COVID-19: ResourcesCurrent coronavirus advice from NaTHNaC, PHE and FCDO, with links to international information sources
COVID-19 is a disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 and 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.
- General advice for travellers
- International travel and demonstrating COVID-19 status
- Resuscitation Council UK publish anaphylaxis guidance for vaccination providers
- Measles reminder during the pandemic
- Malaria reminder during the pandemic
- Cruise ship travel
- Passenger COVID-19 charter
- Travelling to Europe
- Variants of concern
- Testing for international travel following recent infection
- Entering the UK: border measures update
- Interrupted vaccination schedules: general principles
- Testing for international travel purposes
- Travel risk assessment
- COVID-19 in brief
Country Information pages
To control the spread of COVID-19 travel within the UK and international travel may be restricted. It is essential that travellers check up to date guidance for the country they live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Country specific guidance from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) should also be checked.
In addition to the national travel guidance and FCDO advice, a category for the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is available on each country information page. These settings are based on currently available information assessed by UK Health Security Agency and the National Travel Health Network and Centre. This is separate to guidance on border measures on travel to the UK which is available on the GOV.UK website.
Most countries worldwide now present a potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 for travellers. Each country has been categorised according to:
- the risk that travel presents to individual travellers
- the risk that travel presents to UK public health
Countries have been categorised as either:
- a UK red list country; all travellers (even if fully vaccinated against COVID-19) are advised to avoid non-essential travel to this country.
- a country considered to present a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 and where the additional burden of COVID-19 cases has had a considerable impact on healthcare capacity, which may affect the ability access to healthcare in emergencies. All travellers (even if fully vaccinated against COVID-19) are advised to avoid non-essential travel to this country.
- rest of the world countries; all travellers should ensure they have access to up to date information on COVID-19 and be prepared for rapid changes in guidance both before and during travel.
All travellers are reminded that on return to the UK they may be required to follow additional UK border measures.
To reduce the risk of spread of new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus travel restrictions are in place for some countries. Entry restrictions for the UK are noted on the relevant country pages with links to further information.
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.
Currently under review.
Public Health England
- COVID-19: epidemiology, virology and clinical features
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK
- COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
- 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
- GOV.UK: COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021
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)
- Doctors of the World and British Red Cross: Coronavirus government guidance translated in to 60 languages
First Published : 16 Mar 2020
Last Updated :  29 Dec 2021