Guidance on foreign travel

This page will be updated regularly when there are further announcements from the Government. The dedicated page for travel guidance on the gov.uk website will also be updated and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

This page was last updated Thursday 19 March 2020.

As of 18 March 2020, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has advised against all non-essential travel, initially for a period of 30 days.

This change in travel advice reflects the pace at which other countries are either closing their borders or implementing restrictive measures in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Often there is little or no notice when countries take these steps, and restrictions are also being imposed in areas where no cases of coronavirus have yet been reported, making new restrictions very difficult to predict.

UK nationals who decide that they still need to travel abroad should be fully aware of the increased risks of doing so. That includes the risk that they may not be able to get home, if travel restrictions are put in place.

If you now need to change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:

  • 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

If you’re abroad

The Government will only organise assisted departure in exceptional circumstances. If you are currently abroad and require consular assistance, you can contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate here.

  • When travelling abroad, you must continue to follow the advice of local authorities. Your safety and security are the responsibility of the local authority where you are.
  • If you wish to leave the country you are in, contact your airline or travel company and your insurance provider as soon as you are able, and keep up to date with the latest developments. International travel may become more difficult.

For detailed advice on the country or territory that you are in or due to visit, please visit the Government’s website here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

The FCO’s guide for “support for British nationals abroad”, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide