A Guide to Coronavirus-Related Travel Restriction for Every Country in the World

To contain the spread of Coronavirus and to minimize its effect, countries have taken a variety of measures to restrict travel. Currently, most countries in the world have ceased issuing visas, and suspended the entry of foreigners — even those with valid visas. Below we have compiled information regarding current travel bans and closures. Because these directives can change at any moment, some of the information may be superseded by a later order, so always check with the country in question’s embassy site before planning travel. 

Visa-Adviser will endeavor to edit/update this listing as possible throughout the travel restriction period.

Additionally, European countries that are part of the 26 Schengen countries are given the same notice, as they share a common border towards third country nationals. 

Afghanistan: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Albania: Borders closed to non-essential traffic. Flights suspended.

Algeria: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Angola: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Antigua and Barbuda: Borders closed to non-essential traffic. Visitors who have traveled to and from China, Italy, Iran, Japan, Korea and Singapore the past 28 days are banned.

Argentina: Borders closed to non-resident traffic.

Armenia: Borders with Iran and Georgia closed.

Australia: Borders closed to non-essential and foreign traffic. Australian citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians or dependants only). If traveling from China, Iran, the Republic of Korea, or Italy they will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day they left.

Austria: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Azerbaijan: Borders closed except through Russia. Russia’s borders are closed. 

Bahrain: Self-quarantine for 14 days is required of all travelers. Borders closed to visa-on-arrival.

Bangladesh: International flights from Europe (except UK) banned until March 31st.  

Barbados: Travelers from the U.S., U.K. and the rest of Europe, China, Italy, Iran and South Korea will need to self-quarantine for 14 days starting on March 19th.

Belarus: Its neighbors have closed borders.

Belgium: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Belize: Travelers who have traveled to China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, the UK, and Europe within the last 30 days are banned from entry starting on March 15.

Benin: Self-quarantine required for those arriving from Coronavirus hotbeds. Some flights canceled.

Bhutan: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Bolivia: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Coronarivus Update: Borders closed to non-essential traffic. Self-quarantine required for arriving visitors for 14 days.

Botswana: Most borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Brazil: Travelers from Australia, China, EU, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea are banned. Land borders are banned. 

Brunei: Self-monitor required for all arrivals.

Bulgaria: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Burkina Faso: The international airports will be closed for two weeks to non-essential traffic starting on March 20th. 

Burundi: Borders closed to Rwanda traffic. Arriving travelers shall be quarantined for 14 days.

Cambodia: Travelers from Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the US are barred from Entry for 30 days starting on March 17th.

Cameroon: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Canada: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Cape Verde: Seaports, borders closed to non-essential travel.

Central African Republic: Travelers from coronavirus hotbed countries are subjected to a 14-day self-quarantine. 

Chad: Air traffic suspended.

Chile: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

China: Travelers arriving in Beijing, Anhui, and Sanya must quarantine at designated locations for 14 days.

Colombia: Borders closed to non-essential traffic. Visitors from Europe or Asia or who has been in the region in past 14 days, are barred. Returning residents from affected areas are subjected to quarantine.

Comoros: Borders are essentially closed as travelers must spend 14 days in a country without any recorded cases prior to arrival.

Costa Rica: Borders closed to non-essential traffic. Returning residents are subjected to a 14-day quarantine.

Croatia: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Cuba: Airport screening for symptoms.

Cyprus: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Czech Republic: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Self-quarantine required for those arriving from Coronavirus hotbeds. Some flights canceled.

Denmark: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Djibouti: All international flights suspended.

Dominica: Flights from Milan, Italy banned. Currently seeking to close borders to non-essential traffic.

Dominican Republic: Borders closed to non-essential travel starting March 19, 2020.

East Timor: Ban on foreigners who recently visited coronavirus hotbeds. Those who have visited non-hot bed regions must provide a medical certificate accompanied by a photo. 

Ecuador: Borders closed to non-essential traffic from March 16, for 21 days.

Egypt: Air traffic grounded from March 19th until March 31st.

El Salvador: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Equatorial Guinea: Borders closed to non-essential travel over the next 30 days starting on March 16th.

Eritrea: Borders closed to Ethiopian traffic. Quarantine for those arriving from or who have visited China, Italy, Germany, South Korea, USA in the past 14 days.

Estonia: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Ethiopia: Self-quarantine required for those arriving from Coronavirus hotbeds. Some flights canceled.

