74 countries have now scrapped all Covid travel restrictions – here's our complete guide

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Covid rules are being jettisoned around the world, with nearly every European country – including the UK – and many nations beyond Europe now completely free from travel restrictions.

However, testing remains in place for some long-haul trips, unvaccinated or unboosted people are still banned from some countries entirely, mask rules linger, and Covid passports are sometimes used.

Our regularly updated country-by-country guide explains the key restrictions in all major holiday destinations so you know what to expect. However, they change fast, so it would be wise to cross-reference against the Foreign Office website too. Find out how to get a Covid pass, test or proof of recovery ahead of your holiday in our dedicated guides.

Europe

No entry restrictions – regardless of vaccination status

  1. Albania

  2. Austria –­ although FFP2 face masks are compulsory on public transport in Vienna.

  3. Belgium

  4. Bulgaria

  5. Bosnia and Herzegovina

  6. Croatia

  7. Cyprus – although use of a face mask is compulsory in all indoor venues and on all public transport for everyone aged 12 and above. Failure to comply with restrictions may result in a €300 fine.

  8. Czech Republic

  9. Denmark

  10. Estonia

  11. Finland

  12. France – some towns and cities may require mask wearing on public transport.

  13. Germany – medical grade masks, usually FFP-2 masks, are legally required on public transport.

  14. Greece – masks still required on public transport and in hospitals, plus in pharmacies, taxis, and indoor spaces on boats.

  15. Hungary

  16. Iceland

  17. Ireland

  18. Italy – the use of FFP2 masks remains compulsory on public transport within the country, and all passengers entering Italy by ferry, train or coach must also wear a mask.

  19. Latvia

  20. Liechtenstein

  21. Lithuania

  22. Malta

  23. Moldova

  24. Montenegro – wearing facemasks is mandatory on public transport, plus in grocery shops, pharmacies, petrol stations and in communal areas in hotels. Non-compliance is punishable by law and subject to fines ranging from €100 to €2,000.

  25. Netherlands

  26. North Macedonia – there is still a requirement to wear masks in hospitals, pharmacies and on public transport.

  27. Norway – although all travellers arriving in Svalbard must evidence a negative antigen rapid Covid test result taken within 24 hours before departure to Svalbard and are still required to take a Covid test within 24 hours of arrival.

  28. Poland

  29. Portugal

  30. Romania

  31. Serbia – masks are still required on public transport.

  32. Slovenia

  33. Sweden

  34. Switzerland

  35. Turkey

  36. UK

Restrictions remain

Spain

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you can enter Spain presenting one of the following documents:

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

  • proof of having recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months.

The use of face coverings is mandatory for anyone over the age of six years if you are on any form of public transport in Spain.

Slovakia

UK nationals who are not fully vaccinated may only enter if they are one of the following:

  • a resident in Slovakia

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

  • commercial transport personnel

  • a student studying in Slovakia

  • transiting Slovakia within 8 hours

  • you fall under certain limited exemptions

Luxembourg

If arriving by air, you must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated, or proof of recovery during the last year, to enter Luxembourg.

Luxembourg will accept the UK’s proof of Covid-19 recovery and vaccination record.

Kosovo

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 48 hours before entry) when entering Kosovo.

If you’re not fully vaccinated but have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days you can enter Kosovo. You’ll need to show evidence of a positive PCR test (taken more than 21 days and less than 90 days ago).

Rest of the world: at a glance

No travel restrictions:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda

  2. Argentina

  3. Armenia

  4. Aruba

  5. Australia

  6. Bahrain

  7. Chile – vaccine passports and travel insurance covering a minimum of $30,000 USD for Covid-related issues required, however.

  8. Costa Rica

  9. Cuba – travellers may be screened for symptoms at the airport.

  10. Curacao

  11. Dominican Republic – vaccine passports required.

  12. Egypt

  13. El Salvador

  14. Georgia

  15. Grenada

  16. Israel

  17. Jamaica – travellers may be screened for symptoms at the airport.

  18. Jordan – all non-Jordanian travellers should complete the 'Travel To Jordan Declaration Form'.

  19. Kazakhstan

  20. Kuwait

  21. Kyrgyzstan

  22. Madagascar

  23. Malaysia – mask rules remain, however.

  24. Maldives

  25. Mauritius

  26. Mexico

  27. Mongolia – passengers are required to fill out medical declaration forms upon arrival at border checkpoints.

  28. Namibia

  29. New Zealand – a medical declaration form must still be completed.

  30. Oman

  31. Rwanda

  32. Saudi Arabia

  33. South Africa

  34. St Lucia

  35. Trinidad and Tobago

  36. Vietnam

  37. Uzbekistan

  38. Yemen – FCDO advises against travel.

Only vaccinated/boosted travellers permitted:

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Kenya

  • Philippines

  • Puerto Rico

  • Singapore

  • US

Test(s) required for unvaccinated arrivals:

  • Barbados

  • The Bahamas

  • Cambodia

  • Colombia

  • Dominica

  • Dubai

  • Ecuador – plus vaccine passports.

