British travellers urged to return to UK

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Britons who are currently travelling abroad are being urged to return to the UK now.

A statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said tourists and short-stay travellers should come home while commercial flights remain available.

The Warning states “As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO 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 are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

Dominic Raab is reported saying “We are strongly urging UK travellers overseas to return home now where and while there are still commercial routes to do so,” he said. He warned that airlines around the world were suspending flights and an increasing number of airports were closing. “Where commercial routes don’t exist, our staff are working round the clock to give advice and support to UK nationals. If you are on holiday abroad, the time to come home is now while you still can,” he added.

The Foreign Office said that “further closures to air routes may come in the next 48 hours, possibly without notice”.

Via FT / SKY / Foreign Office 

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