Fiji: Borders closed to foreigners who have been to China in the past 14 days.

Finland: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

France: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Gabon: Borders closed to Cameroon traffic. Ban on travelers from Coronavirus hotbeds, and those returning are subjected to self-quarantine. 

Gambia: Self-quarantine required for those arriving from Coronavirus hotbeds. Some flights canceled.

Georgia: Borders closed to non-essential traffic from Russia.

Germany: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Ghana: Entry banned for those coming from countries with 200+ coronavirus cases in past 14 days.

Greece: Borders closed to non-essential traffic. Self-quarantine required for new arrivals for 14 days.

Grenada: Travelers who have visited Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Iran, Italy, or Germany in the last 14 days will be quarantined or face other restrictions.

Guatemala: Borders closed to non-essential traffic for 15 days from March 16th.

Guinea: All visitors must submit passports for monitoring for 14 days.

Guinea Bissau: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Guyana: Airports closed to non-essential traffic from March 18 for two weeks.

Haiti: All flights (except from USA) canceled, and border with Dominican Republic closed.

Honduras: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Hong Kong: Borders closed to foreigners.

Hungary: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Iceland: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

India: Borders with Myanmar closed to non-essential traffic. Flights to South Korea and Italy suspended until March 25 and March 28 respectively. Visa issuance suspended. Those arriving from or who have visited China, France, Italy, Iran, Germany, South Korea, and Spain must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Indonesia: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Iran: Neighbors of Iran closed borders to Iran traffic.

Iraq: Borders closed to Iran and Kuwait. All flights suspended from March 17th to 24th.

Ireland: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Israel: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Italy: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Ivory Coast: Foreigners from countries with over 100 Coronavirus cases are banned from entries.

Jamaica: Travelers from Coronavirus hotbed (China, Iran, Singapore, South Korea, Europe) face travel restrictions and self-quarantine.

Japan: Travelers from 38 countries will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days (26 members of the European Schengen countries, as well as Ireland, Andorra, Iran, Britain, Egypt, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, the Vatican, Bulgaria, Monaco and Romania). Travelers from who’ve visited China’s affected provinces, South Korea, Iran, Italy, some provinces of Spain, Switzerland, and Iceland, are banned from entry.

Jordan: Borders closed to all but essential travelers. All flights suspended. Travelers from China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, France, Germany, and Spain are barred from entry.

Kazakhstan: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Kenya: Borders closed to foreigners from countries with coronavirus. Arriving citizens must self quarantine or stay at government designated facilities.

Kiribati: Ban on all travelers from China. Those from Coronavirus hotbeds must self-quarantine. 

Kosovo: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Kuwait: All commercial flights banned.

Kyrgyzstan: Borders closed to all foreigners.

Laos: All visa issuance suspended to Chinese nationals. Those arriving from Coronavirus hotbeds are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. 

Latvia: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Lebanon: Flights from China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea banned. Border with Syria closed.

Lesotho: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Liberia: All visitors coming from affected areas must submit to quarantine for 14 days.

Libya: Flights suspended for three weeks. Borders closed.

Liechtenstein: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Lithuania: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Luxembourg: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Macau: All foreign travelers banned from entry, except those from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Madagascar: Commercial flights banned for 30 days starting from March 20th.

Malawi: Ban on travelers arriving from Coronavirus outbreak countries.

Malaysia: Borders closed to non-essential traffic until March 31st.

Maldives: Borders closed to foreigners (Bangladesh, China, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, UK) and flights from coronavirus hotbed countries (China, Italy, South Korea).

Mali: All flights from counties affected by the virus suspended indefinitely.

Malta: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Mauritania: Travelers form Europe and other Coronavirus hotbeds are subjected to a mandatory quarantine.

Mauritius: Borders closed to all non-essential travel starting on March 20th. Movements restricted within country.

Mexico: Air travel suspended to and from Europe. Border with USA closed to non-essential travel.

Micronesia: Nationals of Micronesia are banned from non-essential travel, and any travel to China.  Foreign visitors must be subjected to a 14-day quarantine at a location without cases of Coronavirus.

Moldova: Borders closed to all non-essential travel.

Monaco: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Mongolia: Borders closed to non-essential traffic until March 28th.

Montenegro: Two out of three borders with Bosnia and Herzegovina closed. Ports closed to cruising and vessel traffic. Self-quarantine for 14 days required for those who recently visited Austria, Denmark, Japan, France, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland. Ban on those who have recently visited China, Iran, South Korea, Austria, Japan, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland.

