COVID-19: ResourcesCurrent coronavirus advice from NaTHNaC, PHE and FCDO, with links to international information sources
A cluster of cases of pneumonia that occurred in Wuhan, Hubei Province China during December 2019, were confirmed in early January 2020 as caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). SARS-CoV2 may have originated from an unknown animal source, but is mainly transmitted from human to human by breathing in droplets from the nose or mouth of an infected person or by touching the infected droplets on surfaces, then touching the eyes, nose or mouth. National and international spread of this virus has resulted in COVID-19 cases being reported worldwide.
A number of useful resources and documents are available for travellers and health care professionals.
- New virus variants
- COVID-19 vaccination
- England to introduce mandatory COVID-19 testing for international arrivals
- Advice for humanitarian aid workers
- Resuscitation Council UK publish anaphylaxis guidance for vaccination providers
- General advice for travellers
- Interrupted travel vaccination courses: guidance for travellers
- Interrupted vaccination schedules: general principles for travel health professionals
- Access to medications abroad
- Measles reminder during the pandemic
- Malaria reminder during the pandemic
- Cruise ship travel
- COVID-19: Testing for international travel purposes
- COVID-19: Vaccines
- COVID-19: Travel risk assessment
- COVID-19 (coronavirus) in brief
Country Information pages
A category for the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (high, moderate or low risk) is available on each country information page. These settings are based on currently available information assessed by Public Health England and the National Travel Health Network and Centre. This is separate to guidance on border measures and self-isolation requirements on travel to the UK which is available on the GOV.UK website.
- High risk countries – All travellers are advised that there is a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 in these countries/areas, and travellers will be advised to avoid non-essential travel to some of these destinations. All travellers should carefully consider the risks of exposure to COVID-19 before travel, and those in clinically extremely vulnerable groups should seek advice before travel.
- Moderate risk countries – Travellers should carefully consider the risks of exposure to COVID-19 before travel to these countries/areas. This is particularly important for those in those in clinically extremely vulnerable groups who may wish to seek advice before travel.
- Low risk countries – There are no additional health advisories for these countries/areas, but travellers should be aware of the potential risks and changes in COVID-19 disease patterns.
This advice is being kept under constant review and the following changes have been made in the last four weeks (since 25 December 2020):
|Country page||Change made|
|Namibia||moderate to high risk|
|Uruguay||moderate to high risk|
|Virgin Islands (USA)||moderate to high risk|
|Israel||moderate to high risk|
|Mauritius||low to high risk|
|Seychelles||low to high risk|
|Barbados||low to moderate risk|
|Cayman Islands||low to moderate risk|
|UAE||moderate to high risk|
|Chile||moderate to high risk|
|Azores||moderate to high risk|
|Madeira||moderate to high risk|
|Bonaire||moderate to high risk|
|Aruba||moderate to high risk|
|St Vincent and the Grenadines||moderate to high risk|
|Martinique||high to moderate risk|
|Guam||high to moderate risk|
|Falkland Islands||low to high risk|
|St Lucia||moderate to high risk|
|Turks and Caicos||moderate to high risk|
Some country pages COVID-19 sections also have special wording regarding outbreaks or clusters of cases which are being carefully monitored by our surveillance teams.
The risk of exposure to COVID-19 World map below shows a category for each country, territory or region (high, moderate or low) for travellers from the UK. The categories are based on a review and assessment by Public Health England and the National Travel Health Network and Centre. A combination of data sources are used including case numbers, deaths, and testing information for each area. The settings are reviewed each week. See further details in our rational document.
For more detail, see regional maps below:
Please note that travel corridors will be temporarily suspended from the 18th of January 2021.
Public Health England
- COVID-19: epidemiology, virology and clinical features
- Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK
- Advice for home isolation
- COVID-19: investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases
- COVID-19: guidance for health professionals
- Guidance for contacts of people with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person
World Health Organization
- Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office: foreign travel advice
- BMJ Best Practice: COVID-19
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: COVID-19
- ABTA Coronavirus advice for customers
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: COVID-19 Virus Infection and Pregnancy
- NHS England and NHS Improvement: Coronavirus guidance for general practice
- European Union: Details on travel rules and restrictions in EU countries (Please note: the rules and restrictions for UK travellers may not be listed, check separately on FCDO link above)
First Published : 16 Mar 2020
Last Updated :  19 Jan 2021