Latest Travel Advice for 2020 & 2021

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In a coronavirus (COVID-19) world – with lockdowns, travel restrictions and border rules constantly changing – here we round up our top destinations with the latest information, travel tips, safety advice and – of course – travel inspiration for booking your 2021 adventure with Flight Centre. Filter by destination below, or for more advice about planning your next holiday, chat with one of our lovely Travel Consultants on 0208 127 4273.

Please be advised that we are currently in a national lockdown, with restrictions on all but essential travel. Travel corridors have been indefinitely suspended as of Monday 18th January 2021. We recommend checking the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the latest government guidance in your area.

The information on this page was correct as of 15 January 2020.

Where to Travel in 2021?

It's an uncertain time for travel, which is why we've been speaking to our partners worldwide, industry experts and tourist boards to find out where is safe to travel for your 2021 holiday. We're also keeping a close eye on what countries the FCDO adds to its quarantine exemption or "travel corridors" list, which is currently temporarily suspended. Please see below our recommended deals for future trips when the world reopens, and our COVID Travel Restrictions Checker, for advice tailored to your destination of choice.

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Travel Updates by Key Destinations


Abu Dhabi

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Travellers with an entry permit issued by the UAE authorities will be allowed to enter.

Quarantine rules: All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival and will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All citizens, returning residents, transit passengers, and tourists (with a few exceptions for Dubai) must have a certificate showing a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test done within 96 hours before boarding a flight to travel to the UAE.

Any other advice? N/A.

Abu Dhabi holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Australia

Travel status: Borders closed. Only Australian citizens, returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice.

Quarantine rules: All travellers eligible to enter Australia need to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their first port of entry. This is arranged by individual state and territory governments, who have now introduced charges for quarantine. These are already in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia and are likely to be introduced in other states soon.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Returning Australians and other travellers to Australia must return a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure. Exemptions will only be applied in extenuating circumstances, such as seasonal workers where there is limited access to testing.

Any other advice? Passengers are able to transit through Australia if transiting for 72 hours or less with evidence of onward international travel. If passengers intend to spend longer than 72 hours in Australia waiting for their connecting flight, they are not considered to be transiting, and will need to request an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. Transits of up to eight hours should be permitted to remain airside, but those between 8-72 hours will be required to enter into state quarantine, at their own cost.

Australia holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Bali

Travel status: Borders closed. All foreign nationals visiting for tourism purposes are currently restricted from entering Indonesia. All visa services are also suspended until further notice.

Quarantine rules: All eligible travellers who do enter the country will need to undergo a further COVID-19 swab test on arrival and then quarantine at their own expense in a designated hotel for a period of five days. After five days they will undertake a third PCR test. If this is negative, they will be allowed to proceed with their journey.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Passengers eligible to enter must be in possession of a health certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 PCR test (swab test) result. From 1 January, the certificate must be issued a maximum of 48 hours prior to departure for Indonesia. The certificate must be in English.

Any other advice?  International tourism to the island of Bali has now been delayed indefinitely – it is thought that it will now not resume until at least early-mid 202.

Bali holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Canada

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Entry is restricted for most international air arrivals until at least 21 January, however this could be subject to a further extension. Entry at the US land border is also suspended for most foreign nationals until at least 21 February.

Quarantine rules: Entry is restricted, including at the US border, for most foreign nationals until at least 31 August.

Coronavirus testing requirements: From 7 January, the Canadian government is requiring all passengers aged five and above to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling by air from another country to Canada. Pre-departure testing will not replace the quarantine measures currently in place, which remain applicable. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Canada. Passengers without a negative test will be denied boarding.

Any other advice?  The Canadian government has extended cross-border travel restrictions with the United States until at least 21 February.

Canada holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Caribbean & Mexico

Antigua & Barbuda

Travel status: Borders open. Arrivals of all nationalities welcome.

Quarantine rules: Not as standard for tourists with pre-booked hotel accommodation, however the Ministry of Health and Wellness of Antigua and Barbuda advise that all arrivals will be monitored for COVID-19 for up to 14 days and that ultimately it is the decision of the Quarantine Authority on who must self-isolate or quarantine on arrival.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All passengers arriving by air in Antigua & Barbuda, including those transiting the country, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than seven days before arrival. Arrival screening will be carried out and may include travel history checks, temperature checks and a check on whether booked accommodation is on the government of Antigua & Barbuda’s approved list. Travellers may be required to also undergo additional testing for COVID-19 on arrival or at the hotel or place of lodging, for which they may be required to pay.

Any other advice? Arrivals must wear masks. Depending on screening results, some passengers could be asked to enter government-provided quarantine for 7-14 days, for which a further fee is payable. Others may be allowed to continue to their pre-booked hotel accommodation.

