The spread of Covid is a worldwide concern. The safety of our volunteers and the communities where our volunteer projects are based is our top priority, and so we have created this guide with resources for anyone considering volunteering abroad to minimise health risks and make an informed decision about their travel.
For British travellers, check the FCO for updates on travel. Please note that the UK is no longer an EU country from 1st January 2021. From 19 July, arrivals who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK (plus 14 days), under 18s, or those on a formally approved UK vaccine clinical trial, returning to England from amber list countries will no longer need to quarantine – passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel.
The following countries that we have volunteer project located in, have announced that they are accepting tourists again and with certain requirements. Please see the details below for each country and follow the links to get more detailed information.
The British government has imposed a ban on entry to the UK from certain high risk countries if you aren’t a UK national or permanent resident. If you are a UK national or resident, you will have to quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days. Here is the list of Red countries affected.
Kenya: All travellers are able to enter the country, subject to usual visa rules. All travellers need to provide a PCR-based Covid negative certificate, tested no later than 96 hours before travel. All travellers will be screened on arrival; anyone displaying symptoms of COVID will be required to quarantine for the first 14 days of their stay. Some nationalities are required to quarantine upon arrival regardless of test results. Find more info here.
As it stands today, if you are travelling back from Kenya to the UK, you will have to quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.
Mauritius: From July 15th 2021 Mauritius will be opened to vaccinated tourists. Passengers must have a negative PCR test taken at most 7 days before arrival. The 14-day quarantine will remain mandatory until 30 September 2021. A tourist will be allowed to leave the hotel after 14 days with a negative PCR test. From October 1st 2021 all vaccinated tourists with a negative PCR test will be allowed to enter Mauritius without restrictions or a quarantine period.
Namibia: Any person entering Namibia must present proof on arrival in Namibia of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the country of departure. The test result must not be older than 7 days (calculated from the date that the sample for testing was taken) at the time of entry into Namibia. This requirement also applies to anyone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 – a negative test must still be produced before entry into the country. Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test results are not accepted for entry into Namibia.
All travellers must complete a health questionnaire, which is to be handed in to the health staff on ground at the airport. All travellers must, 14 days before entering Namibia, in writing inform the relevant Namibian diplomatic representative in the country of intended departure. You can find more info about all of the above here.
Many European countries have removed Namibia from their red travel lists.
As it stands today, if you are travelling back from Namibia to the UK, you will have to quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.
South Africa: From November 2020, nationals from all countries are allowed to enter South Africa, as according to usual visa rules. All travellers must have travel insurance which gives some protection against COVID, and must provide a negative PCR COVID test from within the past 72 hours upon arrival. Travellers can only fly into Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, Johannesburg or Tambo International. Find more info here.
As it stands today, if you are travelling back from South Africa to the UK, you will have to quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.
Maldives: From January 2021, all visitors to the Maldives will need to quarantine in a hotel approved facility for 14 days before they can travel within the rest of the Maldives.
July 2021 – All individual(s) should hold a negative PCR test for COVID- 19 prior to entry into the Maldives, including those who have completed the prescribed dose(s) of Covid-19 vaccines and recovered from Covid-19. The sample for the PCR test must be taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
Exemption of travel quarantine upon arrival to the Maldives is only for those individual(s) who have completed the recommended dose(s) of a Covid-19 Vaccine (approved by the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing (EUL) or the Maldives Food and Drug Authority and at least 14 (fourteen) days have passed after the recommended doses(s), including accompanying children (who are not eligible for vaccination).
As it stands today, if you are travelling back from the Maldives to the UK, you will have to quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.
Sri Lanka: From February 2021, all visitors to Sri Lanka will need to quarantine in a hotel approved facility for 14 days before you can travel in the rest of Sri Lanka. Within this package, you can also get a visa and health insurance cover which covers your stay in the country. Passengers must obtain approval for travel here and have a negative PCR test at most 72 hours before departure to Sri Lanka. You can find more information here.
As it stands today, if you are travelling back from Sri Lanka to the UK, you will have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Thailand: All visitors to Thailand will need to quarantine in a hotel approved facility for 14 days before you can travel to the rest of Thailand. From July onwards, with a double vaccine certificate, the quarantine will be reduced to a 7 day period and from 1st October onwards, you can enter with a vaccine certificate and no quarantine will be imposed. Some parts of Thailand, such as Phuket, will be opening before others to those with double vaccines and no quarantine. You can find more information here and here.
As it stands today, if you are travelling back from Thailand to the UK, you will have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Grenada: Travellers can enter Grenada and its islands with certain requirements in place. All travellers need to present a negative PCR test, taken no later than 72 hours before travel, or boarding the flight will be denied. Travellers must also have proof of booking a quarantine hotel and filled in the government online forms in advance. Travellers are required to quarantine in total for 14 days – 7 days in a government facility (on day 5 you are required to be tested again at your own cost) followed by a further 7 days, either in same hotel/or at your own home under self isolation. You can find more details here and here. If you are fully vaccinated, the quarantine duration is reduced to 48 hours. Grenada is now a UK green listed country meaning you will not have to quarantine on return if travelling back to the UK.
St Eustatius: All persons, except non-vaccinated tourists from (very) high-risk countries, are allowed to enter St. Eustatius based on the normal immigration rules. You need to be fully vaccinated: this implies two weeks after the second shot of a two shots vaccine (Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer) and four weeks after the vaccination with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Non vaccinated persons must go into quarantine upon entry for 10 days (not including the day of travel). You can find more information here.
