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If you’re heading abroad for Christmas, there may be new travel restrictions you need to be aware of. Many countries have updated their entry requirements for Britons in the wake of rapidly rising Omicron cases. Here are 25 of the countries with extra restrictions for Britons, as well as those banning British travellers entirely.
As Omicron spreads at alarming rates throughout the UK, many people’s Winter travel plans are being hit by tougher restrictions.
For those heading overseas for the holidays, whether to get some Winter sun or to be reunited with family, you must make sure to check the rules of your destination regularly as the situation can change very quickly.
France has taken a strict approach, closing borders to all tourists regardless of vaccination status and is only allowing entry for those with an “essential reason” to travel.
Due to the rising number of cases of Omicron in the UK, a growing number of countries are putting extra restrictions on British travellers, and some are banning Britons entirely.
Make sure you check the rules of your destination on the GOV.UK site, and if you’re unsure, check again with your travel provider who will be able to answer any questions you have.
Here are 25 countries with travel restrictions for travellers from the UK.
1 – Australia
Australia’s borders have effectively been closed to non-Aussies for the entire pandemic, only allowing Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia and immediate families of Australians in.
2 – Spain
All unvaccinated Britons are banned from entering the country.
3 – Bhutan
The borders of Bhutan are closed to everyone, including British travellers.
4 – Brunei
Tight restrictions in Brunei mean you have to apply for permission to visit from the Prime Minister’s Office.
5 – Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands are closed to tourists.
6 – Benin
Travellers are not allowed to enter Benin without an essential reason to be entering the country.
7 – Indonesia
British nationals aren’t eligible for Indonesian tourist visas.
8 – China
Direct flights to China from the UK are not currently operating, however, British nationals can travel to China via other routes.
9 – Hong Kong
Only double-vaccinated travellers from the UK are able to travel to Hong Kong.
You will then need to spend 21 days in quarantine at a designated hotel.
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10 – India
British travellers to India will have to test on arrival at the airport and then self-quarantine for one week, testing again on day eight.
11 – Israel
No non-Israelis are allowed to enter the country unless they are able to get special permission from Israel’s ‘Exceptions Committee’.
12 – Laos
Travellers from countries with a high number of coronavirus cases, including the UK, are not allowed a visa to enter Laos.
13 – Madagascar
You need to take a PCR test before travelling to Madagascar, and upon arrival will have to quarantine at a hotel for at least two days, dependent on another negative test to be released.
14 – Japan
Japan’s borders are closed to anyone without a residential address in Japan, except in exceptional circumstances.
15 – United States
Anyone entering the US needs to be fully vaccinated unless they are exempt and need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within one day of their flight.
16 – New Zealand
New Zealand’s borders remain closed to any travellers unless they have a “critical purpose” for travelling.
17 – South Korea
International travellers will have to quarantine for 10 days after arriving in South Korea.
18 – Malaysia
British travellers cannot enter Malaysia for tourism purposes but are able to enter under certain circumstances including if they are a permanent resident.
19 – Portugal
Travellers must provide a negative PCR test before they are granted entry to Portugal.
20 – Morocco
The Moroccan government has suspended all flights to Morocco until further notice.
21 – Norway
Anyone arriving in Norway must take a test within 24 hours of arriving.
22 – Taiwan
No foreign nationals are allowed to enter Taiwan at the moment.
23 – Myanmar
No tourist visas are available for Myanmar at the moment.
24 – Vietnam
No tourist visas are being issued for Vietnam until further notice.
25 – South Africa
All British travellers to South Africa need to bring proof of a negative PCR test.
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