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People arriving in the UK from more than 50 low-risk countries including France, Germany and Italy - known as travel corridors - no longer need to quarantine, but there's a 14-day quarantine period for travellers from Spain.

Information is changing every day which can make it hard to keep up with the facts that are most relevant to you. We’re continually keeping this page up to date regarding the current Coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19, and what impact it might have on your travel plans. So whether you need it now, or in the near future, it’s worth a bookmark.

We strongly recommend reading the Coronavirus advice from your local authorities and governments, such as the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), as well as the guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO).

This page was last updated on 9 August 2020. To our knowledge, the information on this page was correct at the time of publication.

Coronavirus travel restrictions and bans

Government travel advice

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the WHO, the FCO and UK government response are offering Coronavirus travel advice for people overseas.

On 8 June the UK introduced a 14-day quarantine measure for all international arrivals. However, from 10 July, people arriving in the UK from more than 50 low-risk countries including France, Germany and Italy no longer need to quarantine. Countries with high infection rates, including the USA, will be exempt from the travel corridors list. The list is under constant review.

Currently, due to rising COVID-19 cases, travellers from Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in the UK.

The FCO still advises British nationals against all but essential international travel to all countries not included on the travel corridors list.

On 1 July, the European Union (EU) opened to visitors from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. China will be included if it also opens its borders to EU travellers, but travellers from Brazil, India, Russia and the USA are excluded.

The list will be revisited every two weeks to add countries that are doing better or remove those that have worsened in terms of coronavirus cases. Freedom of movement between EU countries (including the UK until it officially leaves the EU) has been reinstated.

Beyond the EU, some ‘travel bubbles’ are being considered. These would allow reciprocal open borders between certain countries – for example, there’s a proposed Trans-Tasman bubble between Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania and the Pacific Island.

Coronavirus travel bans and restrictions by country

How does the COVID-19 outbreak impact travel within Europe and to the rest of the world? We have summarised the Coronavirus travel restrictions that currently apply for a number of popular countries.

  • France: Borders opened to non-essential travel on 15 June. Arrivals from outside the UK, European Area, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay are asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in mainland France.
  • Greece: You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before your arrival in Greece. The form is online, in English. Once you have completed the form, you will receive a QR code to show to the Greek authorities on arrival. Random coronavirus testing is taking place at airports, and if you are selected you must self-isolate at the address given on your PLF form until you receive your results.
  • Japan: Entry to Japan is denied for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to the UK or this list of countries in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances.
  • Italy: Borders are open to international tourists, but travellers from outside the EU, Schengen area and UK must self-isolate for 14 days. Arrivals from those areas will not be subject to quarantine measures and theatres, concert halls, cinemas are open.
  • Thailand: Limited passenger flights began operating on 1 July but are only available to Thai citizens and residents.
  • Spain: Borders reopened on 21 June to the UK, European Union and Schengen-area countries but due to rising cases of COVID-19, the UK imposed a 14-day quarantine measure for all travellers returning from Spain from 25 July. The FCO advises against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain. Spain’s Canary and Balearic Islands are not covered by the advice to avoid travel, but are subject to the quarantine.
  • Poland: Poland’s borders reopened to tourists on 13 June. EU, European Economic Area, EFTA and UK nationals do not need to quarantine on arrival.
  • Egypt: International flights resumed on 1 July. All arrivals must have their temperatures taken, complete a monitoring card with personal details and provide proof of health insurance.
  • Bulgaria: Arrivals from the UK are allowed and no longer need to self-isolate.
  • United Arab Emirates: Only UAE Citizens, including British residents of the UAE, are allowed to enter, apart from Dubai, where visitors are allowed to enter, subject to health criteria. Before flying, visitors must complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form, to print out and give to airport officials. They also must have international health insurance and have had a negative PCR Covid-19 test a maximum of four days before their departure date. They will also have to register their details on the Covid-19 DXB app.
  • USA: With the exception of US citizens and permanent residents, anyone who has visited Europe, including the UK and Ireland, in the last 14 days is banned from entering the country.

Latest information about airlines & Coronavirus flight cancellations

A number of countries have imposed travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Airlines have been suspending flights since March. Check the FCO website for daily updates on specific destinations.

To find out about specific airline route information, as well as current Coronavirus flight cancellations, rebooking or refund policies, you can find all the latest news and travel updates on their websites or check with the International Air Travel Association.

Now, flights are running, although those in operation are exercising social distancing and mandatory mask wearing. Quarantine on arrival usually applies. Check the entry criteria for each destination before travelling, on the IATA information page.

