Foreign travel advice

Eswatini

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

Summary

Travel is subject to entry restrictions.

  • Entry to Eswatini is prohibited except for nationals and foreign residents.
  • Returning residents will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period in government-designated locations or mandatory self-isolation.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Return travel to the UK is subject to self-isolation requirements

If you’re returning to the UK, you will need to:

  • provide your journey and contact details
  • self-isolate for 14 days

Check the guidance on entering or returning to the UK.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

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

There are currently no commercial options to return to the UK from Eswatini. 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 FCO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

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

You should avoid rallies, demonstrations and gatherings as these can be dispersed forcefully by the police.

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