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Countries Without COVID-19 Travel Restrictions (May 2020)

If you’re like me, you’re probably eager to return to the skies as soon as possible.  If you haven’t already planned your next vacation, you’re probably spending a fair amount of time on Google Flights planning your first post-COVID flights. While looking forward to a future without stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions is completely understandable and acceptable, you may want to re-evaluate your travel plans.

A number of states in the US have already begun the process of reopening their economies. Some states have already reopened with states like Florida reopening beaches for the first time in months. This optimistic attitude unfortunately, does not go beyond the borders of the United States. Nearly every country with a few exceptions has implemented restrictions on international travel. A number of countries have even closed their borders entirely. Still, there are a few countries without any COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

Staying healthy in-flight post COVID19
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Countries Without Any COVID19 Travel Restrictions

Currently, there are just 8 countries without any COVID19 related travel restrictions. A number of countries, including most European countries, have not completely closed their borders. However, if you are traveling internationally, you will most likely encounter travel restrictions related to COVID19.

As of May 19th, 2020, the following countries have not imposed any travel restrictions related to COVID-19.

  • Belarus
  • Eritrea
  • Ireland
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Sierra Leone
  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is just 1 of 8 countries globally that has not imposed restrictions on travel as a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

With the exception of those listed above, all other countries have imposed restrictions on international travel. At the moment, all South American countries have completely closed their borders. Many other countries, especially in Asia and Africa, have also closed their borders. Countries that remain partially closed have limited travelers with travelers being required to isolate upon arrival. For a complete and updated list of COVID-19 travel restrictions by country, check out this tool from Kayak.

Should You Travel During COVID-19 Pandemic?

As countries begin to reevaluate stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions, you may be wondering if it’s safe to travel. The answer to that question is not as straight-forward as one might think. Airlines, hotels, and other services are working to keep travelers safe. However, COVID-19 is still quite prevalent and, in some cases, the spread of the virus is still widespread. Essentially, the threat of contracting or spreading COVID-19 will be present for the foreseeable future.

For the time being, travel should still be limited. You should only travel for essential purposes. Vacations and leisure getaways, especially those abroad, should be postponed for now. Should you have to travel, be sure to follow the guidelines outlined by the CDC, WHO, and local authorities. Additionally, for tips on staying healthy on your first post-COVID-19 flights, check out our guide.

The Bottom Line

As tempting as it may be to book the next flight to one of the 8 countries listed above, it is recommended that all unessential travel is avoided for the time being. Most countries have imposed strict restrictions on travel as a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. It is also important to consider the travel restrictions imposed by your own country. For example, the United States has imposed strict restrictions on travelers arriving to the US. This includes, to some degree, US citizens and permanent residents. While you may be able to visit the sandy beaches of Cancun or go on an African safari in Tanzania, you will likely have to isolate yourself for 14 days if not longer upon returning home.

For the latest on the on-going SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic, visit the CDC’s website.

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