed in compulsory quarantine for 14 days. This also includes anyone who has spent the past 14 days in the countries listed prior to entering Burundi.

You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

 

Cameroon - Update 15Mar20
Protective measures are being implemented at international airports. Those arriving may be asked to undergo additional screening. If you are arriving in Cameroon from countries at risk of coronavirus, the Cameroon authorities recommend that you self-isolate for 14 days before any activity or contact with others. The Government of Cameroon have announced that it is compulsory to present to Diplomatic and Consular representations of Cameroon, the results of a test for coronavirus carried out by an approved institution for entry visas to Cameroon.

 

Canada - Update 14Mar20

The Canadian authorities have published a number of recommendations to limit the spread of the virus. All travellers arriving in Canada are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution. Boats and cruise ships carrying more than 500 people will be banned from docking at Canadian ports until July. The number of airports receiving international flights are being limited to allow for enhanced screening of incoming travellers. You should check with your airline before you travel. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

Chile

The Chilean authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. You should comply with additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. At the airport this will include having your temperature taken and completing a form on previous travel during the last 30 days. This may cause delays on arrival. If you are travelling from a country deemed to be of high risk for COVID-19, you should expect additional measures. If you present symptoms, you will be seen medical staff at the airport.

More information (in Spanish) is available on the Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) website.

China

Advice against all Travel to Hubei Province

Advice against all but essential Travel to the country

Consulates in Wuhan and Chonqging currently closed

All foreign visitors are to carry their passports at all times

 

Update

  • People arriving from overseas into Beijing (from 11 March) and Guangdong province (from 13 March), irrespective of country of origin, must undertake 14 days of self-isolation at their place of residence or centralised quarantine. Self-isolation is likely to be monitored by local authorities. This announcement will affect all British Nationals irrespective of their departure point. Other cities have not yet formally put in place similar measures (but are likely to do so in due course). Short term business travellers to Beijing will be required to stay in a designated hotel on arrival and must not leave until they have received test results for coronavirus. Local authorities in Shanghai province have announced 14 days of mandatory quarantine for people who have visited or transited France, Germany, Spain, the United States, Italy, Iran, Japan and the Republic of Korea over the preceding 14 days before arriving in China. The number of provinces and cities implementing such restrictions is likely to increase and may also apply to arrivals from further countries. There have been reports of British and other foreign nationals being put under compulsory quarantine or home isolation, including following arrival from other destinations beyond those specified above. Before you travel, check with your travel operator or hotel for any changes or restrictions
  • There are tight controls on entry and exit to villages and townships across the country, and varying degrees of restriction on movement within every province, and individual cities and municipalities.
  • Some businesses and many tourist attractions have closed. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has suspended all tour group companies’ activities to prevent further virus spread.

Hong Kong

There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in China and elsewhere in the region, including Hong Kong. The Hong Kong SAR Government has announced a series of measures designed to prevent the spread of the virus. These measures include the suspension or scaling back of flights, trains, ferries and buses between Hong Kong and mainland China, and the closure of most border crossings.

Expect increased health screening measures, including temperature checks, on entry to and departure from Hong Kong. All passengers arriving in Hong Kong will be required to complete and submit a health declaration form.

There are a number of restrictions in place depending on your travel in the 14 days prior to entering Hong Kong. These are:

  • A 14-day mandatory home quarantine period for anyone who has been to mainland China in the previous 14 days. Non-Hong Kong residents who have been in South Korea in the previous 14 days will be denied entry.
  • From 14 March, anyone who has travelled to France (Bourgogne-Franche-Comte and Grand Est), Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia), Japan (Hokkaido) or Spain (La Rioja, Madrid, Pais Vasco) in the past 14 days will have to stay in a Hong Kong quarantine centre.
  • Anyone who has been to Iran, or the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy or Veneto regions of Italy in the past 14 days, will be required to stay in a Hong Kong quarantine centre. These measures will be extended to the whole of Italy from 14 March. See Health

You should keep up to date with developments across Hong Kong.

Macao - New 15Mar20
There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in China and elsewhere in the region, including Macao. The Macao government has announced a series of measures designed to prevent the spread of the virus, including at immigration. Depending on your travel in the 14 days prior to entering Macao, you may be denied entry, or required to undertake further medical observation for 14 days at a designated venue. From 17 March, this will affect travellers from the UK. See Health

Colombia - New 15Mar20
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to Colombia, due to various controls and restrictions being imposed by the Colombian authorities in response to the ongoing global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The FCO strongly encourages non-resident British nationals in Colombia to consider leaving to avoid difficulties they will face if flights out of the country and the region are further restricted and they are unable to get home. British nationals who remain in Colombia should follow the advice of local authorities. See Health

Croatia - Update 14Mar20
On 9 March 2020 the Croatian authorities announced that foreigners arriving from coronavirus hotspots may be placed into mandatory 14-day quarantine. Sanitary teams are assessing travellers on arrival. Updates (in Croatian) are available on the Croatian Government website.

On 12 March the Croatian government announced that it will introduce with immediate effect a compulsory 14 day period of self-isolation for all foreign nationals arriving from the following destinations: the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Austria, Netherlands, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Singapore and Iran.

British travellers currently in Croatia are allowed to leave. If you have questions regarding your onward travel arrangements, please contact your travel provider. Those refusing self-isolation will be denied entry into Croatia and be instructed to return to their point of origin. The Croatian Government has warned that failure to comply with public health decisions may result in fines or criminal charges being brought.

 

Cyprus - Update 14Mar20

 

The Republic of Cyprus government has announced stricter measures from 0100 local time on 15 March for those entering Cyprus. UK nationals (and other non-Cypriots) will not be permitted to enter the Republic of Cyprus for tourist purposes. UK nationals may enter if they are legal residents in the Republic of Cyprus, working in the Republic, attending educational institutions in the Republic or, with prior authorisation from the Cypriot government, have unavoidable professional obligations. This policy will be in force for 15 days, when it will be reviewed.

 

UK nationals may only use the Green Line crossing points if legally resident in the Republic of Cyprus.

 

This is in addition to the announcement with effect from 14 March which requires that those that have been in the UK in the 14 days prior to arriving in the Republic of Cyprus should self-isolate for 14 days. Those who are due to leave the country before the end of 14 days may do so provided they do not display symptoms. Those who arrived in Cyprus prior to 14 March are not affected by these measures. The above measures are expected to remain in place until further notice. Other measures apply for those that have been in other countries / territories prior to arrival in the Republic of Cyprus and if relevant, you should monitor Cypriot government announcements.

The administration in the north of Cyprus has introduced a temporary ban on British nationals entering the north of Cyprus from 12 March. This ban, aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), does not apply to British nationals with residency status in the north of Cyprus. The administration also requires anyone who enters the north of Cyprus to self-isolate for 14 days if they have arrived on the island from a range of countries / territories, including the UK, within the last 14 days. Anyone entering self-isolation is required to complete the full period of 14 days before leaving again.

 

Czech Republic  - Update  15Mar20

 

On 13 March, new measures were announced on travel to and from the Czech Republic. From 12.01am on Monday 16 March, Czech citizens and those with permanent or temporary residency in the Czech Republic can return to the Czech Republic from abroad.

The Czech government has said that no Czech citizen can leave the Czech Republic during the state of emergency. UK nationals with permanent or temporary residency in the Czech Republic are permitted to leave, but will not be able to re-enter the Czech Republic during the state of emergency.

The government has confirmed that foreign tourists already in the Czech Republic will be able to return home.

Self-isolation requirements

The Czech government has confirmed that anyone who enters the Czech Republic from the UK (and other designated ‘at risk’ countries) will be required to self-isolate with effect from 1pm (GMT) on 13 March.

Restrictions on travel over the weekend of 14-15 March

From 12.01am on Saturday 14 March to the end of Sunday 15 March, travel to and from the Czech Republic from a list of 15 ‘at risk’ countries, including the UK, will not be permitted.

Foreign tourists will not be allowed to enter the Czech Republic during this time, but will be able to travel home if they are already in the Czech Republic. However, there are exemptions to this rule, including UK nationals with permanent or temporary residency in the Czech Republic.

There are other exceptions, for example for cross-border workers and members of certain professions; check with Czech authorities for detailed advice.

 

Denmark - Update 14Mar20

From Friday 13 March day care centres, schools, universities, public cultural institutions (e.g. libraries) and religious institutions will be closed for two weeks.

From Saturday 14 March, 12 noon, the Danish border will temporarily be closed for foreign nationals who do not have a recognised purpose for entering Denmark. All Danish citizens will be allowed to continue to cross the border. Border checks will be implemented at all entry points. The measures are set to run until 13 April. Travellers from the UK will continue to be able to leave Denmark. Airports remain open at present. We recommend that UK travellers contact their airline operators to arrange return to the UK.

Companies have been advised to cancel any public indoor events of 100 attendees or more. Cafés, bars and nightclubs have been advised to close.

Djibouti
The Government of Djibouti has introduced new measures at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport to monitor coronavirus.

All passengers will have their temperature measured and passport checks for recent travel to affected areas. Passengers displaying symptoms linked to coronavirus will be transferred to a nearby isolation facility while further tests are carried out and, if found to be positive, placed in a treatment facility which has been recently established.

 

Ecuador  - Update 15Mar20

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Ecuador, following notification that foreign nationals will not be admitted by air, land or sea, with effect from 23.59 on 15 March

 On 14 March, the Ecuadorean Government announced that international arrivals by air will be suspended, and foreign nationals will not be admitted by air, land or sea route, with effect from 23.59 on 15 March. The same restriction will apply to Ecuadorean nationals from 23.59 on 16 March. There is no restriction on departures from Ecuador, but flight and other schedules are likely to be severely disrupted. You should check with your airline, and be ready to make alternative plans if possible.

El Salvador - Update15Mar20

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to El Salvador, due to travel restrictions implemented by the El Salvador Government related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. See Health

The FCO strongly encourage non-resident British nationals in El Salvador to consider leaving to avoid difficulties they will face if flights out of the country and the region are further restricted and they are unable to get home.

Equitorial Guinea - NEW 15Mar20
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Equatorial Guinea. This is due to the Equatorial Guinea authorities announcing land border closures and the suspension of international flights over the next 30 days as a measure to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Equatorial Guinea. The Equatorial Guinea authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. See Health

Whilst borders are closed and international flights suspended, the British High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon will be unable to provide consular support.

Estonia - Update 15Mar20
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Estonia, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and in line with various controls and restrictions imposed by the Estonian authorities. British nationals in Estonia should follow the advice of the Estonian authorities. See Health.

The Estonian government announced on 15 March that further temporary border controls to contain the spread of the COVID 19 virus will take effect from 17 March. Only citizens of Estonia, holders of an Estonian Residency Permit or foreign citizens whose family member lives in Estonia will be permitted to enter. There are no restrictions for exiting the country.

Ethiopia - New 14Mar20

The Ethiopian Health Ministry confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the country on 13 March. Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international ports of arrival) have put in place additional measures for health screening of passengers, including temperature measurements and passport checks for recent travel to affected areas. People arriving from the UK (and other countries with significant numbers of infections) may be asked to limit their movements or self-isolate. The policy on this continues to be reviewed regularly by the Ethiopian Government in response to changes in the global outbreak. Current information is available from the Ethiopian Public Health Institute.

Passengers displaying symptoms linked to COVID-19 may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility for up to 24 hours while further tests are carried out.

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute advises that anyone who tests positive for the virus but displays only mild symptoms will be required to remain at the isolation facility for a further 14 days, in line with WHO guidance. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay.

 

Fiji - New 15Mar20

Fiji government has announced restrictions on travelers coming from countries and areas with more serious outbreaks. As of 28 February, Fiji’s borders will be closed to all foreign nationals who have been in mainland China, Italy, Iran, or in Cheongdo County or Daegu City in South Korea, within 14 days prior to their arrival in Fiji. All arriving international air passengers are being scanned with handheld temperature scanners.

On 15 March, the Fiji Government announced that cruise ships will no longer be allowed to berth in Fiji, and further announced the cancellation of international meetings.


France

New measures announced on 12 and 13 March to delay the spread of COVID-19 may impact those travelling to, from and within France.

The measures set out on the French government website (in French) include:
The closure of all schools, crèches and universities with effect from Monday 16 March until further notice.
Prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people.

Further recommendations are:
For people over 70 years of age and/or those with existing health conditions to stay at home as much as possible.
To avoid visiting the vulnerable and instead stay in touch remotely.
To work from home where possible.

You should monitor the French government website (in French) to inform your decisions regarding travel to, from or within France.

Gabon - New 15Mar20
Cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Gabon. The Gabonese authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. The Gabonese authorities have announced the closure of all its land borders indefinitely.

You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities and keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.

Gambia - NEW 14Mar20
The Gambian authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Banjul International Airport has heightened screening measures in place for visitors arriving in The Gambia. Screening measures are also in place at the land border checkpoints from Senegal. The Gambian authorities are encouraging those with any information or concerns about coronavirus to call this local helpline number 1025.

Georgia - New 14Mar20

Non-Georgian travellers who been in or transited through China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Germany, France, Spain or Austria in the last 14 days will be required to undergo intensive checking procedures at the Georgian border checkpoint and then remain in 14-day quarantine; or alternatively, will be required to present a coronavirus-free (PCR) certificate issued by a laboratory of the country of departure or, in the case of transit, by a laboratory of the transit country.

With effect from 14 March, the borders between Georgia and Azerbaijan and Georgia and Armenia will be closed for the movement of people for 10 days, other than for the return of the citizens of each country to their country of origin. This does not apply to the movement of goods.

All travellers will be subject to health monitoring on arrival, and could then be subject to mandatory follow up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. This could include being transferred to quarantine for 14 days. You should carry additional supplies of necessary medication in carry-on luggage.

Greece - New 14Mar20

The Greek authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

As part of its Coronavirus response, the Greek Government has ordered the closure of all cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as shopping centres and malls, theatres and cinemas, children’s playgrounds, beauty salons, libraries, sports centres, museums and archaeological sites. Take away food services will continue to operate and supermarkets, bakeries and pharmacies remain open. All schools, nurseries and universities are currently closed for two weeks until 25 March. The Government has also banned all large events and conferences for 4 weeks until 5 April. If you are due to attend an event, you should check with the event organiser before travelling.

Grenada

A further announcement was made by Government evening of 10 March that all foreign national travellers coming from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea and Germany are now being refused entry to Grenada.

Grenada has no confirmed cases of coronavirus. The Government of Grenada announced that effective from 2 February, any non-Grenadian national with a travel history in mainland China within 14 days would not be permitted entry into Grenada. The Government further announced on 28 February it had raised its public health threat level to HIGH and was also tracking travellers from Japan, South Korea, Iran Italy and Singapore, and monitoring the situation in the rest of Europe, the Americas and any other region where community transmission has been established. A further announcement was made by Government evening of 10 March that all foreign national travellers coming from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea and Germany are now being refused entry to Grenada. See Health

 

Guatemala - Update 15Mar20

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Guatemala with immediate effect. Covid-19 additional restrictions announced by the President are to be implemented from 15 March 2020.

The FCO strongly encourage non-resident British nationals in Guatemala to consider leaving to avoid difficulties they will face if flights out of the country and the region are further restricted and they are unable to get home.

 

Guinea - NEW 14Mar20
With effect from 16 March 2020, travellers from countries considered high risk by the Guinean authorities, which currently includes European countries including the UK, will be asked to submit their passports for a 14-day monitoring period, during which time they will need to record their temperature daily.

You should ensure you have a thermometer to enable you to check your temperature during the monitoring period. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

 

Guyana
The Guyana Ministry of Public Health have introduced a number of measures. These include enhanced screening of people arriving into the country.

Passengers arriving from the following countries may be subject to health screening and 14 day self-isolation: China, Japan, Malaysia, Iran, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Italy, USA, French Guiana, Brazil, Panama, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

 

Honduras – New 15Mar20

The FCO strongly encourage non-resident British nationals in Honduras to consider leaving to avoid difficulties they will face if flights out of the country and the region are further restricted and they are unable to get home.

 

Hungary - Update 15Mar20

Hungary has introduced checks at its borders with Slovenia and Austria, including arrivals from both countries by air. It has also reintroduced full checks at its border with Croatia. This may lead to delays. Countries neighbouring Hungary (Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine) have also introduced restrictions. Please check country-specific FCO Travel Advice for details.

Hungary has banned gatherings of more than 100 people indoors, and more than 500 people outdoors. This includes theatres and cinemas, but not workplaces, shopping centres or supermarkets. It has also closed all universities and schools. Many attractions like spas and zoos are also closed. Public transport remains open.

Iceland 
As of 16 March 2020, for four weeks, public gatherings of 100 people or more are restricted. This includes tourist attractions, museums, swimming pools and shopping centres.

