COVID-19 Travel Advisories
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COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice - 23 March 2020 2030GMT
As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.
Updated Tuesday 24 March 1000 GMT
From 16 March, individuals coming from countries affected by coronavirus, including the UK, will not be permitted to enter Botswana. Returning residents are exempt from these restrictions, but will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period. Visas will no longer be issued to nationals from countries affected by coronavirus. Current visas for those travelling from affected countries will be cancelled with immediate effect, except for those already in Botswana.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the Central African Republic (CAR) The CAR authorities have introduced a number of measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. You should be prepared for additional screening measures or travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
The CAR authorities have announced the following measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. These include:
- A mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for any person entering CAR coming from a location with local transmission of coronavirus;
- Central Africans outside of CAR are recommended to postpone travel to CAR;
- No handshakes or kissing, instead use non-contact greetings for social interactions;
- No large gatherings;
- Public spaces must have hand-washing stations;
- Members of the government of CAR are banned from travelling to countries with local transmission;
The Chadian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. Protective measures are being implemented at N’Djamena international airport. Those arriving may be asked to undergo additional screening, in particular if you are arriving from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy and France. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. It is possible that the Chadian authorities may escort you to medical facilities located in the capital, or to self-isolate and/or embark departing flights from N’Djamena within 24 hours. We have received reports that, as part of their preparations to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Chad, the Chadian authorities have decided to close the airport for at least two weeks from midnight Thursday 19 March. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
The Republic of Congo authorities have introduced a number of measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On 21 March, the Republic of Congo closed all land, air and maritime borders until further notice with the exception of cargo flight and vessels. You should urgently contact your airline if you are due to travel to or from Republic of Congo. All persons coming from countries designated as high-risk by the Government of Republic of Congo will be subject to mandatory quarantine. These countries are China, Italy, France, South Korea and Iran though this list is subject to change at short notice. Visitors who have travelled from/to these countries will now be quarantined for two weeks on arrival in Congo.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.
- Advice to return home is aimed at British people travelling abroad rather than those who are permanent residents overseas, including in Ethiopia, who are urged to follow the advice of the local authorities..
- All passengers arriving into the country will be subject to mandatory 14 day quarantine. Quarantine will be in hotels designated by the local authorities. The cost of staying at the hotel during quarantine will be borne by passengers. You may need to demonstrate that you can afford the cost of your hotel quarantine before boarding your flight. Please contact your airline for more details.
- Passengers with an onward ticket are exempt from quarantine. When booking flights that transit through Addis Ababa, you should avoid flights that will require you to stay for more than 48 hours. Where passengers are in possession of a transit visa, you will be taken to a designated hotel for the duration of your transfer. Shorter transfers for passengers who remain within the airport are unaffected.
- On 23 March the Government of Ethiopia announced the closure of the country’s land borders. You should check for updates with local authorities before travelling to the border.
- Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international ports of arrival) have put in place additional measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Screening may include temperature measurements and checks on recent travel to affected areas.
- Those people displaying symptoms linked to coronavirus may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility for up to 24 hours while further tests are carried out. The Ethiopian Public Health Institute advises that anyone who tests positive for the virus but displays only mild symptoms will be required to remain at the isolation facility for a further 14 days, in line with WHO guidance. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay. More serious cases will be transferred to hospital.
As of Tuesday 17 March from 1300hrs GMT any travellers who have been to a country that has recorded at least 200 cases of coronavirus, will not be admitted into the Ghanaian jurisdiction. Airlines have been instructed not to allow such persons to embark. Border posts have been instructed not to allow such persons into the jurisdiction.
These measures would apply to travellers coming from the UK, or those who have been in the UK within the last 14 days.
Ghanaian citizens and resident permit holders are exempt from the above measures and will be allowed into the Ghanaian jurisdiction.
There will be a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for persons who are otherwise allowed to enter the Ghanaian jurisdiction. Guidelines for self-quarantine will be available at the various Ghanaian ports of entry. Persons determined to be unable to satisfactorily self-quarantine by the Ghanaian authorities will be quarantined by the State.
