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.
- General advice for travellers
- International travel and demonstrating COVID-19 vaccine status
- New border measures from 17 May 2021
- New virus variants
- Advice for humanitarian aid workers
- Resuscitation Council UK publish anaphylaxis guidance for vaccination providers
- Measles reminder during the pandemic
- Malaria reminder during the pandemic
- Cruise ship travel
- New publication: Passenger COVID-19 charter
- 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. Current guidance from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) should also be checked including the general travel advice and country specific travel advice.
In addition to the national travel guidance and FCDO advice, 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 – Travellers are advised that there is a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 in these countries/areas. All travellers should carefully consider the risks of exposure to COVID-19 before travel. 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 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.
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.
Country categories are kept under constant review and the following recent changes have been made since 3 May 2021:
|Country page||Change made|
|Canary Islands||high to moderate risk|
|Madeira||high to moderate risk|
|Faroe Islands||moderate to low risk|
|Gibraltar||moderate to low risk|
|Tibet||moderate to low risk|
|China (including Macao and Hong Kong)||moderate to low risk|
|Sri Lanka||moderate to high risk|
|Timor Leste (East Timor)||moderate to high risk|
|Cambodia||low to high risk|
|Fiji||low to moderate risk|
|Wallis and Futuna||high to moderate risk|
|Singapore||low to moderate risk|
|Portugal (mainland)||moderate to high risk|
|Malta||high to moderate risk|
|Belize||high to moderate 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 (as described above).
For more detail, see regional maps below:
Public Health England
- COVID-19: epidemiology, virology and clinical features
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK
- Advice for home isolation
- 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 :  04 Jun 2021