 

India

The Government of India has announced that it will suspend all existing visitor visas for India due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). This change will come into effect from 12:00 GMT 13th March 2020 to 15th April 2020 at the port of departure. For more information see Visas and Health

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah
  • Jammu and Kashmir, except for (i) travel within the city of Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, and (iii) travel within the Union Territory of Ladakh

The tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, the city of Srinagar and the Jammu-Srinagar national highway are within the areas where the FCO advise against all travel.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the state of Manipur, except the state capital Imphal and the Meiti Valley areas, which include Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park and the Imphal War Cemetery.

For more information, see Local travel and Terrorism

There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, but cases have been confirmed in other countries, including in India. The Indian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. See Health

Iraq - New 14Mar20

The Iraqi authorities have announced a temporary ban on inward travel from several affected countries with coronavirus. Further information can be found on IATA travel news website

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has also announced that medical teams have been deployed to all civil airports to screen travellers coming from affected countries. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. In order to stem the spread of coronavirus in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the regional government has announced a lockdown in the governorates of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. No traffic will be permitted in these governorates from 00:00hrs on 14 March for an initial period of 48 hours and may be reviewed. You may also experience difficulties in getting to and from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah International Airports during this period. British nationals arriving at airports in Kurdistan Region of Iraq will be subject to a period of quarantine. British nationals who have arrived from Lebanon in the past 30 days should immediately present themselves to the Ministry of Health in Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

 

Ireland

On 12 March the Irish Government announced the following measures to limit the spread of the virus, which will come into effect from Friday 13 March until Saturday 29 March.

  • schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close.
  • indoor mass gatherings of 100 people or more and outdoor mass gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled.
  • all State-run cultural institutions will close.

The Irish Government also advise that where possible to work remotely people should do so. Public transport will continue and shops will remain open.

In addition, earlier this week the Dublin St Patrick’s Day Parade on 17 March was cancelled, with many other St Patrick’s Day events across the country cancelled as well.

Israel

There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, but cases have been confirmed elsewhere, including in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The Israeli and Palestinian authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures.

The Israeli authorities have announced that effective from 8pm on Thursday 12 March, visitors entering Israel from overseas will be subject to home quarantine measures for 14 days. Visitors who are subject to home-quarantine regulations must be able to do so in a private dwelling, not a hotel.

Some airlines have stated they intend to suspend or reduce flight operations to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. Visitors in Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories may wish to consider re-confirming their travel arrangements with their airline, including double-checking which departure terminal they are leaving from as this may change, and being prepared to fly home earlier than planned if required.

 The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge Crossing between the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Jordan is closed with the exception of: Jordanian citizens returning to Jordan; Palestinian residents (West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem ID holders) returning to the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and Israeli citizens returning from Jordan to Israel. Tourists leaving Israel and entering Jordan will only be permitted to do so via cross the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge Crossing if they have a flight booked. In this case, exit will be allowed six hours before the flight departs.

The Jordan River / Sheikh Hussein and Yitzhak Rabin/ Wadi Arraba crossings between Jordan and Israel are open to Israeli citizens. Foreign passport holders will not be allowed to enter Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories via these crossings.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has issued restrictions for visitors and residents in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including in the Bethlehem area. On 5 March 2020 the PA announced a state of emergency lasting 30 days, including closure of educational institutions, reducing movement between cities, cancellation of public gatherings and conferences, and cancellation of tourism reservations and hotel bookings. You may face delays or restrictions at Israeli controlled checkpoints around the West Bank. You should reconfirm your arrangements with your tour operator or hotel before travelling.

Foreign nationals are not currently able to cross checkpoints to enter Bethlehem. Foreign nationals who are currently in Bethlehem must leave 6 hours before their scheduled flight and travel direct to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. If you are part of an organised tour group, you will travel on an Israeli bus which will be escorted by Israeli police direct to the airport. If you are travelling alone, you can take an Israeli taxi to the airport. No prior coordination with the Israeli authorities is necessary. You will need to show your passport and flight ticket to authorities at the Israeli controlled checkpoint on exiting Bethlehem.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has issued restrictions for visitors and residents in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including in the Bethlehem area. On 5 March the PA announced a state of emergency lasting 30 days, including closure of educational institutions, reducing movement between cities, cancellation of public gatherings and conferences, and cancellation of tourism reservations and hotel bookings. You may face delays or restrictions at Israeli controlled checkpoints around the West Bank. You should reconfirm your arrangements with your tour operator or hotel before travelling.

Foreign nationals are not currently able to cross checkpoints to enter Bethlehem. Foreign nationals who are currently in Bethlehem must leave 6 hours before their scheduled flight and travel direct to Ben Gurion airport. If you are part of an organised tour group, you will travel on an Israeli bus which will be escorted by Israeli police direct to the airport. If you are travelling alone, you can take an Israeli taxi to the airport. No prior coordination with the Israeli authorities is necessary. You will need to show your passport and flight ticket to authorities at the Israeli controlled checkpoint on exiting Bethlehem.

On 9 March 2020 Prime Minster Netanyahu announced that arrivals entering Israel from overseas would be subject to home quarantine measures for 14 days on public health grounds. This decision will be reviewed in 14 days. Visitors who are unable to demonstrate they can undertake the home quarantine measures will be refused entry into Israel. The Israeli authorities have recommended that visitors who are already in Israel will be given 72 hours to leave. Visitors should follow the following guidance:

  • Call the authorities (MDA on 101) immediately if symptoms develop
  • Take extra care in personal hygiene
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible
  • Re-entry to Israel from neighbouring countries is forbidden
  • Document all movements during the time left in Israel

Italy - Update 14Mar20
Advice against all but essential Travel to the country

 

British nationals remain able to depart Italy without restriction. Airports remain open throughout Italy. However, the Italian authorities have advised against travel for tourism purposes throughout Italy, and that tourists already on holiday in Italy should end their travel, unless it is necessary, to return to the place where they live.

The majority of carriers have now ceased operating direct flights between Italy and the UK. Alitalia continue to operate flights on a reduced basis. Other airlines have indicated that they will assist British tourists in Italy who have booked travel with them to return to the UK, which may require travel via other countries. Travellers should therefore contact their airlines as soon as possible.

Only one airport per region will remain open. Rome Ciampino closed for commercial flights on 13 March. Terminal 1 (only) of Rome Fiumicino airport will close on 17 March. Other airports, including Milan Linate, are due to close in the coming days.

Additional restrictions include the closure of museums, cultural institutions and the suspension of all public gatherings and sporting events. Religious ceremonies and funerals are suspended. Ski facilities are closed. Childcare facilities, schools and universities are closed until 3 April. Restaurants and bars remain open with restricted hours and reduced seating.

 

Currently schools, and museums are closed until 03 April,  Restaurants and Bars are open with restricted hours.

 

On 11 March, the Italian government announced new measures closing all non-essential business across Italy with immediate effect. All shops will be closed apart from pharmacies and shops selling food and other basic necessities. Essential public services, transport, utilities, banks and postal services will remain active. All public gatherings, including religious ceremonies, funerals and sporting events remain suspended. Restaurants, bars, museums, cultural institutions, childcare facilities, schools and universities are closed, as are ski resorts.

Train companies are reducing services, including to Milan Malpensa airport. Some cross-border bus companies are also cancelling their services. Ports remain open although we understand that passengers on cruise ships will not be allowed to disembark for tourism purposes. Passenger ferry schedules remain subject to change and cancellations. Several neighbouring countries have imposed restrictions on people entering from Italy. Please consult travel advice for the country concerned.

Passengers arriving at Italian airports are subject to temperature checks, and may be asked to register with the Italian health authorities.

Jamaica - Update 15Mar20

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to Jamaica. British nationals who wish to leave Jamaica are encouraged to make travel arrangements urgently before airlines reduce direct and indirect flight options.

Only Jamaican citizens, spouses and children of Jamaican citizens and foreign residents of Jamaica travelling from the UK, directly or indirectly, will be allowed to enter. Travellers can expect disruption to flights and should contact their airlines, travel agents and tour operators. Airline crew will be given special permission to enter the country but are expected to remain in specified locations with restricted movement.

Japan 

the Government of Japan has announced that, unless there are exceptional circumstances, foreign nationals who have visited the following countries or regions within 14 days of arrival in Japan are not permitted to enter:

China: Hubei or Zhejiang provinces
South Korea: The city of Daegu or the neighbouring county of Cheongo; and the cities of Gyeongsan, Andong, Yeoncheo, and counties of Chilgok, Uiseong, Seongju or Gunwi in North Gyeongsang Province.
Iran: Qom Province, Tehran Province, Gilan Province, Alborz Province, Isfahan Province, Qazvin Province, Golestan Province, Semnan Province, Mazandaran Province, Markazi Province, Lorestan Province.
Italy: Veneto Region, Emilia Romagna Region, Piemonte Region, Marche Region, Lombardy Region
San Marino
Those who hold a Chinese passport issued by Hubei or Zhejiang provinces are not permitted to enter Japan.

