COVID-19: Resources

Current coronavirus advice from NaTHNaC, PHE and FCDO, with links to international information sources COVID-19: Resources

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.



Other resources

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.
Travellers are reminded that on return to the UK they may be required to follow additional UK border measures which may include self-isolation for 14 days.

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:





Middle East

North America


South Amercia


Please note that travel corridors will be temporarily suspended from the 18th of January 2021.

First Published :   16 Mar 2020
Last Updated :   19 Jan 2021

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