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Covid-19 Travel Alerts: 18th March 2020

Lockdowns & Border Closures Announced

Find out how your travel plans may be affected following the global spread of the coronavirus.

Lockdowns, Border Closures, and Other Travel Restrictions – March 16, 2020

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Please note: This is not a complete list of all restrictions – it focuses on major lockdowns, border closures, and air traffic suspensions, which are subject to change rapidly. We will attempt to keep this updated as much as possible, but please check official country websites and local news sources for the latest information. If you don’t see a country listed here, be sure to check for any restrictions they may have in place.

BREAKING: The EU is proposing to ban all non-essential travel into the region for 30 days. The commission is expected to vote on the measure today (Tues, March 17). Watch for further updates.



France: Borders will be closed beginning Tues, March 17. Residents have been requested to stay home for 15 days.

Italy: On March 9, the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, announced all of Italy will be placed under lockdown conditions to contain the virus.

Spain: March 14, the Spanish government announced all of Spain will be placed under lockdown conditions.

Border closures and mandatory quarantines

North and Central America

Canada: on March 16, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the border will be closed to everyone but Canadians and Americans.

Costa Rica: the government will close its borders to all coming foreigners effective March 18. Costa Rican citizens and permanent residents who arrive in the country will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

El Salvador: the government has banned entry to all foreigners; only Salvadorans, foreign residents and accredited diplomats are permitted to enter the country, and even then subject to a 30 day quarantine period under strict conditions at a government-designated facility.

Guatemala: the President has announced the closure of borders for a period of 15 days starting March 17.

United States: as of March 14, travel from the UK and Ireland is suspended, in addition to the 26 Schengen Area countries. Travelers who have been to China or Iran in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter.

South America

Argentina: on March 15, Argentina announced it was closing its borders to all incoming foreigners for at least two weeks. Starting March 17, Argentina will be banning all international flights from Europe, the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and Iran for the next 30 days.

Bolivia: on March 12, Bolivia’s president announced the cessation of all flights to and from Europe.

Chile: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said his country will close its borders to foreigners starting on Wednesday, March 18.

Colombia: beginning Monday, March 16, non-Colombian citizens and non-Colombian residents will be prohibited from arriving in Colombia. All arriving passengers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. As of March 17, land and sea borders are closed, but airports remain open.

Ecuador: beginning March 16 at 11:59 p.m., no one, including citizens and residents, will be allowed to enter the country for the next 21 days.

Peru: Effective March 16, Peru has closed all borders. President Vizcarra is also calling on citizens to self-quarantine for 15 days.


Cyprus: As of March 16, any arriving passengers must present a medical certificate issued within the past four days to show they have tested negative for COVID-19. Without a certificate, passengers will be refused entry. Even with the certificate, passengers will have to enter 14 days quarantine in state facilities.

Czech Republic: on March 12, the Czech Republic barred entry to non-residents from coronavirus-affected countries.

Denmark: a border closure is in effect until April 13. Danish citizens will still be admitted.

Estonia: as of March 17, only citizens of Estonia, holders of an Estonian Residency Permit, or foreign citizens whose family member lives in Estonia will be permitted to enter. There are no restrictions on exiting the country. On March 16, Estonian authorities confirmed a compulsory 14-day quarantine for those entering the country (with some exceptions).

Finland: Finnish borders will be closed between March 19 and April 13 to all arriving non-resident foreign nationals (with some limited local exemptions).

Germany: on March 16, Germany closed its borders with France, Austria, and Switzerland, except for commerical traffic.

Hungary: effective midnight March 16, Hungary will close all borders to foreigners. Only Hungarian citizens and foreign residents who have Hungarian immediate family members are allowed to enter the country.

Ireland: on March 16, the Irish Government announced that all persons, including Irish residents, entering Ireland from overseas will be asked to make significant restrictions to their movements for 14 days on arrival.

Latvia: effective March 17, the government will close its borders to all but Latvian citizens and Latvian residents who hold proper residency documentation. There are no restrictions for foreigners to depart Latvia.

Montenegro: as of March 16 Montenegro has announced temporary suspension of all international passenger air, rail and bus traffic, forbidden entry to all foreigners except those with permanent or temporary residence permits, and a compulsory 14 day self-isolation period for all those coming from abroad.

Norway: as of March 12, all travelers entering Norway from outside the Nordic region must self-isolate for two weeks.

Poland: beginning March 16, all foreign nationals will be barred from entering Poland for ten days.

Serbia: effective March 15, Serbia has announced a temporary ban on entry for foreign nationals. Airports remain open, although airline schedules are subject to change.

Ukraine: effective March 15, foreign citizens who are not residents of Ukraine will not be allowed to enter the country. Those already in Ukraine will be permitted to leave. From March 17, all passenger flights, train, and bus services to and from Ukraine will be suspended.


Botswana: as of March 16, travelers coming to Botswana from China, Japan, Iran, the US, the UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and India will not be allowed entry.

Burundi: Any arrivals from the UK, Australia, the US, China, South Korea, Iran and Japan and countries within the European Union will be placed in compulsory quarantine for 14 days. This also includes anyone who has spent the past 14 days in the countries listed prior to entering Burundi.

Cameroon: Cameroon has closed all its land, sea and air borders, effective from March 18.

Cape Verde: authorities have closed all sea borders and restricted flights from US, Canada and a number of European countries from March 18.

Kenya: on March 15, the Kenyan Ministry of Health announced the suspension of all travel from countries that have reported cases of COVID-19. Only Kenyan citizens will be allowed into the country.

Morocco: effective March 16, the Government of Morocco has announced the closure of all international travel in and out of Morocco.

Namibia: A state of emergency was declared on March 17, which includes prohibiting entry to Namibia by all foreign nationals if they have come from countries affected by coronavirus.

South Africa: as of March 18, the government will close its borders to all foreign nationals from high-risk countries where the novel coronavirus has spread widely.

Sudan: On March 16, Sudan closed all airports, ports, and land crossings and declared a public health emergency.

Tunisia: flights between Tunisia and all other countries will be suspended on March 18. Maritime borders are already closed.

Zambia: as of March 16, individuals entering Zambia from countries affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) must enter mandatory quarantine for 14 days on arrival.


China: effective March 16, all passengers arriving in Beijing from destinations abroad will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Hong Kong: starting March 19, the city will put all visitors under a 14-day quarantine and medical surveillance.

India: as of March 13, 2020, the Indian government has suspended all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, U.N. or International Organizations, employment, and project visas, until April 15, 2020. As of March 18, passengers from the UK (and the EU and Turkey) will be prohibited from entering India.

Kyrgyzstan: a ban on all foreign nationals entering the country is expected to come into force from March 20.

Malaysia: the Government of Malaysia will restrict the entry of all foreign visitors from March 18 to April 1 2020.

Maldives: all cruise ships are currently banned from entering and docking in the Maldives. In addition, all persons who have been in the last 14 days to Mainland China (not including Hong Kong), Iran, South Korea (North Gyeongsang and South Gyeongsang Provinces), Italy, Bangladesh, Spain, Germany (Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg) and France (Île-de-France and Grand Est) are not allowed to enter or transit through the Maldives.

Myanmar: Effective March 15, Myanmar has imposed new restrictions: travelers who have recently visited Italy, Iran, France, Spain and Germany will be required to present a valid medical certificate issued by a medical facility recognized by their home country before being allowed to board their flights. On arrival they will be placed in government quarantine facilities for 14 days before being allowed to travel freely.

Nepal: visa-on-arrival has been suspended from March 14, 2020 to April 30, 2020. All foreign nationals entering Nepal from March 14, 2020 are subjected to stay in self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of their arrival.

South Korea: Beginning March 19, all travellers will be subject to additional screening for COVID-19 on arrival at South Korean ports and airports. They will also be asked to report their health status to the authorities for 14 days after arrival.

Malaysia: starting March 18, the Malaysian goverment is placing a ban on all foreign tourists and visitors. The government is also implementing measures to restrict movement nationwide, including banning gatherings and closing non-essential businesses.

Middle East

Jordan: on March 14 the Jordanian Government announced that commercial flights in to and out of Jordan will be stopped and all land and sea borders will be closed. There will be a cumpulsory quarantine for all those arriving in Jordan from March 16.


Australia: starting March 15, there will be a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for all international arrivals, and a ban on foreign cruise ship arrivals for 30 days.

New Zealand: as of March 14, new, foreign travelers who have been present in, or transited through, Iran or mainland China in the previous 14 days cannot enter New Zealand. All other travelers must self-isolate upon arrival.

Air travel restrictions

Algeria: Algeria has suspended all air travel to and from a selection of countries affected by COVID-19: Italy, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and China. Flights to and from France will be suspended from March 17. Ferry services are currently suspended from Italy, Spain, and France.

Argentina: starting March 17, Argentina will be banning all international flights from Europe, the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and Iran for the next 30 days.

Egypt: effective March 19, all air traffic will be suspended.

Mauritania: as of March 17 all flights between Mauritania and other countries will be suspended.

Senegal: The Senegalese authorities have announced a 30 day ban on flights from the following countries, starting March 18: Italy, Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Algeria and Tunisia. Flights from Morocco are already banned.

Sri Lanka: the Sri Lankan government has announced the suspension of flights to Sri Lanka from March 17. People arriving from the UK, or having traveled through the UK, will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka effective March 16.

Turkey: Flights between Turkey and the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE will be cancelled on March 17. Flights between Turkey and Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium and Sweden were suspended March 14 until 17 April 17. Passenger flights to and from Azerbaijan, Italy, Iraq, South Korea, Iran and China have been cancelled. Land crossings with Iran and Iraq have also been closed.

Uruguay: starting March 20, Uruguay will halt all flights from Europe.

Am I covered for COVID-19?

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If you are a World Nomads policyholder, read the latest insurance advice about cut off dates.

What should I do if I’m traveling overseas soon?

First, seriously consider if now is the best time to be traveling. If you must travel overseas soon, stay up to date with local news and media, and always follow the advice of local authorities or your government.

Be aware of which countries’ cases of coronavirus are rapidly spreading. Wash your hands consistently, maintain at least 3ft (1m) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early (call before visiting your doctor).

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to other respiratory diseases, including the flu and the common cold.

If you have traveled to an affected country recently

If you have traveled to a country where COVID-19 is present, or suspect you have been in contact with someone who is infected with coronavirus and are experiencing the following symptoms: feeling tired, having difficulty breathing, have a high temperature, cough and/or sore throat, isolate yourself as much as possible and call your doctor to rule out the possibility of coronavirus.

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