What countries have banned UK travel over COVID concerns


What countries have banned UK travel over COVID concerns

What countries have banned UK travel over COVID concerns? More than 40 countries have banned UK arrivals because of concerns about the spread of a new coronavirus strain in England.

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Flights from the UK are being suspended to territories across the world and France shut its border with the UK in 21st of December for 48 hours, meaning no lorries or ferries can leave from the port of Dover.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and scientists announced that the new strain had led to spiralling infection numbers. British government said on Sunday that the spread of a more-infectious new strain of the coronavirus was now “out of control”.

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A list with most of the countries that have announced travel bans so far:

Argentina has banned flights from the UK. It said the last flight from the UK would arrive in the country on Monday.

Belgium banned flights from the UK for at least 24 hours from midnight on Sunday.

Bulgaria said flights to and from the UK would be suspended from midnight Sunday until January 31.

Canada is banning all UK flights for 72 hours.

Chile announced that it would suspend flights from the UK effective Tuesday.

Colombia will suspend all flights to the UK.

Croatia said it would temporarily suspend passenger air traffic from the UK for 48 hours.

Denmark has suspended flights from the UK for 48 hours starting Monday at 09:00 GMT.

El Salvador‘s President Nayib Bukele said anyone who had been in Britain or South Africa in the past 30 days will not be allowed to enter the country.

EstoniaLatvia and Lithuania have halted flights from the UK.

Finland has barred flights from the UK for two weeks.

France has banned all travel from the UK for 48 hours, including journeys “related to goods transport by road, air, sea or rail”.

Germany halted all air links with the UK from midnight on Sunday, with the ban initially slated to last until December 31. Cargo flights will be exempt.

Hong Kong will ban flights from the UK over new coronavirus strain.

Italy has blocked flights from Great Britain and the “entry into Italy of people who have stayed there during the last 14 days”. The new strain has been found in one person in Italy who recently returned from the UK.

India announced a suspension of all flights originating from the UK to the country until the end of the year, the aviation ministry said in a tweet.

Iran has ordered flights from the UK suspended for two weeks.

Ireland has banned all flights arriving from the UK from midnight Sunday for at least 48 hours.

Israel said it was barring entry to foreign citizens travelling from the UK, Denmark and South Africa.

Jordan suspends flights to and from UK from Monday until January 3.

Kuwait has added the UK to a list of “high-risk” nations and banned flights.

Morocco banned all flights to the UK beginning on Sunday.

Norway will be suspend flights from the UK with immediate effect for a minimum of 48 hour, the Norwegian health minister said in a statement on Monday.

Netherlands have been banned all passenger flights and ferries from the UK until January 1, the Dutch government said.

Peru has suspended flights from Europe for two weeks.

Poland will be suspending flights from the UK starting from midnight on Monday.

Portugal is suspending flights from the UK from Tuesday.

Romania has banned all flights to and from the UK for two weeks starting on Monday afternoon.

Spain will ban all travellers from the UK except Spanish nationals and residents from entering the country from Tuesday.

Sudan will ban travellers from the UK, the Netherlands and South Africa from Wednesday.

Switzerland has stopped flights to and from Uk until further notice.

Turkey said it cancel flights from the UK, Denmark (where nine cases of the new strain have been detected), the Netherlands and South Africa will be suspended.

European Union member states met earlier in Brussels to discuss a co-ordinated response, with officials suggesting a requirement for tests could be imposed on all people arriving from the UK.


Eurotunnel services to France are also suspended and Eurostar trains to Belgium are not operating. However, Eurotunnel spokesman John Keefe said he hoped travel from the UK could begin on Wednesday or Thursday.