Enforcement protocols are being deployed in collaboration with Ghanaian state security and health authorities.
Kotoka International Airport has put in place additional measures for screening of all arriving passengers, including a temperature check and the completion of a health declaration form which you are likely to be given after leaving the plane on arrival.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Kenya. The Kenyan authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus:
The suspension of all international flights to and from Kenya from 23:59 (local time) on Wednesday 25 March. The exception being cargo flights whose crew must observe strict guidelines. - See latest news post from Kenya Airways here
Entry and borders
The Kenyan Government has announced that from 11.59pm (local time) on 25 March, all international flights to and from Kenya will be suspended. Cargo flights are excepted, but crew must observe strict guidelines.
All individuals who enter Kenya before this date must undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days at government designated facilities at their own expense.
The Government of Kenya has also mandated that any person who has entered Kenya from a country with reported coronavirus cases since 1 March 2020, including the UK, must self-quarantine for 14 days or until they have been symptom-free for 14 days from the time of entry into Kenya.
Foreigners, including British nationals, can break their self-quarantine before 14 days only if asymptomatic and only to depart Kenya immediately, before international flights are suspended.
The Kenya-Uganda land border has been closed to all pedestrians and vehicles, with the exception of cargo trucks. Further closures of land borders with other neighbouring countries may follow.
The Government of Kenya have announced that, effective Friday 27 March, there will be a daily nationwide curfew starting at 1900 and ending at 0500 the next morning. During this window, all persons will be required to stay at home or indoors, except for essential service workers.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Madagascar. The Malagasy authorities have introduced a number of measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
From 20 March Madagascar suspended all international and regional flights for a period of 30 days. Cruise ships will not be permitted to berth in Madagascar’s ports for 30 days from 15 March.
On 21 March the Government of Madagascar declared a Health State of Emergency. Restrictions (set to last two weeks, but extendable) include the closure of all schools and universities, administrative offices, churches, event spaces, bars and restaurants. All sporting fixtures and cultural events are cancelled. Public transport has been halted and sanitary checks have been established at exit points from Antananarivo and other major cities.
A curfew is in place from 20:00 to 05:00.
All individuals that have come to Madagascar within the 14 days prior to 19 March must have a medical examination and be tested for coronavirus.
For information on how to return to the UK from Madagascar, see Return to the UK
he Malawian authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Ministry of Health is now screening all travellers on arrival. Individuals showing with symptoms of coronavirus may be moved into a treatment facility. Self- isolation for 14 days will be mandatory for all those travelling: (a) from the UK; (b) from the European Union; (c) from the SADC region, where that country has confirmed local transmission of coronavirus; (d) from other countries with more than 700 cases; or (e) from countries with more than 100 new cases reported in 24 hours.
Visitors from high-risk countries for coronavirus, including the United Kingdom, are no longer permitted to enter Malawi unless they have a residence permit.
The Ministry of Health is now screening all travellers on arrival. Individuals showing with symptoms of coronavirus may be moved into a treatment facility. Visitors from high-risk countries for coronavirus, including the United Kingdom, are no longer permitted to enter Malawi unless they have a residence permit.
Self-isolation for 14 days on arrival will be mandatory. Those in self-isolation will remain under surveillance by health workers. Travellers who are unable to self-isolate at home may be transferred to a local treatment facility for the self-isolation period. Travellers are not permitted to self-isolate in a hotel or lodge.
The Mauritian authorities have introduced a number of measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic including imposing restrictions on movements throughout the country, screening processes and a ban on entry by any travellers after 10am local time on Thursday 19 March. This includes returning residents.
From 0600 on Friday 20 March, the Mauritian authorities have imposed restrictions on movements throughout the country. Essential services including supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open.
