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Country Specific Risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Update 27)

25 September 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) continue to advice against 'all but essential' travel for British nationals, exempting some countries that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Country Specific COVID-19 Risk

Each TRAVAX country page includes a COVID-19 country specific risk-rating which identifies the country as being high, moderate or low risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) for UK travellers.

  • This risk-rating is based on a robust public health assessment of the COVID-19 risks for travellers to each country .

So far, in September 2020, the risk rating has been increased in 22 countries:

In the past three months; the COVID-19 risk for UK travellers has been decreased in the following countries:

  • Malaysia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • East Timor (Timor Leste)
  • Lao PDR
  • Brunei
  • Latvia
  • Cuba
  • Sweden

The COVID-19 risk rating and travel advice from the FCDO is being kept under constant review and may change at short notice. All travellers are therefore advised to continue to follow sensible precautions and consider the following sources of information below:

Before planning any international travel:

Check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) website for country specific Travel Advisory Notices regarding travel and entry restrictions, and review the local medical care available at the travellers destination.

Check the COVID-19 risk-rating at the travellers destination listed in the ‘'Emerging Health Risks'’ section of each TRAVAX country page.

Travel insurance is essential: for further information, see the Travel Insurance page.

Consider UK quarantine rules upon return to the UK; bear in mind they can change at short notice.

  • Prior to booking travel, travellers should check the GOV.UK Border Control website regarding the requirement for self-isolation (quarantine) rules upon return to the UK.
  • Travellers should regularly check the GOV.UK Border Control website during their trip and just before their return journey to the UK as the rules may have changed.

Travellers should be aware of how to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19), before during and after travel: