Holidays 2020: When can you travel abroad in the future? Country-by-country list

The UK Government’s latest 14-day quarantine rules for travellers arriving from abroad – other than France and Ireland – sent shock waves across the travel and tourism sector. Airlines and other industries have been forced to make alternative plans to make sure they aren’t hit by more financial strain.


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The new rules, set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday, suggest that most travellers arriving in the UK from abroad will have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

UK authorities will then conduct spot checks on these individuals, with those caught breaking the rules receiving fines of up to £1,000 or deportation.

Here’s a list of each country’s current status for international travel.


Italy was one of the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic back in March and April but has since managed to control the pandemic by imposing a strict lockdown.

On May 4, the country allowed factories and building sites to reopen with limited family visits.

On May 18, retail stores, museums and libraries will be able to open with restaurants and bars opening on June 1.

Social distancing rules are ongoing and church services remain banned.

There is currently no insight into when tourists can visit the country but two of the nation’s airports – the Rome-Ciampino Airport (CIA) and the Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR) – are open for travellers from the Schengen area.

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President of France Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson came to an agreement allowing travellers from France to enter the UK without facing the strict 14 -day quarantine rules.

The same applies for travellers from the UK entering France.

Lockdown began being lifted on May 11, with shops, schools and markets slowly reopening.

Travellers from the Schengen area, Europe and the UK are allowed to enter the country without being quarantined.

Travellers from other countries face two weeks of quarantine.


Spain was one of the worst hit by the coronavirus, with over 269,000 cases.

Currently, a national state of emergency remains in place until May 23, but it is likely this will be extended to help halt the spread of the virus.

Yesterday, the country announced that all travellers from abroad have to be put in quarantine for 14 days.

There are currently no countries that are exempt from this rule.


Portugal had a strict six-week lockdown that seemed to limit the amount of cases in the country compared to its neighbour Spain.

However, Portugal is still not allowing international visitors.


Germany has had over 170,000 cases of coronavirus but far fewer deaths than its European neighbours.

Events across the nation are cancelled, including the much-anticipated Oktoberfest.

Tourists cannot enter the country at all.

But neighbouring Austria is planning to reopen its German border on June 15.


The country has a five-step road map in place that includes hotels, museums and galleries reopening on July 20, with limited occupancy.

However, pubs will not reopen until early August.

Anyone arriving from abroad must quarantine themselves for 14 days with the exception of those entering from Northern Ireland.


America is still the worst hit country in the world, with over 1.4 million cases and over 80,000 deaths.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning against non-essential travel within the US.

The US is not allowing arrivals from Canada, Mexico, Europe and most of Asia.


The Canada-US border is still closed with the whole country remaining in lockdown.

Canada is also not allowing people to travel from province to province.

Canada is also requiring visitors from other countries to be put in quarantine for 14 days when they arrive.


Australia is still closed to foreign visitors after an early lockdown has seen the country successfully control the deadly virus.

Anyone from abroad including citizens have to be put in quarantine for 14 days.

Some ministers have even said that foreign travel for Australians may not take place until 2021.

However, there have been talks between New Zealand and Australia about a “travel bubble” which could kickstart tourism in both countries.

New Zealand

New Zealand has had fewer than 20 deaths after closing its borders to flights from Wuhan, China – the alleged source of the virus – on February 3.

The country’s website reads: “The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“The travel ban applies to all arrivals into New Zealand whether it is by air or sea”.


After the outbreak began in China late last year, the country has since passed its peak and has managed to restart many aspects of normal life.

Healthy individuals are allowed to travel within their own cities but are being tracked by the government, with public temperature checks being common.

Tourists are not welcome, and there is no clear information on when that could change.


The UAE is not welcoming tourists with a curfew remaining in place.

There are some flights between the UK and UAE but these are mainly for repatriation purposes.

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