Which Countries Don’t Have Travel Bans In Place

This week has been a historical week of international travel bans. While nations try to handle the COVID-19 outbreak in their own ways, several of them have outright placed restrictions on who can enter the country. Here is a look at some of the nations that currently don’t have bans in place.

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What travel bans and quarantine requirements are in place? Photo: Getty Images

European restrictions

While several European countries have already closed their airports in the last week, the European Union is proposing that all non-essential travel should be suspended to the European Union for 30 days.

The United Kingdom will be exempt from this rule EU ban. However, the UK still hasn’t enforced any restrictions itself but has merely advised against all non-essential travel.

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Self-quarantine measures

There are various countries that still allow travelers to enter the country but they have to go through self-quarantine measures to pass through.

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China

Even though China was the epicenter of the outbreak, at the moment it is only implementing self-quarantine measures rather than international bans. CNN reports that all passengers arriving in Beijing from destinations abroad must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. They will be placed at designated facilities at the passenger’s own expense.

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“From now on, all travelers who have been in South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, France, Spain, Germany, the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium will have to self-quarantine for 14 days,” a statement from the city’s municipal government said, according to CNN.

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The novel coronavirus outbreak has taken its toll on the aviation industry. Photo: Getty Images

Australia

Anyone arriving at the island continent has to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Singapore

All passengers entering the city island city-state from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries will be issued with a 14-day “Stay-Home Notice”. This also applies to those traveling from Japan, Switzerland or the United Kingdom. Moreover, these fliers will have to prove that they will self-quarantine.

Belize

The Central American country will order a 14-day quarantine for anyone coming from China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Spain. Furthermore, cities that have widespread growth of the virus will also be subject to the rule. 

Barbados

Currently, a quarantine of 14 days applies to the Caribbean country. Therefore, many will wish to wait before booking any vacations here.

Bermuda

A 14-day quarantine also applies here.

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The US was one of the first major powers to implement temporary flight bans on Europe. Photo: Getty Images

African nations

It seems that several regions across Africa are more relaxed when it comes to restricting entry.

Nigeria

There is no restriction on entering Nigeria in regards to coronavirus. Premium Times reports that the minister of state for health Olorunnimbe Mamora has no plans on restricting any passengers from entering the nation.

Alternatively, his country is increasing screening measures on travelers from areas that have been overwhelmed with the virus.

Across the continent

Presently, the following African countries don’t have strict travel bans but have orders for self-quarantine for 14 days.

  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Democratic Republic of
  • Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda

South America 

With cases starting to grow in the continent, the majority of countries have started to implement restrictions.

Guyana

Those traveling from highly affected countries will also be ordered to self-quarantine here. In addition, travelers from the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, and St Vincent & the Grenadines will have to undergo the same treatment.

Brazil

Currently, Brazil has not forced any travel restrictions. Instead, the South American country’s health ministry recommends those arriving from international lands go through seven days of self-isolation. Additionally, they should seek medical help if they develop symptoms.

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Several airports will be near enough empty for the next few months. Photo: Getty Images

Tough times

Altogether, there aren’t many well-visited countries that don’t have some sort of restriction in place. It likely that the ones holding out will also put measures in place soon.

However, these bans will only work as short-term cover. Essentially, there are too many individuals that rely on air travel for personal and financial needs. With so much reliance on international relations, authorities need to figure out ways to balance the restrictions. Perhaps new screening technologies will be introduced at airports to support security systems.

Ultimately, these extreme measures were put in place to help protect citizens from coronavirus. However, the financial and emotional implications could lead to severe indirect consequences on health and wellbeing if they continue.

With many countries closing their airports altogether, there have been families separated and many people that can’t go home. There are also reports that these sorts of measures can remain largely ineffective. Therefore, global bodies need to review their approaches in the coming months.

Have you been affected by these restrictions in place? Share your experiences with us in the comment section.

