Believe it or not, there are countries without coronavirus, let's have a look and see which ones they are! (Updated: FEBRUARY 2024)
EDIT - as of 17th AUGUST 2022 when North Korea announced its first case of COVID-19, there is only one country left on this list of countries without coronavirus; Turkmenistan.
This blog has been constantly edited since February 2020 to keep up with countries that had no cases of COVID-19. Starting with 30 countries, there is now only one left, 3 years later into the pandemic.
What a couple of years it has been...
The spread of the coronavirus took us all by surprise, and the speed at which it has spread all over the world is alarming. So much so, that it is almost hard to believe that some countries still have no reported cases of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
Well, there are in fact countries without coronavirus!
The UN officially recognises 193 countries.
As of FEBRUARY 2024, only 1 country has not confirmed any cases of COVID-19. Many of these countries to get COVID last were Pacific Island countries in Oceania.
Below is a list of countries without coronavirus that currently has declared no cases of COVID-19.
1. Turkmenistan 🇹🇲
As of 01/02/2024, this country has no reported cases of the COVID-19 novel Coronavirus.
So how did these countries manage to be amongst the very few to have no cases of a virus that has affected more than a million people worldwide?
UPDATE: As of 29th October 2021 Tonga declared their first case of coronavirus meaning they no longer belong to the list of countries without coronavirus.
UPDATE: As of 3rd October 2020 the Solomon Islands declared their first case of coronavirus meaning they no longer belong to the list of countries without coronavirus.
UPDATE: As of 29th October 2020 the Marshall Islands declared their first two cases of coronavirus, meaning they no longer qualify to belong to the list of countries without covid-19.
UPDATE: As of 11th November, Vanuatu declared its first case of coronavirus. Although treated as a border case, they no longer qualify to belong to the list of countries without covid-19.
UPDATE: As of 8th January, Micronesia declared its first case of coronavirus.
UPDATE: As of May 2021, Palau and Kiribati recorded their first cases of coronavirus.
UPDATE: In January 2022, Tonga recorded their first cases of coronavirus.
UPDATE: In April 2022, Nauru recorded its first cases of coronavirus.
UPDATE: On 12th May 2022, North Korea recorded its first official case of coronavirus.
Let's take a look at the countries without coronavirus in more detail, and perhaps get an insight into why they currently have no reported cases of Coronavirus.
(In population descending order).
EDIT - as of 12th May 2022 when North Korea announced its first case of COVID-19, there is only two countries left on this list of countries without coronavirus; Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia bordered by Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Iran, and Afghanistan - all countries with reports of coronavirus infections. Most of the land borders were closed more than a month ago, and in early February Turkmenistan cancelled many flights and all flights to and from China.
There are rumours that the official reports may not quite match the official statement, and it was also brought to the media attention that Turkmenistan had allegedly "banned" the word Coronavirus, although this wasn't exactly true.
A Look At Tonga, one of the final countries without covid to declare a first case of COVID-19.
Tonga has been strict with travel rules since February 2020.
Since Fiji's first reported case of coronavirus, Tonga closed its borders to foreigners and only allowed foreigners to leave who were travelling back on flights to their own countries. As of 29th of March, Tonga has been in lockdown. And locked down our tour leader Zoe with it!
Tonga started repatriation flights for Tongans in mid-July to get Tongans back from Fiji. The flight was limited to less than 60 people, all of whom are under strict quarantine at the same hotel in town. This hotel is strongly guarded by police and the road it's on has been closed.
8 suspected cases were tested, all came back negative.
Life stuck in paradise, and a paradise without COVID-19 might sound like the dream to a lot of people now.
And in a lot of ways, it is. Here, we can freely walk around, go to restaurants, go to bars and clubs we don’t wear masks, and we’re not constantly reminded to wash our hands (although we do, because you should anyway!)
But being stuck in Tonga has its downsides. Being stuck anywhere has its downsides. But Tonga is especially isolating. Never heard of Tonga? Don’t worry - unless you’re a rugby fan, you probably won’t have either. It’s a small island nation about 2 hours flight away from Fiji, located in the South Pacific ocean. In other words, really far from everything.
And just because the virus is not here in physical presence, it’s certainly entered our lives here in one way or another.
NOTE: This list of countries without coronavirus includes ONLY countries that have no COVID-19 cases and NEVER have. They are completely coronavirus free as coronavirus has not entered the country borders. These countries without COVID-19 are from the 193 UN recognised countries. This list of countries without coronavirus DOES NOT include territories or dependencies. It does also not include countries that have declared themselves COVID-19 free after all cases are cured.
NOTE: This is largely self-declared and some have certainly raised scepticism among observers (and us!).
This list is not necessarily backed by the opinion of professionals such as the World Health Organisation.