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Quarantine-free destinations: where can I travel ?

Which countries are opening their borders to tourists?

As countries continue to loosen lockdown restrictions, we take a look at which ones are opening their doors. Please note that all information was correct as of 28 September; all changes since yesterday are in green.

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Albania As of 1 July, the country opened its borders to all citizens. Visitors will have their temperature checked on arrival, and will be denied entry if it is over 37.5 degrees.

Andorra As of 1 June, arrival is permitted through the borders with France and Spain for all citizens. Those from the EU will not have to quarantine, but those from outside the EU will be expected to quarantine for 15 days. On 8 July the UK removed Andorra from its quarantine-exemption list, meaning that all arrivals from the country must now quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Anguilla As of 21 August, the island has reopened to tourism. All those who can obtain a visa are permitted to enter, but strict testing and quarantine measures will remain in place.

Antigua and Barbuda As of 4 June, borders are open to all citizens. Visitors must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of boarding.

Armenia As of 12 August, Armenia reopened its borders to all destinations (visa permitting). Travellers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, unless they choose to take a PCR test on arrival and it comes back negative after four days.

Aruba As of 1 July, arrivals from Canada, the Caribbean (excl Haiti and Dominican Republic) and Europe are permitted. As of 15 August, the UK has removed the islands from its quarantine-exemption list.

Austria As of 21 June, borders are open to all EU and Schengen citizens as well as those from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican and the United Kingdom. As of 22 August, travellers returning to the UK will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Bahamas Borders had reopened to visitors as of 1 July, but on 24 July the country went into a second lockdown meaning that all arrivals will have to quarantine for 14 days upon entry. On 8 July the UK removed the islands from its quarantine-exemption list, meaning that all arrivals from the country must now quarantine for 14 days on arrival. From 15 October, a new phase of VIP (Vacation In Place) tourism will come into play, where travellers are permitted to enter and can enjoy their 14-day quarantine in a luxury resort.

Bahrain As of 8 September, Bahrain has restarted its visa-on-arrival services at Bahrain Airport, meaning travellers from 68 countries are permitted to enter. All travellers will undergo a test on arrival and will need to remain in quarantine at their own expense until the result is received.

Barbados As of 7 August, arrivals were split into four categories: low-risk, medium-risk, high-risk and bubble. Those in low-risk must present a negative PCR COVID test on arrival, those from medium-risk must present a negative PCR COVID test on arrival and will be monitored (but not quarantined) for 14 days, those from high-resk must present a negative PCR COVID test on arrival and quarantine for 14 days, and those from bubble countries can enter without restriction. The UK is currently listed as medium-risk. Click here for more information.

Belarus As of 1 July, borders have reopened to all visitors. Arrivals from the UK must present a medical certificate showing a negative coronavirus test result, issued no later than 48 hours before entry.

Belgium As of 25 June, borders have reopened to visitors. On 8 July the UK removed Belgium from its quarantine-exemption list, meaning that all arrivals from the country must now quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Bermuda As of 1 July, borders have reopened to all visitors. Visitors must obtain a certified negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure and will also be tested upon arrival, staying in isolation until a negative test is received.

Bolivia As of 1 September, international flights have resumed from the US and the rest of South America. However, the country remains closed to tourism due to strict quarantine measures and country-wide curfews.

Bosnia and Herzegovina As of 8 August, borders have reopened to a number of EU countries (including the UK). A negative PCR test and valid visa is required.

Brazil As of 29 July, international borders were open (air only; land and sea borders remain closed). No quarantine or testing is required, but a valid visa and travel insurance is necessary.

Bulgaria As of 15 June, borders are open to citizens from 34 countries without quarantine. The UK has now been added to the list.

China As of 10 August, travellers from certain EU countries (including the UK) and with certain reasons are permitted to visit China. Travellers can apply for a visa if they hold valid work or residence permits or permits for family reunions.

Colombia As of 21 September, Colombia will restart flights to the US, Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Guatemala. Arrivals from all countries are permitted to enter, so long as they have a visa and proof of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours’ old.

