Global Travel Restrictions-Africans should Travel Less-Joseph Umoh

Numerous Nations across the world have imposed travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This is why the digital marketing strategist of Epoxy Oilserv Nigeria Limited Mr. Joseph Umoh adviced that Africans should stay home, they should not travel out of the continent right now because African so far, is the only continent with very low occurence of the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world apart from the frozen continent ANTARCTIC. Antarctic is the only continent on Earth free 100% from the deadly COVID-19 pathogen, here scientists have enacted strict procedures to stop coronavirus reaching them.

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These are the countries with travel restrictions

Countries and territories across the world have imposed travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and the leader of the European Union on Monday said she would propose a 30-day ban on nonessential travel into the bloc. French President Emmanuel Macron said the bloc’s leaders would approve the measure.

This list, pulled from official government reports and the United States State Department, will be updated as new measures are announced.

If the territory you are seeking information about is not listed, check this list from the State Department with updates about restrictions that have been put in place.

Africa countries with Travel Restrictions in Place


Ghana has barred entry for all travelers, except Ghanaian citizens and permanent residents, who have visited a country with at least 200 recorded cases of Covid-19 in the last 14 days, effective on March 17. There will be a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for anyone entering the country, according to a travel advisory from the government. Any traveler showing symptoms of the coronavirus will be quarantined and tested upon arriving.


On March 15, the Kenyan government announced the suspension of all travelers from countries that have reported Covid-19 cases. Only Kenyan citizens will be allowed into the country “with self quarantine or government-designated facility,” officials said on Twitter. The measure is in place for 30 days.

“All who arrived within the last 14 days must self quarantine,” officials added.


As of March 15, the Moroccan government has suspended all flights to Algeria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, as well as passenger ferry services. The government also shut down the land borders with Ceuta and Melilla, the autonomous Spanish territories on the coast of Morocco.

Travelers arriving in Morocco “will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on arrival and may be subject to temperature and other screening,” according to officials.


On March 14, the Namibian government announced that it would be suspending inbound and outbound flights from Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany for 30 days.

South Africa

On March 15, President Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster and announced that all travelers who have entered South Africa from high-risk countries since mid-February will be required to present themselves for testing.

Additionally, any foreign traveler who has visited high-risk countries in the past 20 days will be denied a visa. As of March 16, 35 out of 53 of the country’s land ports of entry will be closed, as well as two of its eight sea ports.


Argentina on March 15 announced it was closing its borders to all incoming foreigners for at least two weeks. The ban does not apply to legal permanent residents.

The decision to ban most foreigners came days after Argentina announced it would halt all flights from the United States and Europe starting on March 16.


On March 12, President Jeanine Áñez announced the cessation of all flights to and from Europe, as well as rigorous control measures at the country’s borders. Any person entering will be subject to medical screening outlined by the World Health Organization, Ms. Áñez said.


As of March 14, Brazil had not imposed travel restrictions. Its health ministry recommended that all passengers who arrive on international flights remain at home for at least seven days and seek medical help if they develop coronavirus symptoms.


On March 16, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada was blocking the entry of anyone who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, except for airplane crews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens and “at this time,” United States citizens. Mr. Trudeau made the announcement during a press conference.

Beginning March 18, only four Canadian airports will continue to accept international flights, Mr. Trudeau said. The airports include Toronto Pearson International Airport, Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Vancouver International Airport and Calgary International Airport; domestic flights and those arriving from the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Saint Pierre and Miquelon will be exempted.


The government announced on March 16 that it would close its borders to all foreigners starting on March 18 for an undetermined period. Chileans returning home from areas with a significant number of cases of the coronavirus must quarantine for 14 days.


