Coronavirus travel restrictions: Travel & border restrictions by country

The coronavirus outbreak has forced many countries to impose strict travel restrictions and also airlines bringing restrictions to its change policies. All these measures are being taken to control this epidemic declared by WHO. Governments are taking these precautionary steps in order to control the spread of this deadly virus.

Coronavirus travel restrictions

Coronavirus travel restrictions to below countries include quarantine measures, border closures, flight suspensions, health screenings and other measures.

Europe

Albania and Slovenia

Coronavirus travel restrictions have been imposed by making all flights suspended into and from the country.

Austria

No direct flights between Austria and the UK, or direct air or rail connections from Austria to Italy, France, Spain or Switzerland. Travellers coming from Italy by road will be stopped at the border and must present a health certificate stating that they are not affected by coronavirus. Ski resorts closed on 15 March in Tirol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg. Restaurants and shops open at limited hours.

Andorra, Belgium, Iceland, Luxembourg, Monaco and Netherlands

Cultural and sporting activities are prohibited; large gatherings restricted; restaurants and bars are closed; shops likely to be open at limited hours; public transport limited; and health screenings on arrival likely.

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine

Ban on the entry for UK travellers. UK travellers are advised to consider leaving as soon as possible.

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Finland

Self-quarantine for 14 days. Some borders are closed and flight schedules limited. Travellers may be asked for proof of accommodation booking.

France

Some flights were suspended. Cross-Channel train and ferry services reduced. Restrictions on non-essential movement from 17 March for 15 days (ie food shopping, medical care, exercise, those that can’t work from home only). Cultural and sporting activities are prohibited; large gatherings restricted; restaurants and bars are closed; shops likely to be open at limited hours and public transport limited.

Germany

Land border restrictions with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland (i.e. cross-border commuters and deliveries only). Self-quarantine for 14 days for anyone who has been in Italy, Switzerland or Austria in the 14 days before arrival. Restrictions on non-essential movement (ie except food shopping, medical care).

Greece and Ireland

Self-quarantine for 14 days. Cultural and sporting activities are prohibited; large gatherings restricted; restaurants and bars are closed; shops likely to be open at limited hours and public transport limited; and health screenings on arrival likely.

Isle of Man

Self-quarantine for 14 days.

Malta

Travellers in Malta were advised by Maltese government to leave as soon as possible.

Moldova

No direct flights to the rest of Europe. Ban on entry to travellers who have been in China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Macao, South Korea or Taiwan in the 14 days before arrival.

Montenegro

Ban on entry to travellers who have recently been in Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Iran and Hubei province of China. Self-quarantine for 14 days for travellers who have recently been in Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Slovenia or Austria.

Portugal

Land border restrictions with Spain (ie cross-border commuters and deliveries only). Self-quarantine for 14 days for anyone arriving in Azores, Madeira and Porto Santo.

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Romania

Self-quarantine for 14 days. Travellers in Romania were advised by the FCO to leave as soon as possible.

Spain

Land border restrictions (ie cross-border commuters and deliveries only). Restrictions on non-essential movement (ie except food shopping, medical care).

Sweden

Coronavirus travel restrictions were imposed by suspending all Scandinavian Airlines flights.

Switzerland

Land border restrictions (ie cross-border commuters and deliveries only). Restrictions on non-essential movement (ie food shopping, medical care, exercise, those that can’t work from home only). Cultural and sporting activities prohibited; large gatherings restricted; restaurants and bars closed; shops likely to be open at limited hours and public transport limited.

Turkey

Flights to the UK suspended from 17 March.

Asia

Bahrain

Suspension of visa on arrival scheme. Self-quarantine for 14 days.

Bangladesh

Suspension of visa on arrival scheme. Ban on entry to travellers who have recently been in Europe (not including UK).

Bhutan, Indonesia, Kuwait, Qatar, Malaysia, Oman, Turkmenistan

Ban on entry to UK travellers.

Brunei

Self-monitor for 14 days.

Cambodia

Ban on entry to travellers who have recently been in France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain or USA.

Hong Kong, Israel, Macao, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan and Uzbekistan

Self-quarantine for 14 days.

India

Ban on entry to all travellers from the UK, EU, and Turkey from 18 March. All visas and e-visas invalid until 15 April. Quarantine of 14 days for anyone who has recently visited China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain or Germany.

Japan

Ban on entry to travellers who have been in China, Iran or Italy in the 14 days before arrival.

Maldives

Ban on entry to travellers who have been in Bangladesh, China, Iran, Italy or South Korea (Gyeongsang) in the 14 days before arrival.

Bangladesh

Suspension of visa on arrival scheme. Ban on entry to travellers who have recently been in Europe (not including UK).

Bhutan, Indonesia, Kuwait, Qatar, Malaysia, Oman, Turkmenistan

Ban on entry to UK travellers.

Brunei

Self-monitor for 14 days.

Cambodia

Ban on entry to travellers who have recently been in France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain or USA.

Hong Kong, Israel, Macao, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan and Uzbekistan

Self-quarantine for 14 days.

Myanmar

UK travellers are advised to leave as soon as possible. Self-quarantine for 14 days for travellers who have recently been in France, Italy, Iran, Spain and Germany.

Nepal

Suspension of visa on arrival scheme. All land borders closed. All mountaineering expeditions for Spring 2020 have been suspended. All travellers require a health certificate stating that they do not have coronavirus

Pakistan

International flights are limited to Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore airports, and some borders closed.

Philippines

Ban on entry to all UK travellers. Shutdown of all public transportation, limited flights from 20 March to 13 April.

