UK journey ban: These nations have imposed new restrictions



Editor’s Notice — This checklist was present as of 9.30 a.m. ET on December 22.

(CNN) — Nations world wide are imposing bans and restrictions on journey from the UK to stem the transmission of a coronavirus variant that well being authorities say can unfold quicker than others.

The brand new variant found within the UK prompted authorities to impose a Tier 4 lockdown in London and southeast England and tighten restrictions for all of England over the festive interval.

For the reason that UK lockdown was introduced on Saturday, over 40 nations in Europe, Asia, South America, the Caribbean and the Center East have restricted journey from the UK and in some instances, additionally journey from different nations which have documented instances with the variant.

The variant has additionally been detected in Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia, in response to the World Well being Group. In South Africa, a distinct coronavirus variant has been reported, the WHO’s technical lead for Covid-19, Maria van Kerkhove, stated Monday.

The UK Overseas, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace (FCDO) is working to help British nationals affected by the journey disruptions brought on by the brand new restrictions, which have reduce off UK vacationers from a lot of Europe and different elements of the world.

The US had not issued a ban on journey from the UK as of Thursday morning. Nonetheless, New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced on Wednesday that UK vacationers arriving within the metropolis might be required to quarantine or face a day by day $1,000 advantageous.

The transfer comes days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo referred to as for both a ban on journey from the UK or obligatory testing of passengers, whereas airways Delta, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic agreed to a testing mandate for passengers boarding flights between the UK and New York Metropolis.

Travelers wearing a face mask or covering stand at check-in desks at Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport in  London on December 21 as a string of countries around the world banned travellers arriving from the UK.

Vacationers carrying a face masks or protecting stand at check-in desks at Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport in London on December 21 as a string of nations world wide banned travellers arriving from the UK.

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US Assistant Secretary for Well being Admiral Brett Giroir informed CNN that as of Monday morning, there weren’t plans for US restrictions on journey to or from the UK due to the brand new coronavirus variant, however “every little thing is feasible, we simply have to put every little thing on the desk, have an open scientific dialogue and make a finest suggestion.”

“CDC is following the state of affairs intently and actively assessing the implications of the brand new variant and response choices with respect to worldwide journey,” in response to a press release from the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.



Based on a joint assertion revealed Sunday by the Argentinian Well being and Inside Ministries, Argentina was to permit just one extra flight from Britain to land on the worldwide airport in Buenos Aires on Monday morning. Later flights have been canceled. 


From December 23 to 31, solely residents of Belgium might be allowed to enter the nation. Non-residents can enter from January 1, supplied they provide proof of a detrimental Covid-19 take a look at taken not more than 48 hours previous to their arrival .


Prime Minister Boyko Borissov convened a working assembly on Sunday with members of his Cupboard in response to the brand new variant, throughout which it was determined to briefly droop air journey between Bulgaria and the UK beginning Monday till January 31, 2021, his workplace stated.


Brazil has positioned a short lived ban, which can come into impact on Friday, on all flights originating from the UK or passing by. Foreigners who’ve been within the UK through the previous 14 days are all blocked from coming into the South American nation.


Canada has prolonged its ban on passenger journey from the UK till January 6, 2021. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the information in a press convention on Wednesday. The measure was initially put in place for not less than 72 hours starting midnight Sunday.


The Chilean authorities introduced that each one flights to and from the UK might be suspended starting on Tuesday, and that vacationers who’ve been to the UK previously 14 days must self-quarantine. 


China is suspending direct flights to and from the UK from Thursday. The announcement was made by Overseas Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, who stated officers have been taking “reference from different nations.”


Colombian President Ivan Duque introduced that each one flights between Colombia and the UK might be suspended, beginning on Monday. Vacationers who’ve been to the UK previously 14 days may also must self-quarantine upon coming into Colombia, Duque informed reporters.

Czech Republic

The Czech authorities was halting flights from the UK as of 6 a.m. ET Monday in response to the brand new variant of the coronavirus within the UK, a authorities assertion stated.


Denmark has briefly banned air journey from the UK for 48 hours. Transport Minister Benny Engelbrecht stated Denmark is “in a really severe state of affairs” with widespread an infection all through the nation. “The mutated Covid-19 virus, which has unfold quickly in London and different elements of England,” may make it more durable to manage the an infection. The ban is in impact by December 23.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has suspended all “aerial operations” between the island and the UK beginning Monday till January 10. All different operations resembling emergency flights, cargo and airmail won’t be affected by the mandate.

