Latest Travel Advice for 2020 & 2021

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In a coronavirus (COVID-19) world – with 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.

We also recommend checking the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the latest government guidance. Currently, this is as follows: from 5 November to 2 December 2020, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education. 

The information on this page was correct as of 23 November 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 daily 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. This is, of course, constantly expanding and changing as lockdown and COVID-19 cases ease across the globe, but for now, here are our top recommended destinations:

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Travel Updates by Key Destinations


Abu Dhabi

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. UAE authorities have resumed issuing visas to foreigners for visiting all the seven regions of UAE. All citizens, returning residents, transit passengers, and tourists (with 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. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports.

Quarantine rules: Arrivals in Abu Dhabi from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility for at least 14 days.

Coronavirus testing at the border? See advice below.

Any other advice? All passengers travelling to Abu Dhabi, including passengers connecting in Abu Dhabi, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate from a test taken a maximum of 96 hours prior to departure. The test must have been taken at a facility approved by the UAE government, if one is available in the passenger's country of origin.

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: Only Australian citizens, returning permanent residents and their immediate family members, or passengers from New Zealand on 'Safe Travel Zone' flights 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 at the border? All travellers arriving in Australia may be required to undergo enhanced health screening on arrival before going into quarantine. This can include temperature testing. They may also be asked to undergo screening or testing in quarantine.

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 8 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/ Any passengers from New Zealand who are permitted to enter Australia via 'Safe Travel Zone' flights must have been located in New Zealand for at least 14 days prior to departure, and could still be subject to quarantine. For more click here.

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 be required to present a health certificate showing a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within the previous seven days at check-in ahead of any scheduled travel. Anyone entering the country should be prepared to be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Failure to produce a health certificate may result in being denied entry or transit in Indonesia.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes - unless the passenger already holds a health certificate confirming a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must have been taken a maximum of seven days before arrival and 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 2021.

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 30 November, 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 November.

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

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear - but should be expected. Temperature screening is also in place at Calgary, Montreal, Toronto-Pearson and Vancouver airports.

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

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, but could be imposed depending on results of screening on arrival – see notes.

Coronavirus testing at the border? 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 completion of a health declaration form. 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: Arrivals originating from or transiting via designated 'high-risk' countries including the UK will be required to undergo a health screening, and then will be monitored in quarantine for seven days, either in a designated holding hotel at their own expense or in a government facility free of charge. After four to five days, passengers will undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test and will then be released after the seven day period if the result is negative.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes. Passengers must arrive with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained at an accredited facility a maximum of 72 hours prior to 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 take a COVID-19 PCR antigen test at an accredited laboratory 72 hours in advance of their flight and 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 open.  Air borders re-opened to most arrivals on 1 July. Land and sea borders remain closed.

Quarantine rules: The Dominican Republic has reopened its borders for land, sea and air.

Coronavirus testing at the border? 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. The tourism ministry has implemented a "responsible recovery plan" for tourism. All tourists staying in a hotel with an operating license will receive a free travel insurance assistance plan for emergency coverage for COVID-19 illness, including COVID-19 testing, cost of a hotel for prolonged stays, and costs associated with changing flights in the event of an infection. This assistance plan will be provided to all visitors until 31 December and will be paid for by the Dominican Republic at no cost to the traveller.

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: Borders open to international visitors.

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 at the border? 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 at https://afac.hostingerapp.com. The US land border is currently closed to non-essential traffic until at least 21 November.

Quarantine rules: N/A.

Coronavirus testing at the border? 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 travellers, different from the Mexican government guidelines. These restrictions may apply for domestic and international flights. Passengers should speak to their Travel Consultant and review airline requirements carefully before travel.

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. 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.

Quarantine rules: All international visitors must stay at a COVID-certified property for the duration of their stay.

Coronavirus testing at the border? All arriving passengers will be screened, including temperature checks, at the airport.

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. Dubai has re-opened to international tourism.

Quarantine rules: No quarantine required as long as the passenger has adhered to mandatory testing either before travel, or on arrival.

