What Are the COVID Regulations for Entering Different Countries? Find Out Here

The COVID-19 virus changed the way we live. Travelling abroad is no longer as simple as it used to be. You can’t just book flights and turn up in a country on a whim. Instead, there are forms that need to be completed and entry requirements, such as negative PCR tests and vaccinations.

Each country’s entry requirements are different. In some, only a test is necessary for entry. In others, two vaccinations and a test are required.

In this article, you will find a list of the world’s most popular travel destinations and their corresponding entry requirements:

The United States

The United States was one of the countries hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. As this article is being written, there have been over 760,000 COVID-related fatalities there. Because of this, the United States’ travel regulations have been particularly strict.

The U.S. has recently changed its entry requirements in order to encourage tourism from countries like the United Kingdom, however. Currently, unvaccinated non-US citizens are not permitted entry. Those who are vaccinated are required to order an observed lateral flow test from an FDA authorised lateral flow test provider, which they must perform the day after they arrive. These lateral flow tests are much cheaper than the PCR tests required by many European countries, which will unquestionably incentivize travel to the U.S.

The United Arab Emirates

The UAE is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Because of this, COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice. It’s very important that you check before travelling so that you can keep up to date with the latest information. Currently, tourists and visitors travelling to the United Arab Emirates must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure. Upon arrival, travellers will have to again present their negative test certificate. The tests must be undertaken no more than 72 hours before departure. Vaccinations are not required at this time.


Before travelling to Mexico, the Mexican government require you to register on the Mexico Vuela Seguro Platform. You will be asked to present your QR code from the platform upon arrival at the airport, prior to departure. At this time, you are not required to be vaccinated or to present a negative test in order to enter Mexico, by land or air. However, if you present symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival, you will need to refer yourself to the International Health Team. After arriving, you will also be asked to fill out a health questionnaire.


Japan is another of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Unfortunately, tourism to Japan at this time is not permitted. However, if you need to enter Japan for work or study, then assuming you have not been to any of the countries forbidden from entry into Japan in the last 14 days, then you will be able to gain entry. You can find this list on Japan’s official tourism website. Those who can gain entry into Japan are required to provide evidence of a negative PCR test conducted no more than 72 hours before departure.


If you are vaccinated, then you can enter Italy at any time, for any reason, without having to self-isolate, provided that you show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test and fill in the country’s passenger locator form. If you are not vaccinated, then you must fill in the passenger locator form; show evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test; contact the country’s Prevention Department and inform them of your entry; travel to your hotel or villa by private transport, and remain in self-isolation for no less than five days. After your fifth day in isolation, you must take another PCR or antigen test.


Anyone who is travelling into Turkey including Turkish citizens from green-listed countries is asked to complete an online form no more than 72 hours prior to departure. If you are transiting Turkey, then this is not required. Anyone who is aged 12 and over will need proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, recovery from COVID-19, or a negative PCR or antigen test. If you are arriving in Turkey from one of the country’s amber-listed countries, then you will be asked to submit a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. You will also need to quarantine for 14 days in one of the government’s approved hotels. You will need to have booked the hotel prior to arrival and will be asked to present evidence.

As this article demonstrates, travelling abroad isn’t easy anymore. With the exception of travelling to the United States, it’s also very expensive. PCR tests cost a lot of money. Make sure to follow the entry requirements of the country that you’re travelling to, otherwise, you could be detained and sent home.