A number of airlines are cancelling or reducing their inward and outward flight schedules. You should urgently contact your airline or tour operator if you are due to travel to or from Mauritius to confirm travel arrangements
The Mozambique authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
For information on how to return to the UK from Mozambique, see Return to the UK
Entry and borders
The government of Mozambique requires travellers from all countries with active transmission to self-isolate on arrival for 14 days.
You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Namibia. A state of emergency was declared by the President on 17 March, with further measures announced on 24 March.
Entry to Namibia is banned for all foreign nationals for a period of 30 days. Ports and land border crossings have been closed to passengers.
Namibian nationals and permanent residents returning to Namibia from high-risk countries will be required to enter supervised quarantine in a government facility for a period of 14 days.
Air routes to and from Namibia are severely disrupted. Options for returning to the UK have decreased and you should consult your airline or tour operator.. Travel restrictions are also in place in South Africa. Please check the South Africa travel advice if this applies to you.
Screening measures are in place at ports of entry including Hosea Kutako International airport – passengers are required to undergo temperature checks and provide information on their recent travel. You should comply will all screening measures. Passengers displaying coronavirus symptoms may be transferred to an isolation facility at the airport.
If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Namibia High Commission. You should also check with your airline or travel company for the latest information.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Rwanda. The Rwandan authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.
Suspension of all flights to and from Kigali International Airport from 23:59 local time on 20 March, for an initial period of 30 days. You should urgently contact your airline if you are due to travel to or from Rwanda. For information on how to return to the UK from Rwanda, see Return to the UK
Screening procedures for coronavirus (and Ebola) at all entry points. Upon arrival, anyone displaying a symptom associated with the virus will be placed into mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a government of Rwanda healthcare facility. All other travellers will be required to observe 14 days self-isolation, monitored by the Ministry of Health.
Exit screening is in place for all departing travellers. Any travellers exhibiting a symptom associated with coronavirus will be prevented from leaving the country and will be moved to isolation for testing. If an individual tests positive, they will be treated in a government of Rwanda healthcare facility.
Closure of all borders, except to Rwandan citizens and legal residents. All arriving passengers will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation, but those tested positive or displaying symptoms subject to 14-day quarantine at a government treatment facility.
Restrictions on movement outside your place of residence and travel between cities and districts of the country is not permitted, except for medical reasons or essential services. These measures came into force at 23:59 on 21 March for an initial period of two weeks. Further detail on the measures announced by the Government of Rwanda can be found at this link.
The Government of Rwanda has issued further information on these measures. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
Anyone arriving to the Island having come from UK designated Cat 1 locations that exist at the present time, should be aware that St Helena is operating a screening process. This may involve a medical assessment on arrival and, if thought necessary by the medical professionals, this may result in quarantine for 14 days on the Island. Anyone arriving from these countries who within 14 days develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call the Health Directorate to inform them of your symptoms and recent travel to the country
Cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in South Africa. The South African authorities have published coronavirus advice and have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus, which particularly affect British nationals, and those travelling from the United Kingdom and other countries deemed ‘high risk’.
The South African Government announced on 25 March the closure of South African airspace to commercial airlines from midnight on 26 March until at least 16 April, as part of further efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). You should consult your airline and travel insurance company immediately to understand what impact this will have for your travel plans.
All ‘non-essential domestic travel’ is also banned during that period. Internal flights will be grounded from midnight on 26 March and all public transport will also cease to operate.
Land borders to neighbouring countries have been closed to crossings, except for goods trade.
Port entry for UK visitors is also banned. Neither cruise liners nor smaller leisure vessels are permitted to dock in South African ports. If you are booked onto a cruise scheduled to stop in South Africa, you should speak to your operator or travel agent.
President Ramaphosa announced on 23 March that any British national who arrived in South Africa after 9 March from a high-risk country (including UK) must remain quarantined in their hotel room for 14 days. Hotels will register visitors from high threat countries to help with the tracing and management of quarantine regulations. Those with confirmed tickets on flights out of South Africa before midnight on 26 March are in practice allowed to travel to the airport in order to leave, whether or not they have completed their quarantine. The President also announced that between midnight on 26 March and midnight on 16 April, everybody in South Africa must stay at home, except to buy essential food or medicine. Only certain categories of key workers are exempt.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Sudan. The Sudanese authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.
