67 countries have now scrapped all Covid travel restrictions – here’s our full guide

67 countries have now scrapped all Covid travel restrictions – here’s our full guide

Covid travel rules What to expect when booking your next holiday Coronavirus restrictions abroad 2022 – Jasper James/The Image Bank RF

Covid travel rules What to expect when booking your next holiday Coronavirus restrictions abroad 2022 – Jasper James/The Image Bank RF

Covid rules are being jettisoned around the world, with nearly every European country – including the UK – and at least 31 countries outside Europe now completely free of travel restrictions.

However, testing is still being carried out for some long-haul travel, unvaccinated or unboosted people are still completely banned in some countries, mask rules remain in place and Covid passports are sometimes used.

Our regularly updated country-specific guide explains the key restrictions across all major holiday destinations, so you know what to expect. However, they change quickly, so it would be wise to cross-reference the Foreign Office website as well.

Europe at a glance

No entry restrictions – regardless of vaccination status

  1. Albania

  2. Austria

  3. Belgium

  4. Bulgaria

  5. Bosnia and Herzegovina

  6. Croatia

  7. Cyprus

  8. Czech Republic

  9. Denmark

  10. Estonia

  11. Finland

  12. France

  13. Germany

  14. Greece

  15. Hungary

  16. Iceland

  17. Ireland

  18. Italy

  19. Kosovo

  20. Latvia

  21. Liechtenstein

  22. Lithuania

  23. Malta

  24. Moldova

  25. Montenegro

  26. North Macedonia

  27. Norway

  28. Poland

  29. Portugal

  30. Romania

  31. Serbia

  32. Slovenia

  33. Sweden

  34. Switzerland

  35. Turkey

  36. United Kingdom

restrictions remain

Netherlands

Only fully vaccinated UK nationals who can show acceptable proof of vaccination, including the UK Covid Passport, are allowed to enter the Netherlands.

If you have received a booster vaccination (or third dose), you are considered fully vaccinated for entry into the Netherlands. There is currently no expiration date for booster vaccinations. If you have not received a booster dose (or third dose) but have received two doses of a vaccine approved for the Netherlands, you are considered fully vaccinated if any of the following applies:

  • at least 14 days and no more than 270 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca), or;

  • at least 28 days and no more than 270 days have elapsed since vaccination with Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

Spain

If you are not fully vaccinated, you can enter Spain with one of the following documents:

  • Documentation certifying that you have taken a diagnostic test and tested negative within 72 hours of entering Spain (PCR) or 24 hours if using an antigen test.

  • Evidence that you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months.

Slovakia

UK nationals who are not fully vaccinated will only be allowed entry if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • a resident in Slovakia

  • a close relative of a resident or a Slovak citizen (i.e. spouse, minor child or parent of a minor child)

  • commercial transport personnel

  • a student studying in Slovakia

  • through Slovakia within 8 hours

  • They fall under certain limited exceptions

Luxembourg

If you are arriving by plane, to enter Luxembourg you must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated or proof of recovery in the past year.

Luxembourg accepts UK proof of recovery and vaccination record from Covid-19.

Rest of the world at a glance

No travel restrictions:

  1. Argentina

  2. Armenia

  3. Aruba

  4. Australia

  5. Bahrain

  6. Chile (but vaccination cards)

  7. Costa Rica

  8. Cuba

  9. Curaçao

  10. Dominican Republic

  11. Egypt

  12. ElSalvador

  13. Georgia

  14. Granada

  15. Israel

  16. Jamaica

  17. Jordan

  18. Kazakhstan

  19. Kuwait

  20. Kyrgyzstan

  21. Maldives

  22. Mauritius

  23. Mexico

  24. Mongolia

  25. Oman

  26. Saudi Arabia

  27. South Africa

  28. Trinidad and Tobago

  29. Vietnam

  30. Uzbekistan

  31. Yemen (FCO advises against travel)

Only vaccinated/boosted travelers allowed:

Test(s) required for unvaccinated arrivals:

