17 Mar 2020

COVID-19: exceptional travel advisory notice

Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all non-essential travel worldwide COVID-19: exceptional travel advisory notice

As of 17th March 2020, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have issued an Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice advising all British people against all non-essential travel worldwide [1]. This FCO advice takes effect immediately, initially for a period of 30 days [2]. 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 pandemic [2].

The FCO was already advising against all but essential travel or all travel to a number of countries. This advice remains in place, check FCO travel advice pages for the latest information, and continue to monitor this website for updates.

The FCO notice provides information on how to change or cancel travel plans and what actions to take if you are already abroad [1].

Returned travellers who are unwell with either a high temperature or new continuous cough, need to self-isolate for 7 days, see the Public Health England stay at home guidance. There is no need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. However, if symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, returned travellers in England, should contact NHS 111 online. Those without internet access, should call NHS 111 and for a medical emergency dial 999. In Wales and Northern Ireland contact NHS 111. In Scotland, phone your GP or NHS24 (111).

Resources

COVID-19 (coronavirus): general advice for travellers

Advice for travellers from the UK on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 outbreak Read more

Notice: Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres (YFVC)- Annual Return for 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2019 EXTENDED

The Annual Return for YFVC in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is extended until 30 April 2020 Read more

COVID-19 resources available on TravelHealthPro

Many countries in the world are now affected by an outbreak of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Read more

Change to NaTHNaC admin line opening hours

From 23rd March the admin line will close at 3pm Read more

Change to telephone advice line opening hours for health professionals

The advice line opening hours are changing from 23 March 2020 Read more
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