The Sudanese authorities have closed all borders. It is no longer possible to enter Sudan by road or sea.
On 16 March, the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority closed all airports to international commercial passenger airlines in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Further information on coronavirus, including advice on helping reduce the spread of the virus, is available from Public Health England and on the TravelHealthPro website.
Cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Tanzania. The Tanzanian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus,
The Government of Tanzania have put in place strengthened screening measures at airports for all passengers arriving into Tanzania’s three international airports (Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar). You will need to provide personal details and be subject to a temperature check.
The Government of Tanzania is implementing mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving from high risk countries, even for those without symptoms. We are seeking clarification from the Government of Tanzania as to whether this includes the UK. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
For information on how to return to the UK from Tanzania, see Return to the UK.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Togo. The Togolese authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus. The Togolese authorities have suspended flights to Italy, France, Spain and Germany from Friday 20 March for two weeks. Arrivals in Togo from countries with a significant number of coronavirus cases will be obliged to self-isolate. We believe this includes the United Kingdom.
Lomé International Airport has heightened screening measures in place for visitors arriving in Togo. The Government of Togo is encouraging those with any information or concerns about coronavirus relating to Togo to call this number: +228 91 67 42 42 / 22 22 20 73.
You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Uganda. The Ugandan authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus:
From 25 March public transport (including minibus taxis, buses, coaches, passenger trains, tuk tucks and motorbike taxis) is suspended for 14 days. Vehicles delivering goods and food plus ambulances, security, refuse and government vehicles are exempt as are private passenger vehicles carrying a maximum of three passengers.
Entebbe International airport has been closed to passenger planes since 22 March.
Land borders and lake ports have been closed since 22 March, except for truck drivers and a crew of up to three people.
Screening measures are in place at Entebbe International Airport and land border crossings into Uganda.
The Ugandan authorities have placed restrictions on travellers from some coronavirus-affected countries, including the UK, from entering Uganda. Those who do travel, whether they are showing symptoms or not, will be placed in mandatory quarantine in a government designated hotel or hospital, at their own cost, for 14 days on arrival.
Visitors arriving from the following countries, or who have visited these countries in the last 14 days, have been asked to consider postponing all non-essential travel to Uganda: UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, USA.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Zambia. The Zambian authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus including pre-departure screening and mandatory quarantine on arrival for 14 days, in a government facility for those displaying symptoms on arrival, and self-quarantine for all others.
You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
Issuance of visas for travellers from severe COVID-19 affected countries, including the UK, is being reviewed.
Entry and borders
Zambia’s borders remain open but under tight screening. Many of Zambia’s neighbouring countries have implemented coronavirus related travel restrictions and border closures so you should check travel advice for these countries before travel.
Pre-departure screening is in place for flights to Zambia. Arriving passengers with symptoms will be quarantined in government health facility. All others to self-quarantine for 14 days. Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) in Lusaka remains open to international flights, but international flights are suspended from all provincial airports. International train and bus services are suspended.
Issuance of visas for travellers from severe COVID-19 affected countries, including the UK, is being reviewed.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.
The Government of Zimbabwe has declared a national disaster in response to coronavirus. The President has announced the closure of all borders to non-residents.
Many visitors from the UK travel to Zimbabwe via Kenya or South Africa. Both countries have put in place travel restrictions on individuals from countries affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), including the United Kingdom. Follow our travel advice for Kenya or South Africa for information on entry requirements, and consult your nearest South African or Kenyan High Commission
A number of airlines are cancelling or reducing their inward and outward flight schedules. You should urgently contact your airline if you are due to travel to or from Zimbabwe.
For information on how to return to the UK from Zimbabwe, see Return to the UK.