  • Antigua and Barbuda

  • Barbados

  • The Bahamas

  • Cambodia

  • Colombia

  • Dominika

  • Dubai

  • Ecuador (plus vaccination certificates)

  • Guatemala

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Laos

  • Malaysia

  • Morocco

  • Namibia

  • Nicaragua

  • Paraguay

  • Peru (plus vaccination cards)

  • Seychelles

  • Sri Lanka (FCO advises against travel)

  • Saint Lucia

  • Tanzania

  • Thailand

  • Tunisia

Test(s) required for all arrivals:

  • Madagascar

  • New Zealand

  • Japan

  • Rwanda

  • South Korea

  • Venezuela

Completely closed:

Rest of the world in detail

The list below excludes countries where entry restrictions have been lifted.

Dubai

Entry requirements for vaccinated persons

Travelers who provide proof of vaccination are no longer required to provide proof of a recent negative test. Upon request, guests may be required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival.

Entry requirements for the unvaccinated

Unvaccinated arrivals must show a negative PCR test performed no more than 48 hours prior to departure. There is also an option to provide proof of recovery from Covid within the last month.

Arrivers may be required to have another test upon arrival and self-isolate pending the result (if the result is positive, depending on their symptoms and accommodation plans, they may be required to self-isolate at a government facility, hospital, their hotel or other privately arranged facility accommodation for at least 10 days).

Covid passports

none.

Mask rules and other restrictions

Face masks are required in some public spaces and on public transport, but optional outdoors.

rules for children

Children under the age of 16 and those with severe and moderate disabilities are exempt from the examination requirement.

India

Entry requirements for vaccinated persons

Vaccinated travelers should submit a self-declaration on the online portal “Air Suvidha” before departure and upload proof of vaccination. Random testing may take place upon arrival.

Entry requirements for the unvaccinated

Unvaccinated travelers should submit a self-declaration on the Air Suvidha online portal prior to travel and upload evidence of a negative PCR test performed within the last 72 hours. Random testing may take place upon arrival.

Covid passports

None, but some additional checks are currently in place (see “Mask rules and other restrictions” below).

Mask rules and other restrictions

Masks should be worn in all public places, but Indian states have started to ease restrictions such as night and weekend curfews. Other measures may include the requirement to present a negative test to enter some states and random testing in public areas, including airports, train stations, shopping malls and restaurants.

rules for children

Children under the age of five are exempt from the test rules.

Morocco

  • Proof of vaccination or negative test required

  • Masks and Covid passports in use

  • Children under 18 are exempt from compulsory vaccination

Entry requirements for vaccinated persons

To enter Morocco, passengers must have received three doses of vaccine (or have received their second dose within the last four months).

Entry requirements for the unvaccinated

Proof of a negative PCR test result is required, with the sample taken within 72 hours prior to boarding.

Covid passports

A vaccination certificate is required to enter public places such as hammams, gyms, cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops and sports halls. NHS vaccination card is accepted.

Mask rules and other restrictions

Wearing face masks in public spaces is mandatory.

rules for children

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the above requirements.

Thailand

Entry requirements for vaccinated persons

Fully vaccinated travelers can apply for entry into Thailand through the Thailand Passport. Tests before and after arrival are no longer required. All arrivals must have insurance with a minimum coverage of US$10,000 for medical treatment in Thailand.

Entry requirements for the unvaccinated

Unvaccinated travelers have two options through the Thailand Passport program: test 72 hours before departure to Thailand to avoid quarantine, or five-day isolation and test upon discharge.

Covid passports

none.

mask rules

The Thai government recommends wearing face masks outside the home. Face masks are required on public transport and in shops in Bangkok.

rules for children

Children under the age of 17 can enter Thailand on the same schedule as their parents and do not need to show proof of vaccination.

United States of America

Entry requirements for vaccinated persons

Fully vaccinated adults from the United Kingdom can enter the United States without being tested.

Entry requirements for the unvaccinated

You cannot enter the United States unless you are fully vaccinated unless you fall under the category of non-citizen exemptions. More information can be found here.

Covid passports

none.

mask rules

none.

rules for children

Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the vaccination requirement for entry.

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