United States: most visitors who are not US citizens cannot enter the US and those allowed must have a negative COVID test, proof of recovery from COVID-19 and seven days in quarantine is recommended. Since 30 January 2021, it is not possible for travellers to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, South Africa or China within the previous 14 days. Those arriving from outside these areas will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. You should consult the US State Department website to determine which you will need.
Costa Rica: As of 1st November 2020, the borders are again open to all countries in the world, as long as they meet the visa requirements when required, as well as the requirements established in the framework of the pandemic. Travellers must fill out the electronic epidemiological HEALTH PASS form online. All travellers who enter Costa Rica by air are not required to present a negative RT-PCR diagnostic test. You can find more updated info and the details of the requirements established here. From 1st August 2021, tourists who are fully vaccinated or tourists under 18 yrs old, do not have to take out the Covid Costa Rican insurance which until now has been obligatory for entry.
As it stands today, if you are travelling back from Costa Rica to the UK, you will have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Croatia: EU/EEA nationals can now travel to Croatia for tourism purposes. It is necessary to present the confirmation of accommodation booking in an accommodation establishment. UK travellers must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival, certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19. Find more info here.
Greece (including islands): Visitors are subject to random tests upon arrival. International travellers will be required to fill in a detailed Passenger Locator Form (PLF) online at least 48 hours before entering the country. Greece is open to all travellers – and the requirement is either to show proof of a vaccine, antibodies or a negative Covid test result, no older than 72 hours prior to travel. Read more about this and find the Passenger Locator Form here.
Iceland: Fully vaccinated (or proof of having had Covid) residents/nationals of the EU/EEA and Switzerland and the UK, are allowed to enter the country, but this must be at least 14 days after the last vaccine jab. All travellers are required to fill out a pre-registration form. If the vaccine jab is within the 14 day mark, passengers will need to submit to a PCR test upon arrival, followed by a 5-day quarantine and a second PCR test. Those who provide valid proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to provide a PCR-test prior to boarding and are also exempt from screening and quarantine measures at the border. The same applies to those who can provide proof of prior infection. The official information page on Covid for Iceland can be found here.
Italy: People travelling from EU/EEA countries, Monaco and San Marino, Japan, USA and Canada, are allowed to enter Italy with no quarantine. People from the UK need to self isolate in quarantine for 5 days on arrival. Travellers need to complete a self-declaration form before arrival and must provide a negative Covid test, taken no less than 48 hours prior, and communicate their entry to the Prevention Department of the competent Health Authority. Travellers from other countries outside Europe can also enter Italy, but restrictions will depend on which government list that the country is listed on. Find more updated detailed info here. More information on travel to/from Italy can be found here.
Portugal: Residents/Nationals of EU/EEA countries, Australia, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay and China are allowed into Portugal. UK Nationals who are not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 14 days. See the latest updates here and here.
Slovakia: Travellers, who during the 14 days prior to entering Slovakia visited only EU member states, can either choose home isolation until they receive the negative RT-PCR test for COVID or must be able to present a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID done in the laboratories outside of Slovak Republic, not older than 72 hours. Travellers, who visited a country from outside the EU, is required to go into home isolation until obtaining a negative RT-PCR test for COVID, which should be taken on the 5th day of isolation the earliest. See more detailed information here.
Spain: All travellers have to fill in a FCS health control form online before arrival. As of 7th July 2021, all travellers from a high-risk country must provide a negative PCR or LAMP COVID-19 test issued within 48 hours before arrival or proof of full vaccination at least 14 days before arrival. You can find more info about travel to Spain and forms to fill in here.
Ecuador: Travellers can now enter via Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport. All travellers need to fill in and present a Traveller’s Health Declaration form, which will be provided upon arrival. You can find more details here. Update: New requirements authorize your entry to the country if you have either: been fully vaccinated or can present a negative PCR test, done 72 hours before the flight.
As it stands today, if you are travelling back from Ecuador to the UK, you will have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Galapagos: Travellers can now enter Galapagos via Quito, and need to present a negative PCR test for Covid, performed up to 96 hours before arrival. Please read the Covid-19 guidelines for Tourists entering the Galapagos Island for more info.
As it stands today, if you are travelling back from Ecuador to the UK, you will have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Peru: Travellers of certain countries in Europe and the Americas can enter Peru through neighbouring countries. All travellers need to provide a negative PCR test for Covid, performed up to 72 hours before arrival. Find more info here.
As it stands today, if you are travelling back from Peru to the UK, you will have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Australia: Most visitors are banned from entering Australia, apart from Australian citizens and those that have been in New Zealand for at least 14 days.
New Zealand: Visitors are currently banned from New Zealand unless a New Zealand citizen or those who have spent 14 days in Australia prior to arrival.
We are continuing to actively monitor the situation together with our local partners and provide advice to volunteers. If you are currently booked on a volunteer project, or are planning to join a project, please contact us for the latest advice, as the situation is rapidly changing and travel restrictions vary between countries. You can also find more information about entry requirements on the government travel site applicable to your country.
We also have some general tips for people travelling (and at home) to keep vigilant;
This map can be used follow the situation. For information on countries and territories which have COVID related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals (some of which may affect travellers in transit), please see the International Air Transport Association website before you travel.
Please note! This advice is all given as a general guide, and because medical and travel recommendations differ from country to country and personal circumstances, we recommend you consult relevant WHO or CDC advice as well.