Antigua & Barbuda holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Barbados

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Barbados re-opened for international tourism from 12 July, however from 1 October, further entry restrictions have been placed on arrivals from the UK and other 'high-risk' countries.

Quarantine rules: All arrivals from the UK are required to undergo a health screening, and then be quarantined at approved facilities (a designated holding hotel or approved villa at their own expense, or free of charge at a government facility). They will be monitored for seven days after arrival and must stay in their room, and then will be required to undergo a second PCR test five days after the first accepted negative test result. If the result of that second test is negative, they will not be subject to further quarantine. The government aims to return results within 24 to 48 hours. However, at present, return times are estimated at around five days.

Coronavirus testing requirements? Arrivals originating from or transiting via designated 'high-risk' countries including the UK must present on arrival a valid COVID-19 negative test result taken no more than three days in advance of their flight’s arrival; HOWEVER, they will also receive a second COVID-19 test carried out by authorities after 4-5 days of a monitored seven-day mandatory quarantine. Passengers also receive general health screening on arrival.

Any other advice? All passengers must submit an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card 24 hours prior to travel. Please see www.visitbarbados.org/covid-19-travel-guidelines-2020 for full details - an FAQ section can also be found containing a list of approved hotels in which passengers from 'high-risk' countries can opt to undergo their mandatory seven-day monitored quarantine, at their own cost.

Barbados holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Dominican Republic

Travel status: Borders restrictions in place.  The Dominican Republic has suspended inbound passenger flights from the UK. Travellers from the UK are not allowed to enter the Dominican Republic including via third countries until Sunday 17 January 2021 at the earliest.

Quarantine rules: The Dominican government has introduced a mandatory seven-day quarantine period for travellers who have previously been in the UK within two weeks of arrival in the Dominican Republic. Travellers will be required to undertake a PCR test while in quarantine.

Coronavirus testing requirements? The Dominican authorities will administer a rapid diagnostic test to a percentage of randomly-selected passengers on arrival. Children under the age of five are exempt from this testing. Passengers showing COVID-19 symptoms will also be tested. Passengers who test positive will be isolated at authorised locations.

Any other advice? Passengers are required to complete a Travellers Health Affidavit, confirming that they have not had any COVID-19 symptoms and providing contact details.

Dominican Republic holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Jamaica

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. The Government of Jamaica has extended the travel ban on flights coming in country from the UK until Sunday, 31 January 31 2021. Additionally, all non-Jamaicans who have been in the UK within the last 14 days prior to intended arrival date in Jamaica, who may seek to enter the island through another country will not be permitted to enter Jamaica.

Quarantine rules: Quarantine will only be applicable for passengers who either show symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 if they're due to stay within Jamaica's 'resilient corridor'. If permitted to stay outside of the corridor, a requirement to self-quarantine for 14 days should be expected for all arrivals regardless of whether symptoms are displayed. Also see notes.

Coronavirus testing requirements? All travellers arriving in Jamaica may be tested for COVID-19 if assessed as high-risk as a result of exhibiting symptoms, exposure to persons who have tested positive, belonging to a high-risk group or other risk factors.

Any other advice? Passengers must have a travel authorisation obtained before departure at www.visitjamaica.com. QUARANTINE: If passengers are COVID-19 symptomatic or test positive upon arrival in Jamaica, they can expect to be confined at an appropriate location, including a government facility. In addition, British tourists can expect to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and spend their time in Jamaica only within the COVID Resilient Zone along the northern coastline resort areas.

Jamaica holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Mexico

Travel status: Borders open. No government restrictions on entry for international air arrivals, however A completed "Cuestionario de indentificacion de factores de riesgo en viajeros" must be presented to immigration upon arrival. The form can be found here. The US land border is currently closed to non-essential traffic until at least 21 February.

Quarantine rules: Quarantine depends on the result of health screening measures on arrival. Anyone exhibiting symptoms may be subject to quarantine.

Coronavirus testing requirements? No – but if passengers present symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival at an airport in Mexico, they will be referred to an International Health Team (“Sanidad Internacional”).

Any other advice? Some airlines are imposing their own additional restrictions on travelers, different from the Mexican government guidelines. These restrictions may apply for domestic and international flights. Passengers should review airline requirements carefully before travel. Cross-border travel restrictions with the United States have been extended until at least 21 February.

Mexico holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list.  recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


St Lucia

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Borders open to arrivals of all nationalities.

Quarantine rules: All international visitors must stay at a COVID-certified property for the duration of their stay. Travellers staying longer than 14 days may explore the island further after this 'quarantine' period.

Coronavirus testing requirements? Pre-testing prior to travel is now mandatory. Visitors must provide certified proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken seven days or less before travel to St Lucia. Passengers will be refused boarding if they do not have proof of a negative test. All arriving passengers will also be screened, including temperature checks, at the airport on arrival.

