A number of countries around the world have placed travel restrictions in recent weeks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Closures of airports, suspension of all incoming and outgoing flights and national lockdowns are just a few of the steps that countries are taking in an attempt to help control the pandemic.

At least 93 percent of the world’s population currently resides in countries with travel restrictions linked to coronavirus, with about 3 billion people living in countries that implement full border closures with foreigners.


Argentina has now closed its border to all non-residents.


Australia has announced on March 14 that any arrivals will have to quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days.


From 15 March Cyprus will only allow citizens and European employees to join for a 15-day period.

Czech Republic 

Czech Republic will fully close its borders on 16 March to non-residents with no timetable currently in place for reopening.


Denmark closed its frontier for all non-citizens on March 14, which includes a travel and holiday ban.


The EU has for at least 30 days restricted all non-essential travel within the bloc. The UK isn’t included in this. UK left the union of the EU in January.


Has placed a mandatory 14-day quarantine on returning people from China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Spain. Tourist visas were discontinued until April 15.


 Lithuania must close its borders as from midnight on March 16, except for citizens.

New Zealand 

New Zealand has placed a compulsory 14 day set-isolation period for all overseas arrivals except for the South Pacific Islands. Cruise ships were prohibited from reaching New Zealand until 30 June.

North Korea

Has completely closed its border, including with China, from where most arrivals originate. Only diplomats can cross the border but the information is not completely clear.


Oman has suspended all tourist visas from March 15, for a total of one month.


Poland has imposed from March 15, a 10-day ban on international tourists, and a mandatory 14-day quarantine for returning citizens.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia closed all its borders with most flights canceled.


Slovakia has closed its borders and airports and has imposed compulsory quarantine for citizens returning with a fine of €1,659 on anyone who violates this.


Suriname is a former Dutch colony in South America that has closed its frontiers completely.


Ukraine has for the next two weeks closed its doors completely to international arrivals.


Vietnam has confirmed every person coming in who was in the UK or Schengen Region within the last 14 days, shall be refused entry for a period of 30 days.

Countries with Other Restrictions


Transportation from and to Europe of all air and sea voyages suspended from 19 March.

Antigua & Barbuda

 Prohibit entry to passengers who have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea or Singapore recently.


All tourists from France, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and parts of China or who have visited in the last 14 days will be expected to have a medical certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 test result.


 Visa-on-arrival suspension, and self-quarantine required for residents.


Visa has been revoked upon arrival, and entry is banned for European nationals, except the UK. 


Visitors who have recently traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea or Singapore are forbidden from entering.


Mandatory quarantine for passengers who have spent the last 14 days in Italy.


Canada has banned travel for sick passengers and barred most non-residents from entering. Exceptions are in effect for U.S./Mexico travel so the U.S. land border must remain open.


Tourists who arrive in Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan or Guangdong from Italy, South Korea and Japan will enter quarantine for two weeks.


Colombia has closed its Venezuelan border and now has ordered limited entry for anyone who has visited Asia or Europe in the last 14 days. Any person returning has to enter a mandatory self-quarantine.


 Individuals arriving from other countries affected by the virus will isolate themselves for two weeks. Any arrivals from “hard-hit” regions, including Italy, Iran and the Hubei province of China, shall join a government quarantine facility at the expense of the traveler.

Democratic Republic of Congo 

Fourteen days of self-quarantine for travelers who have recently visited affected countries.


Denmark has closed its borders with all foreign nationals until 14 April.

Hong Kong

Visitors from Schengen Area countries to Hong Kong will be taken into quarantine for 14 days.


Israel has compulsory 14-day self-quarantine placed on tourists and residents alike.


Actually Italy is in a lockdown for all tourists.


So far Japan has banned passenger entry in affected regions of China, South Korea or Italy in the last 14 days.


Flights from affected countries suspended.


Kuwait had its airport closed and flights suspended indefinitely. To Kuwait nationals there are some exceptions and some charter flights can still operate.


Annulled all commercial passenger flights between Europe from 20 March for 30 days.


Entry is banned for Bangladesh, China, Iran, Italy or South Korea (Gyeongsang) in the 14 days before arrival.


Ban on entry to travellers who have recently traveled to China, Iran, Italy or South Korea.


Norway has said that visitors from outside the Nordics will have to return home on the Oslo municipality website.


Closed land borders with Spain. Subjected to non-essential EU travel restrictions.


Qatar has suspended entry into Qatar for non-Qataris, however transit passengers on Qatar Airways via Doha can still travel if they do not leave the airport.

Republic of Congo

Ban on entry to travellers who have recently traveled to China, Iran, Italy or South Korea.


Closing land borders with Poland and Norway, and restricting flights in the European Union to only Capital Cities.

Saint Lucia

Ban on entry to travellers who have visited China, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, South Korea or Singapore in the 14 days before arrival.


Citizens and residents must be quarantined for 14 days and visitors from the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland are not allowed to enter or transit.


Slovenia has closed its borders to non-residents.

South Africa

South Africa is closing its borders to citizens from high-risk countries from March 18. This includes Italy, the U.K., U.S., South Korea and China. Visas will be refused to anyone who has visited a high-risk country in the last 20 days, and 35 of the country’s 53 land ports will also be shut as of Monday.

South Korea

South Korea has currently only suspended entry for passengers from Hubei province in China.


Has stopped giving out visas on arrival and requires that anyone traveling to Thailand presents a medical certificate prior to receiving a visa in advance.


Entry is not allowed for visitors from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden. This also includes anyone who has visited these countries in the last 14 days. Flights from these nations are suspended but do not apply to Turkish nationals.


The UAE has temporarily suspended the issuance of all entry visas (except for visa waiver on arrival eligible countries) from March 17. This will be effective as of March 17.



Self-quarantine for 14 days for travellers who have recently visited affected countries.

United States

Entry is suspended until at least April 13 for any resident of Schengen Area countries, the U.K. and Ireland. This also includes anyone who has visited these countries in the last 14 days. Legal permanent residents and most immediate family members of U.S. citizens are still permitted entry.


Any passengers arriving from the following countries must enter a mandatory quarantine for 14 days: China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Iran, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.


Venezuela has suspended flights to Europe and Colombia until April 13.


Vietnam has suspended entry from 15 March for all Schengen country visitors including the U.K. This extends to any visit in these countries in the last 14 days, even if for transit.

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