Zambia - Ministry of Health Statement - 18th March 2020
I regret to inform the nation that Zambia has confirmed its first two cases of COVID-19. The patients are a Zambian couple of Lusaka; a 37 year old woman and 39 year old man who returned to Lusaka from a 10 day holiday in France aboard an Emirates flight on 15th March 2020. The patients were screened at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and placed under home quarantine as they did not display symptoms at the time of arrival.
Zimbabwe - 17 March 2020 - 1700 GMT
Travellers from high risk countries are encouraged to postpone their travel arrangements to Zimbabwe for the next 30 days, starting from 20th March 2020.
Botswana - 17th March 2020 - 1400GMT
The Government of Botswana has been closely monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak, now declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. In order to prevent the transmission and spread of COVID·19 in Botswana, the Government of Botswana in line with the Public Health Act 2013 is implementing the following measures:
- All individuals coming to Botswana from the flowing high risk countries will not be allowed entry: China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, USA, UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and India.
- Botswana and residents returning from high risk countries will be subjected to 14-day mandatory quarantine as per protocol
- Issuance of Visa at Ports of entty and at all Embassies for any person from high risk areas is suspended with Immediate effect. Current visas are cancelled with immediate effect until further notice.
- International travel by all Government employees, parastatals and State owned Entities is suspended with immediate effect.
- All government, parastatals and state owned entities international meetings and conferences are cancelled with immediate effect.
South Africa - 15 March 2020 - 1820 GMT
“Extraordinary measures” have been taken by the South African government today to “reduce the impact of coronavirus” These measures include;
- Imposing travel bans effective 18 March to and from high-risk source markets, including South Korea, Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany, USA, UK and China
- Travellers from medium-risk source markets – Portugal, Singapore and Hong Kong – to present themselves for high-intensity testing
- Cancellation of visas granted to citizens from high-risk destinations
- Any foreign national who visited a high-risk country will be denied a visa
- Self-isolation for travellers who have come from high-risk destinations since mid-February
Kenya - 15 March 2020 - 1600GMT
- The Government is suspending travel for all persons coming into Kenya from any country with reported Coronavirus cases.
- Only Kenyan Citizens, and any foreigners with valid residence permits will be allowed to come in provided they proceed on self quarantine or to a government designated quarantine facility.
This will take effect within the next 48 hours to cater for any passengers who may be enroute. This directive will remain in effect for the next 30 days or as varied by the National Emergency Response Committee.
- All persons who have come into Kenya in the last 14 days must self-quarantine. If any person exhibits symptoms such as cough, or fever, they should present themselves to the nearest health facility for testing.
Namibia - 14 March 2020 - 1200 GMT
The World Health Organization has declared COVID19 a global pandemic.
Therefore, Namibia has to take steps to deal with this pandemic. The Minister of Health announced this morning that there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Namibian soil.
The health of Namibians is the first priority. Appropriate precautionary measures must be taken. To protect Namibians from being affected by this virus:
- The Independence Celebrations that were scheduled for Independence Stadium are called off. However, the swearing-in-ceremony will take place at State House.
- The financial outlay for Independence Celebrations will be diverted to the fight against the Coronavirus.
- The Namibian Government is suspending inbound and outbound travel to and from Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany with immediate effect for a period of 30 days.
- All big gatherings are suspended for a period of 30 days.
- Lockdown of Windhoek Gymnasium with immediate effect for a period of two weeks
- Suspension of all travels by Namibian government officials, including State-Owned Enterprises
The Interministerial-Task Force whose members have joined me here will communicate additional Measures.
Full release available here
Uganda - 11 March 2020 - 1800 GMT
People residing in the following 16 countries (Italy, San Marino, Iran, South Korea, France, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Austria & Malaysia) should consider postponing non-essential travel to Uganda. Any traveler from these countries, including Ugandan nationals will be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival to Uganda even if they do not exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Additionally, individuals highlighted who insist on visiting Uganda will be subjected to self-quarantine or institutional (health facility) quarantine at their own cost.