Costa Rica On 1 August, international borders opened to arrivals from a select number of countries, including the UK, EU, Schengen Zone and Canada. A number of US states are also permitted as of 1 September, including New York, Washington DC and New Jersey.

Croatia As of 1 July, Croatia is open to all tourists. EU/EEA countries and nations can enter with no reason given, while countries outside the EU are welcome, but must show proof of accommodation or tourist activity. However, restrictions have tightened due to the increase in rising cases. As of 20 August, all arrivals to the UK from Croatia must self-isolate for 14 days.

Cuba As of 1 July, international flights have resumed to all major airports. As of 29 August, Cuba is on the UK’s travel-corridor list.

Curaçao As of 1 July, arrivals to the island were welcome from Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain.

Cyprus As of 15 July, arrivals to the island are split into three lists: Category A, Category B and Category C. Those in Category A do not need to present a negative test or quarantine on arrival, but those from Category B are required to present proof of a negative test. Those on the Category C list are only permitted to enter for specific reasons. From 1 August, the UK will be listed as Category B (click here for full list).

Czech Republic As of 15 July, Czech Republic has updated its list of ‘safe’ countries that are allowed entry without quarantine, and this now includes the UK. As of 29 August, all travellers from Czech Republic to the UK must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Denmark As of 27 June, borders have reopened to those from EU and Schengen countries and those EU-approved third-party nations. A number of EU countries have since been removed from the list due to rising numbers, including Spain.

Djibouti As of 23 July, borders have reopened to all. Visitors will be subject to screening on arrival.

Dominica As of 7 August, international borders have opened to arrivals from all countries. All travellers must complete a heath questionnaire and present a negative COVID PCR test on arrival.

Dominican Republic As of 1 July, international flights have resumed to Punta Cana airport. All countries are allowed to enter (visa permitting) but must present a negative PCR test no more than five days old on arrival. It is expected that they will become the first country in the world to start using the rapid breathalyzer test on arrival.

Dubai As of 7 July, international arrivals are permitted to enter and travel through Dubai. All arrivals must obtain medical travel insurance, complete a Health Declaration Form, register details on the COVID-19 DXB App, and sign a form declaring that they would bear all costs of quarantine or treatment in Dubai. Arrivals will also undergo thermal screening at airports.

Ecuador As of 19 August, borders are reopening to tourists and quarantine is no longer mandatory. All visitors must present proof on arrival of a negative PCR test taken within the last 10 days.

Egypt As of 1 July, certain areas have reopened to international tourists, including Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab, Hurghada,Marsa Alam and Marsa Matrouh. Travellers must present a negative PCR test on arrival.

El Salvador International flights to El Salvador will resume on 19 September. Arrivals must present proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Ethiopia International borders are now open, but arrivals must quarantine for 14 days.

Estonia As of 1 June, borders are open to arrivals from EU countries where the COVID-19 incidence rate is below 15 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days (this no longer includes the UK). Click here for a full list of those who will need to quarantine.

Faroe Islands As of 27 June, borders are open to arrivals from EU/Schengen countries and the UK. Visitors will be tested on arrival.

Finland As of 23 July, borders are open to travellers from EU/Schengen area (not the UK), as well as those from South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and New Zealand.

France As of 15 June, borders are open to EU citizens, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican. AS of 15 August, the UK has removed France from its quarantine-exemption list.

French Polynesia As of 15 July, the islands have opened their borders to all arrivals. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours old must be shown before boarding the flight. Another test must be carried out four days after arrival.

Georgia As of 31 July, borders are open to residents from Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia and Lithuania without the need for quarantine. Travellers will need to fill out a form and submit a negative PCR test on arrival. Other countries are expected to be added to this list from 31 August.

Germany As of 2 July, borders are open to 38 EU/Schengen and third-party nations, including the UK, Canada and New Zealand.

Ghana As of 1 September, international flights have recommenced to Kotoka International Airport. Land and sea borders remain closed. Proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours of departure must be presented on arrival, and another test must be taken at the airport (reportedly costing US$150).

