Coronavirus: 160 Countries Latest Travel and Immigration Updates

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Daily US Times: Nations across the world are increasingly adopting sweeping measures, including full lockdowns, shutting down airports, imposing travel restrictions, and completely sealing their borders, to contain the new coronavirus.

It is an unprecedented time. As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, many countries have implemented restrictions on entry and exit, visa and work permit issuance, closed borders, tightened quarantine rules, and taken other measures in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions may affect international business travel and assignment plans.

Some countries have also introduced immigration concessions to facilitate applications; for example, moving to online applications, accepting soft copies of documents, granting automatic extension approval, and more. However, these concessions must be reviewed country by country as the requirement to make a notification or other applications is often still in place.

Here, 160 countries latest travel, immigration, visa, airport open, or closed updates. Travelers should visit government websites for travel and immigration updates and more details.

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Australia: Normal visas are no longer accepted. If you want to enter Australia, you need to apply for a visa via a special exemption.

Austria: Anyone entering Austria from Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia or Switzerland, or anyone who has, in the last 14 days, been in an area for which the Austrian Foreign Ministry has travel warnings in place due to COVID-19 (including the UK), must present a medical certificate with micro-biological test results in English, French, German or Italian which is no older than 4 days old. Be aware that ski resorts and accommodation in Tyrol, Salzburg, and Vorarlberg provinces are closed.

Albania: All borders are closed (with the exception of freight) to all nationals.

Argentina: Argentina’s borders are closed to foreign nationals and non-residents entering the country. 

Andorra: All ski resorts are now closed and the FCO advises against all but essential travel.

Armenia: The majority of foreign nationals who have traveled from or via countries with outbreaks of COVID-19 within 14 days of travel, including the UK, are not currently allowed to enter Armenia.

Anguilla: The island’s airports and sea ports are closed.

Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda have decided to shut VC Bird International airport until at least 1 June. Barbuda Airport is closed for everything except emergency, cargo, and rescue flights.

Azerbaijan: The Azerbaijani authorities have extended the suspension of all commercial passenger flights in to and out of Azerbaijan until at least 31st May.

Algeria: All international flights to and from Algeria are suspended. All land borders are now closed and ferry services are suspended.

Angola: All scheduled international flights to and from Angola are suspended.

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Bahamas: The FCO advises against all but essential travel.

Bangladesh: Foreign nationals who have visited the EU or Iran since 1st March cannot enter Bangladesh. The visa-on-arrival facility has been suspended for all nationalities. Biman Airlines extends its temporary suspension of international and domestic flights until 16 May. Domestic flights to resume from 1 June.

Barbados: All visitors arriving in Barbados will be placed in government-run quarantine for 14 days.

Belarus: All arrivals from countries that are affected by coronavirus must self-isolate for a period of 14 days, regardless of whether they show symptoms. From 11 May, all passengers on Belavia airlines need to wear a face mask on the flight, during check-in, at security, and while on the airport busses.

Bahrain: Bahrain announced a reduction in the number of incoming flights until further notice, starting on March 18. The restrictions do not apply to airline crew, military personnel, residents of Bahrain, nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. All passengers arriving in Bahrain will immediately be tested and be subject to quarantine. On April 4, Manama-based Gulf Air said transit through Bahrain International Airport is open again for international travelers, but entry to the country remains restricted to citizens and residents.

Brunei: Entry to Brunei is severely restricted. All foreign visitors will have to pay $1,000 BND for a coronavirus test and need to be able to cover the cost of a stay in a quarantine facility. You will also be encouraged to downloads the BruHealth app.

Belgium: You will only be able to enter Belgium if you live there or if you work there. The Belgium Government has announced plans to slowly start relaxing lockdown measures and it is likely the country will reopen to tourists by 15 June.

Belize: The Government of Belize closed all borders including suspending all international flights to the Philip Goldson International Airport.

Bolivia: As of March 26, no citizens are barred from entering the country. On March 25, the Bolivian government announced a total quarantine in the country effective until April 15. All borders, including land borders, are closed, and all international and domestic flights have been suspended, other than government-sanctioned humanitarian and repatriation flights.