Coronavirus testing at the border? See advice below.

Any other advice? Individuals travelling from the UK to Dubai now have the option to undertake a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport. Otherwise, passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate from a test taken a maximum of 96 hours prior to departure. The test must have been taken at a facility approved by the UAE government, if one is available in the passenger's country of origin. Passengers transiting in Dubai are no longer required to present this test result unless it is required by their final destination country.

Dubai holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. This destination was added to the government travel corridors list on 14 November 2020. We recommend visiting the government FCDO page for the latest advice.

France

Travel status: Borders restrictions in place. Travel between mainland France and French Overseas Territories is currently permitted only for urgent family or professional reasons. Travellers must complete and carry an exempted movement certificate and a declaration that they do not carry COVID-19 symptoms.

Quarantine rules: On arrival in France, any travellers eligible to enter will be encouraged to get tested or observe a 14-day quarantine period.

Coronavirus testing at the border? See rules above.

Any other advice? Arrivals by land and sea will need to complete a "sworn statement" on a form available here, self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with COVID-19 and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the last 14 days before departing from their point of origin.

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. Travellers arriving in Hong Kong on flights from overseas countries/territories, who are not Hong Kong residents, will be denied entry to Hong Kong. Non-Hong Kong residents travelling to Hong Kong from mainland China, Macao or Taiwan will also be denied entry if they have been to any overseas country/territory in the past 14 days.

Quarantine rules: All eligible travellers entering Hong Kong, including Hong Kong residents, will have to take a mandatory medical test for coronavirus on arrival and will be required to undergo 14-day compulsory quarantine. Quarantine is usually spent at a hotel or residential address, but arrivals may also be placed in a Hong Kong government quarantine centre at their own cost.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes - all arrivals (including transit passengers) will be subject to advanced screening measures, including temperature checks. Those deemed to have a high temperature will undergo further checks by the Port Health Office at the airport. If they meet further risk criteria, they will be transferred to a Hong Kong public hospital for mandatory checks/treatment. In addition, passengers who have been in the UK or a number of other countries in the past 14 days must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result obtained a maximum of 72 hours before departure.

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. Most international flights are currently suspended until at least 30 November 2020, and visas for the purposes of tourism are suspended.

Quarantine rules: All passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials on arrival.

Any other advice? Some international flights between the UK and India have now gradually resumed under bilateral agreements between the two governments. All international passengers must visit this site and submit a self-declaration form at least 72 hours prior to departure for India.

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. From 1 October, the Mauritian government is allowing visitors from the UK entry to Mauritius subject to specific quarantine restrictions. Passengers must book airline travel and accommodation via the official Mauritian Tourism Promotion Agency website.

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.

Coronavirus testing at the border? 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? These measures will remain in place until at least 30 November, after which point a further easing of arrival requirements may occur.

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 reopened its borders for international tourists on 15 July. Effective from 10 September, all tourists and short-term 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.

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 at the border? Temperature checks and screening procedures will be in place on arrival. Travellers presenting symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival will be subjected to a PCR test at the traveller’s cost or at the cost of the tourist facility where the traveller is booked to stay in the Maldives. Additionally, local health authorities may conduct random testing, at no cost to travellers.

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. From 1 October, visitors from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the United Arab Emirates are allowed to travel to Seychelles under specific conditions. This includes the requirement that a COVID-19 test must be performed no more than 48 hours before departure, and a negative result must be demonstrated on entry.

Quarantine rules: Upon arriving in Seychelles, visitors must stay in a designated hotel/establishment and may not leave the premises for five days.

Coronavirus testing at the border? In addition to providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival and entering quarantine, another COVID-19 test will be performed on the fifth day of the passenger's stay. Following a negative test result, visitors will be free to travel within 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 restrictions. The FDCO advises against all non-essential travel to Italy, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.

