The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the British High Commission has issued a press release advising against all non-essential international travel, initially for a period of 30 days. The advisory comes due to the pace at which other countries are either closing their borders or implementing restrictive measures in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. In addition, British nationals who decide to travel abroad should be fully aware of the increased risks including not being able to get home if travel restrictions are put in place. Any person still considering to travel must be realistic about the level of disruption they are willing and able to endure. The release went ahead and added that they are not currently advising British people to immediately return to the United Kingdom if they are overseas, except for a few countries detailed in the travel advice. However, British persons should keep in mind that flights may be canceled at short notice or other travel restrictions may be put in place by foreign governments. Whether travel is essential or not the decision and circumstance differ from person to person. It is for individuals themselves to make a rational decision based on the risks and FCO advice. Any person still planning to travel should check the validity of their travel insurance. UK inward and outward travel has already fallen by a significant amount since the outbreak of coronavirus. The UK’s extensive diplomatic network is continuing to work around the world to support British people at the greatest risk of exposure to the virus. In the last week, 430 changes have been made to FCO Travel Advice. British people who become ill overseas should, in the first instance, seek care and support from the country they are in.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the British High Commission has issued a press release advising against all non-essential international travel, initially for a period of 30 days.