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IELTS exams and corona virus

Last updated: 18 April 2020

As the world is struck by the Coronavirus pandemic, this also affects the way the IELTS exams are conducted. Read this article to get more information on the current situation.

First and foremost, we encourage you to stay healthy and safe during these difficult times. Whatever your plans are we encourage you to follow the advices of health professionals in the country that you are currently in.

The corona virus crisis also has high impact on the way IELTS test exams are conducted. In many cases exam dates are cancelled or postponed. But there are still opportunities for the not too distant future. This is heavily influenced by the restrictions from local governments in each country where the IELTS test is taken. Visit regularly to stay up to date on the latest information on IELTS exam dates.

IELTS Test Exams are currently suspended or delayed in the following countries and locations:

  • Afghanistan 
  • Albania 
  • Algeria 
  • Argentina 
  • Armenia 
  • Australia
  • Austria 
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus 
  • Belgium 
  • Bhutan 
  • Bosnia 
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria 
  • Cameroon 
  • Canada
  • Chile 
  • China (Mainland)
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia 
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus 
  • Czech Republic 
  • Denmark 
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt 
  • Estonia 
  • Ethiopia 
  • France 
  • Georgia
  • Germany 
  • Ghana 
  • Greece 
  • Hungary 
  • India 
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq 
  • Ireland
  • Israel 
  • Italy 
  • Jamaica 
  • Jordan 
  • Kazakhstan 
  • Kosovo 
  • Kuwait 
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia 
  • Lebanon 
  • Libya 
  • Lithuania 
  • Luxemburg
  • Macau SAR
  • Malaysia 
  • Malta 
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia 
  • Morocco 
  • Mozambique 
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia 
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands 
  • New Zealand 
  • Nigeria 
  • North Macedonia 
  • Norway 
  • Oman 
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territories 
  • Peru
  • Philippines 
  • Poland 
  • Portugal 
  • Qatar 
  • Romania 
  • Rwanda 
  • Saudi Arabia 
  • Senegal 
  • Serbia 
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia 
  • South Africa 
  • Spain 
  • Sri Lanka 
  • Sudan 
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland 
  • Tanzania 
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad 
  • Tunisia 
  • Turkey 
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine 
  • United Arab Emirates 
  • United Kindom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay 
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

To stay up to date with the exact details of the location of your choice, please use the location search on the left side of and search for your location.

For the tests that can continue, the IELTS partners have take the following measures and precautions to make the process as safe and smooth as possible:

  • Increased test session availability in regions impacted by suspensions as soon as we can restart testing. In particular, capability to double the paper-based test taker capacity in China as soon as we restart testing.
  • Supporting test takers with free preparation materials in readiness for their test.
  • Computer-delivered IELTS test sessions increased in frequency in affected areas, up to three times per day, seven days per week.
  • Larger test venues will be used to accommodate increased volumes of paper-based test takers.
  • More flexible use of Speaking examiners from around the world to ensure test takers can complete their Speaking tests as quickly as possible.

Again, for specific information, please use the location search on the left side of or visit the official IELTS statement on corona virus.

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