Any other advice?  All travellers must complete a Pre-Arrival registration form prior to arrival to St Lucia which can be found here. All international visitors must stay at a COVID-certified property for the duration of their stay. All persons travelling to St Lucia (5 years and over) are also required to submit PCR test results by email prior to departure. Test results should be sent to TravelSaintLucia@gmail.com and cc'ed to micho1309@gmail.com. Travellers must print and travel with a copy of the submission confirmation email and a copy of the test results.

St Lucia holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Dubai

Travel status: Borders open. Travellers with an entry permit issued by the UAE authorities will be allowed to enter.

Quarantine rules: Arrivals in Dubai are required to quarantine at least for 10 days.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All citizens, returning residents, transit passengers, and tourists (with a few exceptions for Dubai) must have a certificate showing a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours before boarding a flight to travel to the UAE.

Any other advice? N/A

Dubai holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination was removed from the government travel corridors list on 11 January 2021, meaning visitors will need to self-isolate on their return to the UK. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

France

Travel status: Borders closed. France has restricted travel from the UK from 20 December – only passengers falling under exceptional circumstances may enter.

Quarantine rules: Travellers arriving from a country, not on the list of approved countries or those who have visited a country not on the list in the month before their arrival, may be subject to an isolation period.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All travellers from the UK, including children aged 11 and above, will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure. Both PCR and other antigen tests are accepted for entry into France.

Any other advice? N/A.

France holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local may variations apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Hong Kong

Travel status: Borders closed. The Hong Kong government will deny entry to Hong Kong to travellers that have visited the UK or South Africa for more than two hours within the past 21 days.

Quarantine rules: All travellers entering Hong Kong, including Hong Kong residents, will have to take a mandatory medical test for coronavirus on arrival and need to undergo 21-day compulsory quarantine. Travellers arriving at Hong Kong International Airport (with the exception of those travelling from mainland China, Macao and Taiwan) need to provide confirmation of a hotel room reservation in Hong Kong for no less than 21 days, starting on the day of their arrival.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Any traveller arriving in Hong Kong who, in the previous 21 days, has been in a high-risk country (including the UK must provide a negative nucleic acid test result for COVID-19 obtained within 72 hours prior to travel.

Any other advice? Transit services at Hong Kong International Airport resumed on 15 June for passengers who can be checked through from port of origin to final destination. Transiting between flights operated by different airlines is now allowed.

Hong Kong holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local may variations apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

India

Travel status: Borders closed. To curb the spread of COVID-19, scheduled international commercial passenger air services are currently suspended, and visas for the purposes of tourism are suspended also.

Quarantine rules: All passengers will need to quarantine or self-monitor for 14 days after arrival, depending on their fulfillment of pre-testing requirements and the testing and screening procedures imposed upon arrival.

Coronavirus testing requirements:All passengers arriving from the UK must provide a negative RT-PCR test report from a test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. This certificate should be uploaded through an online portal. Thermal screening will also be carried out by the health officials on arrival, and passengers arriving from the UK will undergo a further RT-PCR test on arrival in all Indian airports.

Any other advice? Some international flights between the UK and India have now gradually resumed under bilateral agreements between the two governments.

India holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Indian Ocean

Mauritius

Travel status: Borders restrictions in place. Individuals who have been in the UK within the previous 15 days will not be allowed entry to Mauritius; this measure will be in force until at least 31 January 2021.

Quarantine rules: Anyone entering Mauritius must undergo a period of “in-room” quarantine in a government-approved hotel on a full board basis for 14 days on arrival. This includes taking a COVID-19 test on the day of arrival, and on day seven and day 14 of the stay.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Passengers must take a COVID-19 test no more than seven days before their departure, in addition to a second test on the day of arrival, and further tests on day 7 and day 14 of their stay.

Any other advice? N/A.

Mauritius holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Maldives

Travel status: Borders open. The government of Maldives has re-opened its borders for international tourists.

Quarantine rules: From 15 July there is no quarantine requirement for passengers who do not show symptoms of COVID-19. From Sunday 25 October at 4am, the Maldives is also part of the UK travel corridors list, meaning travellers do not to quarantine on their return to the UK.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Effective from 16 December, all visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure.

Any other advice? The 30-day visa on arrival service has resumed for all travellers arriving as tourists. All travellers to the Maldives must also fill in a Traveller Health Declaration form 24 hours before departure to the Maldives here.

Maldives holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Seychelles

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Until at least until 31 January, travellers from the UK will not be allowed to enter the Seychelles.

Quarantine rules: Arrivals eligible to enter will need to need to go through at least 10-days quarantine upon arrival. Most travellers will undergo a PCR test on the sixth day which will determine when their quarantine period will end.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Dual nationals, permanent residents and approved work permit holders who will be allowed to enter from the UK must have a negative test certificate issued within the last 48-hours prior to departure for Seychelles.