Sri Lanka

Ban on entry to UK travellers. No new visas being issued. Flights suspended from 19 March.

Tajikistan

Ban on entry to travellers who have been in or transited through, China, Iran, Italy or South Korea in the 14 days before arrival.

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Thailand

Travellers who have recently been in affected countries require a health certificate stating that they are not affected by coronavirus. Self-monitor for 14 days. So

Vietnam

No new visas being issued for 15-30 days, and 14-day quarantine for all travellers entering Vietnam.

Gulf countries

UAE

Suspension of visa on arrival scheme. Travellers already in UAE can extend visas in line with existing procedures.

Jordan

No commercial flights in or out of Jordan, and all land and sea borders closed. Restrictions on large gatherings and non-essential movement (ie except food shopping, medical care).

Lebanon

Direct flights suspended from affected countries on 17 March. Airlines flying into Beirut Rafic Hariri airport are being asked to refuse passengers who have been in the UK, France, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Germany or Spain. UK nationals are advised to review travel plans here.

Bahrain

Suspension of visa on arrival scheme. Self-quarantine for 14 days.

Americas

Argentina

Ban on entry to UK travellers. Suspension of all flights for 30 days from 12 March. UK travellers are advised to consider leaving as soon as possible.

Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and US

Ban on entry to UK travellers.

Antigua & Barbuda and Montserrat

Ban on entry to travellers who have recently been in China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea or Singapore.

Barbados

Quarantine 14 days for any travellers recently been in Italy in the 14 days before arrival.

Bermuda

Self-quarantine for 14 days.

Bolivia and Dominican Republic

All flights suspended. UK travellers are advised to consider leaving as soon as possible.

Chile and Costa Rica

Land and sea borders closed and all flights suspended for all travellers from 18 March. UK travellers are advised to consider leaving as soon as possible.

Colombia

Ban on entry to UK travellers. Land and sea borders closed and air travel limited. UK travellers are advised to consider leaving as soon as possible.

El Salvador

Ban on entry to UK travellers. International flights suspended.

Ecuador

Suspension of all flights until at least 5 April. All travel to Galapagos has been suspended from 16 March and all national parks have been closed until further notice. Restrictions on non-essential movement from 16 March for 15 days (ie food shopping and medical care).

Guatemala

Some flight suspensions. UK travellers are advised to consider leaving as soon as possible.

Grenada

Ban on entry to travellers who have been in China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or Spain in the 14 days before arrival.

Guyana

All international flights from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at Timehri and the Eugene Correia Airport at Ogle. The closure is scheduled for 14 days from 17 March 2020. Self-quarantine for 14 days for travellers who have recently been in Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Malaysia, Panama, Thailand, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Singapore, South Korea or the US.

Panama

Some flight suspensions. UK travellers are advised to consider leaving as soon as possible.

Peru

All borders closed and restrictions on non-essential movement from 16 March for 15 days (ie food shopping and medical care).

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Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

Ban on entry to travellers who have been in China, Italy or Iran in the 14 days before arrival.

Turks & Caicos

Ban on entry to travellers who have been in China, Iran, Italy, Japan, Macao, South Korea or Singapore in the 21 days before arrival.

Uruguay

All flights suspended with Europe from 20 March. UK travellers are advised to consider leaving as soon as possible.

Oceania

Australia, New Zealand and Solomon Islands

Self-quarantine for 14 days.

Fiji

Ban on entry to anyone who has been in China, Iran, Italy or South Korea.

French Polynesia

All travellers require a health certificate stating that they do not have coronavirus.

Kiribati, Micronesia and Tonga

Must have been spent 14 days in a country without any cases prior to arrival.

Nauru

Ban on entry to travellers who have been in or transited through China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Macao or South Korea in the 21 days before arrival.

Palau

Ban on entry to travellers who have been in China, Hong Kong or Macao in the 14 days before arrival.

Vanuatu

Ban on entry to travellers who have been in China, Hong Kong Japan, Macao, South Korea, Singapore or Taiwan in the 14 days before arrival.

Africa

Algeria

Suspension of all air and sea travel to and from Europe from 19 March.

Angola, Congo and Seychelles

Ban on entry to travellers who have recently been in China, Iran, Italy or South Korea.

Benin, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tunisia and Uganda

Self-quarantine for 14 days for travellers who have recently been in affected countries.

Cape Verde

All sea borders closed and restricted flights from 18 March.

Comoros

Must have been spent 14 days in a country without any cases prior to arrival.

Egypt

All air traffic suspended from 19 to 31 March.

Eritrea

Quarantine of 14 days for travellers who have recently been in China, South Korea, Italy, Germany or US.

Ghana, Kenya, Namibia and Mauritius

Ban on entry to UK travellers.

Guinea

Visitors must submit their passports for a 14-day monitoring period.

Liberia

Quarantine of 14 days likely, for travellers who have recently been in affected countries.

Madagascar

No commercial passenger flights with Europe for 30 days from 20 March. Self-quarantine for 14 days for travellers who have recently been in affected countries.

Morocco

Flights suspended with the UK from 16 March (return flights from 19 March). Restaurants, bars and other public spaces closed.

South Africa

Suspension of visa on arrival scheme. Travellers in the country who received a stamp on arrival allowing them to stay for 90 days do not need to apply for a visa.

Cruise ships

The FCO is advising against all travel on cruise ships for passengers aged 70 years and over or those with high-risk conditions. Some destinations are placing bans on cruise ships docking or passengers disembarking, including Australia, Chile, Colombia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro and Portugal.

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