Brazil: On March 30, Brazil closed its borders for a period of 30 days to most foreign nationals arriving by air who don’t fall into one of several categories outlined here. Permanent residents, citizens, and the spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, or caregivers of a Brazilian citizen are among the groups of people who may still enter the country. On March 19, Brazil closed all land borders, though there are no entry limitations for travelers arriving by sea. Effective March 17, all people in or entering the country must follow medical advice regarding quarantines.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: All foreign visitors are banned from entering the country.

Bulgaria: The Bulgarian Government has announced severe restrictions on international travel, forbidding entry to British nationals. However, tourist spot Sunny Beach hopes to reopen to UK arrivals from early July.

Benin: Entry and exit at border crossings is limited to “extreme necessity”.

Botswana: All of Botswana’s borders are closed, except for residents and citizens. There are currently no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana. 

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Canada: Canada has now closed its borders to most foreign visitors, including those coming from the UK. The border between the US and Canada has now also closed for all but essential journeys.

China: The FCO has advised against all travel to Hubei Province, and all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. The more positive news is that China is slowly starting to emerge from the lockdown, and Chinese residents can now enjoy the Great Wall again, a section of which has reopened. The Badaling section of the Great Wall, from Bei Liu Lou to Nan Wu Lou Ban and the most popular part with tourists, will be open from 9 am to 4 pm every day. As well as this, Hubei province, where the virus began, has now lifted its travel restrictions for healthy residents.

Chile: The Chilean Government has decided to close its borders from Wednesday 18 March onward. This means that those who do not have Chilean residence will be prohibited from entering Chile by air, sea, or land. Disembarking from a cruise on the Chilean coasts is also prohibited. Our thanks to Southbound for this information.

Colombia: Colombia’s land and sea borders are now closed, including the border with Ecuador. With effect from 23 March, airports are closed to international traffic.

Cambodia: Travelers from all countries can now enter Cambodia, but must have a certificate to prove they are COVID-19 free, have proof of insurance that includes a minimum of US$50,000 for medical cover and have a visa before arrival.

Costa Rica: All commercial airlines have now ceased operating to/from Costa Rica until further notice.

Cuba: From midnight on 1 April 2020: all commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until further notice.

Croatia: Croatia has reopened border crossings on major routes for limited people, including foreign nationals who have real estate in the country, who own a boat in Croatia, have spouses or children in Croatia, need to attend funerals or have been invited for business purposes. Self-isolation is only being imposed on those who may have been in contact with an infected person.

Czech Republic: UK citizens without permanent or temporary residency will not be able to enter the Czech Republic, with the FCO advising against all but essential travel. The Czech Republic has started to loosen its lockdown. British Nationals and EU citizens making business trips of three days or less can enter the Czech Republic as long as they have evidence that they have tested negatively for COVID-19.

Cyprus:  The government of Cyprus has banned UK tourists from entering the country. Airports and seaports will gradually start to reopen from the 9 June.

Cameroon: All orders are now closed. All international flights have been suspended. All entry visas have been suspended.

Chad: The Chadian authorities have closed airports to passenger flights until at least the 31st of May.

Comoros: All international flights are suspended until further notice. Ports are closed to those from affected countries. Immigration restriction, enhanced screening, and other measures have been introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Denmark: The Danish border is closed to foreign nationals who do not have a ‘worthy purpose’ for entering Denmark.

Dominica: All airports and seaports are closed.

Dominican Republic: All of the Dominican Republic’s air, land and sea borders closed.

Djibouti: All international commercial passenger flights to and from Djibouti and all land borders are closed until at least 1 September.

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Estonia: Only citizens of Estonia, holders of an Estonian Residency Permit or foreign citizens whose family member lives in Estonia are permitted to enter Estonia.

Egypt: All flights to Egypt were suspended, except humanitarian, repatriation, and United Nations flights with a pre-authorization from the country’s civil aviation.

Eritrea: Asmara International Airport is closed and all entry visas have been suspended.

Ethiopia: The land borders are closed and the airports have strict measures in place. Be aware that if you show symptoms of COVID-19, you will likely be transferred to an isolation facility.

Ecuador: International arrival flights have been suspended, and foreign nationals are no longer admitted into the country.

El Salvador: All foreign visitors are banned from entering the country.

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Finland: Finnish borders are closed to all arriving non-resident foreign nationals with some limited local exemptions. However, entry is extremely limited. Non-resident British nationals are permitted to enter Finland for limited essential or compassionate reasons with evidence for their travel. From 27 March, Finland is introducing new measures that restrict travel into, and out of, the Uusimaa region (including the wider Helsinki area). Trips to Helsinki air and seaports are permitted if you have tickets for onward travel out of Finland. You now have to wear face masks on flights.

