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Travel and Coronavirus: Current Travel Bans & Outlines Around The World

Travel and Coronavirus: Current Travel Bans & Outlines Around The World

Experts around the world have sounded the alarms for travel during the time of Coronavirus. As the virus spread in other countries, the travel ban exponentially made its way on charts. Countries around the world have inflicted travel restraints to control the spread of Covid-19. We give you the current list of countries and territories limiting entry.

Level 4 Advisory in Action

As the virus continues taking a toll on health globally, we give you some essential information regarding the travel situation in several countries. Nations like Canada, US, UK, India, and others have taken some substantial steps in sealing their borders. 

The governments of the US and Canada have issued level 4 advisory. This kind of advisory is issued when there is a “greater likelihood of life-threatening risks” if you travel. It is the highest level of warning that can be issued for travel. Below, we give you the current scenario in different countries. Read carefully, and for more information, we suggest heading to official sources from each country. 

Travel Outline for Americas

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Canada

Argentina closed its borders on March 15, 2020. This ban does not apply to permanent residents. The country also halted flights from the United States and Europe. Bolivia announced the discontinuance of all flights to and from Europe. The borders are also being monitored with strict restrictions and medical examinations as per WHO guidelines.

Until March 14, 2020, Brazil had not imposed travel restrictions. Travellers from international flights shall have to abide by the guideline of staying self quarantined at home for at least a week. On March 18, Canada announced the closing of the United States border by mutual decision. The Prime Minister of Canada later announced the blockage of entry for anyone except the Canadian citizen or permanent resident, aeroplane crews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens. Airports including Toronto Pearson International Airport, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Vancouver International Airport and Calgary International Airport; domestic flights coming from the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Saint Pierre and Miquelon shall be allowed. 

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Costa Rica, Colombia, and Chile

The government of Costa Rica on March 16, 2020, announced the closing of its borders. Entry allowed only to Costa Rican citizens and permanent residents, but they would be required to abide by the 14-day self-quarantine. 

On the other hand, the government of Colombia on March 13 announced the shut down of its seven borders along with the one shared with Venezuela. The country barred entry for foreigners coming from or have travelled to Europe or Asia within the past 14 days. Colombian citizens coming from affected regions shall be required to practice quarantine for 14 days. 

The government of Chile announced the shut down of its borders for an unwarranted period. Chileans returning from affected regions are obligated to quarantine for 14 days.

The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru

The Dominican Republic has cancelled all the flights from Milan. Passengers who flew earlier from China or Italy are obligated to quarantine at home. The country has also barred the docking of incoming cruise ships. Ecuador took the most solid step and banned the entry for everyone until the next 21 days, including residents and foreigners. El Salvador too barred the entry of foreigners except for the accredited diplomats. The permanent residents are allowed entry into the country. 

President of Guatemala announced the closing of borders for 15 days. Mexico closed its borders with the US. The government of Peru, on the other hand, has shut its borders for 15 days starting on March 16, 2020. The international flights to Peru have also been barred. 

The United States of America

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The US issued Level 4 global travel advisory. The country mutually agreed to close its borders with Canda and Mexico. The US later barred the entry of all foreigners who travelled to China, Iran and selected European countries in the period of 14 days. If you have travelled to any of these countries – The ban applies to countries in the Schengen Area, which are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland – you won’t be allowed inside the US. 

The travel ban later extended to foreigners coming from the UK and Ireland. American citizens and legal permanent residents coming from any of the affected areas are required to land any of these 13 reports:

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

Uruguay and Venezuela

The government of Uruguay announced to halt all flights departing from Europe. Passengers coming from affected regions like China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Iran, Spain, Italy, France and Germany will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine. Venezuela announced the suspension of all flights from Colombia and European countries for 30 days. 

Travel Outline for Asia

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Cambodia, China, Hong Kong

Cambodia’s health department on March 14 announced a 30-day suspension of foreigners coming from the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

China on March 16 announced a 14-day quarantine at a designated hotel or other assigned location for foreigners landing in Beijing. Earlier, the government was allowing quarantine at homes but later changed it to designated locations only.

Hong Kong made it mandatory for travellers to self-quarantine for 14 days. Starting March 25, 2020, all the foreigners will be banned from entering Hong Kong for 14 days.

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India, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Nepal

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The government of India suspended travel and tourism visas on March 13, 2020, except for “diplomatic, official, U.N. or International Organizations, employment and project visas.” India is also enforcing a two-week quarantine on all passengers, including the Indian nationals travelling from or have travelled to China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany in the last month.

On March 15, 2020, Japan barred the entry of foreigners, including the passport holders from Hubei and Zhejiang provinces. It also banned the entry of travellers who have travelled to virus-affected regions of China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Iceland. Other travellers are anyway required to self-quarantine for 14-days regardless of the region they are travelling from.

