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Coronavirus: Poland, Denmark, Slovakia and Ukraine close their borders

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A new wave of countries have banned foreign visitors, including UK citizens, in the last few hours due to coronavirus:

Coronavirus in Poland

Poland will close its border on 15th March.  This will be for an initial 10 day period but with provision for extensions.

Only Polish citizens will be allowed to enter the country.  However, this will only be permitted if they enter quarantine for 14 days.

Source document here.

Poland will close its border on 15th March

Coronavirus in Denmark

Denmark will close its borders on Saturday to all non-residents.  This will last until at least 13th April.

Source document here.

Coronavirus in Denmark

Coronavirus in Slovakia

Slovakia will close its borders today.  The international airports at Bratislava, Kosice and Poprad will close.  This will also apply to Slovak citizens returning from abroad unless they are prepared to enter two weeks of quarantine.

Source document here.  Airport information from the Foreign Office.

Coronavirus in Ukraine

Coronavirus in Ukraine

Ukraine will block all foreign nationals from entering the country for two weeks from Sunday.

Foreign Office guidance here.

Coronavirus in Thailand

And in Thailand …..

Thailand has brought in a complex system for UK residents which, if you choose to travel, will restrict your travel in the country and require you to report your movements and undergo regular checks.  You should undertake your own research on this as, on first glance, it is too complex to summarise here.

Comments (61)

  • Clive says:

    If you are within the 24 hour cool off period that would be the best option. LH will not deal with you so your communication needs to be with Expedia.

  • Clive says:

    Latest update on Vietnam:

    Vietnam Passengers who meet one or more of the following criteria are not permitted to enter Vietnam:
    Visited or transited through Mainland China (excluding Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR) in the past 14days.
    Effective: 15 March 2020, foreigners who have visited the United Kingdom and the 26 Schengen countries past 14days.
    Effective: 15 March 2020, foreigners holding a “visa on arrival” approval letter.

    To Ho Chi Minh City
    People’s Republic of China passport holder with a “visa on arrival” approval letter.
    Other foreign passport holders with a “visa on arrival” approval letter who have visited Mainalnd China (excluding Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR) in the past 14days.

    To Hanoi or Da Nang
    People’s Republic of China holders with a “visa on arrival” approval letter or a “tourist” visa (DL).

    Exemptions:
    General
    Vietnam passport holder
    Diplomatic / official passport holders
    Passenger transit through Vietnam

    To Hanoi or Da Nang
    People’s Republic of China holders with APEC card must present an invitation letter from their company / business partners in Vietnam to prove the entry purpose is for business (not leisure)

    Quarantine Requirements:
    Passengers who have visited or transited through Iran are required to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
    Vietnamese citizens who have been to the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and the 26 Schengen countries in the past 14days, shall be centrally isolated for 14days upon entry.
    Foreigners who have been to the United Kingdom and the 26 Schengen countries AND arriving Vietnam before 15th March, 1200pm (Local Time), will require to undergo 14days quarantine upon entry.

    Others:
    Suspension of the visa waiver program for the following nationals:
    South Korea, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden
    United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain
    Effective 15 March 2020, 12:00pm (local time) Suspension of the Visa on Arrival to all nationals:
    Suspension of visa exemption for Vietnamese or family members of Vietnamese holding foreign passport.

  • Peter says:

    Morocco also seems to have closed its borders, a friend of mine is stuck in Casablanca , was supposed to get back via Paris, cancelled, rebooked onto LH via MUC/FRA, cancelled too… government flights from France are supposed to get him home

  • Mike says:

    I can’t find any source for the Thailand rules. Does anyone have a link?