Fiji: The Fijian Government has closed Nadi Airport. Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter Fiji. The restriction does not apply to residents who will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

France: Only residents of France and those who work in France will be granted access to the country. You will need a travel certificate to be granted access into the country. UK travelers are exempt from the 14-day self-quarantine measure.

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Gabon: All borders are now closed and the Gabonese authorities have announced the suspension of all international flights until further notice. Visa applications from countries affected by COVID-19 have been suspended.

Grenada: Incoming passengers are no longer allowed to enter Grenada.

Georgia: Domestic tourism will re-open on 15 June. From 1 July Georgia’s land and air borders should re-open in line with the principle of safe corridors and there will be a gradual resumption of flights and international tourism.

Gambia: The Gambia decided on March 23 to close its borders with neighboring Senegal for 21 days as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus, local media reported on Monday.

Ghana: Ghana closed its borders to all incoming travelers for two weeks, effective March 22. Travelers who entered the country before March 22 may be subject to quarantine. On April 4, the government of Ghana announced that it would extend the closure for an additional two weeks beginning Sunday, April 5.

Guinea: Conakry Airport is closed until further notice and all borders are now closed.

Greece: Greece is gradually beginning to ease its lockdown restrictions and is hoping to be open to tourists by 15 July. However, Greece has just announced that British travelers will be banned from entering when Greece reopens to tourists, due to its high numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Guatemala: All international and domestic flights are banned.

Guyana: The Government of Guyana has canceled all international flights from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at Timehri and the Eugene Correia Airport at Ogle.

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Honduras: All land, air and maritime borders are now closed for the transit of people.

Hungary: UK nationals can only enter Hungary for business, study, and other essential reasons. Before being granted access, you will need to complete this form. The country is hoping to be open to tourists by 15th June.

Haiti: All ports, airports, and borders would be closed

Hong Kong: Travelers arriving in Hong Kong on flights from overseas countries/territories, who are not Hong Kong residents, will be denied entry to Hong Kong.

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Iceland: The Icelandic Government intends to ease restrictions on international arrivals by 15 June at the latest. You will either need a health certificate or agree to self-isolate for 14 days in order to be allowed to enter.

India: All scheduled international commercial passenger services will remain suspended until at least 31 May. All foreign nationals are barred from entering and transiting through Indonesia. Domestic flights resume on 25 May.

Iran: Although you can technically still travel to Iran, some airlines are no longer flying in and out of Iran and many neighboring countries have closed their borders or started monitoring travelers from Iran. There may be further measures introduced at short notice.

Indonesia: All foreign nationals are barred from entering and transiting through Indonesia. Exceptions have been made for essential travelers, who will need to have a valid health certificate before being allowed to enter.

Israel: Foreign nationals are not permitted to enter unless they are citizens or residents of Israel. On March 18, the Israeli government announced that only citizens or permanent residents would be permitted to enter the country, though some exceptions may be made for “non-nationals whose lives are based in Israel.” All incoming travelers may be subject to a health screening and mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government facility. As of March 18, the country’s borders with Egypt and Jordan were closed, as were most of the checkpoints between Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and its neighboring areas in the West Bank.

Ireland: Flights and ferry services continue to operate between Ireland and Great Britain but at a reduced service. New visitors will have to self-quarantine for 14 days and the country is largely on lockdown.

Italy: Travel to Italy is only possible if it is absolutely necessary. However, Italy has announced it will reopen for travel from 3 June.

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Jamaica: Travelers can expect disruption and termination of flights and should contact their airlines, travel agents, and tour operators.

Japan: Foreign visitors who have visited the UK or other affected countries will not be allowed to enter Japan.

Jordan: Commercial flights in and out of Jordan are suspended and all land and sea borders are closed.

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Kazakhstan: Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from traveling to Kazakhstan.

Kenya: All international flights to and from Kenya have been suspended. The Kenya-Uganda land border has been closed to all pedestrians and vehicles.

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

Kyrgyzstan: All foreign nationals are banned from entering Kyrgyzstan.

Kuwait: The Kuwait Government is no longer allowing non-Kuwaitis to enter Kuwait unless they have close Kuwait family members.