In addition, the Government of Japan has announced that:

All travellers entering Japan from China or the Republic of Korea will be asked to go into quarantine at designated locations for 14 days, and to refrain from using public transport. Passengers transiting through Japanese airports will not be affected. Passengers originating in third countries and transiting through airports in China or ROK before entering Japan will not be affected, unless passengers on the same aircraft displayed symptoms.

Passenger flights from China and the Republic of Korea will be asked to land at Narita and Kansai international airports, and passenger ferry services will be asked to stop operating.

Visas issued by the Japanese authorities in China and Korea for future travel to Japan will be cancelled, and visa exemptions for travellers from the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong and Macao will be stopped.

There are enhanced quarantine procedures at entry points to Japan such as airports and ports. The authorities may carry out extended health checks on arrival including compulsory hospitalisation. You should comply with any additional screening measures by the authorities if asked to go through extra checks.

Please check with your travel provider for updates in relation to cancelled flights.

The majority of primary and secondary schools remain closed until the end of regular spring holidays in early April. The Government of Japan has requested that organisers consider postponing or cancelling large-scale cultural and sporting events until 19 March, when a further assessment will be made.

The northern island of Hokkaido issued a ‘declaration of state of emergency on 28 February lasting until 19 March, asking residents to refrain from going out, particularly at weekends. British nationals in Japan should continue to follow the advice of local authorities.

Jordan

The Jordanian authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures, including the following entry restrictions to Jordan:

A ban on entry to foreign nationals travelling from China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Lebanon, Syria, or who have been in these countries in the past 14 days.

From Saturday 14 March, a ban on entry of foreign nationals travelling from France, Germany, and Spain.

 Closure of border crossings to Israel (Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein; or Yitshak Rabin/Wadi Arraba) and OPTs (Allenby/King Hussein Bridge) for foreign nationals.

Closure of the border crossings to and from Iraq.

Closure of sea borders with Egypt and reduction in number of flights to and from Egypt.

Jordanian nationals and those with diplomatic accreditation (UNLP or diplomatic passports) arriving from all countries facing restrictions will be required to a 14 day home quarantine as part of the precautionary measures followed by the Health Ministry.

Jordanian authorities are implementing enhanced screening procedures at points of entry. Those arriving from countries other than those listed above may be quarantined upon entry if they are seen to be displaying flu-like symptoms.

Kazakhstan

Travellers arriving from coronavirus-affected countries, including the UK, will be subject to health monitoring on arrival, and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival; health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, or quarantine in a hospital for 14 days. You should carry additional supplies of necessary medication and toiletries in carry-on luggage.

Kenya

The Kenyan authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.

Visitors from high-risk areas are directed by the Kenyan authorities to self-quarantine for not less than 14 days. The UK is not currently on the list of areas considered high-risk. Please continue to monitor UK Travel Advice for updates.

However, the Kenyan Ministry of Health have indicated that any person suffering from an acute respiratory illness (fever, cough or difficulty breathing) that also has a history of travel from – or residence in – the UK, China, South Korea, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, the United States, Qatar, Bahrain or Iran, in the 14 days prior to illness onset, will be treated as a suspected case of coronavirus and may be asked to self-quarantine for the minimum period described above.

On arrival in Kenya all passengers will be screened by health officials. If you show signs or symptoms of Coronavirus, you may be required to undergo further screening at the port of entry or at a local hospital.

The Government has also, with immediate effect, banned all meetings, conferences and events of an international nature in Kenya.

Kosovo  - Update 15Mar20
The authorities in Kosovo have introduced a number of strict measures to limit the spread of the virus.

All flights into Kosovo have been cancelled from 16 March and flights departing are likely to be severely disrupted, if not cancelled. Land borders are closed to non-Kosovo citizens

Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.

All schools, cafes, bars, restaurants and shopping centres have been closed. Food stores and pharmacies remain open. There are restrictions on large public gatherings. Public transport has been restricted. A number of events in Kosovo in the coming weeks and months have been cancelled.

Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz government has confirmed that any foreign nationals who have been in any countries with a significant increase in Coronavirus cases over the last 30 days will be forbidden from entering Kyrgyzstan. As of 11 March the Kyrgyz government has published a list with three categories of restriction on foreign nationals entering Kyrgyzstan.

Countries in Category 1 are those whose nationals are prohibited from entering Kyrgyzstan: China, Japan, South Korea, Iran and Italy.

Nationals of countries in Category 2 (France, Germany, Spain, Singapore, and the U.S.) are allowed to enter, but are subject to mandatory self-isolation for two weeks with regular checks from the medical representatives both on the phone and by walk-ins.

Nationals of the countries in Category 3 (Kuwait, Bahrain, Thailand, Taiwan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Iraq and the UAE) are allowed to enter and travel around the country but with regular checks on the phone.

You should monitor the Kyrgyz Government Ministry of Health website and the Kyrgyz Government website for updates.

It is unclear what the conditions will be like in all quarantine and monitoring facilities or what access individuals will have to luggage including hand luggage. At least one of the quarantine locations is in the Republican clinical an infectious diseases hospital in Bishkek.

You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic. You should also check with your airline or travel company for the latest information. Please also monitor the IATA website for the latest news for travellers.

 

Kuwait

Due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) the Kuwait Government are no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait. Non-Kuwaitis arriving on flights to Kuwait will be required to board the next plane out of Kuwait, until further notice. The authorities have instructed that there will be no commercial flights out of, or into, Kuwait after midnight on 13 March until further notice. You should keep up to date with information from your tour operator, and transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans. For the latest updates you should monitor @kuwait_dgca on Twitter and the Kuwait News Agency. See Health

Land borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia have closed, and other countries may monitor travellers from Kuwait.

Latvia – Update 15Mar20
On 14 March the Latvian Government announced further measures including the suspension of organised international passenger transport from 17 March (effective midnight on 16 March) after which it will not be possible for most British nationals to enter or exit Latvia. British Nationals who wish to leave Latvia should make arrangements to do so as soon as possible.

Lebanon - Update 14Mar20

On 12 March the Lebanese Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a circular which advised the following:

That all airlines flying to Beirut Rafic Hariri Airport do not board passengers who have been in the UK, France, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Germany and Spain. This will affect those boarding direct flights from those countries, and those transiting through third countries to Lebanon. We believe this will come into force at 0000 on 13 March.

That Lebanese Nationals, those with Lebanese Residency, or those who are a member of a family of a Lebanese National can return to Lebanon from the affected countries up to, and including, 16 March.

Direct flights from the affected countries will then be suspended from 17 March, with the decision reviewed on 23 March.

There are exceptions for Diplomats and those working for International Organisations accredited to Lebanon.

There may be further restrictions to entry and exit requirements to Lebanon, or flight options, at short notice, and if you have visited an affected country you may be turned around at the border or asked to self-isolate for 14 days. From 17 March, when direct flights to and from Lebanon from the countries listed above are suspended, you may be able to return to those countries by transiting via third countries

There may also be restrictions on entry in effect at the Lebanese land border with Syria. Exemptions may be in place for Diplomats, those working for International Organisations accredited to Lebanon, Lebanese Nationals, those with Lebanese Residency, or those who are a member of a family of a Lebanese National until 16 March.

UK nationals who have been in the UK, or France, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Germany or Spain, are therefore strongly advised to immediately review travel plans to Lebanon, and contact their nearest Lebanese Embassy, airline and/or travel agency for further details.

Lithuania - Update 15Mar20
The Lithuanian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus:

• We advise against all but essential travel to Lithuania.
• The Lithuanian authorities are introducing border controls at all Schengen borders from midnight on 15 March effective for ten days. This includes land borders with Poland and Latvia and arrivals by air from Schengen countries. Some routes will be limited – there will only be one open land border with Poland, via the Kalvariu Road.
• We recommend that UK nationals who live in Lithuania should carry their residence document or student enrolment confirmation or work contract.
• Individuals arriving from China, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Spain and Hong Kong must complete an online questionnaire and self-isolate for 14 days.
• From 13 March, all flights from Lithuania to Italy were suspended. From 16 March, all flights from Italy to Lithuania will be suspended.
• You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities
• Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans

Luxembourg – New 14Mar20
The Luxembourg Government has introduced a range of recommendations and measures (in English). These measures include, but are not limited to, the closure of schools for 2 weeks from 16 March, the prohibition of events in confined spaces for more than 100 people and the prohibition of events in non-confined spaces for more than 500 people.

