UK nationals advised against all non-essential international travel

Mar 17, 2020

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In a significant announcement on Tuesday, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised UK nationals against all non-essential international travel. Effective immediately, this advice is valid for a 30-day period.

If you have an upcoming holiday and hold travel insurance, this announcement is significant. It usually means that you are able to make a claim on a travel insurance policy, as most policies require government advice against travel, as opposed to a traveller making a personal decision not to take a trip.

“UK travellers abroad now face widespread international border restrictions and lock downs in various countries”, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement. “The speed and range of those measures across other countries is unprecedented. So I have taken the decision to advise British nationals against all non-essential international travel.”

If you are already abroad and you want to return to the UK, the government has not yet advised immediate departures, however, it would be wise to make your way home sooner rather than later. With airlines cutting capacity and routes by the day, and many countries imposing wide-ranging restrictions often without notice, the quicker you can act, the better.

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