  • Guatemala

  • India

  • Japan

  • Laos

  • Morocco

  • Myanmar – FCDO advises against travel.

  • Nicaragua

  • Paraguay

  • Peru – plus vaccine passports.

  • Seychelles

  • Sri Lanka – FCDO advises against travel.

  • Tanzania

  • Thailand

  • Tunisia

  • Uruguay

Test(s) required for all arrivals:

  • Indonesia

  • Qatar

  • South Korea

  • Venezuela

Closed entirely:

  • China

  • Taiwan

  • Turkmenistan

Rest of the world: in detail

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

The Americas

Bolivia

All arrivals aged four and above must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 72 hours of departure).

Brazil

All travellers aged 11 and over must be fully vaccinated to visit Brazil. Unvaccinated under-12s can visit with a fully vaccinated parent.

Canada

Covid: All over-11s must be vaccinated (two doses) to enter Canada. Unvaccinated children aged 5-11 can visit if accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent (but they are expected to wear a mask in public settings). Upon entry, you may be randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test. If positive, you will be expected to quarantine for 10 days. Masks are still required on public transport, including flights.

Non Covid: Visitors travelling to Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada.

Chile

Chile has no major restrictions on entry, but visitors must be vaccinated to receive a “mobility pass” and gain entry to indoor public venues such as hotels and restaurants. Masks rules also remain.

Furthermore, non-resident foreigners need to hold proof of travel insurance covering a minimum of $30,000 for Covid-related issues.

Colombia

All adults must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 72 hours of departure).

Ecuador

All arrivals aged three and above must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 72 hours of departure). Proof of vaccination may also be required to enter some establishments.

Nicaragua

All arrivals must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test.

Peru

All arrivals aged 12 and over must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 48 hours of departure). Vaccine passes are also in use and mask rules remain.

USA

Covid: All adults must be vaccinated (two doses) to enter the US. Unvaccinated children may be required to attest that they will take a test three to five days after arrival and will self-isolate should any symptoms develop or if they test positive.

Non Covid: You will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor.

The Caribbean

Bahamas

All arrivals aged 12 and above must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 72 hours of departure).

Barbados

All adults must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within three days of arrival).

Dominica

All arrivals aged 12 and above must present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival or a negative Rapid Antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival.

Africa and the Indian Ocean

Botswana

All arrivals aged 12 and over must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 72 hours of departure).

Kenya

All arrivals aged 18 and over must be fully vaccinated to visit Kenya.

Morocco

All arrivals aged 12 and over must present proof of vaccination (including three doses unless the second was within the previous four months) or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 72 hours of departure).

Seychelles

All arrivals aged 12 and over must present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival or a negative Rapid Antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before arrival.

Tanzania

All arrivals aged five and above must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 72 hours of departure).

Tunisia

All adults must present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival or a negative Rapid Antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before arrival.

Uganda

All arrivals aged five and above must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 72 hours of departure).

Zimbabwe

All arrivals aged five and above must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 48 hours of departure).

Asia and Oceania

Cambodia

Unvaccinated travellers must take a Covid test on arrival at a cost of $5. In the event of a positive test result, they will be expected to self-isolate, possibly at a designated state-run treatment centre, at their own cost.

India

All arrivals aged five and above must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 72 hours of departure).

Indonesia

All arrivals aged 12 and above must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 72 hours of departure). Unvaccinated arrivals are also required to self-isolate for five days.

Japan

Britons may visit Japan if they have booked a tour with an approved travel agency. Unvaccinated arrivals are required to take a test before departure, triple-vaccinated are free from testing rules. There is currently a daily cap of 50,000 on overseas arrivals. All travellers need to obtain a visa.

Laos

All arrivals must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 48 hours of departure).

South Korea

There are no vaccination requirements, but all arrivals, including children, are required to take a PCR test within 24 hours of entering South Korea. You must remain in your accommodation or residence until you have received a negative result, and if your test is positive you will be required to stay at a quarantine centre for seven days.

Sri Lanka

All arrivals aged 12 and above must present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival or a negative Rapid Antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before arrival.

Thailand

All adults must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 72 hours of departure).

UAE (including Dubai)

All arrivals aged 16 and older must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test (taken within 48 hours of departure).

This article is kept updated with the latest information.

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