Full list of countries UK travellers are banned from travelling to right now

A huge increase in the number of coronavirus and Omicron variant cases is continuing to affect the UK, and this has led to a whole host of countries shutting their borders to Brits.

The virus is widespread in the country at the moment. There were a whopping 91,743 new cases recorded in the UK on Monday, December 20 alone.

The new strain, known as Omicron, is causing real concern as hospitalisations are now on the rise. Experts are worried that the NHS may become overwhelmed if cases continue to rise or remain so high.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed 8,044 additional cases of the Omicron variant, bringing the total cases of the variant in the UK to 45,145.

With the virus such a problem in the country, it is understandable that so many countries are anxious about letting in travellers from the UK.

So which countries have banned travellers from the UK?


Japan's coronavirus cases are low compared to the UK at the moment. They recorded just 109 new cases on Wednesday, December 20. It is perhaps no wonder they have kept such strict travel rules, with travel banned for non-citizens.

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said: "These are temporary, exceptional measures that we are taking for safety’s sake until there is clearer information about the omicron variant."


Israel has shut its border to all non-Israeli citizens as Omicron intensifies outside of its borders.

This will remain the case until at least December 29, 2021, when restrictions will be reviewed again.


Regularly scheduled flights to India are currently suspended, but there is an agreement between the UK and India that means a limited amount of flights are being offered.

Rules are also very strict and travellers are required to submit a self-paid COVID-19 test on arrival and a thermal screening will also take place.

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The foreign office said: "A further COVID-19 test is required on the eighth day of arrival in India. If the eighth-day test is negative, travellers should self-monitor their health for the next seven days.

"Any travellers testing positive for COVID-19 will have to undergo treatment and further monitoring at a separate isolation facility."


Germany now classes the UK in its highest risk category. Anyone planning on travelling to the country must have a negative test they can prove having taken, and be quarantined for two weeks irrespective of their vaccination status.


China has a blanket ban on all foreign travellers. So, any trips to the Great Wall or the shining towers of Shanghai are firmly off the cards, at the moment, as the Chinese have suspended all direct flights from the UK.

The UK's Foreign Office said: "Restrictions on travel to China from other countries, and the necessary requirements may be different.

"British nationals travelling to China from a third country should follow the directions on the website of the local Chinese Embassy or consulate for requirements from that country."


Anyone wishing to travel to France must only do so for an essential reason. French nationals are considered to have this essential reason to travel.

There is a full list of what reasons can allow you to travel on the French Embassy website.

New Zealand

New Zealand's beautiful scenery will have to wait, for now. Travellers from the UK can only enter if they have a critical purpose.

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The foreign office said: "You may be able to travel to New Zealand while the border is closed if you are considered to have a critical purpose to travel. Please see the Immigration New Zealand website for criteria."

Other countries that currently have UK travellers banned from entering

Soon, if the UK reverts to so-called 'Step 2' restrictions, all foreign travel will be banned in the UK.

There are a number of countries that are already not accepting travelling Brits unless there are very specific exceptions. Some won't accept anyone at all.

They are:

  • Qatar
  • Hong Kong

  • Morocco
  • Falkland Islands
  • Suriname
  • South Korea
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Tonga
  • Cook Islands
  • Nauru
  • Turkmenistan
  • Bhutan
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  • Laos
  • Kuwait
  • Macao
  • Iran
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Benin
  • Eritrea
  • Gabon

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