Travel safely Which countries still have closed borders and lockdown measures in place? 06.12.2020

Which countries still have closed borders and lockdown measures in place?

Closed borders in The Caribbean

British Virgin Islands: Borders are only open to returning Virgin Islanders, Belongers, Permanent Residents and Naturalised Citizens. Anyone who wants to return needs to register online. Arrivals will be quarantined for 14 days.

Cayman Islands: International flights and cruise ships are banned from entering, unless pre-authorization has been given. Anyone who is permitted to enter must undergo quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in a government facility.

Montserrat: Registration for travel must be completed via the Access Declaration Form at least 72 hours prior to departure. There are restrictions on who can enter, and enhanced health screenings in place. Eligible travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Trinidad and Tobago: Airports and borders remain closed to non-nationals, unless flights are permitted by the Minister. Only returning nationals and residents are allowed to enter, and are subject to entry requirements.

Closed borders in North America

Canada: Most foreign nationals are banned from entering Canada. Exemptions include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or their immediate families, temporary foreign workers, and some international students. If you’re a foreign national (not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada), you won’t be able to enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Arrivals must provide contact information, undergo screening by a border official, and quarantine or self-isolate for 14 days. The United States – Canada border remains closed to non-essential travel until 21 December.

United States: There are restrictions on who can enter or transit the USA. Anyone permitted to enter will be screened upon arrival, and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The borders are closed with Canada and Mexico to all non-essential travel until 21 December.

Closed borders in South America

French Guiana: Travel is severely restricted until further notice. Only travelers who can prove that entry is for urgent family/work reasons will be allowed to enter, and must fill in a travel certificate and provide proof. A negative test result for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure for French Guiana is required for boarding a flight.

Uruguay: Borders remain closed to foreign nationals, and there are only limited exceptions to the entry ban. Eligible travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, and undergo 7 days of mandatory self-isolation at a declared address. A second swab on day 7 is required before completion of quarantine. All non-resident foreign travelers must show proof of health insurance that covers suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Venezuela: Borders are closed and commercial flights are suspended. Flights my resume in a progressive approach from 2 December. Entry is limited to Venezuelan citizens and residents, who must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 48 hours of boarding their flight, and will undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival. Quarantine in designated state-run health facilities applies to anyone who tests positive.

Closed borders in Europe

Hungary: From 1 September, foreigners will only be allowed to enter Hungary “in the case that it is very necessary.” Most countries have been placed in the red category, and for the limited countries that arent, strict measures apply for arrivals. Hungarians returning from overseas must self-quarantine for 14 days, or until they produce two negative COVID-19 tests taken two days apart.

Closed borders in Africa

Algeria: All international flights are suspended, and land borders are closed. Algerian nationals returning on repatriation flights from abroad, foreign nationals with diplomatic visas, or employees of foreign companies operating in Algeria are eligible to enter. Eligible travelers need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

Angola: Entry is still limited to Angolan nationals and foreign nationals resident in Angola. Air passengers must show proof of a negative PCR test from within 72 hours prior to arrival, and must undergo quarantine for at least 7 days, and will be released from quarantine once you have tested negative after the 7 day period. Returning residents can quarantine in their own homes.

Benin: Entry to Benin is restricted to “extreme necessities”. Limited commercial flights are operating. COVID-19 testing is mandatory for all arrivals. After the first test proves negative, a second test will be mandatory on day 14. Passengers must leave their passports with immigration police for up to 72 hours until the first test results are received.

Cameroon: Most commercial flights are suspended, and entry is still restricted. Air passengers eligible to enter must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. If you do not have a test prior to arrival, you will undergo a rapid test for COVID-19 at the airport. A positive result means isolating at home or in a government facility at their own expense. A negative result means self-quarantine at home for 14 days.

Comoros: All international flights have been suspended until further notice. Anyone eligible to enter must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 result prior to arrival.

Eritrea: International flights are suspended until further notice. Returning residents will be required to quarantine for 21 days upon arrival.

eSwatini: Borders are closed to non-residents, and commercial flights are suspended. Returning citizens and residents must either quarantine in government-designated facilities or self-isolate for 14 days.

Gabon: All international flights have been suspended, and land and sea borders have closed indefinitely. Anyone who is permitted to enter must undergo 15-days of quarantine at a government facility.

The Gambia: Land borders are closed and commercial flights are suspended, except for repatriation, humanitarian or medevac flights. Arrivals must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, and will be required to self-isolate at home/one location for 14 days. If you do not have a negative COVID-19 test, you will be quarantined in a government facility at your own cost for 14 days.