El Salvador

El Salvador is banning anybody coming into the nation from the UK and South Africa.


The federal government of Estonia introduced a suspension of air visitors between Estonia and the UK on Sunday, which can final till the top of the yr.


French Prime Minister Jean Castex has eased restrictions days after saying a 48-hour ban on the motion of individuals from the UK to France beginning Sunday night time and making use of to all strategies of transport. Freight drivers and a few passengers will now be allowed to enter if they’ll present proof of a detrimental Covid take a look at taken lower than 72 hours earlier than departure.

The German government in Berlin (above) is restricting travel from the UK.

The German authorities in Berlin (above) is proscribing journey from the UK.



The German authorities is proscribing journey to and from the UK and South Africa due to the brand new coronavirus variant.


Grenada has suspended all flights to and from the UK till additional discover. Moreover, anybody who has been within the UK inside the previous 14 days won’t be allowed entry into the nation.


In Guatemala, well being authorities introduced on Monday vacationers from the UK are prohibited from coming into the nation because of the new variant of Covid-19 detected. Guatemala’s Well being Minister stated additional particulars on the brand new restrictions for vacationers from the UK might be introduced Wednesday.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong will ban all passengers who stayed in the UK for greater than two hours previously 14 days from arriving within the metropolis beginning Tuesday, Secretary for Meals and Well being Sophia Chan stated throughout a Monday press convention.


Flights between India and the UK are suspended till the top of 2020, the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation stated on Monday. Passengers arriving in India from the UK earlier than December 22 are required to take a compulsory RT-PCR take a look at.

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Iran introduced the suspension of flights to and from the UK for 2 weeks on Sunday.


Israel’s authorities has banned flights from the UK, Denmark and South Africa.


Italy is suspending flights between the nation and the UK due to the brand new coronavirus variant recognized in England, Italian Minister for Overseas Affairs Luigi Di Maio introduced on Sunday.


Jamaica has banned all flights coming from the UK till January 4, though these because of arrive Tuesday might be accepted, the Ministry of Well being and Wellness has stated. Passengers on these flights might be PCR examined on arrival and quarantined for not less than 48 hours in authorities lodging. These testing detrimental will obtain armbands to finish a 14-day quarantine at residence. These testing constructive might be quarantined by the state till their restoration.


The federal government has determined to droop all direct and oblique (transit) passenger flights from the UK beginning Monday and lasting by January 3, 2021, in response to a press release from Jordanian Authorities Spokesman and Minister of State for Media Affairs Ali Al-Ayed.


Kuwait has suspended flights arriving from the UK beginning Monday.


Latvia has suspended journey to and from the UK from December 21 to January 1, the Latvian Ministry of Transportation introduced in a press release on Sunday.


Fights from the UK might be suspended, Lithuania’s prime minister tweeted.


Luxembourg has briefly suspended flights from the UK after a brand new variant of coronavirus was discovered there, in response to a authorities assertion Sunday.


Morocco suspended flights to and from the UK beginning Sunday night time (December 20), Morocco State Information Company (MAP) reported.


The Netherlands will ban all passenger flights coming from the UK.

North Macedonia

The Prime Minister of North Macedonia has introduced that flight restrictions to the UK might be unveiled imminently.


Oman will shut down its air, sea and land borders beginning Tuesday, December 22, for one week to watch the brand new variant of coronavirus reported by the UK, Oman state information company reported.


Pakistan is suspending direct or oblique journey from the UK into the nation.

Based on a press release launched by the Pakistan Aviation Ministry the suspension might be in impact from December 23-30. Repatriation flights to the UK can be found, nevertheless. The ban might be reviewed December 28.


Beginning at 11:59pm ET on Monday, Panama will briefly droop the doorway of people that have stayed or transited within the UK or South Africa previously 20 days.


Peruvian President Francisco Sagasti introduced a ban on flights coming from Europe for 2 weeks as a safety measure. He additionally introduced a ban on foreigners coming to Peru if they’ve been within the UK for the final two weeks.


Flights to and from the UK have been suspended till not less than January 6.

