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Travel Advice for Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Update 23)

26 May 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to affect almost all countries around the world. Most European countries, including the UK imposed strict lockdown measures early in 2020 to contain and control the outbreak. In Europe the initial peak of COVID-19 cases has passed and many countries including the UK are planning on, or easing their lockdown measures.

The pandemic led to unprecedented international border closures, with travel restrictions being imposed without notice. Over the coming months these restrictions may lift, although they will remain subject to change. Full details of travel restrictions by country can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) country information pages.

As lockdown restrictions ease in the UK, many will be considering travel over the summer months, or reviewing pre-existing travel bookings. A new page has been created to highlight issues for travellers to consider whilst deciding whether or not to pursue travel this summer.

On the 17 March 2020 the FCO issued an Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice advising all British nationals against all but essential travel worldwide. As of 26 May 2020 this remains in place.

  • Full details of the FCO Exceptional Travel Advisory Notices can be found here: FCO website

On 22 May 2020 the UK government home office announced self-isolation (quarantine) plans for all arrivals (including returning British nationals) into the UK commencing on the 08 June 2020. These measures will be under review and should be checked both prior to travel and prior to return to the UK on the GOV.UK website.