Guinea-Bissau: Flights are suspended. Arrivals must self-isolate at one location for 14 days.

Lesotho: The borders have closed to all but essential trade. Anyone arriving in Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus, and must self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital. Non-essential travel is restricted, social distancing measures must be followed, and face masks must be worn in public.

Madagascar: From 1 October, tourist flights to/from the island of Nosy Be will resume. Nosy Be is an island off Madagascar’s northwestern coast. Travel to mainland Madagascar will not be permitted until an unspecified later date – check Madagascar’s tourism board for the latest information on which countries are banned from flying to Nosy Be.

Mali: Flights are limited. Arrivals must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate less than 72 hours old, or be tested on arrival at the airport and wait in self-isolation until results are received.

Malawi: International flights are suspended. Travelers, including Malawian nationals and residents, arriving from high-risk COVID-19 countries must undergo 14-days of self-isolation. Anyone showing symptoms will be quarantined at a government facility.

Niger: Commercial flights remain suspended. Entry is only permitted for nationals, people with valid residency and foreign nationals with valid visas. Eligible visitors need to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate less than 72 hours old to airport authorities, or be tested at the airport. There are temperature checks upon arrival.

Uganda: Entebbe International Airport will reopen from 1 October, and travelers will be required to present a medical certificate confirming a negative PCR test for COVID-19 dated within 72 hours before departure. Tour operators and local partners have been asked to make sure their travelers proceed directly to their acccommodation and do not mix with Ugandans.

Zimbabwe: Borders have closed to non-residents. Entry to Zimbabwe is prohibited except for Zimbabwean nationals and foreign nationals with a valid residency visa. From 4 September, returning residents and nationals who have a negative COVID-19 certificate valid within 48 hours of arrival are allowed to self-quarantine for 21 days. Those without a negative certificate will be sent to a quarantine facility, where they will be tested and either discharged for self-quarantine or isolation.

Closed borders in Asia

Azerbaijan: Restrictions on traveling to and from Azerbaijan by air or land are in place until 30 September. To obtain permission to enter, foreigners – and Azerbaijani citizens who have visited countries affected by COVID-19 in the last 14 days – must submit a medical certificate after being tested for COVID-19. All arrivals will undergo screening for symptoms, and if suspected of exposure, will be evaluated and sent to a designated quarantine facility for 14 days.

Bhutan: International flights are suspended. Foreign nationals need to apply for permission to enter Bhutan. All travelers or returning Bhutanese nationals will be quarantined for 21 days upon arrival.

China: There are restrictions on who can enter China. Check your government travel advisory for the latest information.

Hong Kong: For the latest information on who can enter Hong Kong, read Hong Kong’s inbound traveler FAQs.

India: International flights remain suspended. The Indian Bureau of Immigration website outlines categories of foreign nationals who are now eligible to travel to India. Anyone exempt from the entry ban is subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Everyone must provide contact details, and will be asked to download the Arogya Setu app.

Indonesia: Foreign nationals are banned from entering Indonesia. If you meet the criteria for entry, you must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and a certificate written in English, and the result must be no older than 7 days. If you do not have a negative COVID-19 certificate, you will undergo a swab test and quarantine at your expense until the results are received (this could take up to 7 days). You will also need to provide a personal statement that confirms you are ready to be quarantined for 14 days if required.

Laos: International flights are suspended, and borders are closed to foreign travelers. Foreign nationals who are granted permission to enter must apply for a visa. Arrivals will undergo mandatory health screenings and 14 days of quarantine at their own expense. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure, and complete a health declaration form.

Malaysia: Foreign nationals are not allowed to enter Malaysia, unless for medical tourism or long-term pass holders. Medical tourism is only allowed from designated green zone countries. Foreign nationals holding certain categories of residency and employment passes are also allowed to enter. My Travel Pass has been launched for foreigners looking to enter the country. Arrivals are subject to medical screening, quarantine for 14 days at your own cost in a designated facility, and must download the MySejahtera app.

Mongolia: All international flights and rail transport to Mongolia is suspended until at least 31 December. The Mongolian government may allow foreign nationals to enter if they meet certain criteria: passengers with a short-term visa (business (B-type), diplomatic (D-type) or official (A-type) visa) issued on or after 8 October, 2020. International arrivals are subject to quarantine for 21 days at designated facilities.