Any other advice? Passengers must have an approved health travel authorisation obtained at seychelles.govtas.com.

Seychelles holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Italy

Travel status: Borders closed. Until 15 January, entry into Italy from the UK is only permitted for those with official residency in Italy or those with absolute necessity, which must be declared in writing.

Quarantine rules:  Passengers eligible to enter must self-isolate on arrival for 14 days if, in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Italy, you have stayed in or transited through a country where Italy continues to require self-isolation; this currently includes the UK.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Passengers eligible to enter by air must present the airline with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 72 hours before travel. Passengers must also take a COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test within 48 hours of entering Italy – arrivals by air from the UK will take this test at the airport.

Any other advice? N/A.

Italy holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Japan

Travel status: Borders closed. New entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for tourism, continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to the UK or a list of other countries in the last 14 days, other than in exceptional circumstances.

Quarantine rules: Travellers coming from the UK or South Africa are requested to spend three days in self-isolation at a government-provided facility, with a further COVID-19 test on the third day. If the test is negative they will be allowed to continue 14 days’ self-isolation.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All those entering Japan currently need to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within the 72 hours before their flight departure time. Passengers are then required to undergo a COVID-19 test at the airport. They will be asked to wait for the test results at the airport before moving to their accommodation.

Any other advice? The full list of restricted countries can be found here.

Japan holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Malaysia

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry to Malaysia for British nationals is currently prohibited.

Quarantine rules: Anyone (including British nationals) who gets permission to enter the country will be obliged to enter quarantine for 10 days at a designated government facility, at their own expense. Passengers will also be required to download the 'MySejahtera' app.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Passengers may be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival (even if they have a negative test from their country of origin) and on completion of their quarantine. However passengers are encouraged to obtain a test result less than 72 hours prior to arrival, as this could shorten their quarantine.

Any other advice? Passengers can transit via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as long as they remain airside. Transit that requires passage through immigration (to collect bags, or to move between the two Kuala Lumpur terminals - KLIA and KLIA2) is not possible, unless meeting general immigration requirements to enter.

Malaysia holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

New Zealand

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is only permitted for a very small number of passengers, including New Zealand citizens, close family members, resident permit holders or Australian citizens usually resident in New Zealand.

Quarantine rules: Passengers eligible to enter will be subject to medical screening and mandatory isolation at a government facility for 14 days on arrival. They must then test negative for COVID-19 following their stay before being allowed to enter the community. Travellers to New Zealand will need to register on the Managed Isolation Allocation System as the first step to securing their place in a managed isolation facility. They must then be able to produce a voucher on departure and arrival that indicates they have accommodations secured for their isolation.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All eligible travellers from the UK and USA will be required to have confirmation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in the 72 hours prior to departure in order to enter.

Any other advice? Transit visa waiver and visa waiver nationalities, people transiting to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to return home, do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which will accept them.

New Zealand holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Oman

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. International flights from the UK have started to resume on a limited schedule, and travellers for tourism are now allowed, provided travellers have proof of accommodation and proof of onward travel. Visa on arrival facilities have also resumed, and travellers from around 100 countries do not require a visa if visiting for under 10 days for the purposes of tourism.

Quarantine rules: Passengers must take an additional PCR test at the airport, with results being sent to the passenger's registered phone/Tarassud+ application (usually within 24 hours). They should self-isolate until they receive the result and if the PCR test result is negative and the stay in Oman is less than 7 days, they can end self-isolation. Other longer-term passengers can undergo a COVID-19 test on the eighth day and will be allowed to leave quarantine after getting a negative test result.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Passengers must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Oman and complete an online pre-registration form.

Any other advice? N/A.

Oman holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Singapore

Travel status: Borders closed. All travellers, except for returning Singapore citizens and permanent residents, who have a travel history to the UK and South Africa in the previous 14 days, will not be allowed to enter Singapore.

Quarantine rules: Anyone granted permission to enter Singapore will be issued with a Stay at Home Notice (SHN). For most arrivals this is a 14-day quarantine which must be served at a government designated hotel and costs $2,000. Everyone aged over 12 who is in home quarantine will be required by law to wear an electronic tag for the duration of their quarantine period. The tags are about the size of a watch and are worn on the wrist.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Eligible passengers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test conducted within 72 hours of departure.

Any other advice? Singapore’s Changi Airport now allows transit of passengers using authorised airlines, however transit is only possible in certain circumstances. Passengers should check with their airline before undertaking a journey via Singapore.

Singapore holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination was added to the government travel corridors list on 19 September 2020. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

South Africa

Travel status: Borders open. Most international arrivals are currently restricted from entering South Africa.