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William

At a certain point we are all going to have to get back to work and accept the deaths. The economic costs will ultimately cause more death and suffering. Obviously measures need to be in place. Even a hint of fever, running nose, cough will mean a stay at home… Read more »

Aulia

Singapore does have a travel and transit ban for those with travel histories to France, Germany, Italy and Spain! I’m unable to transit there on my way to Indonesia from Germany (flying from Zurich)

Michael

The lockdowns and closures if countries is not to wipe out the virus. Anyone under any illusion that this is why governments are doing this, seriously needs to educate themselves and pay attention to available information. The reason to close borders and have lockdowns is to slow the virus ability… Read more »

Courtney

“However, the financial and emotional implications could lead to severe indirect consequences on health and wellbeing if they continue.” Exactly. I think a lot of this is going to backfire in ways that people haven’t even thought of yet.

Barend de Klerk

where is your info from regarding Africa. I have been to some in the last few days and never got told anything about self quarantine

sam

Correction: Tunisia has such strict travel bans that the national airline, Tunisair, has stopped all commercial operations. In addition there is a country-wide curfew from 6.00pm to 6.00am.

Alesja

Yes. We can not get back home in Ireland from Turkey. FLIGHT IZMIR- ENGLAND- SHANNON

Steve U

Am in Morocco and I flight on to travel on Sunday but am feeling disappointed and stranded here in Casablanca

Syed Aleem.

Air lanka cancel from kullalampur to karachi (pakistan) 20-03 2020
My wife not travle due to air lanka baned.

Zaheer abbad

I am in italy my family is live in ingland

Zaheer abbad

I am in italy my family is live in inland I am worried about restrictions

Nkechi

Yes, this is affecting my family. My two teenage children are boarders in the secondary school. According to the school calander they were to vacate April 9th. My husband and i travelled out of the country to return 2nd April. Now, the government has shut down schools and they are… Read more »

Chijiokeh

Oh Yesssss! I’m affected in many ways by this ban,that I had to go ‘open’ my air ticket, and u was to depart few days time. But this ban has rearranged everything! God help the world

Sherine

Hi. My son is part of a crew of SA seafarers from America Holland Oosterdam. They have been anchored in Cabo wt no passengers. Today they were told to go home. Recruitment agency (Steiner) is arranging their flights. What measures must my son take? He has no symptoms.which airports are… Read more »

Anis Sayani

Might be some think my comment as not relevant or off the track.I am thinking how deviated are we that we are only thinking about travel ban, to the great extent it might be right as secondary step. For primary one I give an example,911 attack created retaliation at Taliban… Read more »

Caryll C. Barrett

Yes, I have been restricted by the events of the Virus, I am currently trapped in the Philippines which is currently undergoing s strict quarantine and although Foreigners are allowed to leave, all Public transportation is ban, also my return flight by United Airlines to the USA and the connecting… Read more »

Caryll C. Barrett

Yes, I have been restricted by the events of the Virus, I am currently trapped in the Philippines which is currently undergoing s strict quarantine and although Foreigners are allowed to leave, all Public transportation is ban, also my return flight by United Airlines to the USA and the connecting… Read more »

Caryll C. Barrett

Yes, I have been restricted by the events of the Virus, I am currently trapped in the Philippines which is currently undergoing strict quarantine and although Foreigners are allowed to leave, all Public transportation is ban, also my return flight by United Airlines to the USA and the connecting Flight… Read more »

Julio

Imunity is the only answer for the future development of this situation.

Julio Cexar

Imunity is the only answer for the future development of this situation.

Udemba Maryann chinna

Since we re band from entering Dubai if my visa expired before flight start working will Dubai president all us to enter his country

Udemba Maryann chinna

Since we re band from entering Dubai if my visa expired before flight start working will Dubai president all us to enter his country

Robert Edube

I was affected, I am a Ugandan leaving in the USA. I traveled to Uganda on March 5, and could not go back to the USA on March 15, I am separated from my family, the children and my wife are keeping themselves in the house but it’s tough to… Read more »

Sally Hayes

I’m an Aussie stuck in London – but I simply can’t afford to stay here (I was on the point of heading to Asia to find a job). Is there a country in Asia which I can still get into?