Coronavirus travel: Where can I go right now?

A guide to Gapforce destinations

LAST UPDATED 19th JULY 2021

The information in this article provides a simple guide to the latest entry requirements in response to Covid-19 for all of the countries our programs visit. Whilst we endeavour to provide the most up-to-date information available, restrictions can and do change on a regular basis so please use this information as a guide only and not as official travel advice.

The entry requirements described here are in addition to the usual requirements for entry to your destination e.g. visas. Furthermore, you may also be required to comply with further testing or quarantine requirements upon your return to your home country. It is your responsibility to check the latest updates with local governments before travelling and ensure you can fulfil and comply with all necessary requirements both before you join your program and also upon your return home.

When deciding which countries are safe to restart running programs to, Gapforce takes into account the advice of the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and, unless there are exceptional circumstances, we will not run any program in a destination where they advise against all but essential travel.

UK-based travellers: A traffic light system is now in place to determine the requirements for entry back into the UK at the end of your program, depending on which countries you have been in during the previous 10 days. We have colour-coded the list of countries below so you can track the requirements you will need to comply with, at your own expense, if you fly home to an airport in England. This system is reviewed every 3 weeks and countries can change colour at short notice. Please see the FCDO website for the latest information. Arrivals into other UK home nations largely follow the same requirements as England, but may differ slightly on occasion, so it is important to check before travel. Please note that NHS tests are not accepted and must be organised and paid for privately. Please contact the Gapforce office if you would like some suggestions of test providers.


Green List Countries
  • Take a covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival in the UK
  • Complete a passenger locator form on arrival
  • Take a pre-booked PCR test on day 2 after arrival
Amber List Countries
  • Take a covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival in the UK
  • Complete a passenger locator form on arrival
  • Take a pre-booked PCR test on day 2 after arrival
  • Anyone who is not a UK resident, not fully vaccinated, or travelling from France must also self-isolate at home for 10 days and take a pre-booked PCR test on day 8 after arrival, with option to book a test for day 5 and be released if result is negative
Red List Countries
  • Take a covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival in the UK
  • Complete a passenger locator form on arrival
  • Pay £1750 to quarantine in a managed hotel for 10 days and take 2 covid-19 tests

South and Central America

Costa Rica – No testing requirements on arrival, must provide proof of specific Covid-19 insurance cover, must complete an advance epidemiological information form prior to arrival. FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Costa Rica.

Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands – Land borders with Peru and Colombia are closed. International arrivals must present a negative PCR or antigen covid test or a certificate confirming full vaccination. Passengers from Brazil, including those that have only transited, must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days. Foreigners wishing to enter the Galapagos islands must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the date of arrival to the islands or present a Covid-19 vaccination card or its equivalent, with final dose administered at least 14 days prior to travel. FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Ecuador.

Panama – Travellers must produce a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival and another taken upon arrival. An affidavit form must also be completed. Travellers who have been in UK, South Africa, South America or India in the previous 15 days, and cannot show proof of full vaccination and a negative PCR test, must also quarantine at a government facility for 3 days, at their own expense, until a further test is taken and a negative result is confirmed. FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Panama.

Peru – All travellers must provide a negative Covid-19 test on arrival taken within 72 hours before the flight. Entry of foreign nationals who travel from India, South Africa and/or Brazil or who have stopped over in those countries in the last 14 calendar days and do not reside in Peru, is banned until 8 August. FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Peru.

Asia & The Pacific

Australia – Borders are closed to foreign tourists.

Cambodia – All land borders are closed. Pre-arranged visa, medical certificate and proof of insurance to be produced on arrival at airports. 14 days quarantine in government-approved facility of basic standard required. All foreigners are subject to Covid-19 testing before and after their arrival flights. Foreign travellers are required to pay $2000 deposit on arrival at the airport for Covid-19 service charges.

Fiji – All flights are suspended and borders are closed.

India – All regularly scheduled international flights to India are suspended. All land borders are closed. FCDO advises against all but essential travel to India.

Nepal – International flights are suspended. When flights do resume the following should be expected: proof of negative Covid 19 test or record of full vaccination, a pre-arranged visa, a hotel booking that allows at least 10 days of quarantine in Nepal (if not vaccinated), proof of travel insurance cover. FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Nepal.

Thailand – Foreign tourists must apply online for permission to travel before arrival. Most travellers are required to complete 14 days quarantine and undergo Covid-19 tests in a State facility. Restrictions expected to be reviewed in October 2021 when fully vaccinated and tested tourists may be allowed entry without quarantine.

Vietnam – Foreign travellers are not permitted entry.

Africa

South Africa – All travellers need to produce a verified paper copy of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure and complete an online health questionnaire prior to arrival. FCDO advises against all but essential travel to South Africa.

Zimbabwe – Foreign travellers are required to produce a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours of departure to Zimbabwe and quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Anyone arriving from a country where the Alpha and Delta Covid-19 variants are prevalent or increasing e.g. India will go into self-funded mandatory quarantine for 10 days at a designated facility. They will be tested within 48 hours of arrival and on days 3, 5 and 10 at their own expense. A negative Covid-19 certificate, issued within 48 hours of boarding your flight, must be presented upon leaving Zimbabwe. FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Zimbabwe.

Europe

Austria – Borders are closed to tourists, with the exception of Swiss or EEA/EU citizens. 

FranceTraffic light system in place governing travel to and from France. UK, US and Canada are currently ‘amber’ meaning entry into (and exit from) France for tourism purposes is not permitted unless traveller is fully vaccinated. Arrivals from ‘green’ countries require either a negative Covid-19 test or proof of full vaccination. All arrivals to complete a ‘sworn statement’ form self-certifying that they have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight and suffer no symptoms associated with coronavirus.

Germany – Currently closed to non-EU tourists. 

Czech Republic – Borders are closed to all tourists. 

Italy – Tourists must show negative covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival, complete a self-declaration form and call the Covid-19 hotline within 48 hours of arrival to inform the local area of your visit. Travellers who have been in Australia, Canada, US, or some other specified countries within 14 days prior to arrival, must additionally self-isolate for 10 days and take a further test. Until 30 July, travellers who have been in the UK in the previous 14 days must self-isolate for 5 days before taking a further test. FCDO advises against all but essential travel to Italy.

Netherlands – Non-EU citizens are not permitted entry unless for essential purposes. FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the Netherlands.

Spain – All travellers to complete a pre-departure declaration form. Testing and entry requirements only in place for travellers who have been in ‘risk countries’ during the 14 days prior to arrival in Spain. Currently, travellers from USA, Canada and France are not on the list of risk countries and do not require a negative test for entry but may be required by accommodation providers. UK residents and overland travellers from France are required to present proof of full vaccination, negative test result or medical certificate certifying recovery from covid 19 in prior 6 months. 

England and WalesTraffic light system in place; requirements vary depending on which countries you have been in during the 10 days before arrival. Entry not permitted to travellers coming from red list countries, unless they are British or Irish nationals. Travellers from amber list countries must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival and comply with extra testing requirements. Travellers from green list countries must present a negative covid-19 test on arrival and test negative again on day 2 after arrival. All travellers must complete a passenger locator form on arrival.