Quarantine rules: From Sunday 18 October, anyone arriving or returning to all nations of the UK from Italy will be required to self-isolate for two weeks, as the country will be removed from the list of nations that are exempt from self-isolation requirements. Quarantine in Italy is not applicable providing the testing requirements are met, unless in the 14 days prior to arrival in Italy, passengers have stayed in or transited through a country where Italy continues to require self-isolation.

Coronavirus testing at the border?: When you arrive in Italy from the UK, you must show evidence that you tested negative for COVID within the 72 hours before your travel. Do not use the NHS testing service for a test to travel to Italy. You should arrange to take a private test.

Any other advice? Passengers are now advised to complete a self-declaration form before travelling to Italy, and have a copy available at all times - it can be found here.

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 restrictions in place. New entry to visit Japan on a short-term basis, such as for tourism or to visit family, 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. Eligible visitors must also provide a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of their flight departure time.

Quarantine rules: All passengers who arrive in Japan, other than some short-term business travellers, are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival at a designated location (such as a hotel or their own home) and to avoid using public transport. These measures will remain in place for the forseeable future.

Coronavirus testing at the border? All passengers arriving in Japan are required to complete a health questionnaire before disembarkation, including contact details. They are then required to undergo an additional coronavirus screening test (PCR) at the airport. Passengers 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. The majority of foreign nationals are not permitted to enter until at least the expected date of 31 December 2020.

Quarantine rules: Anyone (including British nationals) who gets permission to enter the country will be obliged to enter quarantine for 14 days at a designated government facility, at their own expense. Passengers will also be required to download the 'MySejahtera' app.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes - 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.

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. From 5 October, 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 at the border? Yes – passengers will undergo medical screening as part of their quarantine.

Any other advice? From 20 June, 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. Entry is only permitted for Omani nationals or foreign nationals with valid residence visas. Any other travellers should seek approval via their airline. International flights have started to resume on a limited schedule from 1 October 2020.

Quarantine rules: See border testing requirements - the results of the PCR test undertaken at the airport will be sent to the passenger's registered phone/Tarassud+ application (usually within 24 hours). They should self-isolate until you receive the result and If the PCR test result is negative, the stay in Oman is less than 7 days, they can end self-isolation. Regardless of the PCR test result, if the passenger is staying in Oman for more than 7 days, they must continue to self-isolate for 14 days.

Coronavirus testing at the border? To enter Oman, travellers will need evidence of a negative PCR test, taken 96 hours or less before their arrival. They will also need to have downloaded the Tarassud+ and HMushrif track and trace applications (available on iOS and Android phones). All arrivals (over the age of 15) may also still be required to have an additional PCR (nasal swab) on arrival at Muscat International Airport. There is a charge of 19 Omani Riyals for this test and it should be paid for through the Tarassud+ App before arrival in Oman. Passengers will then receive a QR code that can be shown at the screening point.

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: Border restrictions in place. Short-term visitors from the majority of destinations including the UK are not able to enter Singapore unless they have extenuating circumstances.

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. A limited number of countries have been designated as ‘low-risk’ and will be issued with a 7-day SHN, or no SHN. Arrivals from these countries will be also be permitted to carry out quarantine at their residence, if applicable. 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 at the border? Any passengers eligible to enter Singapore should be prepared for health screening on arrival. All arrivals must also pay for a COVID-19 test which will be conducted before their 14-day quarantine period ends.

Any other advice? Singapore’s Changi Airport has allowed transit to authorised airlines from 2 June but to date transit is only possible in certain circumstances. Passengers should check with their airline before undertaking a journey via Singapore. On 19 September Singapore was removed from the UK travel corridor list, meaning if passengers transit Singapore to travel to the UK they are no longer required to self-isolate for their first 14 days in the UK.

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 restrictions in place. Borders have re-opened from 1 October for tourism, business, leisure as well as any other travel. However, the UK has been classified as a high-risk country and travel from the UK for tourism or leisure is prohibited.

Quarantine rules: If passengers fail to produce a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival they will be required to quarantine at a government-appointed facility at their own cost. Self-isolation is not required if they have provided the negative COVID-19 test.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. Passengers will need to provide a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours from time of departure to port authorities when entering the country. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas.