Quarantine rules: Travellers with a negative test certificate are not required to self-isolate. Those without the certificate or with any symptoms of COVID-19 must quarantine at a government facility for at least 10 days at their own expense.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All arriving travellers through air or land borders will need to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours prior to their departure from the first embarkation point. Travellers below five years of age are exempt from this requirement.

Any other advice? N/A.

South Africa holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

South America

Argentina

Travel status: Borders closed. Argentina’s borders are closed to foreign nationals and non-residents entering the country until at least 31 January.

Quarantine rules: Most passengers must self-isolate for a total of 10 days counting from the day they took a PCR test (whether this be one taken prior to arrival or one taken upon arrival).

Coronavirus testing requirements: As of 15 December, all those authorised to enter the country must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travelling.

Any other advice? All travellers entering or exiting Argentina must submit an electronic sworn statement within 48 hours of their travel. The form is available here. Travellers may be required to present the confirmation email they receive from this system in order to check-in for their flight.

Argentina holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Brazil

Travel status: Borders closed. Passengers who have been in or transited through England or Northern Ireland in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter.

Quarantine rules: A quarantine is not required on arrival. However, the government recommends travellers having or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to self-quarantine for up to 15 days.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All international visitors (including returning citizens) will be required to provide a negative RT-PCR test certificate taken within the last 72 hours before entering Brazil. The test must be submitted to the airline authorities before departing from the point of origin.

Any other advice? N/A.

Brazil holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Chile

Travel status: Borders closed. Travellers who have been in the UK in the last 14 days are currently barred from entering the country.

Quarantine rules: All arrivals including Chilean and foreign nationals will have to abide by a 10-day quarantine measure. The travellers will be able to leave quarantine with a negative PCR result based on a test taken on or after the seventh day in quarantine.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Effective 7 January 2021, all incoming arrivals must have proof of a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding their final flight to Chile. A negative COVID-19 PCR result is required in order to check-in. (Note: the 72-hour time period begins from the time the test is administered – not from when the test results are returned)

Any other advice? Passengers must complete a declaration form 'Pasaporte Sanitario', before entry. This will generate a QR-code by separate email, which must be shown at entry.

Chile holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.


Peru

Travel status: Borders closed. Any non-resident foreigner who has been in the UK within the past 14 days is restricted from entering.

Quarantine rules: All travellers will be required to quarantine for up to 14-days upon arrival.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours before departure.

Any other advice? 72 hours in advance of flights, all passengers arriving in Peru must sign a sworn statement that they will comply with the compulsory 14-day quarantine and attest that they are symptom-free of COVID-19 upon entry. Travellers can find the electronic sworn declaration here.

Peru holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Spain

Travel status: Borders restrictions in place. On 22 December 2020, Spain introduced travel restrictions on arrival from the UK by air and sea. These measures have been extended until 6pm (GMT+1) on 2 February 2021 (5pm / GMT in the Canary Islands), with the exception of Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain.

Quarantine rules: On arrival, travellers eligible to enter Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Arrivals by air or sea must declare on the mandatory ‘Health Control Form’ that they have undertaken a PCR, TMA or LAMP test within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival, have tested negative for COVID-19, and can show on request evidence certifying their results.

Any other advice? N/A.

Spain holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. Spain has been removed from the FCDO travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Sri Lanka

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Although commercial flights are now operating, entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals, and the government of Sri Lanka is not currently issuing visas to travel to the country.

Quarantine rules:Travellers will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government-designated location. It is mandatory to undergo a PCR test between 12-14 days of the quarantine period and the results should be negative.

Coronavirus testing requirements: All eligible travellers must carry a medical certificate for a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation location.

Any other advice? N/A.

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*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Thailand

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Thailand has eased restrictions for tourists from 56 countries who will be able to enter Thailand without the visa requirement, which currently includes the UK.

Quarantine rules: All international passengers entering Thailand are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their own expanse.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Foreigners have to produce a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19, not older than 72 hours prior to departure.

Any other advice? N/A.

Thailand holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination was added to the government travel corridors list on 19 September 2020. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

USA

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Passengers who have transited or have been in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China (People's Rep.), Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or in the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside of Europe), in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter and transit the USA, with some exceptions such as spouses and family of US citizens and holders of certain visas. Any passengers who have visited the above countries, but fall under an exemption, must enter the country through a list of selected airports.

Quarantine rules: There is no federally-mandated quarantine requirement for persons arriving in the country. However, several states have requirements for quarantine when entering the state.

Coronavirus testing requirements: At this time, different states may have different policies regarding the need for travellers to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test. However, as of 26 January, all incoming travellers, including citizens, will be required to have a negative PCR test certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the USA.

Any other advice? Border closures with Canada and Mexico have been extended until at least 21 February, and will likely be extended further.

