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FCO Destination Updates

The FCO updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers. These exemptions became public on 4 July and into effect on 10 July. All our advice remains under constant review to take into account the latest situation in each country, and is provided for your convenience only however we are guided by the FCO and the information that they have on their website supercedes any information published on this page.
 
The global coronavirus pandemic is ongoing. No travel is risk-free, and disruption is still possible. If you plan to travel:
 
·         read the coronavirus travel guidance to make sure you are prepared for your travel
·         read the Travel Advice for your destination, for information on local coronavirus measures that you will need to follow
·         sign up for email alerts for Travel Advice to ensure you are informed of any changes while you are travelling
 

 

The following lists aim to highlight countres ease of access for tourism reasons overseas. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice is based on risks to British nationals, including in-country public health assessments.

Last Updated: 28th August 2020

The following lists aim to highlight the entry requirements relating to Coronavirus, as per Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice which is based on risks to British nationals, including in-country public health assessments. The countries listed in green have been exempted from return to the UK restrictions currently in effect. The countries listed in amber are also exempted however some restrictions remain.

 

Coronavirus Entry Requirements by Destination

The following lists aim to highlight the entry requirements relating to Coronavirus, as per Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice which is based on risks to British nationals, including in-country public health assessments. The countries listed in green have been exempted from return to the UK restrictions currently in effect. The countries listed in amber are also exempted however some restrictions remain.

Returning to the UK: When you return to the UK, you will need to follow the rules for entering the UK. You must show proof of a completed passenger locator form at the UK border. This applies to people entering the UK from all countries. You can complete it up to 48 hours before you enter the UK, and should do so before arrival. Failure to complete the form is a criminal offence and can lead to delays at the border.

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Denmark (Mainland)

Entry to Denmark depends on whether you are arriving from an ‘open’ country or a ‘restricted’ country or if you have a ‘worthy purpose’ to enter. The UK is an ‘open’ country.

There are rules and documents required to enter dependent on reason for travel. You can enter Denmark without a two-week quarantine if you are arriving into Denmark from the UK. If you enter as a tourist, you need to document a holiday stay for at least 6 nights. You can check whether the UK is ‘open’ or ‘restricted’ on the Danish government’s Coronavirus website.

 

Gibraltar

From 4 July, Gibraltar is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks

 

Italy

Entry to Italy from the UK is permitted - you no longer have to justify your reason for travelling

 

Entry to the country is still forbidden for visitors who have stayed in or transited through a small number of listed countries in the 14 days before arrival

You should complete a self-declaration form before you travel to Italy

 

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Liechtenstein

From 4 July, Liechtenstein is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

 

Lithuania

From 13 July 2020 British nationals resident in the UK may travel to Lithuania, without needing to self-isolate on arrival.

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Montenegro

Entry to Montenegro is restricted for nationals arriving from certain countries. UK residents travelling from the UK can enter Montenegro without any COVID-19-related restrictions. No PCR ELISA or ECLIA test for SARS-CoV-2 is required for entry.

 

If you’re eligible to enter Montenegro, you may need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, or go into quarantine in state-arranged accommodation, at the direction of sanitary inspectors

 

Norway

Entry to Norway depends on your country of residence. From 15 July, travellers normally resident in the UK may enter Norway and are not required to self-quarantine.

 

Poland

Daily flights are running between Poland and the UK.

 

You are not required to self-isolate on arrival in Poland, if you arrive in Poland from the UK or a European Union/EFTA country (by air, sea or land).

 

If you arrive in Poland from a non-EU country, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days, unless you are transiting to your place of residence

 

Portugal (Mainland) On arrival in mainland Portugal you will be subject to health screening  

San Marino

From 4 July, San Marino is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

 

Slovakia

As of 20 July there are no restrictions in place on entering Slovakia if you are travelling from the UK.

 

If you are travelling from a country not considered to be low risk by the Slovak government, you must self-isolate on arrival and register with the Slovak Public Health Authority.

 

Slovenia

From 17 July, travellers from the UK will no longer be subject to 14 day quarantine, on arrival to Slovenia.

 

Health checks are conducted at all border entry points. If you display signs of coronavirus infections you will be refused entry, unless you hold a permanent residence permit for Slovenia.

 

Turkey

From 4 July, Turkey is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. However, the following advice within Turkey remains in place:

The FCO advise against all travel to:

  • areas within 10 km of the border with Syria, except the city of Kilis (see below)

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • all other areas of Sirnak, Kilis (including Kilis city) and Hatay provinces

  • the provinces of Diyarbakir, Tunceli and Hakkari

 

Antigua & Barbuda

Entry to Antigua and Barbuda is restricted.

Visitors may be subject to a Coronavirus test on arrival. The local authorities may instruct you to enter government-provided quarantine.

