The latest coronavirus travel restrictions and bans for UK tourists

More restrictions and bans have been announced for UK visitors entering countries overseas amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As cases of COVID-19 top 135,000 globally and almost 5,000 deaths, governments around the world are now putting stringent measures in place to halt the spread.

Precautionary measures have been introduced by a large number of countries – many who are implementing health screening and temperature checks upon arrival.

However some have gone to extreme lengths such as banning travellers from Britain and other places with a high number of cases – or by simply closing their borders to all foreign visitors.

British travellers may find they are subject to health checks and monitoring or restrictions on arrival – or denied entry altogether.

Flights have been cancelled, borders closed and holiday plans disrupted as each country tries to limit the contagion.

Restrictions and bans are being constantly updated as the coronavirus pandemic develops. Those with travel plans should check with their tour operator and airline ahead of departure for the latest updates for their destination.

These are the countries that are the latest to have put in place strict travel restrictions and bans for visitors from the UK – at the time of publishing.

Cyprus

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 Cyprus to self-isolate for 14 days under telephone supervision, at home, or at premises managed by the Ministry of Health, if they have arrived on the island from the UK, within the last 14 days.

All passengers from the UK will be directed to the airport medical centre, while passengers in ports will be confined to their cabins. The guidelines do not apply to travelers carrying out transit flights unless they have resided at the transit stop.

Czech Republic

The Czech government declared a State of Emergency in response . From midnight 13 March, (between Friday 13 March and Saturday 14 March), citizens from fifteen countries, including the UK, will not be permitted to enter the Czech Republic. Exceptions to this rule are UK citizens with permanent or temporary residency.

USA

On 11 March President Trump announced that, effective from midnight Friday 13 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) 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. This restriction does not apply to travellers from the UK who have been continually present in the UK or the Republic of Ireland for at least 14 days prior to their travel to the USA.

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. This suspension is expected to come into force imminently.

The government has also imposed a mandatory 14 day self-isolation period for anyone travelling to Argentina from any of the countries listed above, in order to limit the spread of the virus. These regulations are subject to change at short notice and you should check with your travel provider before your journey.

Croatia

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, Spain, Austria, Netherlands, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Singapore. Sanitary teams are assessing travellers on arrival.

Slovakia

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the whole country due to travel restrictions implemented by the Slovak Government related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Slovak government has declared a State of Emergency and announced a range of restrictions on travel and events. No end date has been specified for most of these. The government has announced that only Slovak citizens and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Slovakia will be allowed to enter the country.

Slovakia has closed its international airports at Bratislava, Kosice and Poprad.

Nepal

Visa-on-arrival for all tourists and foreign nationals has now been suspended. All land ports of entry to Nepal have been closed. All mountaineering permits have also been suspended. This comes into affect from March 14 and restrictions will remain in place till April 30.

Malta

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

Passengers arriving (including transit) from those countries named above will be subject to mandatory quarantine. Tourists will be required to remain in their hotel rooms. Fines will be levied for non-compliance. Anyone who has visited Italy in the last 14 days is also required to undertake mandatory quarantine.

Spain

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued advice against all but essential travel to certain parts of Spain.

Travellers are being asked not to make their way to the Spanish regions of Madrid, La Rioja and the municipalities of La Bastida, Vitoria and Miranda de Ebro. This is because of coronavirus spreading amongst communities in these areas.

The Foreign Office is not currently advising against travel to other areas of Spain, or suggesting that British nationals in the country leave, as transport routes out remain open.

But the FCO do say that people intending to travel to Spain should consult their airlines and tour operators. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. The Spanish government has suspended all incoming flights from Italy until March 25.

Turkey

All international passengers are being screened with a thermal camera. Those displaying signs of a temperature will then be referred to a medical adviser. 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.

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.

Philippines

The Philippine government has announced a travel ban for all foreign nationals coming from countries reporting local transmissions of COVID-19 (This includes the UK). Check with your travel provider for updates.

El Salvador

The Government of El Salvador have introduced a number of precautionary measures, including banning entry to all foreigners; only Salvadorans and accredited diplomats are permitted to enter the country, and even then under strict conditions. As a result many international flights are being cancelled.

Poland

Additional precautions are being taken at airports in Poland to screen passengers from Italy. LOT Polish airlines have cancelled all flights to Italy until 12 March. Due to reduced passenger uptake, LOT flights to London City have been suspended until 24 April but are continuing to other UK airports.

The government have also issued sanitary controls at all borders. Passengers on coaches and buses crossing should expect to have their temperature taken and fill out localisation forms (saying where they have come from and where they will be staying in Poland). Anyone with a temperature will be taken directly to hospital.

Ukraine

Travellers arriving in Ukraine or crossing the administrative points from non-government controlled parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and Crimea will be subject to health monitoring on arrival. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

Seychelles

Cruise ships will not be permitted to berth in Seychelles until further notice and passengers from cruise ships will not be permitted to disembark. If you have made plans to travel to or from Seychelles by cruise ship, then you should contact your tour operator for further information.

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.

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Norway

Anyone arriving in Norway from outside the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, plus Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands) will now need to self-isolate for two weeks, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not, according to the Norwegian Health Directorate.

Egypt

You should comply with measures put in place by the local authorities. You should also keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact of these measures on travel plans, which may be affected at short notice.

Measures may include enhanced medical screening on arrival, with the potential for further follow-up health measures and restrictions. The Egyptian authorities may impose mandatory quarantine for visitors who test positive for coronavirus in a government isolation hospital, potentially in a remote location. Access for family members could be heavily restricted or impossible. Egyptian state facilities may be below UK standards.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. This could include enhanced medical screening on arrival, with the potential for further follow-up health measures and restrictions. Visitors should be aware that public health measures and restrictions in the UAE may change quickly and may be significant.

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. Passenger cruises are currently not be allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat coronavirus.

India

As of 12pm GMT on 13 March, the Government of India has suspended all tourist visas and e-visas that were granted on or before 11 March. In a statement, they said: “All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15 April 2020.” All those entering India, including Indian nationals, are advised against non-essential travel.

Cuba

You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the Cuban authorities, including at the airports. If you have recently been in or are travelling directly from a country deemed to be of high risk for coronavirus, your temperature may be taken upon arrival, and you may be taken to a clinic or hospital in Havana to be tested and monitored.

Montenegro

Montenegro have announced a temporary ban to and from areas with intense coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. This currently applies to all persons – except Montenegrins – travelling to and from Italy, Spain, South Korea, Iran and Hubei province of China, and will be updated as the situation changes.

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Israel

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 in to Israel. Those who are subject to home-quarantine regulations must be able to do so in a private dwelling, not a hotel.

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.

Taiwan

Taiwan has designated a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, as being a ‘level 1’ risk area for COVID-19. There are no entry restrictions in place for visitors to Taiwan from the United Kingdom, but you will be requested to practice ‘self-health management’ after you arrive and to notify health officials if you become unwell.

All airline passengers entering Taiwan are now required to fill in a health declaration which includes travel history for the preceding 14 days.

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