The government announced on March 13 that it would shut down the seven border crossings along its border with Venezuela. Starting March 16, Colombia will bar entry to any foreigner who has been to Europe or Asia within the past 14 days. Colombians who return from affected areas will be subject to mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

Costa Rica

The government announced on March 16 that it would close its borders to all coming foreigners effective March 18. Costa Rican citizens and permanent residents who arrive in the country will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Dominican Republic

Flights from Milan into the Dominican Republic have been canceled, according to the U.S. Embassy, and all travelers arriving in the country must complete a travel history form. Passengers from China or Italy, including those without any sign of Covid-19 symptoms, may have to quarantine at home. Incoming cruise ships also may be barred from docking.


Beginning March 16 at 11:59 p.m., no one, including citizens and residents, will be allowed to enter the country for the next 21 days.

El Salvador

On March 11, El Salvador announced it would bar entry to all foreigners, except accredited diplomats and legal permanent residents.


Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei announced on March 16 that the country was closing its borders for 15 days.


As of March 14, Mexico had not imposed any travel restrictions.


The government on March 15 declared a state of emergency and shut down its borders for at least 15 days, starting on March 16. The measure means all international flights will be canceled. Officials are also restricting the movement of people across provinces.

United States

On March 11 the United States barred the entry of all foreign nationals who had visited China, Iran and a group of European countries during the previous 14 days.

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The ban applies to countries in the Schengen Area, which are 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.

Effective March 16, the ban will apply to foreign nationals departing from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

As of March 13, all American citizens and legal permanent residents who have been in high-risk areas and return to the United States are required to fly to one of the following 13 airports:

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts

  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas

  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan

  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York

  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California

  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington

  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia


On March 15, Uruguay announced it would halt all flights from Europe starting March 20. It had announced earlier that all passengers arriving from China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Iran, Spain, Italy, France and Germany must go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days.


On March 12, Venezuela announced it would suspend all flights from Colombia and European countries for at least a month.


The country’s health department on March 14 announced a 30-day suspension of “foreigners” traveling into the country from the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, effective March 17, according to the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia.


Starting March 16, most new arrivals in Beijing, China’s capital, have had to undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated hotel or other assigned location. Previously new arrivals could spend their quarantine at home, but officials said the new rules would only allow that option for limited cases.

Some other places, including Anhui Province, the Inner Mongolia region and the city of Sanya on Hainan Island, have announced similar measures.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese region, says that starting on March 19, the city will require travelers from all countries to self-quarantine for 14 days.


As of March 13, the Indian government suspended most travel and tourism visas, with the exception of “diplomatic, official, U.N. or International Organizations, employment and project visas” until April 15.

Additionally, the country is enforcing a two-week quarantine on all passengers, including Indian nationals, “arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany” after Feb. 15.


As of March 15, Japan had banned entry for foreign travelers with Chinese passports issued by Hubei and Zhejiang provinces as well as those who had visited regions in China that have affected by the virus, South Korea, Iran or Italy within the last 14 days.


As of March 16, all foreign nationals, “with very limited exceptions,” are prohibited from entering or transiting through Malaysia until March 31, according to the United States Embassy in Malaysia. The date could be extended at the discretion of the Malaysian government.

All passengers arriving from international destinations — including Malaysian citizens — must undergo 14 days of quarantine and a health inspection. Foreign nationals are allowed to leave the country, but flight options are limited.


On March 15, Myanmar restricted entry by foreign travelers who in the last 14 days visited the Hubei Province in China or the Daegu and Gyeongbuk regions in South Korea, according to the country’s United States embassy. Myanmar nationals returning from those areas will be quarantined in a public hospital for 14 days, according to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travelers from elsewhere in South Korea need a medical certificate from Korean health officials showing no symptoms of acute respiratory illness to board a plane to Myanmar, where they will be quarantined at home for 14 days.

Anyone from Italy, Iran, France, Spain or Germany — or anyone who has visited those countries in the last 14 days — need a similar medical certificate to fly and will be quarantined in a Myanmar public hospital for 14 days after arriving.


As of March 14, all foreign nationals who enter Nepal must remain in self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival date, according to the country’s Department of Immigration.

