The coronavirus pandemic has seen a number of countries introducing new rules and regulations for foreign visitors – as well as additional screening which is taking place around the globe.
As the number of UK cases continues to rise, it’s no surprise that Brits have been included in these regulations.
To give you a helping hand we’ve put together a list of countries with new bans and restrictions that you need to know about.
If you do have travel plans, make sure to read our coronavirus travel advice guide with advice on everything from what to do if your holiday destination is affected, to what travel insurance might cover.
You should also follow the World Health Organisation (WHO) advice on how to protect yourself from the virus.
Check out the list of countries below…
The below advice is correct at the time of writing but you should still check the latest FCO advice – you can search for your destination here – as the situation is volatile and restrictions can change at a moment’s notice.
Antigua and Barbuda: Those travelling from Italian cities under quarantine will not be allowed to board direct flights from Italy to Antigua and Barbuda. Travellers who have been to China won’t be allowed entry until further notice.
Argentina: Anyone from the UK (as well as the whole of Europe, the US, China, Japan, South Korea and Iran) travelling to Argentina will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
Australia: Anyone who has left or transited through mainland China, Iran, or South Korea will be denied entry.
Barbados: Anyone who has visited Hubei Province (China), Iran, Italy and South Korea within the past 14 days will be put into quarantine. If you’ve visited China in the past 14 days you will be screened and if necessary, placed in quarantine.
British Virgin Islands: Anyone entering the British Virgin Islands travelling from, or who have visited, affected areas (whether in transit or originating) within the past 14 days, will be subject to screening and passenger tracing at all ports of entry, and may be subjected to clinical examination and quarantined for up to 14 days even if they do not exhibit symptoms.
China: The FCO advises against all travel to Hubei Province, and the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao).
Croatia: All foreign nationals from the UK will be put into a compulsory 14 day period of self-isolation. You will also be asked for proof of an accommodation booking. This also applies to nationals from France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Netherlands, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Singapore.
Cyprus: All UK nationals arriving in Cyprus from the 14th March 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.
Czech Republic: Travel from the UK to/from the Czech Republic will not be permitted. There are exemptions such as UK citizens with permanent or temporary residency in the Czech Republic, or members of certain professions. Check with the Czech authorities if you think these may apply to you.
Egypt: There will be 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. The FCO warns that Egyptian state facilities may be below UK standards.
Georgia: Non-Georgian travelllers 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.
Grenada: Any non-Grenadian national with a travel history in mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Singapore within 14 days will not be permitted entry.
Indonesia: There are restrictions on all travellers who have visited Iran, Italy and South Korea within the last 14 days.
India: All existing visas for India have been suspended. All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany since 15th February 2020, shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days upon entry.
Italy: The FCO advises against all but essential travel to Italy – you can read more here.
Jamaica: Travelers who have visited China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Singapore, Spain, France and Germany in the last 14 days and who do not have permanent residency or marriage exemption in Jamaica will not be allowed entry.
Japan: The country is denying entry to anyone who’s been to China’s Hubei or Zhejiang provinces, parts of South Korea, Italy and Iran.
Jordan: The country is denying entry to foreign nationals travelling from China, France, Germany Iran, South Korea, Spain Italy, Lebanon, Syria, or who have been in these countries in the past 14 days.
Latvia: Travellers to Latvia arriving from certain affected countries including the UK will need to monitor their health for 14 days after their arrival in Latvia, including taking their body temperature twice a day.
Lithuania: If you’ve arrived from China, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Spain and Hong Kong, you will need to complete an online questionnaire and self-isolate for 14 days.
Maldives: There is a temporary on all cruise ships. If you have been to Mainland China (not including Hong Kong), Iran, South Korea (North Gyeongsang and South Gyeongsang Provinces), Italy and Bangladesh in the last 14 days you will not be permitted entry.
Mauritius: Anyone who has travelled to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran will not be allowed entry in Mauritius.
New Zealand: You won’t be allowed entry if you have visited or transited through Iran, mainland China, or any other notified country within 14 days of arriving in New Zealand.
Peru: The country is imposing a ban on all flights arriving from Europe and Asia from Monday 15th March.
The Philippines: The government also announced a travel ban for all foreign nationals coming from countries reporting coronavirus – including the UK.
Romania: UK travellers will be required to fill in a form to certify that they are infection-free. 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.
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.
Slovakia: The FCO advises against all but essential travel to Slovakia due to coronavirus restrictions.
Spain: The FCO advises against all but essential travel to certain parts of Spain. You can read more here.
Sri Lanka: Travellers arriving from, or having travelled through, Italy, South Korea and Iran are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine under medical supervision.
St Lucia: 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.
St Vincent and the Grenadines: Anyone who has been to mainland China, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau and South Korea will be quarantined for a period of 14 days.
Tunisia: Anyone arriving from China, Italy, Iran or South Korea to self-isolate for a period of two weeks upon arrival.
Thailand: Anyone who has travelled to or transited through China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Italy, Iran and South Korea in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Thailand may be subject to quarantine.
Trinidad and Tobago: Entry will be denied to anyone who has been in China in the previous 14 days.
Turkey: Anyone who has been to to China, South Korea, Iran, Iraq and Italy in the last 14 days won’t be allowed entry.
Turks and Caicos: 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.
UAE: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE.
USA: Non-US nationals, including Brits, who visited the Schengen Area will be denied entry to the US. 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.
Vietnam: Vietnam has announced that from noon Vietnam time (0500 UK) on 15 March 2020 all foreign nationals will be refused entry to Vietnam if in the previous 14 days they have been to the UK, or any Schengen country, even in transit. This restriction will be in place for 30 days.