The coronavirus pandemic has affected thousands of people across the globe, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) reporting cases in 144 countries, territories or areas. As a result of COVID-19, the FCO has issued travel advice, warning people against visiting certain countries or areas, due to restrictions or the risk of quarantine.
The FCO updated its advice on Spain in the early hours of March 15, advising against all but essential travel to the whole country.
Previously, the Spanish ministry of health declared the areas of Madrid and La Rioja, and the municipalities of La Bastida and Vitoria, and Miranda de Ebro, as places where there is community transmission of coronavirus and the FCO advised against all but essential travel to those regions.
British nationals are advised against all but essential travel to the whole country, after Danish authorities announced they would be closing the borders for a month in response to the pandemic.
Foreign nationals who “do not have a recognised purpose for entering Denmark” will be barred from entry.
The department advises against all but essential travel to Norway, after the Norwegian authorities said that all non-resident visitors arriving from countries other than Finland and Sweden would be asked to leave Norway on arrival.
British nationals legally resident in Norway will be allowed to enter the country but must enter self-quarantine for 14 days.
The FCO advises against all travel to two parts of the country close to Mount Agung and Mount Sinabung craters due to ongoing volcanic activity.
The department advises against all but essential travel to the rest of the country due to a 14-day quarantine requirement.
The department cites partial or complete border closures due to Covid-19 as the reason for the warnings for Albania, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, San Marino, Slovakia, and Sri Lanka.
Potential issues with flights due to restrictions and cancellations are referenced in the advice for Argentina, Morocco, Mongolia, Paraguay, Peru and Philippines.
The risk of being placed into a quarantine is given as the reason for the advice for Burma, Estonia, Indonesia, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Sierra Leone and Vietnam.
Travellers are advised against all but essential travel to parts of Portugal and South Korea.
The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the Portuguese archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores and the South Korean cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan which have been designated “special care zones” by authorities due to outbreaks.
The FCO has not currently advised British nationals not to travel to France, which has reported more than 4,000 cases to the WHO.
Restaurants, schools, universities, cafes, theatres and non-essential shops, have been closed, gatherings of more than 100 people have been banned and tourist attractions have been shuttered.
In New Zealand, arrivals from countries other than China and Iran will have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, the department said.
Foreign nationals arriving from China or Iran will not be allowed to enter the country.
As of 9am on March 15 2020, 40,279 people have been tested in the UK, of which 38,907 were confirmed negative and 1,372 were confirmed as positive.
Public Health England has confirmed that as of the aforementioned time, 35 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
Published at Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:32:00 +0000