 

Maldives - Update 14Mar20
The Government of Maldives is taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes a temporary ban on all cruise ships from entering and docking in the Maldives. Excursions to islands other than the one in which you are resident are being limited, and public spaces like parks or sports grounds are temporarily closed. Speak to your tour operator for further information. In addition, the Government of Maldives has banned all persons who have been in the last 14 days to Mainland China (not including Hong Kong), Iran, South Korea (North Gyeongsang and South Gyeongsang Provinces), Italy and Bangladesh from entering or transiting through the Maldives. All passengers and airline crew must fill-in a Health Declaration Card and an Immigration Arrival Card before arriving in the Maldives and undergo a screening procedure. Quarantine facilities have been set up to isolate any suspected cases. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities.

Passengers arriving by air from countries with a high incidence of coronavirus may be subject to additional health screening and a quarantine requirement if they are demonstrating symptoms.

On 27 February, the Government of Maldives announced a temporary ban on all cruise ships from entering and docking in the Maldives. Speak to your tour operator for further information.

 

Malta - Update 14Mar20

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Malta, due to travel restrictions implemented by the Maltese Government related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

All flights and ferry links to and from Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland have been suspended. Check with your travel provider for updates.

On 13 March Malta introduced a mandatory 14 day self-quarantine period for all arrivals into Malta. This will affect tourists and returning residents. You may wish to consider how this would affect your plans. Asymptomatic visitors can choose to either enter mandatory self-quarantine or to return to their country of origin as soon as possible. If you choose to leave Malta you must travel directly from your accommodation to the airport where you will be thermally screened. Most flights continue to operate but this could change at any time.

Quarantine is being enforced by spot checks and large fines. See here for further information. For the moment flights continue to operate but this could change, check with your airline/tour operator.

On 12 March the Maltese government introduced a range of further measures. Schools, childcare centres and other education institutions will be closed from 13 March until 20 March and all mass public events have been cancelled.

Mauritania - New 15Mar20

The Mauritanian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus including screening at airports. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the authorities. A number of countries in the region are suspending flights to and from Europe, including the UK. This will affect flight schedules that include transit through these countries en route to Mauritania. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.

Moldova - NEW 14Mar20

The Moldovan authorities have announced restrictive measures in an attempt to contain the spread of Covid-19. As a part of those measures it has announced that from 15th March, direct flights from France Italy and Spain will be suspended. From midnight on 15th/16th March it will suspend all other direct flights from European countries ( UK, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal and Romania). Air carriers are prohibited from boarding non-Moldovan citizens or people of other nationalities who are not legally resident in Moldova on all flights to the country. You are advised to contact your travel operator and air carrier before travelling to Moldova.

 

Mongolia

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Mongolia, due to travel restrictions implemented by the Mongolian Government related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It is currently not possible for British nationals to enter or exit Mongolia owing to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions imposed by the Mongolian Government, including suspension of all flights until at least 28 March. We urge all British nationals to seriously consider the offer of a further Mongolian-organised outward charter flight on Tuesday 17 March to Istanbul and to provide their name, contact details and passport copies to consular.mongolia@fco.gov.uk by 1400 Mongolia time/0600 GMT on Monday 16 March at the latest if they wish to leave Mongolia on this flight. We are not aware of any plans by the Mongolian Government for further exit flights.

 

Montenegro – New 14Mar20

Montenegro have announced a temporary ban to and from areas with intense Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. Travel from Montenegro to France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Iran and Hubei province of China is currently prohibited. Travel to Montenegro from Italy, Spain, South Korea, Iran and Hubei province of China is also prohibited. Individuals returning to Montenegro from France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Slovenia are placed under sanitary measures: this list will be subject to change as the situation changes.

The authorities have also announced a temporary ban on all cruise ships and yachts entering Montenegro, and all mass gatherings. All schools will be closed until 31st March.

A number of border crossings with neighbouring countries are closed for passenger traffic


Morocco – Update 15Mar20

The government of Morocco has closed air and sea borders to anyone travelling from a number of countries reporting cases of coronavirus. This includes passenger ferry links with Spain and Gibraltar. We expect flights to and from the UK and other destinations to be suspended in the near future. If you are in the UK and plan to travel to Morocco, you should consider seriously whether to go ahead, since it may be difficult to return. If you are in Morocco and need to return to the UK, you should make the necessary arrangements with your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider.

Mozambique

The Government of Mozambique may require travellers from the worst affected countries (classified as 1000+ confirmed cases) to enter quarantine on arrival for 14 days.

You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.

 

Myanmar - New 15Mar20

As of 15 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Myanmar due to the risk of quarantine for British nationals arriving in country. There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world. Travel restrictions can be imposed at short notice.

 

Namibia - New 14 Mar20
The Namibian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.

Screening measures are in place at ports of entry including Hosea Kutako International airport – passengers are required to undergo temperature checks and provide information on their recent travel. You should comply will all screening measures. Passengers displaying coronavirus symptoms may be transferred to an isolation facility at the airport.

The Namibian Government announced on 14 March the suspension of inward and outward travel from/to Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany with immediate effect for a period of 30 days.

Nepal
For the period 14 March – 30 April, Nepal’s Department of Immigration has announced that it has closed all land-based entry crossings into Nepal. Entry is only permitted via Tribhuvan International Airport, which has put in place additional measures to support the effective screening of passengers from affected regions. You should comply with these any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. For the same period, it will not issue tourist visas on arrival to any foreign nationals. Those entering on existing tourist visas must also show a valid swab test PCR certificate completed no more than seven days before their entry to Nepal. Those entering must subsequently stay in home quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Permissions for mountaineering expeditions for Spring 2020 (including existing permissions) have been suspended.

 

Netherlands
On 12 March, the Dutch government announced new measures in response to the outbreak. Anyone experiencing any symptoms linked to coronavirus must remain at home until the symptoms have cleared. Public events with 100 or more attendees are likely to be cancelled. This includes, but is not limited to, theatres, sports events and church services. Medically vulnerable people and older people should avoid public transport.

New Zealand - New 14Mar2020

Foreign nationals arriving from China or Iran will not be allowed to enter New Zealand.

On 14 March, the New Zealand Government announced that arrivals from all other countries, with the exception of Pacific Islands, will have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, and register with the New Zealand healthline (0800 258 5453). This is in effect as of midnight on Sunday 15 March. These measures will be reviewed after 16 days, and after that every 14 days.

The Government also announced a ban on cruise ships, effective midnight on Saturday 14 March, and lasting until the end of June.

Niger 
The Nigerien authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.

Niamey International Airport has heightened screening measures in place for visitors arriving in Niger, including systematic temperature testing, issuing Government recommendations on self-isolation and individual and collective hygiene. In addition, the Government has stated that:

Visitors and Nigerien nationals arriving from countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic must self-isolate for 14 days.

You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.

North Macedonia - Update 15Mar20

On 14 March 2020, the Government of North Macedonia announced that they would prohibit the entry of foreign nationals travelling from countries of medium risk (based on WHO data and updated daily on the Ministry of Health website. This includes the UK. The only exceptions are for those who have been granted explicit permission by the Ministry of Interior.

Anyone who has arrived from a high or medium risk country should also observe a mandatory period of self-isolation for 14 days after arrival. The list of high and medium risk countries is published in Macedonian and includes the United Kingdom as a medium-risk country.

Norway  - Update 15Mar20

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Norway, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and in line with various controls and restrictions imposed by the Norwegian authorities. British nationals in Norway should follow the advice of the Norwegian authorities.

Occupied Palestinian Territories - Update 15Mar20 (was with Israel)

On 9 March 2020 Israeli Prime Minister Netan yahu announced that arrivals entering Israel from overseas would be subject to home quarantine measures for 14 days on public health grounds. This decision will be reviewed after 14 days. Visitors who are unable to demonstrate they can undertake the home quarantine measures will be refused entry into Israel. The Israeli authorities have announced this will be effective starting from 20:00 on Thursday 12 March. Visitors who are subject to home quarantine regulations must be able to do so in a private dwelling, not a hotel.

Oman - Update 15Mar20
Oman has announced new restrictions to come into effect from Sunday 15 March for 30 days. This includes restrictions on tourist visas and the cessation of cruise ships entering Omani ports. The Omani authorities have advised residents against all but essential travel. You should contact your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider for information on the impact on any existing travel plans.

