Travel Advice

*Stock photo, image taken well before social distancing measures came into effect.

International Travel Advice

As countries respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 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 have suspended flights and many airports are closed, preventing flights from leaving.

"I recognise that many British tourists abroad are finding it difficult to return to the UK because of the unprecedented international travel and domestic restrictions that are being introduced around the world – often with very little or no notice.

"In Parliament, I asked the Foreign Secretary what actions the Government is taking to help those stuck in India and Pakistan get the medication they need and return home. I was informed that the Government is working around the clock to support British travellers, in order to allow them to come back to the UK." - Stuart Anderson MP.

As of 11th May 2020, more than 30,000 British travellers had been returned to the UK on 142 special Government charter flights from 27 different countries and territories since the outbreak of coronavirus.

If you are currently travelling abroad, you should return to the UK as soon as possible if commercial flights are available. If you cannot return home at this time, read the Government's guidance on waiting to return to the UK.

If you’re travelling abroad, you should:

  1. contact your airline or travel company now
    • The Government is working in partnership with the airline industry to help British people travelling abroad to return to the UK.
    • If you are in a country where UK-bound flights are still available, book or rebook your flight and return home as soon as possible. Airlines are responsible for getting their passengers with pre-booked tickets home from countries where commercial flights are still operating.
  2. keep up-to-date with the Government's travel advice pages.
  3. for real-time updates, follow the UK Government's embassy or high commission’s social media for the country you’re in

Using Public Transport

As the Prime Minister set out, those who cannot work from home and must travel to work should avoid using public transport as much as possible. We need to ensure our public transport is there for those people who work in our NHS and other key roles. If you absolutely need to use public transport, the Government has published new guidance for operators and passengers on how to keep as safe as possible.

Advice for passengers can be found here. It recommends:

  • keeping 2 metres apart from others wherever possible
  • wearing a face covering if you can
  • using contactless payment where possible
  • avoiding rush hour travel where feasible
  • washing or sanitising your hands as soon as possible before and after travel
  • following advice from staff and being considerate to others

Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors will be created in England within weeks as part of a £250 million emergency active travel fund - the first stage of a £2 billion investment. We hope the plans will encourage more people to choose alternatives to public transport when they need to travel and make choosing healthier habits easier.

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Page Last Updated: 30/05/2020.