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Latvia: Only Latvian nationals and foreign nationals who hold residence cards issued by the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs are authorized to enter Latvia.

Liberia: The Government of Liberia has announced the suspension of all commercial flights.

Laos: With immediate effect, the Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival and eVisa service at all international entry points for a period of 30 days for all nationals. The number of international flights out of Laos is reducing rapidly, and the borders with Thailand are now closed.

Lebanon: Lebanon’s borders are now closed.

Lithuania: All commercial flights between Lithuania and the UK have been cancelled.

Luxembourg: There are currently no scheduled passenger flights from Luxembourg Airport.

Latest Travel and Immigration Updates: HOK Comments on Trend of Airlines Investing in Airport. Photo source: HOK

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Malaysia: No foreign tourists are permitted to enter Malaysia.

Maldives: Anyone who has left or transited through the UK in the last 14 days is banned from entering the Maldives.

Mongolia: All international flights and rail are suspended.

Myanmar (Burma): Myanmar has suspended all visas for foreign nationals. All commercial flights are also suspended until at least 31 May. It is now compulsory for anyone going out to wear a face mask.

Mexico: There are extra measures in place due to coronavirus, but at the moment you can still gain access to the country. Be aware that this could change with little warning, and that some airlines are imposing their own additional restrictions on travelers, different from the Mexican government guidelines. On 20 April, the Mexican government confirmed that the land border between the US and Mexico will remain closed to all non-essential traffic for a further 30 days. Be aware that hotels will no longer receive reservations and only some hotels will be authorized to offer limited accommodation to foreign nationals for humanitarian reasons.

Madeira: Madeira will be open to travelers from 1 July and has offered to pay for coronavirus tests for all incoming tourists.

Madagascar: Madagascar has suspended all international and domestic flights until further notice.

Malawi: Visitors from high-risk countries for coronavirus, including the United Kingdom, are no longer permitted to enter Malawi unless they have a residence permit.

Mali: Mali will indefinitely suspend flights from countries affected by the virus starting on March 19, except for cargo flights.

Mauritania: Flights between Mauritania and all other countries were suspended.

Mauritius: There are currently no commercial flights from Mauritius to the UK.

Morocco: All commercial flights to or from Morocco have now been suspended. Passenger ferry links between Morocco, Spain, and Gibraltar have also been suspended.

Mozambique: The government of Mozambique is only allowing Mozambican citizens or foreign residents to enter the country until further notice. All international commercial passenger flights are now suspended until 31 May.

Malta: All commercial flights to Malta have been suspended.

Montenegro: You will not be able to enter Montenegro unless you have a permanent or temporary residence in the country. Montenegro is slowly starting to ease its lockdown restrictions. Marinas are open for the embarkation and disembarkation of the foreign crew, but all those from foreign boats must self-isolate at the berth for 2 weeks.

Moldova: Foreigners who do not hold Moldovan residency are currently not permitted to enter Moldova.

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Namibia: A state of emergency was declared on 17 March, which includes prohibiting entry to Namibia by all foreign nationals if they have come from countries affected by a coronavirus, including the United Kingdom.

Nauru: The island is asking everyone to cancel or postpone non-essential travel to Nauru.

Nepal: The Government of Nepal announced its intention to deny entry to Nepal to certain foreign nationals, including British nationals until at least 31 May.

New Zealand: On March 19, New Zealand closed its border to “almost all travelers” beginning at 11:59 p.m. Only New Zealand citizens, residents, and their immediate families (partner or spouse, legal guardian, and dependent children under the age of 24) are allowed to enter the country. Australian citizens and permanent residents who live in New Zealand can also come in. The government has said it will be making exceptions on a case-by-case basis. For a list of these exceptions, check this official website. All travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon the arrival.

Nigeria: All airports in Nigeria are closed to all international commercial flights until at least 4 June.

Niger: All international passenger flights into and out of Niger have been suspended until at least 23rd May.

Netherlands: Borders are open from Schengen countries. However, travelers from high-risk countries, including the UK will have to fill in a ‘fit-to-fly’ health declaration form, which will ask if you have Covid-19 symptoms.  Based on your declaration, you may be denied permission to board the plane.

Norway: The FCO has advised against all but essential travel to the country and Norway has asked anyone who is not Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Swedish, or residents of Norway to leave. Norway has announced it will lift nearly all lockdown restrictions in June.