Oman’s Ministry of Health has advised that all travellers arriving into Oman must complete a health declaration form. Travellers who have been to China, South Korea, Iran or Italy within the previous 14 days may be subject to health monitoring on arrival and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. Flights between Oman and China, and Oman and Iran, have been suspended. Flights between Oman and Italy, and Oman and Egypt, may also be suspended or have passenger restrictions. You should contact your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider for information on the impact on any existing travel plans.

Pakistan - New 14Mar2020

The Pakistan Government is taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, including the closure of schools.

On 13 March the government announced the closure of the border with Iran, Afghanistan and Sost border with China and that all outgoing and incoming international flights are limited to Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore airports only. Check with your airline whether you are affected. Reinforcement of screening and administrative measures at all sea ports have been announced.

Health screening measures have been introduced for all flight arrivals. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. The Pakistani authorities have announced a helpline on phone number 1166 for people who have recently travelled to China, Iran or a country where COVID-19 is present and who have symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty breathing. British nationals who are worried about the virus, or suspect they may have contracted it, should contact that number and follow the guidance given by the authorities.

 

Panama – New 15Mar20
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Panama, due to travel restrictions implemented by the Panamanian Government related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The FCO strongly encourage non-resident British nationals in Panama to consider leaving to avoid difficulties they will face if flights out of the country and the region are further restricted and they are unable to get home

 

Paraguay  - Update 15Mar20
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Paraguay, due to travel restrictions implemented by the Paraguayan Government related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. See Health

The FCO strongly encourage non-resident British nationals in Paraguay to consider leaving to avoid difficulties they will face if flights out of the country and the region are further restricted and they are unable to get home.

Peru  - Update 15Mar20

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Peru, due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and in line with various controls and restrictions imposed by the Peruvian authorities, including a ban on all flights to and from Europe and Asia from 16 March for at least 30 days. Flights from Peru to the USA are currently operating. British nationals in Peru should follow the advice of the Peruvian authorities. We strongly encourage non-Resident British nationals in Peru to consider leaving to avoid difficulties they will face if flights out of the country and the region are further restricted and they are unable to get home.

 

Philippines - Update 15Mar20
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to the whole of the Philippines due to impacts on British Nationals of government imposed measures being taken to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Poland - UPDATE 15Mar 20

From midnight on Saturday 14 March it is not possible for most British nationals to enter Poland owing to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions imposed by the Polish Government. The Polish Prime Minister declared on 13 March that all borders will be shut and border control introduced from midnight local time on Saturday 14 March for 10 days. He also announced that international rail and air transport will be suspended from the same time on Saturday 14 March for 14 days. These measures may be extended.

As of the morning of 15 March, we understand that some airlines have agreed with the Polish government to run additional flights out of the country in the coming days. Please contact airline providers for more information.

The Polish government is also arranging charter flights to return Poles and qualifying non-Polish nationals (see below for criteria) to return to Poland, including from London. Details and ticket information available via LOT Airlines (in Polish)

It will not be possible for non-Polish nationals to enter Poland unless they are:

Spouses and children or individuals under the permanent care of Polish nationals; or

Holders of a Pole’s Card; or

Individuals with the right to permanent or temporary stay in Poland or people with a work permit; or

Foreign nationals driving a means of transport used for transporting goods.

Most hotels remain open, though smaller guesthouses have also been requested to close via a decree from the Polish Government.

Portugal – Update 15Mar20

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores due to travel restrictions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Regional Government of the Azores recommends against travel to and from the region, except in an emergency, until 31 March. The authorities have announced that travellers from areas of community transmission of the coronavirus, including the UK and the Portuguese mainland, will be required to enter mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

The Regional Government of Madeira recommends against travel to and from the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, except in an emergency, until further notice. The authorities have announced that all travellers arriving in the islands from midnight on 15 March will be required to enter mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days.

Romania[RG1] 
There are currently a relatively low number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Romania. The Romanian Government has implemented a broad range of restrictive measures, including on entry from certain countries in response to the global outbreak, and has restricted aspects of daily life within Romania. Restrictions for travellers arriving in Romania include:

  • Mandatory quarantine in an institution such as a hospital if you have travelled from Italy, Hubei Province in China, Madrid, Iran, or Daegu City or Chendongo County in South Korea.
  • All flights, bus, and rail routes from Italy are suspended, and airlines have been asked to deny boarding to travellers coming from the above countries and areas.
  • Travellers arriving from other parts of China, South Korea, all of Iran, and Heinsberg District in North-Rhine Westphilia in Germany will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.Travellers arriving from the UK are required to fill in a form to self-certify that they are infection-free. Infringements on these procedures are being pursued with fines of up to €4000.
  • The Romanian Government has indicated that travel restrictions are likely to expanded in the coming days. There are some indications that travel from the UK may be more tightly managed.

Within Romania the Government has:

  • Announced the closure of national museums and other tourist attractions such as the Palace of the Parliament.
  • Banned confined space events with more than 100 participants, and all events with more than 1000 participants.
  • Closed all schools in the country until at least 22 March, which may be extended.
  • Recommended all universities suspend courses until March 31.
  • Asked private companies based in cities and with over 99 employees to vary working hours to reduce overcrowding on public transport. Government ministries have been mandated to work with much lower staffing levels.
  • Advised against non-essential use of public transport.

The public health system is already under significant strain.

Rwanda - New 14Mar20

The Rwandan government has put in place screening procedures for coronavirus (and Ebola) at all entry points, including land borders and airports. Anyone arriving from a country affected by coronavirus and displaying a symptom associated with the virus will be placed in isolation and tested. If the results are positive then people will be treated in a Government of Rwanda treatment centre. If tested negative, travellers will be required to observe 14 days self-isolation, monitored by the Ministry of Health.

Exit screening is in place for all departing travellers. Any travellers exhibiting a symptom associated with coronavirus will be prevented from leaving the country and will be moved to isolation for testing. If the results are positive then people will be treated in a Government of Rwanda treatment centre.

San Marino

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to San Marino, due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) and in line with various controls and restrictions imposed by the Sammarinese authorities on 8 March and in conjunction with our Travel Advice for Italy.

British nationals remain able to depart San Marino without restriction with a valid passport and onward ticket. The Italian authorities have advised that tourists already on holiday should end their travel, unless it is necessary, to return to the place where they live.

Additional restrictions include the suspension of all public gatherings including sporting events and religious ceremonies. Schools and universities are also closed.

St Lucia - New 14Mar20

There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 throughout the world. Saint Lucia has a confirmed case of COVID-19. The authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures against the spread of the virus. The Government of St Lucia has announced that effective from 26 February, until further notice, any non-St Lucian national with a travel history in mainland China, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore or Italy within 14 days will not be permitted entry into St Lucia.

Saudi Arabia - Update 15Mar20

The temporary suspension of flights and sea routes. On 14 March, Saudi authorities announced the suspension of international flights from 1100 on Sunday 15 March. Restrictions have also been placed on some land border crossings. You should keep up to date with information from your airline or tour operator on the impact on any existing travel plans.

Entry restrictions apply to those who have travelled to certain countries within the last 14 days. Saudi authorities urge those who have recently travelled from significantly affected countries, including the UK, to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry to Saudi Arabia. Entry to the Kingdom of individuals with a tourist visa from significantly affected countries has also been temporarily suspended. You should check guidance issued by the Saudi Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior for any updates.

Serbia

On 11 March 2020, the Serbian Government announced a number of precautionary measures, including the suspension of closed public gatherings of over 100 people. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

Airports remain open, although airline schedules are subject to change. Serbia has announced a temporary ban on entry for foreign nationals coming from the areas with intense coronavirus transmission. This applies to persons coming from Italy, certain provinces of China, South Korea, Iran and Switzerland.

Some road border crossings are closed for ease of control. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.

Seychelles

Seychelles has announced that nobody (apart from returning residents) will be allowed to travel between Seychelles and China, South Korea, Italy or Iran. Airlines flying to Seychelles are instructed not to board any passengers or crew (apart from returning residents) who have been to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran in the last 14 days. No marine vessel will be allowed to enter Seychelles waters if any passenger on board has been to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran in the last 14 days. All returning residents who have been to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran will be put under obligatory quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

On 09 March 2020, the Ministry for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine announced its intention to ‘annul all activities related to cruise ships in Seychelles’ waters’ with immediate effect. Cruise ships will not be permitted to berth in Seychelles until further notice and passengers from cruise ships will not be permitted to disembark.

