Gatwick Airport: Britons banned from travel to 13 countries as Omicron cases rise

Holidaymakers have been banned from entering 13 countries as the Omicron variant continues to spread in the UK.

In the wake of the devastating variant of Omicron, countries around the world have tightened their travel restrictions.

The UK reported 633 variant cases on Thursday, December 16, bringing the total to 5,346.

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There have been 519 cases in England, 110 in Scotland, two in Wales and two in Northern Ireland, Daily Express reports.

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The variant, which is said to be more resistant to vaccines, saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduce tighter restrictions when switching to “Plan B” last Wednesday.

The new restrictions were put in place to help reduce the spread of the new variant.

The acceleration of Omicron cases has led 13 countries to now apply measures to ban British travelers from entering the country.

These are the 13 countries that currently ban the British, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO):



Australia has had strict travel restrictions in place since early 2020 and has only recently relaxed some of its rules.

Entry into Australia is only available if you are exempt or if you have been granted an individual exemption.

Those who are exempt include Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, and immediate family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents.


Bhutan is currently closed to all foreign nationals, including Britons.

Bhutan’s royal government has yet to say when the country will reopen to foreign visitors.


China has suspended all flights from the UK.

No date has been announced on whether these measures will change but they are subject to review.

Entry from third countries is still possible.

the falkland islands

Tourists are not allowed to visit the Falkland Islands.


Tourist visas are currently not available for UK nationals.


Non-Israeli citizens cannot enter the country unless they have a special entry permit issued by a dedicated “exceptions committee”.



All foreign nationals who do not have current resident status cannot enter Japan for any reason, except in exceptional circumstances.

These rules have been in place since November 30, 2021.


The government of Lao PDR has suspended visa-on-arrival service at all international entry points.

No visas are currently issued to people traveling from a country with cases of coronavirus.

New Zealand

New Zealand’s borders remain closed to almost all arrivals.

Travelers may be permitted to enter the country in exceptional circumstances.


The international borders of this country remain closed.


British people are prohibited from entering Malaysia, however certain exemptions may apply.

Some of these include: UK Nationals with Permanent Resident Status, Resident Pass, My Second Home Program (MM2H) Pass, Expats of all categories including Visiting Passes professional as well as Dependent Passes, Spouse of Malaysian Nationals (Spouse Visa) and Students and Interim Cards.


The government has put in place a temporary ban on entry into the country for foreign nationals.


Vietnam suspended visa waivers and stopped issuing visas.

Entry into Vietnam has also been suspended for all foreign nationals, with a few exceptions.

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