The Malaysian government on March 16, 2020, prohibited entry into its region until March 31, 2020, with just limited exceptions for diplomats. All Malaysian citizens travelling from foreign destinations will be required to undergo health checkups and self-quarantine for 14-days. The foreign nationals who are already in Malaysia, are allowed to travel back to their homeland, but the flight options are limited.

Myanmar restricted the entry of foreign travellers who visited China and South Korea in the last month. Myanmar nationals returning from affected regions are mandated to quarantine in a public hospital for 14 days. Anyone who has visited or coming from affected areas like Italy, Iran, France, Spain or Germany would be required to show a medical certificate to fly. These travellers would also be quarantined in a public hospital for 14 days after arriving.

Nepal on Mach 14, 2020 announced self-quarantine for 14 days for all travellers from their arrival date. All these measures shall be followed until April 30, 2020. Nepal has also stopped on-arrival visas to foreigners from March 14 through April 30. All foreigners holding pre-issued Nepalese visa are required to submit a negative coronavirus swab test, issued at least seven days before entering Nepal. The country has also closed its land ports and barred the entry of flights from the People’s Republic of China to Nepal.

The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, and Vietnam

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The Philippines has closed all of its travel in and out of Manila until April 14, 2020. The country has also put some areas of Manila under a curfew from 8 AM to 5 AM. Singapore has barred entry of all passengers with recent travel history to France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Singapore residents coming from affected regions are issued a strict self-quarantine notice for 14-days.

South Korea has restricted the entry of passengers with recent travel history to China’s Hubei Province. The region has suspended all of its visa-free entry provisions. Sri Lanka has ceased international operations on March 15 to March 30. The airport will continue to be open for domestic flights, according to the authority. Visas on arrival have been suspended.

Sri Lanka has ceased international operations on March 15 to March 30. The airport will continue to be open for domestic flights, according to the authority. Visas on arrival have been suspended. All passengers arriving in Sri Lanka are bound to undergo temperature screening and sign health declaration.

Taiwan has announced 14-day quarantine restrictions on March 14, 2020, for travellers coming from countries in the Schengen Area. In a much stricter step, Taiwan has barred the entry for foreign nationals who have travel history of visiting China, Hong Kong and Macau.

On March 12, 2020, Thailand made it mandatory for travellers coming from China, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Italy and Iran to show a health certificate declaring then Coronavirus negative. Travellers are also required to show proof of insurance with coverage of at least $100,000. All passengers are also required to fill out a questionnaire and give temperature readings for further assessment.

The United Arab Emirates has suspended all passenger and transit flights. On March 23, 2020, UAE’s Civil Aviation Authority announced that the suspension will be brought into action at midnight on March 25, 2020. Emergency evacuation and cargo flights remain unaffected by this announcement. UAE also declared that valid visa holders and residents who were outside the country would not be allowed to enter the country for two weeks.

Travel Outline for Australia and New Zealand

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Australia’s prime minister announced on March 19, 2020, has announced a travel ban on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens. Valid from March 20, 2020. However, New Zealand citizens are allowed to enter the country with a guideline for 14-day self-quarantine. Australia has also banned the entry of cruise ships for 30 days.

Similarly, New Zealand closed its borders for ‘almost’ all the travellers, except for New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents “with valid travel conditions” are allowed to enter the country. For Australian citizens in New Zealand, the travel ban is ineffective for most of the cases. However, for some exceptional cases, they may be denied entry. Click here to know more.

Travel Outlines for the Middle East 

Israel, Jordan, Lebanon & Saudi Arabia

Israel on March 12, 2020, announced the ban on entry of foreign nationals. The admission shall only be given to some exceptional cases which prove that they have a place to stay and can go under self-quarantine for 14 days. However, this exception is rendered invalid for foreign nationals coming from China, South Korea, Thailand, Italy, Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Egypt.

Jordan has suspended all the flights except for commercial air freight traffic. The country has also sealed the land and sea borders for travellers. Jordan prohibits the admission of foreigners coming from or with recent travel history to regions including China, Iran, Italy or South Korea. The country is also restricting travellers from Lebanon, Egypt and Syria. Starting March 16, 2020, Jordan has also barred the entry of travellers coming from France, Germany or Spain. 

Similarly, Lebanon government has suspended all the flights departing to Italy, Iran, China and South Korea. Saudi Arabia has suspended all the inbound and outbound international flights for two weeks. 

Travel Outline for Europe

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European Union leaders on March 17, 2020, announced that they were closing off at least 26 countries to nearly all visitors from the rest of the world for at least 30 days. Countries including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden come under the lockdown. Except for Ireland, which has a passport-free agreement with Britain.

Austrian Foreign Ministry has listed France, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and parts of China as the red zones. Travellers and nationals coming from these regions will be required to show a medical certificate with a negative result. The certificate must be dated within four days of arrival, signed by a licensed medical practitioner in English, German, Italian or French languages. Austria has shut its borders with Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Slovenia.