Sierra Leone - Update 15Mar20

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Sierra Leone due to the mandatory quarantine measures applying to British nationals arriving in Sierra Leone from Monday 16 March 2020 from the UK and other countries with more than 50 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Sierra Leone authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic

Singapore - New15Mar20

As of 16 March 23:59 local time, all travellers entering Singapore with a recent travel history to ASEAN countries, Japan, Switzerland and the UK will be issued with a 14-day stay at home order. They will also be required to provide proof of where they will serve the order, for example a hotel or private residence. They might also be swabbed on arrival to test for the virus.

From 15 March 2020, 2359 hours local time, all new visitors who have travelled to Italy, France, Spain and Germany within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore. Anyone with residency in Singapore returning from one of these countries will be required to go into self-isolation for two weeks. In addition, travellers entering or transiting Singapore and exhibiting fever / other symptoms of respiratory illness will be required to undergo a coronavirus swab test at checkpoints and will be required to self-isolate even if they test negative. Short-term visitors who are identified for testing but refuse to do so will not be allowed entry into Singapore.

From 13 March 2020, no cruise ships are allowed to dock in Singapore. Check the Singapore Ministry of Health website for full details.

Slovakia - Update 15Mar20

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Slovakia, due to travel restrictions implemented by the Slovak Government related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Slovenia

You should be aware that the situation on the ground in Slovenia continues to change, often quickly and at short notice. You should therefore ensure that you regularly check Travel Advice for updates when deciding whether to travel to Slovenia.

The Slovene government provides English-language coronavirus guidance and updates. Please call Slovenia’s 112 emergency telephone number if you feel that you have symptoms of coronavirus. An information hotline can also be reached in Slovenia on 080 1404.

You should comply with any additional screening measures, like temperature checks, put in place by the authorities. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans. You should also check with your airline or travel company for the latest information.

On 11 March Slovenia introduced border control checks for visitors entering Slovenia from Italy. On 12 March Slovenia imposed restrictions on freight traffic entering from Italy. All scheduled coach and train links between Slovenia and Italy have been suspended.

The Slovenian government has introduced restrictions on large gatherings, in particular those with over 500 attendees. You should contact the relevant event organiser or local authorities for further information.

South Africa - New 14Apr20

The South African authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.

The South African authorities have published advice relating to coronavirus here. Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports. There are no measures currently in place to limit travel from affected countries. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

South Korea

The FCO advise against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan.

The Government of South Korea has designated the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan as “special care zones” following a high number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in these areas. Medical services in these areas are under pressure and you may experience delays in receiving treatment should you become ill. If you’re already in Daegu, Cheongdo or Gyeongsan, follow the instructions and advice of the local authorities and pay particular regard to virus control testing and measures.

From 15th March, travellers arriving from the UK and several other European countries will be subject to additional screening for COVID-19 on arrival at South Korean ports and airports. They will also be asked to report their health status to the authorities for 14 days after arrival. This reporting can be done via a special mobile app which can be downloaded to a smartphone at the airport. Travellers without a smartphone will be required to submit a working telephone number able to receive calls in South Korea for 14 consecutive days. You should ensure you have with you a mobile telephone with the roaming function enabled, and/or the telephone number of a friend, relative or contact who can update the authorities daily on your state of health. A hotel telephone number is unlikely to be accepted. If you are travelling as part of a group, at least one person in the group should meet this requirement. Immigration authorities will undertake a test call before travellers leave the airport, and any individual or group unable to verify their contact details may be denied entry to South Korea.

Travellers arriving with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be required to undergo testing at the airport, which will take 4-6 hours. Anyone testing positive for the virus will not be permitted to leave South Korea until they are clear of the virus. Testing and any subsequent treatment will be free of charge.

Flights between South Korea and a number of countries have been reduced, and some countries have altered their entry requirements for travellers who started their journey in, or transited through, South Korea. You should check with your airline, travel agency or the relevant websites for your destination for the latest information.

Further advice and details on confirmed cases can be found on the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare website in English and Korean. South Korea’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) also provides daily updates in English and in Korean.

Spain - Update 15Mar20

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to Spain. Spain declared a State of Emergency (“Estado de Alarma”) on 14 March, which introduces a series of measures including significant restrictions on movement throughout the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Transport services will be operating at reduced levels. Public gatherings are banned, most shops other than those selling food or other essential items such as pharmacies will be closed, many businesses and all schools and universities are closed, and all citizens have been instructed to remain at home except when going about a limited set of activities in particular to buy food or other essential items, to return home to their primary residence, to go to hospital or other health centres, to go to work (if unable to work from home), to carry out caring or similar duties or in case of real need.

UK nationals currently in Spain should follow the advice of local authorities. Anybody planning to travel to Spain should consult their airline or tour operator.

Sri Lanka - Update 15Mar20

The Sri Lankan Government has decided that people arriving from the UK, or having travelled through the UK, will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka from midnight on 16 March (1830 GMT 15 March). We therefore advise against all but essential travel if you are travelling from or via the UK.

Suriname - Update 15Mar20
We recommend against all but essential travel and strongly encourage non-resident British nationals in Suriname to consider leaving to avoid difficulties they will face if flights out of the country and the region are further restricted and they are unable to go home. This situation is being monitored daily by the authorities.

 

Switzerland - Update 14Mar20
Gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited. Some ski resorts, leisure centres, swimming pools and museums are closed. Please check your resort website for more information. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs are prohibited from holding more than 50 people. All schools, universities and training academies are closed until 4 April 2020. The Swiss government recommends social distancing, avoiding public transport (where services may be reduced) and working from home where possible.

 

Taiwan - New14 Mar20

Taiwan has put in place a number of measures to combat coronavirus. The list below covers the main restrictions but is not exhaustive and entry procedures are being regularly reviewed so may change at short notice. If you are travelling to Taiwan and have been in a place where a high number of coronavirus cases have been, or are subsequently reported, you may be affected by entry restrictions or conditions. You should check with your airline before you travel:

Taiwan has designated the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Schengen Area group of countries as being ‘level 3’ risk areas for COVID-19. From 06:00 GMT 14 March 2020, any passengers who arrive in Taiwan from these countries, apart from those who boarded a flight prior to the deadline, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

If you enter Taiwan before this date and have been in the United Kingdom, Ireland or the Schengen Area, you will be required to take health related precautions for 14 days after you arrive and notify health officials if you become unwell. The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) English language information sheet outlining the precautions can be found here.

All airline passengers entering Taiwan are now required to fill in a health declaration which includes travel history for the preceding 14 days. It is possible that based on your travel history, health declaration, or other personal circumstances, you could be required to self-isolate upon arrival in Taiwan, even if you have not travelled to an area which has been designated ‘Level 3.’

Foreign nationals (including British nationals) who have been in China, including Hong Kong and Macao, during the 14-day period before they arrive in Taiwan will not be permitted to enter.

These measures apply to those people who are eligible for visa-free treatment, landing visas, and e-visas, as well as those carrying valid visas.

Anyone transiting or making airside transfer in China, including Hong Kong and Macao, will still be allowed to enter Taiwan, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. This may change, so you should check with your airline before you travel.

British nationals living in Taiwan, holding a valid residence certificate, who have visited China in the 14 day period before arriving in Taiwan may still enter, but will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days after arrival.

Any foreign national arriving in Taiwan from South Korea will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days after arrival.

You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the Taiwanese authorities. Monitor the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website for measures that Taiwan is taking to combat coronavirus.

Thailand

The Thai authorities have introduced a number of screening, surveillance, prevention and control measures to limit the spread of the virus, and additional measures may be introduced. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities.

Passengers who travelled from or transited China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Italy, Iran and South Korea in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Thailand: Thai authorities have screening measures in place. They may quarantine some passengers either in designated facilities or require them to self-isolate at home/accommodation. This would be for a minimum of 14 days from the date of their arrival in Thailand or until their departure, if sooner. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand have also instructed airlines not to fly passengers to Thailand from these countries unless they are in possession of a health certificate confirming they do not have coronavirus. You should check with your airline before you travel.

Passengers who have travelled from or transited the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States of America in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Thailand: Thai authorities have screening measures in place. These measures may include self-monitoring for 14 days and reporting symptoms to Thai health authorities.

Tunisia – NEW 14Mar20

On 13 March, the government of Tunisia announced that it would instruct all those travelling from anywhere in the world to self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon arrival in Tunisia. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.

