As the war on coronavirus rages on countries around the globe are locking down borders and implementing stringent travel restrictions – many of which have British nationals at the forefront. With confirmed cases and deaths continuing to rise throughout the UK, the country has become one of the worst affected in the world.
Now, it seems just 11 countries will allow Britons to pass their borders.
According to data obtained by the Foreign Office and Commonwealth Office the majority of countries have either closed borders, annulled visas and international flights, or taken other measures to make it impossible for Britons to visit.
What’s more, the FCO is also advising Britons against “all but essential travel”.
Though this warning was initially in place for 30 days, it has since been updated to Spain for an “indefinite” amount of time.
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The current number of confirmed cases in the UK has surpassed 51,000.
Which countries still allow Britons to travel?
The countries currently still allowing British passport holders to enter are:
- The Netherlands
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It is thought that the countries whose borders remain open either have an extremely low number of COVID-19 cases or they rely too heavily on international tourism to ban outside nations from visiting.
How long will Britons be banned from other countries?
The future of international travel remains largely unknown given the unprecedented nature of the current pandemic.
Though the initial travel warning by the FCO was in place for 30 days, which would have lifted the ban on April 17, it is now in place “indefinitely”.
Furthermore, Britons currently abroad are being urged to come back home.
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The FCO website states: “As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.
“Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.
“If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.
“Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”
It is hoped that borders will reopen and travel will begin to pick up once the pandemic has been beaten, but the timeline for such a breakthrough remains yet to be seen.
Should I cancel future holidays now?
Many Britons may be feeling anxious about the future of any travel plans they may have, however experts have urged holidaymakers not to amend any bookings or intended holidays in the coming months.
According to consumer rights advocate Which? cancelling flights, holidays or hotels before the operator cancels the booking could result in financial losses.
“You may be able to amend the date of your journey for free if you paid for a flexi-ticket. Some airlines are also offering vouchers for flights that are yet to be cancelled.”
The consumer rights organisation says: “If you cancel your booking now, you’ll almost certainly have to pay cancellation fees.
“And you won’t be able to claim this back on your travel insurance, because insurers don’t typically allow you to claim for cancellation because of a ‘disinclination to travel’.
“In other words, you’ll be paying to cancel a holiday that might end up being cancelled by the holiday provider, in which case you’re entitled to a full refund.”
According to Which? the best thing to do is leave any holiday plans in place and wait to see if the FCO advice changes in the coming months. It is possible your holiday may be eligible to be moved to a later date, deeding on the travel provider booked.
Similarly, many airlines are also offering options for those who are hesitant to travel this summer.
According to Which?: “You may be able to amend the date of your journey for free if you paid for a flexi-ticket. Some airlines are also offering vouchers for flights that are yet to be cancelled.”