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 the majority of foreign nationals and non-residents entering the country for an indefinite period.

Quarantine rules: Any foreigner or resident who arrived in Argentina in the last 14 days from a country of active transmission must self-isolate for 14 days and follow any required health measures. Travellers may be required to quarantine at their own expense.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

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 open. Foreign nationals are allowed to enter Brazil by air.

Quarantine rules: Unclear.

Coronavirus testing at the border? There are no mandatory testing requirements to enter the country, and a test certificate is not required for entry.

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. Entry is restricted for all foreign nationals unless they hold a valid residency permit. This restriction will continue until at least 13 November.

Quarantine rules: Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days at their first point of entry.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Not as a requirement. However, passengers may be able to exit quarantine early by obtaining a medical order to visit a local doctor or hospital for testing after arrival, and obtaining a negative COVID-19 PCR test result.

Any other advice? A completed "Affidavit for Travellers to Prevent Coronavirus Diseases (COVID-19)" must be submitted before departure at https://www.c19.cl/formularios.html. The Chilean authorities have closed all ports to cruise liners..

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. International flights to Peru from outside of the Latin American region remain suspended for an indefinite period.

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

Coronavirus testing at the border? No – however travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours before departure.

Any other advice? N/A.

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 open. Spain has re-opened its borders to European Union and Schengen-area countries, and travellers from the UK. However, the FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to Spain.

Quarantine rules: Arrivals from the UK do not need to self isolate, but will be asked to provide travel history, be temperature-checked and undergo a visual health assessment. Travel history can be provided online or via a downloadable app up to 48 hours prior to travel – more can be found here.

Coronavirus testing at the border? No – but arrivals from the UK will be asked to provide travel history, be temperature-checked and undergo a visual health assessment.

Any other advice? Spain was removed from the UK's travel corridor exemption list on 26 July 2020, meaning returning passengers must self-isolate on arrival in the UK. However, the Canary Islands have recently been granted a travel corridor.

Spain holidays: Click here

*This is just a guide, and local variations may apply. Mainland 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: 14-day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, usually followed by 14 days self-isolation at home.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Travellers are required to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight. Upon arrival in Sri Lanka, another PCR test will be done. A third test will be required prior to release from the 14-day quarantine.

Any other advice? Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. A completed "Health Declaration Form" must also be presented upon arrival.

Sri Lanka 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.

Thailand

Travel status: Border restrictions in place. Passengers and airline crew are not allowed to enter for the purposes of tourism until at least 30 November, with the exception of a small list of exemptions.

Quarantine rules: All travellers to Thailand, including all British nationals, are required to complete 14 days' quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Certain categories of foreigners arriving in Thailand will be tested for COVID-19 on entry and again during quarantine.

Any other advice? N/A.

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*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: Mandatory self-isolation for up to 14 days for exempted passengers arriving from the countries listed in the first section. All other passengers should be prepared to be asked to self-isolate on arrival, and self-isolation requirements are in place in many states when travelling domestically across state borders.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Unclear at present.

Any other advice? As of 27 July 2020, the US Embassy in London (and, as of 3 August 2020, the US Consulate General in Belfast) are resuming certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including: immigrant visas for spouses and children of US citizens; and F-1 and M-1 student visa categories. Students travelling from the UK (and the Schengen Area and Ireland) with valid F-1 and M-1 visas, do not need to seek a national interest exception to travel. Border closures with Canada and Mexico have been extended until at least 21 November, and will likely be extended further.

USA 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.

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: Anyone eligible to enter Vietnam will be subject to a 14-day quarantine and may be liable to pay the associated costs. Vietnamese government quarantine centres are basic and most do not meet Public Health England standards. Quarantine could be extended past 14 days if passengers test positive, could be followed by additional self-isolation and passengers should be expected to be tested at least five times during this period.

Coronavirus testing at the border? Yes.

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.