The government of Belgium has banned travel outside the region. Croatia, on the other hand, has suspended cross-border train travel. Travellers coming to Croatia from affected regions like Italy, Iran and China’s Hubei province are required to quarantine in the government facility for 14-days.

The European Union has issued a proposition for suspending non-essential travel for 30 days. In Europe, Albania and Slovenia have suspended all the flights. Austria has cancelled all the flights and other modes of transportation from Italy. Travellers entering from Italy by road would be required to present a health certificate declaring that they are not affected by the Coronavirus. All the Ski resorts have also been closed until further notice. 

The Czech Republic has banned entry for travellers without permanent or temporary residency. The country has also banned the departure of foreigners with a permanent or temporary stay of more than 90 days. Denmark has closed its borders for 30 days. Danish citizens with homes in Denmark, Greenland or Faroe Islands are allowed to enter the country.

The government of France has closed its borders completely. Travellers evacuated from other countries by the government are required to undergo quarantine. The country has restricted travel across the borders of the Schengen Area. Germany has also closed its borders with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Greece has announced a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine for all international travellers arriving in the country. Greece has also closed its borders with Albania and North Macedonia and suspended flights inbound Italy and Spain. Greece has also suspended ferry service from Italy to Greece while Cruise ships and tourism boats are restricted from docking in Greece.

In Hungary, the government has appealed citizens to cancel travel plans to affected regions. Passengers arriving from Iran, Seoul, Italy, Israel and China are getting checked at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.

Italy has registered the highest number of cases of Coronavirus. As of March 3, 2020, passengers recording temperature above 99.5 degrees are restricted from boarding to the United States from Italy. All travellers coming to Italy are made to go through temperature screening while flights from China and Taiwan have been suspended.

Latvia too has closed its borders to anyone who is not a legal resident. Whereas, Lithuania declared a two-week federal quarantine on March 14. The country has closed its borders. Any resident returning from abroad is mandated for a 14-day self-quarantine. 

The Netherlands has advised citizens to drop the plans of travelling abroad. The country has suspended flight inbound and outbound to China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy and South Korea. Similarly, North Macedonia has also closed Skopje International Airport at midnight on March 19, 2020. Only legal residents are permitted entry to North Macedonia, subject to quarantine after entry. Andorra and Monaco have also prohibited all the cultural and sports activities. Shops and transportation are open for limited hours. Travellers will be made to go through tests on landing. Some flights have been suspended until further notice. In Azerbaijan, travellers have to go under mandatory quarantine for 14 days. All the e-visas have been suspended while multiple flights have been suspended. 

The Norwegian government has closed its borders to travellers. On March 12, the Norwegian Directorate of Health said that regardless of symptoms, travellers or residents coming into Norway from outside Nordic countries should be quarantined at home for two weeks from their arrival. 

The Russian government has banned the entry of all foreign citizens until May 1, 2020, except for “diplomats, airplane crew members, permanent residents of the Russian Federation or transit passengers.” 

Poland has banned foreigners from entering the country and suspended international air and rail services for citizens and border controls. All Polish citizens entering the country from abroad are subjected to quarantine for two weeks. People from high-risk countries and areas, like Italy, Germany, Austria and France are refused entry into SwitzerlandSwiss citizens, and people who live or work in Switzerland, are exceptional to the ban.

On March 16, 2020, the government of Spain announced the closure of its borders except for citizens. Direct flights from Italy to Spain are banned until March 25, 2020. Spain’s Imserso Tourism Program is also suspended until further notice.

Turkey has suspended all flights to and from Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Ireland, Kosovo, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. The government of Turkey has also closed its land borders with Iran and Iraq, including the Dilucu border with Azerbaijan and the Sarp border with Georgia.

The United Kingdom is monitoring direct flights into the country from specific areas like China and Italy. On March 14, 2020, President Trump expanded the travel ban on foreign nationals to the United Kingdom.

Travel Outline for Africa

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In Africa, Ghana has barred entry for all travellers, except Ghanaian citizens and permanent residents. For the residents entering the country from nations with a minimum of 200 recorded cases of Covid-19 are subjected to 14-day self-quarantine. On March 15, 2020, Kenya announced the suspension of travellers from countries that have reported Covid-19 cases

The government of Morocco has put the suspension on all flights outbound Algeria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, along with passenger ferry services. It has also sealed land borders with Ceuta and Melilla. Travels from non-restricted regions shall also be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on arrival and screening. 

The government of Namibia suspended inbound and outbound flights from Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany for 30 days. President Ramaphosa from South Africa declared a national state of disaster and announced mandatory testing for travellers who have entered the country from high-alert regions. As of March 16, 35 out of 53 of South Africa’s land ports are closed along with two sea ports.

Most of the countries around the world have taken actions to curb the spread of Covid-19. The best we can do is to stay at home and win the war against the deadly virus.  

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