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Oman: Only Omani nationals are able to enter the country and international flights have now stopped.

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Pakistan: The Pakistan government has extended the suspension of domestic and international flight operations in the country until April 21, a notification issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said. On March 21, the country suspended all international flights until April 4. The move came as the country had already shut all its land borders a week before. On March 29, Islamabad said its borders would remain closed for another two weeks, as the number of people infected with the coronavirus surpassed 1,400.

Papua New Guinea: Nobody may enter Papua New Guinea except for health workers, flight crew, military personnel, or those with a specially written exemption from the Emergency Controller. A reduced domestic flight schedule has resumed.

Panama: Borders are closed to all foreign visitors. There will be no international flights to or from Panama until at least 22 June.

Paraguay: All passenger flights have been suspended and borders will remain closed to travelers until further notice.

Poland: You will be required to self-isolate on arrival in Poland for 14 days. Authorities have announced plans to start to re-open to tourists from 13th June. Be aware you will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon the arrival.

Peru: The government on March 15 declared a state of emergency and shut down its borders for at least 15 days, starting on March 16. On March 26, the Peruvian president said the country would extend its state of national emergency until April 12. All international travel in and out of the country is closed.

Philippines: British nationals will no longer be able to receive a visa on arrival and will not be able to enter the Philippines until further notice.

Portugal: Flights from Portugal to the UK have reduced considerably. There are strict measures in place and there are significant restrictions on movement within the country. Be aware that as of the 22 March the Portuguese government announced the closure of all campsites and motorhome parks to tourists and visitors. As well as this, cruise ships can berth at ports on mainland Portugal, but passengers can only disembark if they are Portuguese nationals or residents. Recreational vessels and private yachts are not permitted to dock, except for refueling or taking on supplies. Starting on 4 May, the government of Portugal will begin a three-stage de-escalation plan to slowly ease the country out of lockdown. The full de-escalation will take 6 weeks, with the country expected to be open to tourists by mid-June.

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Qatar: On March 15, Qatar said it would ban inbound flights, except for cargo and transit flights, starting from March 18. The entry ban does not apply to Qatari citizens. Nationals of Qatar are not allowed to exit the country. No foreign visitors will be allowed to enter Qatar.

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Rwanda: Rwanda has suspended all flight to or from Kigali International Airport.

Romania: Direct flights between Romania and the UK have been suspended.

Russia: On March 18, the Russian government banned the entry of all foreign citizens until May 1, according to the U.S. Embassy in Russia. “The ban does not apply to diplomats, airplane crew members, permanent residents of the Russian Federation, or transit passengers.”

Latest Travel and Immigration Updates: Nelson Airport, New Zealand. Photo source: Nelson Airport

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Saudi Arabia: Entry to Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa from significantly affected countries has been temporarily suspended.

Singapore: Singapore is banning the entry of short-term visitors from everywhere in the world. People who need to visit in extenuating circumstances need to submit a Form 14.

Seychelles: The Seychelles have closed their borders to anyone from the UK or Europe.

Sierra Leone: The government of Sierra Leone has announced that all flights scheduled to and from Freetown International Airport have been suspended and all land borders closed until further notice.

South Africa: Effective March 26, the South African government began a 21-day lockdown. During this period, the country’s borders are “closed to human activity,” other than for essential services. All airports, land borders, and ports are also closed, and all international and domestic flights have been suspended.

Sudan: The Sudanese authorities have closed all external borders.

South Korea: All foreign national travelers are being tested for COVID-19 on arrival in South Korea. Testing may take up to 24 hours and you may be held in a separate facility during this time. If you test positive for the virus you will be transferred to the appropriate healthcare facility.

Sri Lanka: The government of Sri Lanka are not allowing UK travelers into the country and flights to Sri Lanka have been suspended.

Serbia: Commercial flights between London and Belgrade have resumed. Border crossings have now opened.

Slovenia: Airports in Slovenia have now re-opened for passenger transportation. Health checks are being conducted at all border entry points. British visitors who display signs of coronavirus infections will be refused entry. Most UK nationals will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Suriname: Suriname has closed its borders.