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*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Vietnam

Travel status: Borders closed. Entry is restricted for most foreign nationals on the basis of the suspension of visa waivers and issuing of visas, other than limited categories such as high-skilled workers.

Quarantine rules: A 14-day quarantine is mandatory for anyone arriving in Vietnam and could be longer if the traveller tests positive at any time. Quarantine facilities may be very basic.

Coronavirus testing requirements: Arrivals, including citizens, must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate issued by the competent health authority of their country within three days prior to arrival.

Any other advice? Currently transit in Vietnam is not allowed.

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*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination is not currently on the government travel corridors list. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

Safety Advice from Our Top Airlines


Air New Zealand

Status? Limited international service.

In-flight safety:

  • Empty seats between different groups
  • Extra cleaning of the aircraft between flights, including stronger disinfectants
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems

Safety at check-in:

  • Customers are encouraged to download the Air New Zealand app and check-in online prior to arrival at the airport
  • Only every second kiosk will be operating, to maintain social distancing 
  • Floor markers will be used in queues throughout the airport journey 
  • Boarding will be done in zones to avoid congestion
  • Buffet services won't be open in lounges

PPE required onboard? No – however face masks will be available onboard should passengers wish to wear one. Hand sanitiser is also available for crew and passengers, and all aircraft are now fitted with biohazard kits. Please note that face coverings may be required by airports and transport providers in some destinations.

Air New Zealand guide: Click here

American Airlines

Status? Limited international flights at present, more services slated to resume in October 2020.

In-flight safety:

  • Cabin crew have been required to wear face masks since 1 May
  • Extra cleaning of the aircraft between flights, including stronger disinfectants
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems

Safety at check-in:

  • Extra and expanded frequency of cleaning in all airport areas under American Airlines' control, including gate areas, ticket counters and baggage services
  • Social distancing measure in places at gates and counters

PPE required onboard? Yes, passengers are required to wear a face covering or mask onboard. Passengers are asked to bring their own face covering, however American Airlines is also planning to distribute masks and sanitising wipes.

American Airlines guide: Click here

British Airways

Status? A limited network of short and long-flights have resumed, with more routes due to restart in October/November.

In-flight safety:

  • Cabin crew have been provided with hand sanitisers
  • Improved cleaning programme, including more cleaning teams and regular inspections
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • No food or drink will be available to purchase on short-haul flights, only complimentary light refreshments and water will be offered. For long-haul services, a selection of pre-packed light refreshments will be available. Passengers may wish to bring their own food onboard.

Safety at check-in:

  • At London Heathrow, BA has undertaken a public information campaign, including COVID-19 signage across all areas of the terminal
  • Social distancing measures in places at gates and counters
  • The operation of BA lounges has temporarily been suspended

PPE required onboard? Not currently, but it may be an airport requirement and is still recommended.

British Airways guide: Click here

Cathay Pacific

Status? Limited flights to/from London and Manchester have now resumed.

In-flight safety:

  • Improved cleaning programme, using products recommended by IATA and WHO
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Trolley services suspended in First & Business Class and meals are served on a single tray
  • Suspension of hot towels, pillows, blankets, magazines and duty-free sales

Safety at check-in:

  • Hand sanitiser readily available throughout Hong Kong International Airport
  • Temperature checks for passengers boarding flights in the UK and North America, and for all those arriving, departing and transiting in Hong Kong
  • The operation of Cathay Pacific lounges – with the exception of The Wing First and Business and Shanghai Pudong – has temporarily been suspended

PPE required onboard? Yes – all passengers are required to wear face coverings in situations where they can't maintain a physical distance of 2 metres. Passengers are asked to bring their own mask or face covering. 

Cathay Pacific guide: Click here

Delta Air Lines

Status? Transatlantic flights resumed in May, but with limited routes and reduced capacity onboard. More trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights are slated to return this winter and into summer 2021.

In-flight safety:

  • Customers and cabin crew are required to wear face coverings throughout the flight
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Middles seats are blocked off, and select aisle and window seats are not being used
  • Capacity is capped at 50% in First Class and 60% if Economy, Delta Comfort+ and Delta Premium Select
  • Extra cleaning measures in place – especially in high-touch areas – with elecrostatic spraying on all aircraft before departure
  • Non-essential items removed from the aircraft, including Sky magazine
  • Passengers are encouraged to bring their own TSA-approved food and drink as there will be a reduced food and beverage service onboard

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers encouraged to download the Fly Dela app, for a touch-free check-in experience
  • All staff will be wearing face masks
  • Social distancing measures in places at gates and counters
  • Hand sanitiser readily available
  • Extra and expanded frequency of cleaning in all airport areas under Delta Air Lines' control

PPE required onboard? Yes – all passengers are required to wear a face mask or covering. Wellness kits (including a face mask and sanitising wipes) will be available at check-in if required.