Morocco: Borders closed to all non-essential travel. Flights to/from 25 countries grounded (China, Spain, Italy, France, Algeria, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chad, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Senegal, Switzerland, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and the UAE).

Mozambique: Three land borders closed. Self-quarantine required for those arriving from Coronavirus hotbeds. Some flights canceled.

Myanmar: Border with China and India closed. Those from affected regions of China and South Korea are banned. Those arriving from other regions in China and South Korea, and from Iran, Italy, France, Germany, or Spain must provide a medical certificate, and be self-quarantined for 14 days.

Namibia: Four land borders closed. Flights from Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany suspended for 30 days starting on March 14th.

Nauru: Travelers from China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Macao, or South Korea, or who have visited these countries 21 days prior to arrival, are banned from entry.

Nepal: On arrival visas suspended, land borders, and ports closed to foreigners until April 30th.

Netherlands: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

New Zealand: Borders closed to all but essential traffic. Seaports closed to cruise traffic until June 30th. Returning residents must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Nicaragua: Currently no restriction in place.

Niger: International airport will be closed for two weeks from March 20th. Land borders will also be closed.

Nigeria: All international flights suspended. 

North Korea: Borders closed.

North Macedonia: Borders closed.

Norway: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Oman: Borders closed to tourists and cruise ships.  

Pakistan: Borders closed and international flights limited.

Palau: Entry denied if you have traveled to or transited through China, Hong Kong or Macau in the previous 14 days. Those who enter must self-quarantine for 14 days. Visa issuance ceased until April 30th.

Panama: Borders closed to all foreign travelers.

Papua New Guinea: Borders closed to those who  have traveled to mainland China within 14 days of arrival.

Paraguay: Land border with Brazil closed to non-essential traffic. Flights from Europe suspended.

Peru: Borders closed to non-essential traffic from March 16th, for 15 days.

Philippines: All flights in and out of Manila suspended until April 14th.

Poland: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Portugal: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Qatar: All in-bound flights suspended, except transit flights.

Republic of Serbia: Borders closed to those from high-risk countries.

Republic of the Congo: Ban on entry to travelers from or who recently visited China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

Romania: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Russia: Borders closed to China, Iran, Norway, and Poland.

Rwanda: All flights suspended from March 20th for 30 days. Travelers who recently visited affected countries are subjected to self-quarantine.  

Saint Kitts and Nevis: The government has asked foreigners from China, Italy, Iran, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, the UK, France, Germany and Spain to not visit. If they arrive, they will be subjected to 14-day quarantine

Saint Lucia: Foreigners from or those who have visited China, Singapore, South Korea, Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Spain and the UK in the last 14 days before their scheduled arrival in St. Lucia will not be permitted into the country. Borders closed to cruise traffic.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Visitors to mainland China, South Korea, Iran and Italy, in the last 14 days shall be subjected to a two-week quarantine.

Samoa: All arriving foreigners need to have a medical certificate three days prior to arrival that they are free from Coronavirus.

Sao Tome and Principe: Entry of all visitors prohibited from March 19th for 15 days.

Saudi Arabia: All international flights suspended until March 31st.

Senegal: Ban on all commercial flights from March 20th until further notice.

Seychelles: Travel ban on those arriving from EU and UK. Those arriving from China, Iran, and South Korea will be placed on a 14-day quarantine.  

Sierra Leone: All travelers from China are subjected to a 14-day quarantine.

Singapore: Travelers from France, Germany, Italy and Spain within the last 14 days will be barred from entry.  Cruising traffic closed until further notice.

Slovakia: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Slovenia: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Solomon Islands: Travelers from or who have visited China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Italy, Hong Kong, Thailand, Iran, Taiwan or Macau during the past 14 days will be refused entry.

Somalia: Travelers from or who has visited China, Iran, the Republic of Korea or Italy within the preceding 14 days will be barred from entry. Others may be subjected to screening and quarantine.

South Africa: Travelers from or those who have visited Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, the US, the UK and China are barred from entry.  Half of its land borders are closed. Visa on arrival is suspended.

South Korea: Ports are closed to cruise traffic until further notice. Visas to residents of China’s Hubei providence canceled and travel banned. Visa-free entry to Jeju Island cancelled.

South Sudan: Cancellation of visas and permits, and prohibition of non-essential travels.