Nepali nationals, including non-Nepali residents, must stay in home quarantine for 14 days from their arrival date. All these measures are in place until April 30.

The country has stopped issuing on-arrival visas to foreigners from March 14 through April 30. All foreigners with a prior valid Nepalese visa must submit a certificate showing that they have a negative coronavirus swab test — issued maximum seven days before their arrival in Nepal — upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport’s immigration office.

As of March 14, all of the country’s land ports will remain closed to “foreigners from third countries” through April 30. Only Tribhuvan International Airport can be used as a port of entry.

Flights from the People’s Republic of China to Nepal have been restricted, according to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal.


The Philippines has shut down all travel into and out of the capital of Manila until April 14, according to the U.S. Embassy there. On March 14, the government said it had “implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures” and that some areas in Manila were under a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.


As of March 15, “all new visitors with recent travel history to France, Germany, Italy and Spain within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into or transit through Singapore,” according to officials.

Singapore residents and pass-holders who have been to those countries in the past 14 days will be issued a “Stay-Home Notice,” which will require them to quarantine for two weeks.

South Korea

South Korea has restricted the entry of travelers with passports from China’s Hubei Province as well as anyone who has visited that region in the past 14 days. Additionally, Korean visas that were issued to travelers in Hubei are canceled.

Visa-free entry to Jeju Island for all foreigners, as well as visa-free entry for Chinese nationals and travelers who are headed to China, are both suspended.

Sri Lanka

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka announced Jaffna International Airport had ceased international operations on March 15. The measure is expected to last until March 30. The airport will continue to be open for domestic flights, according to the authority.

Visas on arrival have been suspended, according to the U.S. Embassy in the country. No cruise passengers and crew are allowed to disembark. The country has banned travelers coming from Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, United Kingdom, Belgium and Norway.

All passengers arriving in the country — regardless of origin — must undergo temperature screening and fill out a health declaration.


As of March 14, travelers from European countries in the Schengen Area — a group of 26 countries, most of which are in the European Union — the United Kingdom, Ireland and Dubai will be quarantined at home for 14 days after entering Taiwan, the Taiwanese government announced.

The Taiwanese government has extended its travel restrictions beyond these 26 countries, according to the American Institute in Taiwan, to include the ones listed here. All passengers arriving in Taiwan from listd places must undergo 14 days of home quarantine.

Foreign nationals who have visited China, Hong Kong and Macau in the last 14 days are prohibited from entering the country. Those who have transited through those countries must undergo a mandatory 14-day home quarantine.


As of March 12, travelers from China, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Italy and Iran who are headed to Thailand need to present a health certificate confirming a negative coronavirus test when checking in before their flight. These travelers must also show proof of insurance with coverage of at least $100,000.

All passengers arriving in Thailand will need to answer a questionnaire and their temperatures will be taken. Anyone transiting the restricted countries for less than 12 hours will not have to present a certificate or fill out the questionnaire, but they will be subject to enhanced screening.

As of March 13, according to officials, “travelers entering the Kingdom of Thailand who have been in the United States within the prior 14 days are subject to self-monitoring and reporting requirements.”


As of March 15, Vietnam will refuse visitors from Europe’s Schengen Area and Britain, according to officials.


On March 15, the Australian government announced that all international arrivals will have to self-isolate for 14 days and that cruise ships arriving from foreign ports will be banned for 30 days. Foreign nationals, except for Australian permanent residents, will be refused entry for 14 days after visiting mainland China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.

New Zealand

New Zealand announced tight border control measures on March 14 that include requiring all incoming travelers, including its own citizens, to self-isolate for two weeks.


Israel has denied foreign nationals entry into the country as of March 12, but “permission to enter Israel will be considered for foreign nationals who can prove that they have a place and are able to go into a 14-day isolation.”

According to officials the exception does not apply to foreign nationals coming from: China, South Korea, Thailand, Italy, Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Egypt.