  • Ryanair: Over 99% of flights were grounded until 20 June, but 40% of scheduled flights are running from 1 July. If your flight gets cancelled due to the Coronavirus you will be notified by email and SMS, and given the option to request a refund, rebook or re-route your journey.
  • easyJet: The airline is running flights at 40% of its normal capacity. If you’ve been affected by a flight cancellation, you will be contacted by the airline to discuss your options.
  • Jet2: Flights and holidays resumed on 15 July 2020. Customers whose travel plans were affected will be contacted by the customer services team to discuss their options.
  • Wizz Air: From 16 June, Wizz Air initiated flights from London Luton airport to Faro in Portugal, and from the start of July to Corfu, Heraklion, Rhodes and Zakynthos in Greece. If a previous booking was affected you will be offered a refund or credit for a future flight plus 20% of the original fare paid.
  • Emirates: Emirates is operating passenger flights from Dubai to over 60 cities worldwide. Other airline passengers can transit through Dubai airport. If your flight was cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions you can complete a Travel Voucher request form to re-book your flight up to 24 months later. Travellers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Sudan, Tanzania and USA must provide a PCR health certificate on arrival. 
  • Norwegian: Norwegian Airlines is operating a limited flight schedule until further notice. If your flight is cancelled you will receive confirmation via SMS and email. You can request a refund of your unused ticket, or opt for flight credit and get an extra 20% towards a future trip. 
  • TUI: TUI began holidays again on 10 July 2020 but on 26 July decided to cancel all holidays to mainland Spain up to and including 9 August 2020. If your trip was affected by the pandemic, you’ll receive a refund credit for the full value of your holiday, and a separate booking incentive up to 20%.
  • KLM: Existing bookings can be rebooked free of charge for travel until 30 June 2021. If your flight was cancelled by the airline between 15 March and 4 June you are eligible for a refund. For other flights, refund and rebooking options differ depending on when the flight was booked and scheduled for departure.
  • Virgin Atlantic: Passenger flights from London Heathrow to New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Hong Kong and Shanghai resumed on 20 July, with further routes reopening in August. If you want to change your booking, you can rebook for travel up to 30 September 2022. If your flight is cancelled, you will be contacted to discuss refund and rebooking options, and your ticket will automatically be kept open as credit to use up to 31 May 2022.
  • Vueling Airlines: You’ll receive an email from the airline if your flight is cancelled, as well as a URL to a form where you’ll be able to reschedule your flight for free or request a refund.
  • British Airways: If your flight has been cancelled you can claim a voucher to the value of your booking online or call customer services to discuss refund options. Vouchers will be valid for travel until 30 April 2022 and can be used as payment, or part payment, for a future booking.
  • Finnair: Bookings made up to 31 August 2020 can be rescheduled free of charge, and cancelled flights scheduled for departure after 1 July can be rebooked free of charge until 31 May 2021. If your flight is cancelled you will be contacted by the airline to discuss rebooking or refund options.
  • Turkish Airlines: Flights were suspended until 28 May 2020. Any bookings made before 20 March 2020 can be rebooked free of charge until 28 February 2021, and bookings made after 20 March 2020 can be rescheduled for free until 31 December 2021.

Have you been impacted by Coronavirus flight cancellations? Get more useful advice in our article on what to do if your flight is cancelled or delayed.

FAQs

While this is a fast-developing situation, here are four Coronavirus travel need-to-knows:

What precautions should I take while travelling during the coronavirus disease outbreak?

There are a lot of practical steps you can take. Regularly wash your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel), avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth and stay at least two metres away from someone who is coughing or sneezing. Airlines that are in operation are enforcing social distancing, and mask-wearing is usually mandatory. Read more.

What should I do if I am still abroad?

The FCO still advises British nationals against all but essential international travel to all countries not included on the travel corridors list. Please visit the FCO website to check the latest advice from wherever you are in the world. If you need to change your flight to return from one of these destinations, start by contacting your airline straight away.

I want to cancel my travel plans due to the Coronavirus. How do I do this and can I get a refund?

First of all, call the airline, hotel or online travel agent you booked with. Not sure which company you used? You’ll see their name on your bank or credit card statement as well as the email you received from them to confirm the booking. You’ll find more details, including contact information, on our help page.

My flight has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. How do I get a refund?

Call the airline or online travel agent. With so many travel plans changed, it may take longer than usual to speak to someone who can help but keep trying. If the airline or online travel agent tells you that a refund isn’t available or they’ve stopped trading, it might be worth getting in touch with your credit card company if that’s how you booked. If you have travel insurance, get in touch with your provider as well.

Will my travel insurance cover Coronavirus flight cancellations?

It depends on your policy. Check their website or give them a call to find out more.

For more answers to commonly asked questions on Coronavirus (COVID-19), click here. We have also responded to the top questions from our traveller community in a Q&A which is available here.

This page was last updated on 9 August 2020. To our knowledge, the information on this page was correct at the time of publication. However, given the nature of the COVID-19 crisis, information will vary by location and change at short notice and over time. We will do our best to keep this page up-to-date, however this cannot be guaranteed.

This page has been created for general guidance only and has not been designed for you or any specific circumstances relevant to you. It is highly recommended that you check your government’s latest travel advice before travelling or making any decisions to travel.