 

Australia

Entry to Australia is closed, except for Australian citizens and permanent residents or those with an exemption

All travellers entering Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival

Australian citizens, including dual nationals, and permanent residents need an exemption to leave Australia unless ordinarily resident in a country outside of Australia.

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Barbados

You must complete and submit an online immigration/customs form 24 hours prior to travel

To be considered for fast-track processing upon arrival, you’re advised to arrive in Barbados with a COVID-19 negative PCR test result

If you arrive in Barbados without a negative PCR test for COVID-19 that meets Barbados’ entry requirements, you will be subjected to a mandatory test on arrival. You will need to quarantine until the test results are provided. This can take up to 48 hours. If at all possible, you are strongly advised to arrive in Barbados with a COVID-19 negative PCR test

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be placed in isolation until they have recovered

Persons may be required to quarantine at any stage of their visit if the Government of Barbados deems that you have come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual

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Bermuda

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, all visitors from the UK will need to apply for Travel Authorisation and are required to have a pre-departure test. Those without a negative pre-departure test will not be able to obtain Travel Authorisation.

 

Cambodia

If you wish to enter Cambodia you will need to:

  • get a visa before arrival — the visa exemption policy, visa on arrival and e-visa arrangements are suspended indefinitely

  • get a medical certificate, no longer than 72 hours prior to the date of travel, from a competent health authority stating you do not have COVID-19

  • have proof of insurance that includes a minimum of US$50,000 for medical cover

 

Canada

Entry to Canada is limited, except for Canadian citizens and permanent residents or their immediate families (exceptions apply), temporary foreign workers, and some international students

If you’re eligible to enter Canada, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival

 

Cuba

Entry to Cuba on incoming legs of current repatriation flights is permitted only to Cuban nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas or permits for Cuba, is subject to flight clearances and requires a 14 day period of quarantine.

Tourists can enter Cuba on international charter flights arriving directly into these destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur.

 

Curacao

Travellers to Curaçao are required to complete a digital immigration card online prior to departure and a Passenger Locator Card within 48 hours prior to departure. Visitors are also required to show a negative result from a COVID-19 test.

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Cyprus

As of 1 August 2020, the UK is in Cyprus’ Category B: this means that tourists are permitted to travel to Cyprus, but they need to provide a negative test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours before travel. On 31 July 2020 The Republic of Cyprus government announced that COVID-test results can be in the form of an email or SMS, but the test result itself and/or appointment letter must include the date and time when the test was taken. Children under 12 years old do not require a test in order to travel to Cyprus.

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Denmark

Entry to Denmark depends on whether you are arriving from an ‘open’ country or a ‘restricted’ country or if you have a ‘worthy purpose’ to enter. The UK is an ‘open’ country.

There are rules and documents required to enter dependent on reason for travel. You can enter Denmark without a two-week quarantine if you are arriving into Denmark from the UK. If you enter as a tourist, you need to document a holiday stay for at least 6 nights

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Dominica

Dominica’s borders are open

Arriving passengers must complete an online questionnaire 24 hours before arrival, and have a PCR swab test with a negative result taken up to 72 hours before arrival

 
Estonia Travellers arriving in Estonia from the UK are required to self-isolate  

Falklands

Any entrants into the Falkland Islands are expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days after arrival.

 

Greece

You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF)  at least 24 hours before your arrival in Greece. All travellers over 18 must complete a separate form. Children under 18 may be added (at the top of the form, before pressing “submit”) to a parent’s form. This is a requirement whichever way you travel to Greece (including by ferry, road, rail or air). The form is in English. Failure to do so in advance may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel, receipt of a 500 Euro fine from the Greek authorities on arrival, or the Greek authorities not allowing you to enter the country.

Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email acknowledgement. In a separate email, you will also receive a QR code. This code is likely to be sent up to 24 hours before you travel, regardless of how early you fill in your form. When you receive your code, make sure you either print it, or can show it on your mobile phone.

If you are travelling by air to Greece, your airline will ask you to prove that you have completed the PLF form. You should print or show (e.g. on your phone) your email confirming submission of the form (or the QR code you have subsequently received). Failure to do so could result in you being refused boarding to the flight.

If you are travelling by ferry to Greece, the ferry operator will ask you to complete an additional form (‘Pre Boarding Information’), alongside your PLF. This additional form will be provided by the ferry operator, either via their website, or at booking offices: you should contact them directly if you need further information. Temperature checks may also be carried out before boarding; and it is obligatory to wear masks on all ferries, where capacity is limited to allow for social distancing.

On arrival in Greece by land, sea or air, you will need to show your QR code to the Greek authorities. Make sure you have either a printed copy of the code, or can show it on your phone. Failure to provide your PLF form/ QR code will result in a fine or you may be refused entry to Greece.

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Grenada

Grenada’s airport re-opened 1 July to charter flights and on 15 July to regional commercial flights, and is scheduled to re-open to commercial flights from UK, Europe and Canada from 1 August.