Delta Air Lines guide: Click here

Emirates

Status? Flights to over 90 destinations have now resumed. The airline has specified that passengers must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in the passenger’s country of departure.

In-flight safety:

  • Emirates has introduced complimentary hygiene kits to be given to every passenger upon check-in at Dubai International Airport and on flights to Dubai. These kits comprise of masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser
  • Cabin baggage is not allowed on flights up to 30 June. Permitted items are limited to a laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items only
  • Cabin crew will wear full PPE, including gowns/suits, masks and visors
  • Extra cleaning measures in place – including Cabin Service Assistants onboard flights to ensure lavatories are cleaned at regular intervals
  • Mattresses, pillows, blankets and headphones will all be hygienically sealed
  • The in-flight hot meal service will operate, using high-quality cutlery and crockery which is sterilised before each use

Safety at check-in:

  • Thermal scanning is in operation for incoming arrivals to Dubai, as well as transit passengers and outgoing passengers on flights to the USA
  • All check-in staff will be wearing face masks, visors and protective gowns/suits
  • Social distancing measures and markers in places at gates and counters
  • Every crew member has been mandated a 14-day quarantine in their home after every flight, unless they are on duty

PPE required onboard? Yes – gloves and masks are mandatory for all customers and employees at the airport in Dubai, while only masks are mandated onboard.

Emirates guide: Click here

Etihad Airways

Status? Etihad started operating flights in 48 destinations on 1 July, including London and Dublin. By the end of September, it is aiming to reach 50% of its pre-COVID capacity. The airline has also specified that passengers must obtain a negative PCR test result from a ‘Pure Health’ facility, should one be available in the passenger’s country of departure.

In-flight safety:

  • 'Wellness kits' are available for all passengers. These kits comprise of masks, gloves and hand sanitiser
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE, including masks, at all times
  • Changes have been made to seat maps onboard, to ensure more space between passengers 
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Extra cleaning measures in place – including deep cleans after every flight
  • Non-essential items, like magazines, have been removed
  • All cabins have been refreshed with new seat covers and carpets
  • In-flight meal options are reduced and subject to rigorous hygiene testing

Safety at check-in:

  • Temperature screening is in operation at Abu Dhabi Airport
  • All check-in staff will be actively monitoring passengers for visible signs of infection
  • Social distancing measures and markers in places at gates and counters
  • Etihad lounges are temporarily closed. When they reopen, facilities will have new safety measures that ensure social distancing

PPE required onboard? Yes – passengers must wear a face mask while travelling and are encouraged to wash their hands regularly.

Etihad guide: Click here

Japan Airlines

Status? Japan Airlines' full service is expected to resume in October.

In-flight safety:

  • Changes have been made to seat maps onboard, to ensure more space between passengers 
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE, including masks, at all times
  • Antibacterial wipes will be available in all cabin classes
  • Extra disinfecting measures in place onboard
  • Cash is no longer being accepted for in-flight sales. Passengers can use credit/debit cards, JAL coupons or JAL gift certificates

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers will be required to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • Thermal body temperature inspections have been set up at Tokyo Haneda Airport for both domestic and select international flights

PPE required onboard? Yes – passengers will be requested to wear a face mask on all Japan Airlines flights.

Japan Airlines guide: Click here

Qantas

Status? All Qantas and Jetstar international flights, except for flights between Australia and New Zealand, are suspended until the end of 2020.

In-flight safety:

  • Changes have been made to seat maps onboard, to ensure more space between passengers 
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • 'Fly Well' packs containing a mask and sanitising wipes will be made available to all passengers
  • The in-flight food and beverage offering has been reduced
  • In-flight entertainment has been temporarily removed
  • Extra hygiene protocols are in place onboard, including enhanced cleaning of the aircraft – with a focus on high-contact areas
  • Passengers are being asked to limit movement around the cabin, once created
  • Non-essential items like the in-flight magazine have been temporarily removed

Safety at check-in:

  • Contactless check-in (online or via the Qantas app) is recommended
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • Self-service bag drop is highly encouraged
  • Self-scanning of boarding passes will be in place
  • Hand sanitiser available throughout the airport
  • High-traffic areas under Qantas' control are to be cleaned more regularly

PPE required onboard? Masks are not mandatory but are actively encouraged and will be provided.

Qantas guide: Click here

Singapore Airlines

Status? Singapore Airlines is currently operating a reduced international service from the UK. By November, the network is expected to reach approximately 11% of its pre-COVID levels.

