What are the countries without Coronavirus?

According to the UN, there are 193 countries in the world plus two observer states. Today we reached one million coronavirus cases in the world. It seems almost impossible to think that there are still countries without Coronavirus. There are officially 15 countries without a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Updated on 12 April 2020.

The 15 countries without Coronavirus (currently):

Comoros, Kiribati, Lesotho, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, North Korea, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

We have visited the majority of them and here is a little explanation on why these 15 countries without coronavirus might still be virus-free.

The least visited countries in the world are often in the Pacific

Ten of these countries can be found in the Pacific ocean. And many of them are considered to be the least visited countries in the world. Especially Nauru and Tuvalu.

Nauru

It is so small you can run around the entire country – it’s only a loop of 18km. Nauru is known for controversial detention centres and a difficult visa. This might be the reason why not many people visit, although it has a good flight connection to a few countries with its own airline. 

However, most flights have now been suspended. Nauru is currently connected only with one weekly flight with Brisbane, Australia. It is a perfect recipe for why Nauru is on the list of countries without coronavirus today. We have visited Nauru at the start of February and a detailed health check was already implemented.

Nauru Airlines
Countries without Coronavirus – The only airline that connects Nauru with the rest of the world is Nauru Airlines

Tuvalu

This tiny country is known for one thing – it might not be inhabitable in just a few decades. The impact of climate change and the rising of sea levels is threatening the country as a whole.

You don’t need more than half a day to explore the main island of Funafuti, but it is the runway that stands for the FUN in Funafuti. At sunset, it turns into a social centre: locals play sports such as volleyball or football.

As there are only 3 flights per week (now even less) there is no reason why not to use this space. The limited flight connection to other places might be the main reason why Tuvalu is one of the countries without coronavirus cases.

Tuvalu #visiteverycountry
Countries without coronavirus – Tuvalu is a small island nation. This is the main runway at the airport. 

Micronesia

Four islands make out the Federated States of Micronesia. This off the beaten path destination is fantastic for those who love to dive. We managed to get stranded here in February as the country has implemented very strict rules to prevent coronavirus from spreading.

You were not allowed to enter Micronesia if you have transited through a country with a known case. There is no surprise this country is on the list of countries without coronavirus.

 

Marshall Islands

We unintentionally visited this country twice in February. There are only two airlines that fly into the Marshall Islands, so not many come to visit.

During our time we found out that the country has already implemented rules around cargo ships. The crew were not allowed to disembark unless they have been sailing for more than 14 days and therefore cleared the 14 days quarantine.

The Marshall Islands
Countries without coronavirus – Marshall Islands

Tonga & Vanuatu

We visited both islands and had a fantastic time. Health checks were already the norm 6 weeks ago there. Today they remain as part of the countries without coronavirus.

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The Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Palau and Samoa

These four countries are also part of the countries with no coronavirus. All four countries strict measures and therefore we had to cancel our plans to visit these countries in February.

The most common one was a 14-day quarantine for all new arrivals or no entry for foreigners.

As for now, these measures have protected all the countries of the Pacific listed above from the virus. Considering their size and the limited health services they clearly understood the threat before the rest of the world. 

Travelling in the Pacific was full of adventures! Read more in our blog:
Stranded in the Pacific – Cancelled flights, lost luggage, and coronavirus

 

Countries without coronavirus in Africa:

Africa has 54 countries. The worst affected at the moment seems to be South Africa with 2000+ cases. Yet there are still countries with zero cases.

Most of these countries you might know very little about. The remaining two are Comoros and Lesotho.

Comoros

This lesser-known nation seems to beat the odds so far. Comoros is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean. It sits just offshore of Southern Africa in the proximity of Madagascar.

As opposed to the nearby island Mayotte which is a French Territory, Comoros receives very few visitors. In fact, there are only 3000 visitors each year.

Comoros in a nutshell

Countries without coronavirus – The main mosque of Moroni in Comoros

On the 23rd of March Comoros has suspended all international flights to limit the spread of coronavirus from neighbouring countries. Some believe their mass anti-malarial treatment might have helped with the prevention of the spread.

Lesotho

This tiny kingdom in southern Africa is still virus-free. Encircled by South Africa (currently has the highest number of cases in Africa) – it seems almost unlikely to not have any cases of COVID-19.

All travellers arriving in Lesotho are screened for coronavirus. Lesotho has also announced restrictions on movement until 21st of April. Let’s hope it will help.

Asia: North Korea & Turkmenistan and Tajikistan

Both North Korea and Turkmenistan claim there are no cases of coronavirus. But the proximity to two countries (China and Iran) with a major outbreak makes this very unlikely.

North Korea shares a border with China and foreigners on organised tours and Chinese can cross into North Korea relatively easily. In fact, Chinese visitors make up the bulk of foreign visitors.

North Korea

North Korea closed its borders to all international tourists on January 21 one of the first countries to do so. But as many goods are smuggled into North Korea from China, the virus might have spread.

What are the countries without Coronavirus
The statue of the leaders in Pyongyang, North Korea

Some believe for North Korea not to have a single case is impossible.

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Turkmenistan

One of the strangest countries in Central Asia also claims to have no cases of coronavirus. We have spent a week here before crossing the busy border with Iran a few years ago. You can read about our experience here.

The autocratic ex-Soviet country has banned all visitors from entry and now banned media from using the word “coronavirus”.

What are the countries without Coronavirus
Countries without coronavirus – Turkmenistan

Tajikistan

One of the least visited countries of Central Asia. It is known for the beauty of its remote mountains along the Pamir Highway. Tajikistnat is one of the countries without coronavirus. 

Up until now, 2,000 people who returned from abroad were tested for coronavirus, and all tests were negative.

travels in tajikistan
The people of the remote Wakhan Valley in Tajikistan

And there you have it. 15 countries without coronavirus as of 12th of April 2020.

What with travel look like after coronavirus? When will be able to travel again and what will change? Will we have to wait for a vaccine or will the immunity test be the norm? 

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