Grenada government announced new entry requirements and health protocols on 10 July. This includes required tests before travel and tests and quarantine on arrival depending on country of embarkation and travel history. 

 

Hungary

UK nationals and all other arrivals from the UK will undergo a medical examination for COVID-19 when entering Hungary

You will need to self-isolate for 14 days unless you can provide, upon arrival, 2 negative COVID-19 tests, taken 48 hours apart and within 5 days prior to your entry date

If you show signs of COVID-19 on arrival, entry to Hungary may be denied or you may be asked to go into government quarantine for 14 days

 

Iceland

Everyone flying into Iceland must chose to pay to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) or self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Children born in 2005 or later are exempt.

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Ireland

All arrivals from overseas, including Irish residents, are asked to restrict their movement for 14 days on arrival. There are some exemptions, including if you are returning to Ireland from Northern Ireland or from any of the countries that are on the Irish Government’s Green List.

All arrivals, including Irish residents, arriving from overseas must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form prior to arriving in Ireland. Please I

 

Laos

The Government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points, and no visas are being issued to people travelling from a country with COVID-19, including the UK.

 

Anyone arriving in Laos with a visa will be required to quarantine at a government facility for 14 days at their own expense.

 

Latvia

From 14 August, travellers arriving in Latvia from the UK are required to self-isolate for 14 days

From 16 July, all passengers are required on arrival to complete and hand to their transport provider a contact form giving contact details, listing the countries visited in the previous 14 days, and undertaking to comply with the epidemiological security measures established in Latvia

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Lithuania

British nationals resident in the UK travelling to Lithuania will need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival

You may need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test carried out within 72 hours before your arrival in Lithuania

 
Norway Entry to Norway depends on your country of residence. Travellers normally resident in the UK may enter Norway but from midnight on 21 August are required to self-quarantine for 10 days.  

Portugal- Madeira, Azores & Porto Santo

On arrival in mainland Portugal you will be subject to health screening

 

If travelling to Madeira, Porto Santo or the Azores, you must take a COVID-19 test before you travel or on arrival

 

South Korea

All arrivals, regardless of nationality and length of stay, are required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) and to undergo quarantine for 14 days

If you show coronavirus symptoms on arrival you will be tested. If you test positive you will be isolated and treated at a hospital or community treatment centre

Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea.

 

St Lucia

From 4 July, St Lucia is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

 

St Maarten

Before arrival in St Maarten, passengers must:

  • Complete self health declaration form online 72 hours prior to arrival;

  • Provide a certified COVID-19 (PCR) Negative Test Result dated no older than 72-hours of your arrival date;

  • Travel with masks and hand sanitizer;

  • Wear a face mask during travel;

  • Research and read the guidelines and protocols of the airline you are travelling on and your airport of embarkation and visit the SXM Airport website for any updates.

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St Vincent & Grenadines

From 1 July 2020, the new entry requirements into St Vincent and the Grenadines for all travellers include:

PCR testing and quarantine. All travellers entering St Vincent and the Grenadines must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result done within five (5) days of arrival or will have a PCR COVID-19 test done on arrival. All travellers who have a PCR COVID-19 test done on arrival will be quarantined for at least 24 hours (usual period, in practice, is 48 hours) to await their PCR test results.

If the test is obtained outside of St Vincent and the Grenadines, it should clearly state what the test is (e.g. PCR COVID-19 test) and the date on which it was carried out.

All travellers who arrive by air will be quarantined for at least 24 hours to await the PCR test results of all passengers from the same flight.

Quarantine can either be done at the traveller’s private residence in St Vincent and the Grenadines or at a government-approved hotel.

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UK

You must provide your journey and contact details before you return to the UK by completing this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country. This includes if you’re travelling from a country or territory where you do not have to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK. You must complete this form even if you’ve already completed a different form to enter another country. If you do not complete the form before you arrive in the UK, it might take you longer to enter the UK. You cannot submit the form until 48 hours before you’re due to arrive in the UK. You must complete the form online - do not print out the form and fill it in by hand.

When you arrive at the UK border you’ll need to show either: a printed copy of the document attached to your confirmation email or the document attached to the confirmation email on your phone

Border Force officers will use the QR code at the top of the document to check you have completed the form successfully. The government will use the information you give to contact you if you or someone you’ve travelled with develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. If you need to self-isolate for the first 14 days after you arrive in the UK, the government will also use the information to check that you’re self-isolating.   

You do not need to complete the form if you’re travelling from one of the following places, and you were there for 14 days or more: Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man                                                                      

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Last Updated: 28th August

Disclaimer: The FCO updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers. These exemptions became public on 4 July and into effect on 10 July. All our advice remains under constant review to take into account the latest situation in each country, and is provided for your convenience only, however we are guided by the FCO and the information that they have on their website supersedes any information published on this page.

 

 

 

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