Foreign travel advice

Eswatini

Important COVID-19: travel is different

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Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Eswatini based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

The number and intensity of protests and demonstrations across Eswatini have reduced but could resume at any time. Travel within Eswatini is possible, but road blocks or unexpected protests and road closures could occur. You should continue to avoid protests, demonstrations, or marches. Stay alert for signs of disturbances. Travel after 6pm is not permitted whilst the curfew is in place. For those wishing to travel to South Africa or Mozambique, check exit and entry requirements for countries as part of your planning, including the need for PCR tests. You should monitor local and social media for updates. See Political situation

COVID-19 entry restrictions for Eswatini

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Eswatini’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

Eswatini is on the red list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Flights between South Africa and neighbouring countries remain open. See our Travel Advice for South Africa for further information.

If you’re planning travel to Eswatini, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

There are no direct commercial options to return to the UK from Eswatini. All air travel is via South Africa. See Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

The rainy season in Eswatini runs from November to April and may bring with it hazardous weather. See Natural Disasters.

Consular support is limited in Eswatini as the British High Commission does not provide consular services. If you are in Eswatini and need urgent help from the UK government, call +27 12 421 7500. If you are in the UK and worried about a British national in Eswatini, call 020 7008 1500. The British High Commission in Pretoria can provide consular support to British nationals in Eswatini.

On 19 April 2018, King Mswati III announced that Swaziland had officially changed its name to Eswatini.

Most visits are trouble-free. Crime levels are relatively low for the southern Africa region, but you should take sensible precautions as there is often an increase in criminal activity during the festive season. See Crime

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Eswatini, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism