New strain of COVID-19 in the UK prompts travel ban

List of countries banning UK arrivals

On Sunday, December 20th, countries across Europe and beyond began closing their borders to travelers from the United Kingdom, in an effort to contain a new COVID-19 variant first reported in England. As of this posting, the following countries have issued a travel ban for flights arriving from the UK:


CountryRegionFlightsBorder
Ethiopia Africa No ET Suspended Flights
Canary Islands Africa No Closed from UK
Morocco Africa No Closed from UK
Seychelles Africa No Closed from UK
Mauritius Africa No Closed from UK
Tunisia Africa No TU Suspended Flights
South Africa Africa No Closed from UK
Argentina Americas No Closed from UK
Bolivia Americas No Closed from UK
Canada Americas No re-opened from UK
Chile Americas No Closed from UK
Colombia Americas No Closed from UK
El Salvador Americas No Closed from UK
Granada Americas No Closed from UK
Peru Americas No Closed from UK
Hong Kong Asia No Closed from UK
India Asia No Closed from UK from 23/12
Albania Asia No Closed from UK
Singapore Asia No Added border Restrictions
Austria Europe No Closed from UK
Belgium Europe No re-opened from UK
Bulgaria Europe No Closed from UK
Czech Republic Europe Yes Open
Denmark Europe No Closed from UK
Estonia Europe No Closed from UK
Finland Europe No Closed from UK
France Europe No re-opened from UK
Germany Europe No re-opened from UK
Ireland Europe No re-opened from UK
Latvia Europe No Closed from UK
Lithuania Europe No Closed from UK
Luxembourg Europe No Closed from UK
Malta Europe No Closed from UK
Moldova Europe Yes Flight on 22nd/24th then suspended until further notice
Netherlands Europe No re-opened from UK
North Macedonia Europe No Closed from UK
Norway Europe No Closed from UK
Poland Europe No Closed form midnight
Portugal Europe No Closed from UK
Russia Europe No Closed from UK
Spain Europe No Closed from UK
Sweden Europe No Closed from UK & Denmark
Switzerland Europe Yes Next flight accepting Cargo 23/12
Turkey Europe No Freighter option today
Iran Middle East No Freighter option today
Israel Middle East No Closed Airspace
Jordan Middle East No Closed from UK
Oman Middle East No Closed from UK
Saudi Arabia Middle East No Closed from UK
Fiji Oceania No Closed from UK


The Quick/Sterling team is closely monitoring the situation and will publish updates as news develops.

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