In-flight safety:

  • Passengers are required to observe safe-distancing measures when boarding and disembarking, and also when queuing for the lavatory
  • 'SIA Care Kits', including a face mask, hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes, will be provided
  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Designated seating zones have been mapped out
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE, including masks and goggles/eye visors, at all times
  • Extra cleaning measures in place onboard, including stronger disinfectant
  • Hot-towel services have been temporarily suspended
  • Non-essential items, including menu cards and seatback literature, have been temporarily removed
  • The pre-ordering of meals, including the Book the Cook service, has been suspended for all flights to Singapore
  • Meals in all classes will be served as a one-tray offering

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers are encouraged to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Passengers may be asked to complete a health declaration at the airport. If you're travelling to Singapore, you can submit an electronic health declaration up to three days before you fly
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • In-flight shopping has been suspended, but passengers can pre-order their duty-free shopping at the KrisShop website

PPE required onboard? Yes – passengers should bring and wear their own face masks throughout their journey.

Singapore Airlines guide: Click here

Turkish Airlines

Status? Operating 21/20 flights per week between London and Turkey during September/October.

In-flight safety:

  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Cabin crew will wear PPE and use hand sanitiser where necessary
  • Staff will be actively monitoring passengers for signs of infection
  • Extra cleaning measures in place onboard, including a specialist hygiene squad that disinfects the cabins between flights
  • All items used during meals go through an extra level of disinfection 
  • All blankets, linens, headrest covers, bedsheets and headsets are cleaned and replaced between flights

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers are encouraged to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters
  • Thermal body temperature inspections have been set up at Instanbul Airport
  • Hand sanitiser readily available
  • At Instabul Airport, Turkish Airlines has undertaken a public information campaign, including COVID-19 signage across all areas of the terminal

PPE required onboard? Not at this time, but is highly recommended for the safety of all passengers.

Turkish Airlines guide: Click here

Virgin Atlantic

Status? Reduced flights at present. More routes are set to be added for Virgin's winter 2020/21 schedule.

In-flight safety:

  • Aircrafts are fitted with hospital-grade HEPA air-filtration systems
  • Cabin crew will be equipped with cleaning kits, including gloves, disinfectant and cleaning wipes
  • Extra cleaning measures in place onboard, using high-grade disinfecting products and with a focus on high-touch areas
  • All linen, tableware, dishes, cutlery, glassware, child bassinets and headphones are replaced and disinfected after each flight
  • Cash is no longer being accepted for in-flight sales. Passengers can use credit/debit cards, JAL coupons or JAL gift certificates
  • The in-flight food and beverage offering is operating a streamlined service, including one main meal with juices and soft drinks

Safety at check-in:

  • Passengers will be encouraged to check-in online prior to their arrival at the airport
  • Social distancing is requested at gates and counters

PPE required onboard? TBC, but is highly recommended for the safety of all passengers.

Virgin Atlantic guide: Click here

Responsible Travel in a Post-Pandemic World

At Flight Centre, our people have long been advocates for responsible travel. We do all we can to ensure our holidays as sustainable as possible, from offsetting our carbon footprint to promoting local tours and working with mindful operators. During the global coronavirus lockdown, our planet actually had a chance to breathe, detox and fight against climate change. Which is why we're passionate that now, more than ever, it's critical to ensure we continue to travel responsibly as the world starts to reopen. Find out more here.

Hotel Hygiene & Safety Guidance


Accor

Accor has partnered with inspection and certification specialist Bureau Veritas to launch a label certifying sanitary-standards compliance in the hospitality and restaurant sectors. This has been dubbed 'ALLSAFE'. The scheme has been designed for both customers and employees, to ensure appropriate standards and cleaning protocols have been met as coronavirus restrictions are lifted and businesses reopen. Find out more here.

Hilton

Hilton has developed a new programme to deliver a high standard of cleanliness and disinfection in its properties all around the world. As part of this, it's been collaborating with RB – the company behind Lysol and Dettol – as well as the Mayo Clinic. Find out more about the 'CleanStay' programme here

Hyatt

Hyatt will be utilising its 60 years' experience worldwide to ensure an even higher commitment to global care and cleanliness, in light of COVID-19. It will be working to further enhance its resources and guidance around employee and guest safety, for added peace of mind. Find out more here.

IHG

IHG has launched its 'Clean Promise' to ensure its guest have faith in its high standards of hygiene. It will be implementing new – and more frequent – cleaning protocols, service standards and partners across the entire chain. Find out more here.

Marriott

Marriott has introduced a Global Cleanliness Council as part of its measures to help halt the spread of COVID-19. It has enlisted in-house and external experts in food and water safety, hygiene, infection protection and more to help reinvent and redefine its cleaning and safety standards all over the world. Find out more here.

Radisson

Radisson has introduced a new 20-step protocol for all its hotels, and a 10-step protocol for its meeting and events spaces. This includes new cleaning and disinfection processes, with a focus on communal, high-touch spaces, as well as additional training for staff. Find out more here

Other – Independent Hotels

Coming soon.