Greece As of 1 July, arrivals from most EU/Schengen countries (plus those on the EU third-party list) are permitted without restriction. Those from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Malta Netherlands, Romania, Spain or Sweden must have a medical certificate with a negative PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Grenada On 1 August, international borders reopened. Countries are graded on a tiered system; the UK is currently listed as ‘medium-risk’, meaning that arrivals will need to provide a negative test before boarding and another test on arrival.

Guadeloupe As of 1 July, arrivals from all countries are permitted except the US, Brazil, India, Israel, Russia, and Turkmenistan. Arrivals must present proof of a negative PCR COVID test. As of 19 September, all arrivals from Guadeloupe to the UK must quarantine for 14 days.

Guatemala From 18 September, international flights will resume to Guatemala. The list of approved countries permitted to visit has not yet been announced by the government.

Haiti As of 30 July, borders reopened to arrivals from all countries. All arrivals will be subject to temperature screening on arrival.

Honduras As of 17 August, airports reopened and all international arrivals are now welcomed (visa permitting). All travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours.

Hungary Despite opening in July, as of 1 September, all tourists and foreign nationals are no longer permitted to enter Hungary (with the exception of diplomats and spouses of foreign nationals).

Iceland As of 15 June, arrivals are permitted from the EU/Schengen Area and those countries on the EU third party list. As of 19 August, all arrivals must choose between a 14-day quarantine on arrival or a double testing procedure with tests on arrival and day 5 or 6. As of 4 July, Iceland is on the UK travel corridor list.

India As of 14 August, six countries are now allowed to enter India for business or medical purposes: Canada, France, Germany, Maldives, the UK and the US.

Ireland As of 21 September, only seven countries remain on Ireland’s ‘green list’ (meaning they can travel without quarantine on arrival): Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Everyone else must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Italy As of 3 June, Italy has reopened to arrivals from the EU/Schengen Area plus those countries on the EU third-party list. As of 4 July, Italy is on the UK’s travel corridor list.

Jamaica As of 15 June, borders are open to all visitors. All high-risk arrivals will undergo a test for COVID-19. As of 29 August, all travellers from Jamaica to the UK must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Jordan As of 8 September international flights have resumed to Queen Alia International Airport. Jordan has a colour-coded system of countries allowed to enter, of which there are 43 in total. Those on the green list (such as Canada, Greece, Denmark and Switzerland) will need to present proof of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours’ old on arrival, and undergo another test at the airport. Those on the yellow list (including Germany, Italy and the Netherlands) will need to do the same, but will need to quarantine for 7 days in a government institution and another 7 days at home. Those on the red list (including the UK) follow the same restrictions as those on the yellow list, but will be given a tracking placement for their home quarantine.

Kenya As of 1 August, Kenya has reopened its borders to all. Visitors must bring proof of a negative PCR test no more than 96 hours’ old, and fill in a form prior to arrival.

Kosovo International flights resumed in late June, but the government did not release information on who could travel until September. All countries are permitted to enter (visa permitting), with no mandatory test or quarantine requirements in place. Temperature checks are taken on arrival.

Kyrgyzstan As of 21 August, borders are open to 31 countries (including the UK, Germany, Portugal and Russia). No quarantine or testing is required.

Latvia As of 3 June, borders are open to EU member states, EEA members and the Swiss Federation, where the COVID-19 incidence rate is below 15 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. UK arrivals must now quarantine for 14 days.

Lebanon As of 1 July, international flights resumed to Beirut. All arrivals are welcome, subject to visa requirements.

Liberia As of 1 July, international borders were reopened. Passengers must submit proof of a negative PCR COVID test, taken within five days of arrival. Many other restrictions remain in place across the country.

Lithuania As of 8 August, borders are open to certain EU and third-party countries where the incidence rate is lower than 16 cases per 100,000. Those from the UK, France, Austria, Australia and Switzerland must still quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Those from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden are not permitted to enter.

Luxembourg As of 5 June, Luxembourg reopened to Belgium, France and Germany, as well as other EU nations later in June and those on the EU third party list in July. In August, Luxembourg was removed from the UK’s travel corridor list.

Malawi As of 1 September, international flights had resumed. All passengers must submit proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 10 days before departure, and will also need to take a test on arrival.

