Since the first coronavirus cases were diagnosed in December 2019, the virus has spread from China and put the entire world into a state of emergency – but there are some popular tourist destinations which, at the time of writing, don’t have a single case of the disease.
Note: The countries listed below do not have any reported cases of coronavirus at the time of writing (6/3/2020); however, it has been said that COVID-19 is likely to spread rapidly over the coming weeks. Before booking your holiday, check with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel advice.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides professional, worldwide travel advice on its website. At the time of writing, it only advises against travel to mainland China, northern Italy and South Korea. Despite this, there are a number of other countries which should potentially be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
If you have pre-arranged plans to travel to a country which has been affected by coronavirus, but there is no official advice warning against doing so then your trip should go ahead as normal – in this case, cancelling your trip will be at your own discretion and it is unlikely that you will receive any money back.
To find out more about how coronavirus cases around the world might have an impact on your travel plans and insurance, read our guide here.
Countries that are currently unaffected by the coronavirus
While it is yet to be seen how far around the globe the coronavirus will spread (or how quickly it will do so), there are a handful of countries which are yet to report any cases of the disease.
Places currently without any declared cases of COVID-19 include:
- Cape Verde
- Costa Rica (first suspected case today – not yet confirmed)
- Gran Canaria
It should be noted, however, that while none of the above countries have any confirmed cases of COVID-19, there is likely to be some precautionary advice in place for those looking to go ahead with their holidays.
The nature of the virus means that there is also a chance that some of the countries listed could have unconfirmed cases or cases of individuals who have been asked to self-isolate. For example, there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in Cyprus, but more than 400 individuals have been asked to self-isolate with a further 5 in quarantine after returning from an infected country.
Coronavirus – Should I travel?
Unless there is an official warning from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office urging you not to travel to your destination, we cannot advise on whether or not you should go ahead with your holiday.
Without an official warning, it is unlikely that you will receive any money back for your pre-arranged trip – be that from your holiday provider, travel insurance company or credit card issuer – so if you’re concerned about contracting coronavirus whilst abroad then you might have to be willing to cut your losses.
The list of countries affected by the coronavirus is changing by the day, so be sure to keep a close eye on the GOV.UK website for the latest travel advice and coronavirus updates for the UK as well as other countries.