Coronavirus: The complete list of destinations to avoid

Risk intelligence company updates report with a list of countries to avoid and those where risk is more limited.

Riskline has released its latest report detailing destination risk levels, travel restrictions and advice following the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaration that the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic on 11 March.

In its latest report on the crisis it said that the outbreak has had a major impact on international travel. Disruptions to flights and other modes of transport, as well as lockdowns and movement restrictions, have taken place with little to no prior warning.

Anyone travelling at this time should ensure they are in good health, exercise good hygiene practices and be prepared for unexpected disruptions to their travel plans.

The report outlines the following areas according to risk:

Risk level extreme (5)

Extreme-risk locations have severely restricted inbound, outbound and internal travel, near-complete disruptions to services and other activities and have widespread ongoing transmission. Travellers should defer non-essential travel to the following locations until further notice:

  • China
  • Iran
  • Italy

Risk level high (4)

High-risk locations have significant restrictions on inbound and internal travel and significant disruptions to services and other activities. These locations may or may not have widespread ongoing transmission. Travellers should reconsider their need to travel to the following locations until further notice:

  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • Mongolia
  • Philippines – Metro Manila

Risk level medium (3)

Medium-risk locations have some restrictions to travel, disruptions to services and other activities and have limited ongoing transmission.

Travellers should exercise caution when travelling to the following locations until further notice:

  • Slovakia
  • Saudi Arabia – Qatif governorate
  • South Korea
  • West Bank and Gaza – West Bank
  • The Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • France – Bourgogne-Franche-Comté; Grand Est
  • Germany – Heinsberg district, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Hong Kong
  • Iraq
  • Japan
  • Maldives – Kuredu island, Lhaviyani; Thinadhoo island, Vaavu
  • Mongolia
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Spain – Haro, La Rioja; Igualada, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Santa Margarida de Montbui and Òdena, Catalonia

During travel to any destination and for up to 14 days after returning, individuals should monitor themselves for any flu-like symptoms especially fever or shortness of breath.

Important updates

  • Effective from 15 March, all travellers who travelled to Italy, France, Spain or Germany within the last 14 days will be barred from entry or transit in Singapore until further notice.
  • The Philippines will place the entire Metro Manila region under lockdown for 30 days from 15 March. All inbound and outbound travel to the city will be suspended, schools and non-essential public offices will close; public gatherings are banned.
  • From 14 March, Nepal will stop issuing all visas-on-arrival until at least 30 April.
  • From 14 March, Bolivia announced the suspension of all flights to and from Europe until further ?notice.
  • On 13 March, all flights between Algeria and Morocco were suspended until further notice; Morocco's Beni Ensar and Tarajal border crossings with Spain were also closed.
  • On 13 March, officials in Spain announced that the Catalan towns of Igualada, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Santa Margarida de Montbui and Òdena will be on lockdown.
  • From 13 March, visitors to the United States who were in Schengen area countries within the last 14 days from US arrival were banned from entering the country for 30 days.
  • Denmark imposed a two-week nationwide quarantine from 13 March, closing all schools, cultural institutions and non-essential public offices.
  • India suspended the issuance of all tourist visas from 13 March, excluding only diplomatic, official, United Nations and work.
  • From 13 March, commercial flights to and from Kuwait International Airport (KWI/OKBK) were suspended.
  • As of 12 March, Russia suspended most flights to France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
  • On 11 March, El Salvador imposed a travel ban on all foreign nationals.

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