Malta As of 1 July, flights have resumed to a number of European destinations. As of 15 July, flights have resumed to London Heathrow. As of 15 August, the UK has removed Malta from its quarantine-exemption list.

Maldives As of 15 July, the islands have opened their borders to all arrivals. From 10 September, on arrival all passengers must present proof of a negative PCR test taken more than 72 before departure.

Montenegro As of 1 June, borders are open to a number of countries, including the UK. Click here for a full list. Note that given a spike in cases, the EU has removed Montenegro from its list of safe countries. From 24 August, arrivals from the UK must isolate for 10 days.

Morocco As of 11 September, arrivals from 67 countries (the UK, the US, EU members, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) were permitted to enter (with a valid visa). Passengers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 48 hours’ old on arrival. 

Namibia As of 1 September, flights to Hosea Kutako International Airport have resumed. All visitors must present proof of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old on arrival.

Nepal As of 1 September, international flights will resume from Hong Kong, Dubai, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait and Riyadh.

Netherlands As of 15 June, borders are open to all EU and Schengen citizens. As of 15 August, the UK has removed the Netherlands from its quarantine-exemption list.

North Macedonia As of 1 July, borders are open to all arrivals with no restrictions or tests on arrival.

Norway As of 15 June, borders are open to arrivals from some Nordic and EU destinations. As of 15 July, UK arrivals were permitted without restriction. Click here for the full list.

Poland As of 13 June, borders are open to all EU citizens as well as those from the UK.

Portugal As of 6 June, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) is open to all EU citizens and those destinations on the EU third-party list. No testing or quarantine is needed on arrival. As of 12 September, passengers travelling to the UK from mainland Portugal must self-isolate for 14 days.

Romania As of 13 June, borders are open to citizens from the EU, EEA, Switzerland and the UK.

Russia As of 3 September, arrivals from seven countries were permitted to enter Russia: Egypt, Maldives, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE and UK. On arrival, all passengers must present proof of a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival.

Rwanda As of 17 June, all countries were permitted to visit Rwanda. A negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old must be presented on arrival, and more tests will be carried out on arrival.

Senegal As of 15 July, international flights had resumed but land and sea borders remain closed. Passengers must submit proof of a negative PCR COVID test, taken no more than seven days before departure, and will be subject to screening at the airport.

Serbia Borders have remained open during the pandemic. The recent rise in infection rates means that the UK FCO has removed Serbia from the list of destinations exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. Those arriving from Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia and Romania must present a negative PCR COVID test on arrival.

Sierra Leone Flights to Freetown recommenced on 22 July.

Singapore As of 1 September, travellers from New Zealand and Brunei are allowed to apply for an ‘Air Travel Pass’ that allows entry without quarantine.

Slovakia As of 16 June, borders are open to Liechtenstein, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia,  Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Latvia, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. As of 20 July, UK visitors are permitted to visit without restriction.

Slovenia As of 13 June, borders are open to Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland. UK visitors are permitted to travel without quarantine, but all arrivals from Slovenia to the UK must quarantine for 14 days.

Spain From 21 June, borders are open to those from the EU/Schengen area. As of 26 July, Spain is no longer exempt from the UK list of countries from where arrivals do not need to self-isolate for 14 days.

St Lucia As of 4 June, borders are open to all citizens. Visitors must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of travel and fill in a pre-registration form before boarding.

St Vincent and the Grenadines As of 1 July, all international arrivals are welcomed to the islands. Testing is mandatory upon arrival, but no quarantine.

Switzerland As of 15 June, borders are open to those arriving from visitors coming from the EU/EFTA and the UK. As of 29 August, all travellers from Switzerland to the UK must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Sweden As of 4 July, borders are open to those from the EU/EEA and third-party countries declared safe by the EU.

Tajikistan As of 24 August, international borders have reopened and flights from Moscow and Dubai has recommenced. All visitors are welcome, but they must present proof of a negative PCR test on arrival.

Tanzania As of 27 May, arrivals from all countries were permitted to enter. Originally this was without restriction, but arrivals must now present proof of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old.