Myanmar: All international flights are suspended until 15 December. Read the latest updates on the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Nepal: Most foreign travelers are still not allowed to enter. From 1 September, a progressive approach to resuming flights began. Only Nepalis, international passengers from certain employment categories, and their dependants will be allowed to enter Nepal. Eligible passengers must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours, fill out a Passengers Locator Card and may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

North Korea: All international air and train routes have been temporarily suspended since 31 January, 2020. Passengers traveling for tourism purposes are not allowed to enter. Arrivals from COVID-19 affected countries will be quarantined for 30 days.

Philippines: Filipino nationals, spouses or children of nationals, and residents returning from abroad may be subject to quarantine for a maximum of 14 days upon arrival or required to undergo COVID-19 testing. Foreign nationals with existing long-term visas are allowed to enter the Philippines, subject to certain conditions outlined here in this travel alert.

Sri Lanka: Commercial flights are suspended indefinitely. Any returning residents must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Sri Lankan nationals and residents returning from overseas will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival, followed by 14 days of self-isolation at home. Arrivals will undergo temperature checks at the airport and must now take a PCR test.

Tajikistan: Commercial flights are suspended until further notice. Land borders are closed, and foreign nationals are banned from entering the country. Returning residents are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Turkmenistan: Commercial flights are suspended until at least 1 January 2021. Repatriation flights are permitted for nationals of Turkmenistan, accredited diplomats, permanently registered foreigners and some employees of international companies and organizations. Passengers must have a negative medical certificate for a COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure, and will be subject to testing on arrival and self-isolation for 21 days.

Vietnam: Vietnam’s borders remain closed to most foreign travelers. From 22 September, Vietnam has resumed international commercial flights to six destinations: Guangzhou, Taiwan, Seoul, Tokyo, Phnom Penh, and Vientiane. Entry is only permitted for diplomats, experts, investors and their family members, and Vietnamese nationals returning home. Inbound travelers must submit an online health declaration form, and undergo medical checks upon arrival. Quarantine lasts a minimum of 14 days, and may be extended longer if you test positive at any point. For the latest information, read the Vietnam tourism travel advisory.

Closed borders in the Middle East

Bahrain: Only Bahraini citizens, residents, and passengers with Prior Permission Granted are allowed entry. Arrivals are subject to a COVID-19 test on arrival and are no longer obligated to undergo self-isolation for 10 days if their first test is negative. A second test must be taken 10 days after arrival.

Israel: Non-resident foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter unless they meet limited exceptions, and obtain approval for entry from the Consulate of Israel in their country of origin. Eligible travelers must fill out an entry form, and travelers on the ‘Green list’ will not be required to self-isolate, unless they have visited a country on Israel’s ‘Red list’ in the past 14 days.

Saudi Arabia: Entry remains restricted. From 15 September, some categories of expatriates holding valid visas (exit/entry, business, residence/Iqama and visit) are allowed to enter. Passengers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure.

Qatar: Qatar has restricted entry, except for nationals and permanent residents of Qatar who must apply to return through the Qatar Portal website. Travelers from low-risk countries are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and undergo home quarantine for 7 days, when they must take a second test, and quarantine will end if results are negative. Arrivals from countries that aren’t on the safe list must obtain a “virus-free certificate” from an accredited COVID-19 facility no more than 48 hours before departure, and quarantine upon arrival.

Closed borders in Oceania

Australia: Foreign travelers are not allowed to enter Australia, unless they are Australian citizens or permanent residents and immediate family returning from abroad. The international borders remain closed until further notice. Australia will quarantine all returning residents in hotels for two weeks. Individual states have their own restrictions in place for domestic travel. The Healthdirect Australia Restriction Checker is where you can find the most up to date information by state.

Fiji: International flights remain suspended. Only returning nationals are permitted to enter, and must undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine.

New Zealand: All travelers, except for returning New Zealanders, are denied entry. Exemptions to the entry ban are listed in full by New Zealand Immigration, and this includes their partners, legal guardians or any dependent children traveling with them. All arrivals will be tested for COVID-19, and are subject to 14 days of government-supervised quarantine or self-isolation. Before entering the community, everyone must test negative for COVID-19.

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

Samoa: From 26 March, all international travel to and from Samoa has been banned until further notice. International cruise ships and yachts will not be allowed enter Samoa.

Solomon Islands: Scheduled international flights remain suspended until at least 10 January, 2021. Only Solomon Islands citizens and residents are permitted to enter, and they must complete a Public Health Declaration, and may be required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

Tonga: Tonga’s borders have closed to all foreign nationals, and a state of emergency remains in place until 12 March 2021.