67 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 at least 31 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. 

Europe at a glance

No entry restrictions – regardless of vaccination status

  1. Albania
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  6. Croatia
  7. Cyprus
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Denmark
  10. Estonia
  11. Finland
  12. France
  13. Germany
  14. Greece
  15. Hungary
  16. Iceland
  17. Ireland
  18. Italy
  19. Kosovo
  20. Latvia
  21. Liechtenstein
  22. Lithuania
  23. Malta
  24. Moldova
  25. Montenegro
  26. North Macedonia
  27. Norway
  28. Poland
  29. Portugal
  30. Romania
  31. Serbia
  32. Slovenia
  33. Sweden
  34. Switzerland
  35. Turkey
  36. UK

Restrictions remain

Netherlands 

Only fully vaccinated UK nationals who can provide acceptable proof of vaccination, which includes the UK Covid Pass, are allowed to enter the Netherlands.

If you have received a booster (or third dose), you are considered fully vaccinated for entry into the Netherlands. There is currently no expiry date for booster jabs. If you have not received a booster (or third dose), but have received two doses of a vaccine approved for use by Netherlands, then you qualify as fully vaccinated, if one of the following applies:

  • at least 14 days and no more than 270 days have passed since receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) or;
  • at least 28 days and no more than 270 days have passed since receiving the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine

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. 

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.

Rest of the world at a glance

No travel restrictions:

  1. Argentina
  2. Armenia
  3. Aruba
  4. Australia
  5. Bahrain
  6. Chile (vaccine passports, however)
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Cuba
  9. Curacao
  10. Dominican Republic
  11. Egypt
  12. El Salvador
  13. Georgia
  14. Grenada
  15. Israel
  16. Jamaica
  17. Jordan
  18. Kazakhstan
  19. Kuwait
  20. Kyrgyzstan
  21. Maldives
  22. Mauritius
  23. Mexico
  24. Mongolia
  25. Oman
  26. Saudi Arabia
  27. South Africa
  28. Trinidad and Tobago
  29. Vietnam
  30. Uzbekistan
  31. Yemen (FCO advises against travel)

Only vaccinated/boosted travellers permitted:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Kenya
  • Myanmar (FCO advises against travel)
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Uruguay
  • Puerto Rico
  • Singapore
  • US

Test(s) required for unvaccinated arrivals: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • The Bahamas
  • Cambodia
  • Colombia
  • Dominica
  • Dubai
  • Ecuador (plus vaccine passports)
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nicaragua
  • Paraguay
  • Peru (plus vaccine passports)
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka (FCO advises against travel)
  • St Lucia
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia

Test(s) required for all arrivals:

  • Madagascar
  • New Zealand
  • Japan
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Venezuela

Closed entirely:

  • China
  • Taiwan

Rest of the world in detail

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

Dubai

  • No tests for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Open to unvaccinated travellers
  • Indoor mask rules

Entry rules for vaccinated

Travellers who show proof of vaccination no longer need to show evidence of a recent negative test. You may need to take a PCR test on arrival, if requested.

Entry rules for unvaccinated

Unvaccinated arrivals must show evidence of a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure. There is also the option to show proof of recovery from Covid within the past month. 

Arrivals may be required to undertake a further test on arrival and isolate pending the result (if the result is positive, depending on their symptoms and accommodation plans, they may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, their hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days). 

Covid passports

None.

Mask rules and other restrictions

Face masks are required in some public spaces and on public transport but optional when outdoors.

Rules for children

Children under the age of 16 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. 

India

  • All arrivals must self-monitor for 14 days
  • Vaccinated travellers no longer need to take a test

Entry rules for vaccinated

Vaccinated travellers should submit a self-declaration form on the online “Air Suvidha” portal before they travel and upload a certificate of proof of vaccination. Random testing might take place on arrival. 

Entry rules for unvaccinated

Unvaccinated travellers should submit a self-declaration form on the online “Air Suvidha” portal before they travel and upload proof of a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours. Random testing might take place on arrival. 

Covid passports

None, but some extra checks are currently in place (see “Mask rules and other restrictions”, below).

Mask rules and other restrictions

Masks should be worn in all public places, but Indian states have begun reducing restrictions such as night and weekend curfews. Other measures may include the requirement to present a negative test to enter some states and random testing in public areas, including airports, stations, malls and restaurants. 

Rules for children

Children under five are exempt from testing rules.

Morocco

  • Proof of vaccination or negative test required
  • Masks and Covid passports in use
  • Under-18s exempt from vaccination requirement

Entry rules for vaccinated

To enter Morocco, passengers are required to have had three vaccine doses (or have had their second vaccine dose within the previous four months).

Entry rules for unvaccinated

Proof of a negative PCR test result is required, with the sample having been taken within 72 hours before boarding.

Covid passports

A vaccine pass is required to enter public places including hammams, gyms, cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops and sports halls. The NHS vaccination pass is accepted.

Mask rules and other restrictions

The wearing of face masks in public spaces is mandatory.

Rules for children

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the above requirements.

Thailand

  • Quarantine-free travel schemes in place for all arrivals
  • No pre-departure test for fully vaccinated

Entry rules for vaccinated

Fully vaccinated travellers can apply to enter Thailand via the Thailand Pass. Testing prior and after arrival is no longer required. All arrivals must have insurance with at least 10,000 USD coverage for medical treatments in Thailand.

Entry rules for unvaccinated

Unvaccinated travellers have two options via the Thailand Pass scheme: test 72 hours before departure to Thailand in order to avoid quarantine, or enter five-day isolation and test on their release.

Covid passports

None.

Mask rules

The Thai government recommends face masks are worn outside the home. In Bangkok, face masks are required on public transport and in shops.

Rules for children

Children aged 17 and under can enter Thailand under the same scheme as their parents and do not need to show proof of vaccination.

USA

  • Unvaccinated adults banned
  • Testing scrapped for vaccinated arrivals

Entry rules for vaccinated

Fully vaccinated adults from the UK can enter the United States without a test.

Entry rules for unvaccinated

You cannot enter the USA if you are not fully vaccinated, unless you fall under its category of exceptions for non-citizens. You can find more information here

Covid passports

None.

Mask rules

None.

Rules for children

Children under 18 are exempt from vaccination requirements for entry.

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