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Coronavirus travel restrictions around the world: A country-by-country list

  • March 17, 2020

As the world works to slow the spread of coronavirus, countries have imposed a variety of travel restrictions.

The measures range from suspending international flights and banning travelers from impacted countries, to requiring citizens or foreign nationals to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Government officials across the globe say the travel bans are critical to containing the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Worldwide, more than 7,800 people have died from the virus, and more than 195,000 have been infected, according to Johns Hopkins data. In the U.S. alone there are more than 5,700 confirmed cases with the death toll at 94.

The following is a running list of travel restrictions compiled from government agencies and elected officials. For other countries, check the country-specific U.S. embassy website

North America

United States

All foreign nationals from China, Iran and certain European countries are barred from entering the United States. This ban includes anyone who visited these countries within the 14 days prior to their U.S. trip. 

The targeted European countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. President Donald Trump later added the United Kingdom and Ireland to this list. 

U.S. citizens are allowed to return home but must fly into 13 designated airports and undergo “enhanced entry screening.” 

Canada 

On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he was closing the country’s border to non-citizens. American citizens are exempt from the restriction.

Mexico 

Mexico currently does not have any travel restrictions in place. 

South America

Argentina 

All foreigners who are not residents of Argentina are banned from entering the country until April 1. Argentina may extend this date. 

Bolivia 

On March 13, Interim President Jeanine Añez suspended all flights to and from Europe.

Paraguay

The country canceled flights from Auscion to Madrid, which is the only direct route into Europe, for the rest of the month.

Europe

European Union

President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Twitter Monday that she was restricting all nonessential travel to the European Union for 30 days. Exemptions include family members of European nationals, diplomats, “essential staff” that are addressing the coronavirus spread and people transporting goods. 

Australia 

Foreign nationals who have been to China, Iran, Republic of Korea or Italy are not allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they left or traveled through the country. Australian citizens are exempt, but they will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning home. 

On March 15, the Australian government announced that all travelers will be subject to the 14-day quarantine after arriving, and cruise lines from foreign ports are banned from  Australia for 30 days. 

Asia 

China

People traveling to Beijing, Shaghai, Guangdong Province and Sichuan Province will be quarantined for 14 days in a Chinese facilityif they have recently visited countries with “severe outbreaks” such as South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy. 

India

The country has suspended all existing visas until April 15. And as of March 16, travelers from the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and United Kingdom were banned from entering India. Officials added Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia to that list on March 17.

Japan 

Foreign nationals with a Chinese passport issued by Hubei or the Zhejiang Provinces and those who have visited Iran, Italy, San Marino and South Korea in the last 14 days are banned from entering the country. 

Thailand 

Travelers who have been in the United States in the last 14 days will be subject to “self-monitoring and reporting requirements” upon arriving in Thailand. Additionally, travelers from Iran, Italy, China, Korea, Hong Kong and MacaO must submit proof to their airline at check-in that they tested negative for coronavirus. They must also show proof of a health insurance policy with coverage of at least $100,000.

Israel 

As of March 12, foreign nationals are banned from entering the country. The government will make an exception for foreigners who can prove they have a place where they can self quarantine for two weeks. However, that exception does not include foreign nationals from China, South Korea, Thailand, Italy, Macao, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Egypt.

Saudi Arabia  

As of March 15, all international flights to and from Saudi Arabia are suspended for two weeks. 

Africa

South Africa 

The country has imposed a travel ban on foreign nationals from “high-risk countries” including the United States, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and China starting March 18. 

Kenya

The Ministry of Health in Kenya announced on Twitter on March 15 that the country was banning all travelers from countries that have reported coronavirus cases. 

Morocco 

In a March 16 update, the government of Morocco announced it was suspending all international travel in and out of Morocco. 

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