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Coronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel

The FCDO has a global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, but exempts destinations that do not pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers.

About the exempt countries and territories list

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice reflects the latest assessment of risks to British nationals in each country or territory overseas.

The FCDO continues to advise against non-essential international travel at this time, except to the countries and territories listed on this page.

The list includes all countries and territories assessed as not posing an unacceptably high risk to British travellers, based on the latest assessment of COVID-19 risks overseas. It does not reflect any entry restrictions that these countries and territories may require British travellers to comply with. You should check the relevant travel advice page for information on any such restrictions.

All our travel advice remains under constant review to ensure it reflects our latest assessment of risk to British nationals overseas.

Plan for travelling abroad

While the global coronavirus pandemic continues, no travel is risk-free, and your travel abroad may be disrupted. If you plan to travel:

  • read the coronavirus travel guidance to make sure you are prepared for your travel
  • read the Travel Advice for your destination, for information on current entry requirements and any local coronavirus measures that you will need to follow
  • sign up for email alerts for Travel Advice to ensure you are informed of any changes while you are travelling

Exempt countries and territories list

Countries and territories that are currently exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel:

Europe

Americas

Asia-Pacific

Africa

Antarctica

Returning to the UK: travel corridors list

To find out about ‘travel corridor’ countries, territories or regions you may be able to return from without having to self-isolate, view the latest self-isolation guidance and list of travel corridors for:

You must always complete the passenger locator form online before you arrive in the UK. This applies even if you’re travelling from a ‘travel corridor’ country and do not have to self-isolate when you arrive.

Published 3 July 2020
Last updated 24 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Curaçao, Denmark, Iceland and Slovakia are no longer on the travel advice exemptions list, following the latest assessment of COVID-19 risks. The FCDO advises against all non-essential travel to these countries. Montserrat has been added to the travel advice exemptions list, read our guidance before planning any travel. 

  2. Guadeloupe and Slovenia are no longer on the travel advice exemptions list, following the latest assessment of COVID-19 risks. The FCDO advises against all non-essential travel to these countries. Singapore and Thailand, will be added to the list of countries where self-isolation on return the UK is not required, read our guidance before planning any travel.

  3. French Polynesia, Hungary, Reunion and mainland Portugal (not including Madeira and the Azores) are no longer on the travel advice exemptions list, following the latest assessment of COVID-19 risks. The FCDO advises against all non-essential travel to these countries and territories. Sweden has been added to the travel advice exemptions list, read our guidance before planning any travel. 

  4. The Greek Islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos are no longer on the travel advice exemptions list, following the latest assessment of COVID-19 risks. The FCDO advises against all non-essential travel to these Greek Islands. The rest of Greece remains exempt from the FCDO’s advice against all non-essential international travel.

  5. Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic are no longer on the travel advice exemptions list, following the latest assessment of COVID-19 risks. The FCO advises against all non-essential travel to these countries.  

  6. Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago are no longer on the travel advice exemptions list, following the latest assessment of COVID-19 risks. The FCO advises against all non-essential travel to these countries. Portugal has been added to the travel advice exemptions list, read our guidance before planning any travel.

  7. The Netherlands, Aruba, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands, France and Monaco have been removed from the exemptions list to the Global Travel Advisory based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. The Netherlands, Aruba, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands, France and Monaco are no longer exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. The FCO advises against all but essential travel to The Netherlands, Aruba, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands, France and Monaco.

  8. Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas removed from the exemptions list to the Global Travel Advisory based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas are no longer exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. The FCO advises against all but essential travel to Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas

  9. Luxembourg removed from exemptions list based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks. Luxembourg is no longer exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. The FCO advises against all but essential travel to Luxembourg

  10. Spain - update to advise against all non-essential to Spain, now including the Balearic and Canary Islands

  11. Spain - update to advise against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain

  12. Update to travel exemptions list. Additional 19 countries and territories added: Laos, Cambodia, Fiji, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Cuba, Guadeloupe, St Barthelemy, St Martin, St Maarten, Aruba, New Caledonia, Curacao, Cook Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Falkland Islands, St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cuna

  13. Updated to reflect travel corridors coming into effect on 10 July. You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK from some countries and territories

  14. Serbia was removed from the exemptions list based on the latest assessment of risks there. The FCO advises against non-essential travel to Serbia

  15. Updated as the travel exemptions come into effect

  16. First published.