As of March 17, all flights, excluding commercial air freight traffic, will be suspended, according to officials. The country’s land and sea borders are also closed to travelers.

The country also prohibits foreigners who were in China, Iran, Italy or South Korea within the previous 14 days before arriving in Jordan from entering the country, as well as anyone who had been Lebanon, Egypt and Syria. And “starting on March 16, all foreigners arriving from France, Germany or Spain will be prohibited from entering Jordan,” according to officials.


On March 11, the Lebanese government announced the suspension of all flights departing to Italy, Iran, China and South Korea, according to officials.

Saudi Arabia

As of March 15, the government of Saudi Arabia suspended all international flights, inbound and outbound, for two weeks, according to officials.


Citizens from countries outside the European Union who have been in coronavirus hot spots, which the Austrian Foreign Ministry currently lists as France, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and parts of China in the past 14 days will have to present a medical certificate confirming a negative test result for the new coronavirus upon entry to the country. The Austrian government also announced that all passengers, regardless of citizenship, will also have to provide a certificate confirming a negative test result if they’re entering Austria from Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein (from March 16).

The certificate, which must be dated within four days of arrival, needs to be signed by a licensed medical practitioner and be in English, German, Italian or French.


For the time being, there are no travel restrictions imposed by the government of Belgium, according to the United States Embassy in Belgium. At this time, the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends against all trips abroad.

Travelers arriving in Belgium from abroad are not currently being asked to quarantine.


Travelers arriving in Croatia from specific hard-hit areas, such as Italy, Iran and China’s Hubei province, must spend two weeks in government quarantine facilities at the expense of the traveler, according to officials.

The Croatian government also implemented health monitoring for passengers from several countries affected by the virus like Spain, the United States and Sweden. Travelers from these countries should self-isolate for two weeks, according to officials, “and report their condition to the nearest epidemiologist for further instructions.”

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic, which declared a state of emergency, has banned passengers from “high risk countries” and prohibited Czech citizens from visiting these places.

As of March 14, bus, train and boat transport from the Czech Republic to Germany and Austria was also banned. Air travel was also partially restricted, according to officials.


Denmark closed its borders to most foreign travelers for the next month as of March 14.

“All tourists, all travel, all vacations, and all foreigners who cannot demonstrate a credible reason to enter Denmark will be denied entrance at the Danish border,” Mette Frederiksen, the prime minister, said at a news conference, according to Reuters.


The French government has not issued any travel restrictions as of March 16, according to the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in France, but travelers returning to the country on government evacuation flights will be quarantined. Medical professionals at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris will meet flights from China, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, South Korea, Iran and certain regions in Italy to check passengers for symptoms and answer questions.


Starting March 16, Germany will close its borders with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland, the country’s interior minister said on March 15.


On March 16, Greek authorities announced all international travelers who arrive in the country must undergo a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine, according to theUnited States Embassy in Greece.

Greece closed its borders with Albania and North Macedonia. Flights from Italy and Spain are suspended; ferry service from Italy to Greece is also suspended. Cruise ships and tourism boats cannot dock in Greece as of March 15.


As of March 17, only Hungarian citizens and those holding residence permits can enter Hungary, according to the United States Embassy in Hungary.


As of March 16, there are no entry restrictions in Ireland, according to the Irish government. The country has closed schools, museums, galleries and tourist sites, and the Trump administration’s ban on travel from European countries extended to Ireland, effective Monday.


In Italy, where the virus has taken hold and already killed more than 1,000 people, government officials implemented strict ordersplacing the country on lockdown in an attempt to stop the spreading infection.

As of March 3, passengers with a temperature higher than 99.5 degrees were not allowed to board flights to the United States.

All travelers flying into Italy are subject to temperature screening in Italy’s major airports, and the country has suspended flights from China and Taiwan.


At midnight on March 17 (6 p.m. Eastern time), Latvia will close its borders to anyone who is not a citizen or legal resident, according to the U.S. Embassy in Latvia. There are no restrictions on leaving the country.


