Coronavirus continues to sweep the globe, with a total of 190,126 cases confirmed so far. Today the FCO announced it was advising against all but essential travel outside the UK for 30 days. The UK government is now issuing travel advice to those with holidays booked.
The FCO unveiled its “exceptional travel advisory notice” this afternoon as the coronavirus situation becomes even more serious in the UK.
“The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide,” said the government.
“This advice takes effect immediately and applies initially for a period of 30 days.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice.”
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Coronavirus: The FCO is encouraging Britons against all but essential travel outside the UK
Coronavirus: There are three steps people with holidays booked need to take
As a result of the new measures, the FCO shared its latest travel advice to Britons.
There are three steps people with holidays booked need to take.
“If you now need to change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps,” said the FCO.
– Contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
– Get in touch with your insurance provider
– Continue to follow the NHS coronavirus guidance
Coronavirus: If your travel is essential the FCO has provided a travel checklist
They added: “The FCO was already advising against all but essential travel or all travel to some areas or countries due to risks that do not relate to COVID-19. This advice remains in place.
“Check FCO travel advice pages for the latest information.”
The FCO explained what travellers should do if their travel is indeed essential.
They shared the following advice.
If your travel is essential, follow our checklist before you travel:
– Contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers to make sure you can still travel
– Read the details of your travel insurance carefully, and check that you are covered, and contact your insurer if you are uncertain. You may need to consider a specialist policy
– Make sure you can access money to cover emergencies and unexpected delays. Take more than one means of payment with you
– Be prepared to follow the advice of local authorities abroad. Be ready to comply with local isolation or quarantine requirements, and to rely on the local health system
– Make sure you have enough medication with you in case you are abroad longer than planned
– Be prepared for logistical and financial disruption to your travel
– Arrange extra support for family members, dependants or pets who may need care if you are abroad longer than planned
– Check travel advice for your destination regularly and sign-up to email alerts