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Coronavirus: Oman, Norway, Cyprus and Czech Republic block UK travellers

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Three more countries have placed restrictions on UK travellers tonight due to coronavirus, which effectively means that they are off-limits to most of us.  This is on top of the Czech Republic which announced restrictions earlier today.


From Saturday, the United Kingdom will become a ‘Category 2’ country due to the spread of coronavirus here. 

This means, should you choose to fly from the UK, you will be subject on arrival to:

Self-isolation under telephone monitoring at home or premises to be suggested by Health Ministry (restrict close contact and movement, keep basic rules of hygiene and monitor and report symptoms to  the call centre 1420) for 14 days”

Cyprus attempted to move the UK into Category 2 earlier this week but had to pull back after consternation from the local travel industry.  The Government clearly believes that it now has no choice.


Oman is suspending all tourist visas for one month from Sunday 15th March.

All cruise ships have been banned from visiting, all sports activities have been curtailed and cinemas will be closed, amongst other measures.


Effective immediately, all visitors to Norway from outside the Nordic countries will be quarantined.

Most attractions, ski resorts, and venues are now closed, and most activities and events are cancelled.  The ban will run until at least 26th March.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic will close its land borders to travellers crossing from Germany and Austria at midnight on Saturday (ie Friday night) as it struggles to deal with coronavirus.

The country will ban travel to and from 15 countries seen as posing a high risk of infection. 

The list includes the UK, Italy, Sweden, Norway, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, China, Korea and Iran.  The only exceptions will be for foreigners with residency in the Czech Republic and to cross-border workers.

Comments (91)

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  • Clive says:

    Sri Lanka now imposing restrictions.

  • Anthony Edwards says:

    e-visas for Azerbaijan are suspended for 45 days. May not affect many others but affects me 🙁

  • Cal says:

    Just got my Prague flight with BA refunded. Hoping that Eurostar and change up their policies.

    • Rob says:

      Eh? emailed me yesterday, all bookings are refundable (not sure what the cut-off was).

      • Daniel says:

        Strange, I’ve had nothing from advising bookings (pre-paid/non-refundable) can be cancelled for free.

        Wonder what BA will do if one of my upcoming flights has to be cancelled, was booked with OnBusiness points the day before they were due to expire; so guess I’d have to look at rebook later in the year rather than cancel which is a bit of a pain but better than losing them altogether I guess.

      • Peter K says:

        I had a email but it did not say all hotel bookings are cancellable. It only mentioned about restricted travel to the US.

  • Len Freeman says:

    What a nightmare! Due to fly to Cyprus tomorrow on a British Airways holiday. Within a short time of checking in FCO confirms arrivals on the island will face two weeks quarantine. Now in limbo. Ring BA and just get told they are too busy to answer the call. No reply to my direct message to them on twitter either. Now they email me urging that I check I will be able to enter the country and call them if I have a problem. Call them again only to be told again that call volumes are so high they can’t deal with me. I see holiday companies like Tui have simply cancelled their holidays to Cyprus. No doubt BA will still fly there with hardly anyone on board and say no refund as the flight wasn’t cancelled. I can’t even change it because I can’t get through to anyone.

  • Clive says:

    You are heading to the North Len?

    • Sharron says:

      Hi Clive,
      We are travelling to Northern Cyprus for a 2 week self catering holiday in April, a bit worried now as to what will happen to us if we go, will we be allowed to go shopping, if we have to self isolate for 2 weeks.
      I’m only asking you a s you asked Len if he was going to the North.

  • Caro says:

    I’m due to fly AMS to Oslo In 3 weeks, spending one night in a hotel and then flying to Oz. If I read this correctly – I will be quarantined or not let in. Do I just wait and hope things change. Any advice welcome? It’s so typical it is the first time I have booked a Qatar flight.

    • Shoestring says:

      you read it right, ie on arrival they will ask you to return to your home country (I don’t think quarantine is an option for you either)

      shame it’s not possible to move the next day flight forward as transit passengers are allowed

      • Waribai says:

        Where did you read that transit passengers are allowed in Oslo? Does it have to be on PNR?

      • Waribai says:

        Thanks…..So my mid-April OSL-DOH-BKK run could be on!

      • Caro says:

        Thanks, I can potentially move the flight to Norway forward a day but will be risky with a same day flight if the first leg is cancelled. Also they are on separate tickets and I am not sure KLM will check my luggage all the way through.

        • Shoestring says:

          life is full of risks

          ordinarily nobody would recommend a shortish transit but here it might be worth it

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