Saint Lucia: St Lucia’s border is closed, but the government has announced plans to reopen the tourism sector on 4 June. This will happen in phases, with phase one seeing Hewanorra International Airport welcoming flights from the United States. Advance testing, daily screening, the monitoring of staff and visitors, social distancing, and sanitization at various points throughout the travelers’ journey will be in place to help prevent the spread of the disease. Visitors will have to present a certificate to say they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the last 48 hours. Face masks must be worn and social distancing measures adhered to while in St Lucia. As well as this, new COVID-19 certificates are being introduced to hotels to prove they are clean and are following social distancing.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: All international flights have been suspended until further notice. The seaports of Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, and Union Island have also been closed to yachts and pleasure craft.

Sao Tome and Principe: Entry for all foreign visitors is prohibited.

Senegal: A ban on all commercial air transport is in place until 31 May.

St Helena: All non-essential travel to St Helena has been suspended only allowing for residents, technical corporation officers, persons traveling to Ascension, and persons authorized in advance by the Governor to return and depart the island. With immediate effect, the island has also restricted all cruise ship visits to St Helena. The decision will be reviewed after three months. St Helena is urging all in the travel community to not cancel, but to modify trips.

Sweden: Sweden’s borders are currently open to UK nationals. There are limited flights operating between London and Stockholm. Gatherings of more than 50 are still prohibited.

Spain: The border is currently closed to all except citizens and those with a Spanish residency. However, Spain has announced it hopes to reopen to tourism in June, with hotels, restaurants, and shops already starting to reopen.

Slovakia: Entry to Slovakia is permitted only for Slovak citizens, foreigners with proof of residency in Slovakia, and other foreign nationals under certain conditions.

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Taiwan: Foreign nationals are no longer permitted to enter Taiwan.

Tajikistan: The government of Tajikistan has imposed temporary restrictions on the entry of all foreign nationals through all checkpoints into Tajikistan.

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government have indefinitely closed its borders. British Airways have announced they will not be flying to and from Trinidad and Tobago until 30 June.

Thailand: All foreign nationals are barred from entering Thailand and international passenger flights to Thailand are suspended.

Turkmenistan: All international scheduled commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan have been suspended. All road borders are closed.

Tonga: Tongan borders are closed to entry by all foreigners.

Tanzania: Tanzania has resumed international flights. You will no longer have to go into mandatory quarantine (unless you have symptoms). Enhanced screening is still in place.

Tunisia: Flights between Tunisia and all other countries are now suspended.

Turkey: Passengers who are not Turkish nationals or residents of Turkey are not permitted to enter Turkey. However, Turkey has announced plans to reopen European tourists at the end of July.

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USA: There is a travel ban in place across the whole of the United States of America. The US has extended its travel ban to include Ireland and the UK. As of Monday 16 March, travelers from the UK, Ireland, and from the Schengen area will be denied entry into the USA.

UAE: British Nationals will now be able to return to the UAE if they meet the criteria set by the UAE authorities. You will have to fill in this form, and if approved you will be given a reference number which will allow you to book a flight. Be aware that strict measures are still in place at the border. You may have a mandatory health check on arrival and have to go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

UK: Britons have been advised against any international travel with immediate effect by the UK government. Also be aware that from 8 June, all arrivals coming into the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Ukraine: Foreign citizens who are not residents of Ukraine are not allowed to enter the country.

Uganda: All international passenger flights to and from Uganda have been suspended.

Uruguay: Only Uruguayan nationals and legal residents are allowed to enter Uruguay.

Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan has closed land and air borders to non-Uzbek nationals.

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Venezuela: A large number of commercial flight routes to/from Venezuela (and internally) have been suspended due to travel and border restrictions.

Vietnam: Foreign tourists are currently banned from entering the country. However, on the  22 April Vietnamese authorities announced plans for a phased relaxation of the partial lockdown measures and authorities have now announced that from July, e-visas will be available for people from 80 countries, including the UK.

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Zambia: Zambia’s borders remain open but under tight screening. Travelers to Zambia will be tested with a nasal swab for COVID-19 on arrival. Anyone who goes to Zambia will have to go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days at a government-run facility. You cannot leave the country until you have completed the 14-day quarantine period. All tourist visas to Zambia have been canceled. Kenneth Kaunda International Airport is open to international flights but all other provincial airports remain closed to international traffic.

Travel and immigration updates source: IATA, Aljazeera, The New York Times, The Guardian, Wanderlust, Government website, and many international media.

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