Turkey - NEW 14Mar20

All international passengers are being screened with a thermal camera. Those displaying signs of a temperature will then be referred to a medical adviser. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

 In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Turkey has stated that flights between Turkey and Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium and Sweden will be suspended from 8am (local time) on 14 March until 17 April. You should check with your airline before travelling.

All passenger flights to and from Nakhchivan, Italy, Iraq, South Korea, Iran and China from Turkey have been cancelled due to coronavirus outbreaks in those countries. Land crossings with Iran and Iraq have also been closed.

The entry or transit via Turkey of any passenger who has been to China, South Korea, Iran, Iraq and Italy in the last fourteen days, will not be permitted. The Turkish Ministry of Health have confirmed that passengers with a residency permit will be allowed to enter Turkey but they will be tested on arrival for COVID-19. A positive test will lead to the passenger going straight to the quarantine facility. A negative test will lead to mobility restrictions – either self-isolation or full quarantine for 14 days. You should carry additional supplies of necessary medication in carry-on luggage.

Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans. Delays at airports are possible.

Turks & Caicos Islands

Travel restrictions have been put in place at all airports and seaports by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government. An entry ban is in place on all non-residents travelling from, or who have visited highly-impacted countries within the past 21 days, including China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Singapore, Macau and Japan. Travellers from countries or areas specified as highly-impacted, should check their ability to gain entry to the Turks and Caicos Islands before travel.

 

Uganda

Screening measures are in place at Entebbe International Airport and land border crossings. Additionally The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Uganda has placed restrictions on travellers from some Coronavirus (COVID19) affected countries including the UK. Travellers (of any nationality) from the UK plus Austria, Belgium China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and USA have been asked to consider postponing all non-essential travel. Those who do travel and are showing symptoms of Coronavirus may be placed in quarantine in a government hospital for 14 days. Those not showing symptoms will be required to place themselves in self-isolation (at home or at your hotel at your own cost) for 14 days. It is possible that these restrictions will be extended to travellers arriving from other countries over the coming days or weeks.

 

Ukraine – NEW 14Mar20

With effect from 15 March, the Ukrainian authorities have announced that foreign citizens who are not residents of Ukraine will not be allowed to enter the country. Those already in Ukraine will be able to leave. For two weeks from 17 March, all flights to and from Ukraine will be suspended. Some land borders will remain open.

The Government of Ukraine has announced several restrictive measures that come into effect from 12 March. Many of Ukraine’s land borders will be closed. Public events with over 200 people, including sports events, concerts and conferences are suspended. Schools and universities have been closed. Regional governments may introduce additional similar measures in their localities.
 

United Arab Emirates - Update 15Mar20

The UAE has announced new restrictions on issuing of visas. We understand that from 17 March, the UAE will temporarily suspend the issuance of all visas, with the exception of diplomatic passport holders. Visas will no longer be issued on arrival although those who have a visa issued before that date should be allowed to travel; visitors will be tested on arrival and be required to self-isolate for 4 days. It is not currently clear whether these changes apply to all visitors or those coming from a specific risk-based list of countries.

Some routes to and from the United Arab Emirates by air, land and sea have been suspended. You should check with your travel provider before travelling.

We understand that passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat coronavirus The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address the coronavirus. If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.

United States of America
On 14 March President Trump announced that, effective from 03.59 GMT 17 March, the US Government will not permit entry to the USA of any non-US nationals, including British nationals, who have visited (or are resident in) the UK or Schengen Area countries 14 days or less prior to their travel to the USA. The US Government has indicated that this is a temporary restriction that will last for 30 days. We understand the restriction does not apply to those with permanent residence (Green Card holders) in the US or to non-US national spouses of US nationals or permanent residents. For further information please see the US State Department website. You should check with your airline for any additional information they may require before you can board.

 

Uruguay – New 15Mar20
The Uruguayan Ministry of Health requires that all passengers arriving from China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Iran, France and Germany, and those who have had contact with a COVID-19 infected person, self-isolate for a period of 14 days. See Health

Cruise ships are currently allowed to dock in Montevideo for resupplies and refuelling only. Passengers and crew are unable to disembark and cruise ship companies are working to redirect ships.
 

Uzbekistan - New 14Mar20
With effect from 14 March 2020, Uzbekistan Airways has suspended all direct flights between Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom (and France and Spain) for an indefinite period. Any UK nationals who have booked flights with Uzbekistan Airlines, including those already in Uzbekistan, should contact the airline directly, or their travel agent, to discuss the implications of this measure.

The Uzbekistan authorities have also stated that:

The entry into Uzbekistan of citizens of China, the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran, France and Spain, and persons permanently residing in these countries, has been suspended. Additionally, individuals of any nationality who have visited these countries in the past 14 days will not be permitted entry to Uzbekistan.

British nationals arriving in Uzbekistan and who have visited the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan within 14 days of arrival are subject to home isolation/quarantine. You will be subject to monitoring and required to remain at your place of residence/stay for up to 14 days, not allowed to visit public places and required to avoid contact with other people excluding family members.

British nationals arriving from Thailand, Azerbaijan, Malaysia or UAE are subject to 14 days medical supervision at their place of stay/residence and are advised not to visit public or crowded places and to limit contacts with other people. Arrivals from these countries are subject to medical monitoring by medical personnel during the 14-day period. This will include physical examination, measurement of body temperature and medical consultations by telephone. If symptoms of acute respiratory viral infections are detected, the person will be hospitalised in a medical institution for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment.

British nationals arriving from Bahrain, Kuwait, Armenia, Belarus, Oman, Pakistan, Georgia, Czech Republic, Iraq, Lebanon, Canada, Lithuania, Estonia, Romania, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Denmark or Sweden are subject to remote monitoring of health status (telephone calls). Arrivals from these countries have the right to travel around Uzbekistan (subject to informing medical institutions of their movement for medical supervision). They are advised not to visit crowded places and limit contacts with other people. Medical personnel will conduct remote monitoring for a period of 24 days from arrival in Uzbekistan

Under the measures introduced by the Uzbek authorities, any person subject to quarantine or self-isolation who breaches these controls is liable to a minimum fine of 11 Million UZS (approx £900) or up to 3 years imprisonment.

Venezuela - New 14Mar20

On 11 March, the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 (coronavirus) a pandemic. On 12 March, Venezuela announced that all flights from Europe and Colombia would be suspended for a month beginning on 15 March. You should contact your travel provider before your journey. Two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Venezuela and authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. Venezuelan health authorities have advised individuals who have arrived from the EU in the last 2 weeks to self-isolate for 12 days. Schools and universities will close from 16 March until further notice, public gatherings are prohibited and people are being advised to wear face masks when using public transport.

 

Vietnam  - Update 14Mar20

The Vietnamese authorities continue to impose various travel restrictions and quarantine measures as part of their attempts to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Vietnam. The number of foreign nationals taken in to quarantine after arriving on flights with confirmed or possible cases of coronavirus has increased.

There is a high risk for British nationals of being put into 14 days of quarantine, either on arrival or during your trip to Vietnam, regardless of your route. Vietnamese quarantine centres are safe but basic, and not guaranteed to meet Public Health England standards. There is also a risk of British Nationals being turned away from, or asked to leave, hotels in Vietnam. You are at risk of being put into quarantine or instructed to self-isolate for 14 days even after you have arrived in Vietnam, if you either develop flu-like symptoms, or it is suspected you have been in contact with some who has tested for coronavirus.

There are also increased restrictions on British nationals wishing to visit Vietnam. From 12 March 2020 Vietnam has suspended its visa waiver programme for British nationals. There are reports that e-visas have also been suspended and the Vietnamese embassy in London will not be processing visa applications until further notice. The Vietnamese embassy in London say that it is possible to get a visa, but there is uncertainty around the replacement process and timeline for such applications.

You are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with these risks before travelling.

The Vietnamese authorities have also announced travel restrictions and quarantine requirements:

From 12 noon on 15 March, anynyone who has visited the UK, any one of the Schengen countries, China, Iran, Italy or Daegu city and Gyeongsangbuk province in South Korea in the previous 14 days will be refused entry to Vietnam. The only exceptions will be people with specific agreement travelling on official government business.

Flights from South Korea are being diverted to alternative airports, some a considerable distance away from the scheduled place of entry in to Vietnam.

There is a high risk of further restrictions implemented at short notice.

The Vietnamese government has recommended that citizens wear masks in public, and it has introduced special permits for anyone seeking to organise large public events.

 

Zambia 

The Zambian authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures.

The Government of Zambia has implemented enhanced screening at ports of entry. Travellers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put in to effect with little or no advance notice. Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus may be asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days or be taken to an isolation facility for further testing and monitoring.

 

 

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