As we ran a number of articles last week on countries blocking entry for UK citizens, I thought I would do another update. This may become academic given that British Airways will be grounding most of its services from the start of April, but it helps if you are travelling short term.
These are NOT comprehensive lists. We have been focusing on those places where readers are most likely to visit. I strong recommend checking the latest advice via this page of the Foreign Office website.
Qatar and Qatar Airways
There appears to be quite a bit of confusion about what is happening with Qatar Airways. I have seen various articles saying ‘Flights to Doha are cancelled’. This is not true. What IS true is that non-Qatari residents cannot leave Doha Airport and enter the country from 18th March.
Transit passengers are not impacted unless they intended to have a stopover in Doha. Your flight will operate as usual. If you had a stopover arranged, you will be rebooked to travel straight through.
Details are on the Qatar Airways website here.
Coronavirus and South Africa
Residents of ‘high risk’ countries, or anyone who has visited such a country in the last 20 days, will be banned from entering South Africa from Wednesday 18th March.
The list of countries includes the UK, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States and China.
South African citizens returning from such countries will be subject to testing and/or quarantine.
Coronavirus and Australia
Australia is imposing a two-week quarantine period on ALL international arrivals from all countries.
Coronavirus and Kenya
Kenya has announced a 14-day ban on non-nationals and non-residents entering the country from any country impacted by coronavirus. This is due to take effect on Tuesday.
The Foreign Office recommends against ‘all but essential’ travel to Kenya. This may help with arranging a refund via your travel insurance.
Anyone who does qualify for entry must under quarantine for 14 days.
Coronavirus and Lebanon
From 19th March to 29th March, Beirut Airport will close to all commercial traffic.
All individuals in Lebanon have been told to remain at home and not venture outside except in extreme circumstances.
Coronavirus and Dominican Republic
All flights from Europe to the Dominican Republic were suspended from this morning for at least 28 days.
Anyone who enters via another route but has been in Europe during the previous 14 days will be subject to quarantine on arrival.
The Foreign Office is advising against ‘all but essential travel’ which may help with insurance claims.