Coronavirus Travel Advice

Maintrip June 04, 2020

Last Update: 2020-07-01 12:47:40

Information is changing every day which can make it hard to keep up with the facts that are most relevant to you. We’re continually keeping this page up to date regarding the current Coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19, and what impact it might have on your travel plans. So whether you need it now, or in the near future, it’s worth a bookmark.

We strongly recommend reading the Coronavirus advice from your local authorities and governments, as well as the guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO).

This page was last updated on 1 July 2020. To our knowledge, the information on this page was correct at the time of publication.

Coronavirus travel bans and restrictions by country

How does the COVID-19 outbreak impact travel within Europe and to the rest of the world? We have summarised the Coronavirus travel restrictions that currently apply for a number of popular countries.

  • France: Borders opened to non-essential travel on 15 June. Arrivals from the UK and from outside the wider European Area (that is, any countries outside of the EU, Andorra, Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland) are asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in mainland France.
  • Greece: You must complete an online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before your arrival in Greece. The form is online, in English. Once you have completed the form, you will receive a QR code to show to the Greek authorities on arrival. Random coronavirus testing is taking place at airports. You must self-isolate at the address given on your PLF form until you receive your results.
  • Japan: Entry to Japan is denied, other than in exceptional circumstances, for any non-Japanese nationals who have been to the UK or this list of countries in the last 14 days.
  • Italy: Borders are open to international tourists, but travellers from outside the EU, Schengen area and UK must self-isolate for 14 days. Arrivals from those areas will not be subject to quarantine measures and theatres, concert halls, cinemas are open.
  • Thailand: The state of emergency has been extended until 31 July. Limited passenger flights began operating on 1 July but are only available to Thai citizens and residents.
  • Spain: Borders reopened on 21 June to the UK, European Union and Schengen-area countries. There are no quarantine measures in place but all arrivals must have a temperature check and provide contact information. The Canary Islands will be the world’s first destination to trial digital health certificates, in July.
  • Poland: Poland’s borders reopened to tourists on 13 June. EU, European Economic Area, EFTA and UK nationals do not need to quarantine on arrival. More commercial passenger flights are expected to resume from 16 July.
  • Egypt: International flights resumed on 1 July. All arrivals must have their temperatures taken, complete a monitoring card with personal details and self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Bulgaria: Arrivals from the UK are allowed but must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • United Arab Emirates: Only UAE Citizens, including British residents of the UAE, are allowed to enter and are subject to health checks on arrival.
  • USA: With the exception of US citizens and permanent residents, anyone who has visited Europe, including the UK and Ireland, in the last 14 days is banned from entering the country.

Latest information about airlines & Coronavirus flight cancellations

A number of countries have imposed travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Airlines have been suspending flights since March. 

To find out about specific airline route information, as well as current Coronavirus flight cancellations, rebooking or refund policies, you can find all the latest news and travel updates on their websites or check with the International Air Travel Association.

Now, flights are running, although those in operation are exercising social distancing and mandatory mask wearing. Quarantine on arrival usually applies. Check the entry criteria for each destination before travelling, on the IATA information page.

  • Ryanair: Over 99% of flights were grounded until 20 June, but 40% of scheduled flights are running from 1 July. If your flight gets cancelled due to the Coronavirus you will be notified by email and SMS, and given the option to request a refund, rebook or re-route your journey.
  • easyJet: On 15 June, the airline restarted some routes from the UK to France, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain. The airline plans to have half of its flight network running in July, and 75% by August, but at 30% of its normal capacity. If you’re affected by a flight cancellation, you will be contacted by the airline to discuss your options.
  • Jet2: All flights and holidays are suspended until 15 July 2020. If you have a booking on a flight that’s been cancelled, you can rebook online for a future date free of charge. Affected customers will be contacted by the customer services team to discuss their options.
  • Wizz Air: From 16 June, Wizz Air initiated flights from London Luton airport to Faro in Portugal, and from the start of July to Corfu, Heraklion, Rhodes and Zakynthos in Greece. If a previous booking was affected you will be offered a refund or credit for a future flight plus 20% of the original fare paid.
  • Emirates: Since 15 June Emirates has been operating passenger flights from Dubai to 30 cities, due to increase to 48 in July. Other airline passengers can transit through Dubai airport. If your flight was cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions you can complete a Travel Voucher request form to re-book your flight up to 24 months later.
  • Norwegian: Norwegian Airlines is operating a limited flight schedule until further notice. If your flight is cancelled you will receive confirmation via SMS and email. You can request a refund of your unused ticket, or opt for flight credit and get an extra 20% towards a future trip. 
  • TUI: TUI won’t be offering holidays departing before 10 July 2020. If your trip can no longer go ahead as planned, you’ll receive a refund credit for the full value of your holiday, and a separate booking incentive up to 20%.
  • KLM: Existing bookings can be rebooked free of charge for travel until 30 June 2021. If your flight was cancelled by the airline between 15 March and 4 June you are eligible for a refund. For other flights, refund and rebooking options differ depending on when the flight was booked and scheduled for departure.
  • Virgin Atlantic: Passenger flights from London Heathrow to New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Hong Kong and Shanghai will resume on 20 July, with further routes reopening in August. If you want to change your booking, you can rebook for travel up to 30 September 2022. If your flight is cancelled, you will be contacted to discuss refund and rebooking options, and your ticket will automatically be kept open as credit to use up to 31 May 2022.
  • Vueling Airlines: You’ll receive an email from the airline if your flight is cancelled, as well as a URL to a form where you’ll be able to reschedule your flight for free or request a refund.
  • British Airways: If your flight has been cancelled you can claim a voucher to the value of your booking online or call customer services to discuss refund options. Vouchers will be valid for travel until 30 April 2022 and can be used as payment, or part payment, for a future booking.
  • Finnair: Bookings made up to 31 August 2020 can be rescheduled free of charge, and cancelled flights scheduled for departure after 1 July can be rebooked free of charge until 31 May 2021. If your flight is cancelled you will be contacted by the airline to discuss rebooking or refund options.
  • Turkish Airlines: Flights were suspended until 28 May 2020. Any bookings made before 20 March 2020 can be rebooked free of charge until 28 February 2021, and bookings made after 20 March 2020 can be rescheduled for free until 31 December 2021.