Tensions are rising across the US as protestors speak out about the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice page for the USA, issuing a new warning in relation to the current unrest.
Although the FCO is currently advising Britons against all but essential travel for an “indefinite” period of time, some British nationals may currently be in the US.
The FCO’s new warning states: “There have been numerous protests across the USA since May 27 2020, some of which have turned violent, most notably in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Curfews have been enforced in many cities as a result.
“There is potential for further protests and curfews. You should avoid demonstrations and protests, and follow the instructions of local authorities.”
Although the protests are being organised in a peaceful way, they have been turning increasingly violent in some parts of the country, with police reportedly opening gunfire on citizens participating.
Three other police officers have been fired.
Protests began in Minneapolis but soon spread far beyond the city, as far as Los Angeles and New York.
In a bid to bring calm, mayors in many cities have since put in place curfew orders.
President Donald Trump has also threatened military action on states if governors can not calm the tensions.
The latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office update goes alongside current advice about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the USA’s lockdown regulations in some states.
The FCO website advises: “The USA has put measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
“As of 16 March, it will not be possible for many British nationals to enter the USA if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran or China within the previous 14 days.”
The FCO advises all Britons currently abroad to return to the UK if possible, and stay up-to-date with relevant travel advice.
An exceptional travel advisory notice remains in place for British nationals.
“As countries respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises British nationals against all but essential international travel,” it reads.
“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.”
Published at Tue, 02 Jun 2020 15:46:00 +0000