Republic of Eire

The federal government for the Republic of Eire has prolonged its ban on flights from Britain till December 31. The short-term measure was initially put in place for 2 days from Sunday.

Russia is joining the ban on flights to and from the UK.

Russia is becoming a member of the ban on flights to and from the UK.

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Russia is suspending flights to and from the UK for every week beginning at midnight Moscow time on December 22, state-run information company RIA Novosti reported, citing Russian coronavirus response headquarters.

Saudi Arabia

Beginning Monday, all worldwide flights are suspended for seven days — besides in distinctive instances, Saudi Arabia’s Normal Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has introduced. The short-term ban could be prolonged for one more week.

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Spain’s authorities, in coordination with Portugal, will refuse entry to vacationers from the UK beginning Tuesday, Spain’s La Moncloa introduced Monday afternoon. Spanish residents and residents are exempt. The federal government additionally introduced it is going to reinforce border controls at Gibraltar.


Sweden has amended its entry ban on journey from the UK to permit residents to return to the nation. The Swedish authorities launched a press release on Wednesday, which confirmed that those that stay and work in Sweden might be exempt, together with those that have to journey for “pressing household causes.” All different passenger from the UK are blocked from coming into till January 21.


Switzerland has issued a basic entry ban for foreigners arriving from Nice Britain or South Africa, in addition to a retroactive quarantine following discovery of a brand new, extra contagious pressure of the coronavirus in Nice Britain and South Africa.


Tunisia has suspended flights to and from the UK, Australia and South Africa following the emergence of a brand new variant of coronavirus, the nation’s Ministry of Transport and Logistics introduced Monday. Vacationers who’ve just lately resided or handed by these nations won’t be allowed into Tunisia. The suspension goes into impact Monday and can final till additional discover, the ministry stated in a press release.


Turkey has banned flights from the UK, South Africa, the Netherlands and Denmark, the nation’s state-owned Anadolu Company reported late Sunday.



President Lenin Moreno introduced that guests coming from the UK, Australia, South Africa and the EU want to indicate detrimental PCR take a look at outcomes taken 10 days previous to arriving within the nation. They need to additionally take an antibody take a look at that might be supplied at worldwide airports, and should isolate for 5 days on arrival. Non-residents should isolate in accommodations chosen by the native authorities.


Greece has imposed a seven-day quarantine for all vacationers arriving from the UK beginning December 22, the Greek Civil Safety division introduced Sunday. Moreover, all passengers coming from the UK might be examined on arrival (they need to additionally current a detrimental PCR take a look at carried out inside the final 72 hours). If the results of the take a look at on arrival is detrimental, you could nonetheless quarantine for seven days. If constructive, you could quarantine till suggested in any other case by the authorities.


No particular person who has been within the UK previously 14 days can enter Mauritius, as of December 21. The ban might be reviewed on December 31.


From December 21 to January 4, no non-resident nationals who’ve been within the UK since December 7 might be allowed entry. Residents who’ve been within the UK since December 7 should get approval from the Paraguayan authorities to enter the nation, and should current a detrimental PCR take a look at taken inside 72 hours of arrival. They need to then quarantine for 10 days in government-provided lodging or a ‘well being lodge’.

Folks already in Paraguay, who got here from the UK between December 14-21, should isolate at residence for seven days from their arrival date.


Portugal has imposed restrictions on flights from the UK. Solely Portuguese nationals might be allowed to journey, they usually will need to have a detrimental Covid-19 take a look at, in response to the nation’s Inside Minister.


Spain introduced it’s reinforcing airports to confirm PCR checks for folks arriving from the UK, in response to a tweet from the federal government on Sunday.

Trinidad and Tobago

The Ministry of Well being of Trinidad and Tobago up to date well being protocols on Monday for vacationers coming into the islands from the UK because of the new variant. The brand new steerage for UK vacationers updates the variety of obligatory quarantine days in a “state supervised facility” from 7 to 14.

United States

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Delta Airways have agreed to check all passengers earlier than they enter New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced Monday. Moreover, Virgin Atlantic would require proof of a detrimental Covid-19 take a look at for all passengers touring from London to anyplace in america beginning December 24, the corporate stated in a press release.

CNN’s Julia Buckley, Elizabeth Cohen, Mitchell McCluskey, Larry Register and Jaide Timm-Garcia contributed to this report.



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