Lithuania declared a two-week nationwide quarantine on March 14, which includes closing the country’s borders to all foreign nationals, the government announced. Anyone returning from abroad will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.


On March 13, the Dutch government announced the suspension of flights from “risk countries” — mainland China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy and South Korea. The ban is in place through at least March 27.

North Macedonia

The government of North Macedonia has said it is denying entry to foreigners who, in the last 14 days, have traveled to “high- or medium-risk countries” listed on its Ministry of Health website. The United States is listed as a high-risk country.

Citizens and legal residents of North Macedonia who traveled to a medium- or high-risk country in the past two weeks are allowed to enter but are subject to quarantine, according to the U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia.


On March 12, the Norwegian Directorate of Health said that regardless of whether they have symptoms or not, anyone coming into Norway from outside Nordic countries should be quarantined at home for two weeks from their arrival. The measure is set to last through March 26.

On March 13, the municipality for Oslo, the nation’s capital, said on its website that “foreign travelers from countries outside the Nordics arriving at Oslo airport will have to return home,” Reuters reported.


As of March 15, Poland will ban foreigners from the country, suspend international air and rail services for citizens and border controls will be temporarily restored, the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland said on Twitter. All Polish citizens returning from abroad must voluntarily quarantine for two weeks, according to officials.


The Russian government banned entry of Chinese nationals, except for transit, on Feb. 20, and on Feb. 28 it banned the entry of all Iranian citizens. On March 1, Russia restricted travel by South Koreans, mandating they enter the country only via Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow. As of March 13, the government banned Italian citizens from entry into Russia.

“Effective March 16, air travel between Russia and countries of the European Union, Norway, and Switzerland will be limited to flights between Moscow and capital cities,” according to officials.

On March 14, Russian officials announced plans to close the country’s land border with Poland and Norway to foreigners, according to Reuters.


Serbia declared a state of emergency effective March 15, which prohibits all foreign nationals, excluding diplomats and legal residents, from entering the country. Some airports and land border crossings are closed, according to the U.S. Embassy in Serbia, and the government ordered a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone entering the country. Travelers from certain countries — Switzerland, Iran, Romania, Spain, Germany, France, Austria, Slovenia and Greece — will be quarantined for 28 days.


The Slovak Republic closed all three international airports on March 12, and since March 13, “all the persons coming to Slovakia from abroad are obliged to remain in quarantine for 14 days.”

Additionally, international bus and rail travel have been suspended, according to officials.



On March 16, the Spanish government announced the closing of its land borders, allowing only citizens, residents and others with special circumstances to enter the country.

Direct flights from Italy to Spain are banned until March 25, Spain’s health minister announced on March 10. The country’s Imserso Tourism Program, which offers travel opportunities for older adults, was also suspended on March 12.


As of March 14, travelers at the Swiss border with Italy will be refused entry with some exceptions, including anyone who lives or works in Switzerland, according to the U.S. embassy there.


As of March 15, Turkey has suspended all flights to and from Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and South Korea. Foreign travelers “who were physically present in these countries in the last 14 days” are also barred from entering the country. Turkish citizens, including dual citizens, are exempt, but they could be subject to a quarantine requirement, according to officials.

On March 16, the health minister Fahrettin Koca said in a news briefing the country would also suspend flights to and from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates. The flights will be stopped as of 8 a.m. local time on March 17.

The Turkish government also closed its land borders with Iran and Iraq, as well as the Dilucu border crossing with Azerbaijan and the Sarp border crossing with Georgia.


On March 14, Ukraine announced the suspension of all commercial passenger travel, including flights, trains and buses, to and from Ukraine, starting March 17. The Ukrainian government said all foreigners would be barred from entering the country starting March 16.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has not implemented any entry restrictions, but it is “advising against “all but essential travel to some countries, cities and regions,” the country’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said. On March 14, President Trump expanded the travel ban on foreign nationals to the United Kingdom

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