Spain: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Sri Lanka: All incoming international flights banned for two weeks starting March 17th.  Visa on arrival suspended. Ports closed to cruise traffic. Travelers banned from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Sudan: Flights suspended to and from Korea, China, Japan, Italy, Iran, Spain, Egypt and France. Land borders and seaports closed to non-essential traffic.  

Suriname: Borders closed to non-essential travel.

Swaziland: Informal borders between South Africa and Swaziland closed. Six formal land borders closed.

Sweden: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Switzerland: Borders closed to non-essential traffic.

Syria: Borders with Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, and Kurdistan region are closed, and flights from Iran are suspended.

Taiwan: Borders closed to foreigners coming from high-risk countries (China, Hong Kong, Macau), and to cruising traffic. Those arriving from Europe’s Schengen countries, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, and UK are subjected to quarantine for 14 days.

Tajikistan: Travelers from Afghanistan, the People’s Republic of China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine.  

Thailand: Travelers from Iran, Italy, China, Korea, Hong Kong and Macao must have a health certificate and travel medical insurance coverage of at least 100K. Travelers from the US must self-monitor and report.  Thai citizens need a certificate to show proof of citizenship from a Thai Embassy and a “fit to fly” medical certificate to return from abroad.

The Bahamas: Foreign nationals who have travelled within the last 20 days from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, China, Iran, Italy and South Korea will be bar from entry.

Togo: Closed borders to non-essential travel, starting March 20th for two weeks. 

Tonga: Travelers from or who have visited China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Italy, Iran, or Daegu and Cheongdo County in South Korea, will need to provide medical clearance and self quarantine for 14 days.

Trinidad and Tobago: Borders closed to non-essential travel for two weeks starting from March 17th. Cruising traffic suspended until April 2020.

Tunisia: Borders closed to non-essential travel.

Turkey: Flights to and from 68 countries are temporary suspended. Foreigners who were in these countries the last 14 days shall be barred from entry. Land borders with Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan, and Georgia are closed.

Turkmenistan: Flights to China and Thailand are suspended, and land borders with Iran and Uzbekistan are closed. Some incoming flights suspended until April 1st.

Tuvalu: Travelers arriving from Coronavirus hotheads must provide a medical examination three days before arriving. Those present in China within 30 days prior to arrival are barred from entry. 

Uganda: All Ugandans banned from traveling to the countries most affected by coronavirus. Ugandans returning from those countries are subjected to a 14-day quarantine period at their expense. Foreigners from China, Iran, Italy and South Korea are banned from entry.

Ukraine: Borders closed to foreigners.

United Arab Emirates: Flights to and from Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey are suspended from March 17th until further notice. Visa issuance temporary suspended and those with valid resident visas are suspended from entry for two weeks, effective Thursday March 19th.

United Kingdom: The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice took effect immediately on 17 March and applies initially for a period of 30 days.

United Republic of Tanzania: Various flight bans including flights from Europe, China, and India.

United States of America: Temporary flight ban from Europe to the USA for 30-days due to Coronorivus. This restriction does not apply to US legal residents for immediate relatives of US citizens. 

US borders with Canada and Mexico are closed to all but essential travels. 

US suspends flights from China. Entry is banned for those who have traveled to China in the past 14 days. 

US bans entry of those who have traveled to Iran in the past 14 days.

Uruguay: Flights from Europe are suspended starting March 20th. Travelers from China, Iran, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, South Korea, and Singapore, must go through a 14 day quarantine.

Uzbekistan: Borders are closed to foreigners arriving and to locals from departing.

Vanuatu: Travel to and from any country with more than 100 cases of COVID-19 is suspended until further notice.

Vatican City: Same as Italy.

Venezuela: Flights from Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Europe are suspended for 30 stays starting on March 12th.  Nation under quarantine.

Vietnam: All flights to and from China, Hong Kong, and Macau are suspended. Land border with China closed.

Travelers from the 26 Schengen countries, the UK and Northern Ireland, China, South Korea, and Iran, or those who have visited or transited through these countries in the past 14 days, will not be issued visas or allowed entry into Vietnam. This also applies to those who currently hold visas or visa letters, until April 14th. 

New arrivals from other places shall be suspended or placed under quarantine.

Yemen: All fights are suspended at airports under the government’s control.  

Zambia: Ban on all foreign travel by nationals and residents who returned from abroad are encouraged to self-quarantine.

Zimbabwe:  The president asks foreigners planning to visit Zimbabwe to postpone their plans for at least 30 days and prohibits non-essential travel by locals.

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