Thailand On 15 September, the government announced the first stage of reopening: the long-stay visa. This will allow travellers to stay in the country for at least 90 days, including 14-day quarantine on arrival. Visitors must have a hotel or private accommodation booked for the entirety of their stay for the visa to be approved.

Tunisia As of 28 June, international flights have resumed. The country has classified countries within green, orange and red lists: those on the green list can enter without restriction, those on the orange list can enter but must self-quarantine for 14 days, and those on the red list are not permitted to enter. As of 9 July, the UK is now on the green list; see full details here.

Turkey As of 8 June, borders began reopening to 40 countries. Click here for the full list.

Turks and Caicos As of 22 July, borders reopened to all arrivals. Visitors will need to present proof of a negative PCR COVID test. As of 15 August, the UK has removed this from its quarantine-exemption list.

Ukraine As of 28 September, international borders have reopened. Those arriving from countries in the ‘green’ zone (ie: those with lower rates than Ukraine) can enter without restriction, but those in the ‘red’ zone (ie: those with higher rates than Ukraine) must quarantine for 14 days on arrival (with the option of a PCR test to end isolation early).

Uzbekistan As of 15 June, international borders reopened to a select number of countries. From 1 October, this will be extended meaning that anyone travelling from Austria, China, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Korea, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia or Thailand can enter without restriction. Those from other countries can enter if they bring a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours’ old (or you can do a test at the border at your own expense). Any foreign tourist visiting Uzbekistan on a group tour with a local tour operator would be protected by a national guarantee. In the unlikely event that they become infected with COVID-19 during their stay, the tourist will receive US$3,000 in financial compensation from Uzbekistan’s Anti-Crisis Fund.

Zambia As of 26 August, international borders have reopened. All arrivals are welcome (visa permitting), but passengers must present on arrival proof of a negative PCR test taken no longer than 14 days previously. Quarantine is not required, but those displaying symptoms on arrival will be taken for further testing.

Destinations that are opening soon

Bali The island was originally supposed to open from 11 September, but it has since been announced that it will not reopen until the end of 2020.

Belize Originally borders were due to open from 15 August, but this has been delayed until further notice.

Cayman Islands From 1 October, international borders will reopen and all citizens will be permitted to enter (this is delayed from 1 September). Arrivals must present a negative COVID PCR test at the airport, or pay to have one completed there and then. They will then need to quarantine for five days at their hotel before being allowed to move freely on the islands.

Japan The government has announced that borders will begin to reopen in September with a three-stage process: firstly essential travellers will be permitted, then business arrivals and students, and finally tourists. All will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Nicaragua International flights will start to resume in October, with the first services coming from Mexico City, Miami, Houston, San Salvador and Panama. On arrival, all passengers must present proof of a negative PCR taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

Nigeria Flights to Lagos and Abuja are expected to resume on 5 September.

Oman As of 1 October, international flights will resume to Muscat International Airport with Oman Air. All countries are permitted to enter with a valid visa and insurance.

Panama From 12 October, international flights will resume. Entry requirements are yet to be announced.

South Africa As of 1 October, international borders will reopen and flights will resume to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo, Cape Town International and Durban’s King Shaka airports. The government is yet to release the list of countries permitted to enter, but proof of a PCR test will be required on arrival. Quarantine will not be necessary.

Sri Lanka Originally borders were due to open from 15 August, but this has been delayed until further notice.

St Kitts and Nevis Borders are expected to open to international arrivals from October, although a 14-day quarantine will be mandatory.

Uganda From 1 October, international flights will resume to Uganda. All travellers are welcome, so long as they provide proof on arrival of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours’ old.

Zimbabwe From 1 October, international flights will resume. All travellers are welcome, so long as they provide proof on arrival of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours’ old.

Note: The COVID-19 pandemic is by no means over. The challenges of containing the virus vary significantly from country to country, and it is the responsibility of each country to decide what is or isn’t appropriate/necessary to manage the virus in their destination. It is then up to individual travellers to decide whether they feel those measures are sufficient and, if they decide to travel, to observe necessary precautions to ensure they minimise the risk to themselves and to others.


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