FCO announce major update to travel advice for Britons

HOLIDAYS have been sorely missed by many Britons after the coronavirus pandemic brought global travel to a halt. The FCO have now issued a major change to their travel advice – so when can British tourists go abroad again?

Holidays have not been possible for several months due to the coronavirus crisis. However, there is now hope that return to normal life is in sight. Many countries, including the UK, have started to relax strict lockdown restrictions.

Next week, Gatwick Airport is reopening its North Terminal and easyJet are resuming a number of flights.

So with the wheels of travel starting to turn once again – what is the latest travel advice?

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) regularly update their guidance.

Their latest change indicates a major step forward.

For many weeks now, the FCO has had a “COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice” in place.

This has now been updated.

The FCO is no longer warning Britons to return home from abroad.

It has also said the current ruling on only essential travel is being reviewed.

The notice states: “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

“This advice is being kept under constant review.”

Previously it stated: “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.”

However, it is not yet known when the “essential” travel restriction will be lifted.

Many travel industry insiders are hoping foreign travel can resume in July.

Rules on quarantine in the UK came into force this week, though, angering many airlines and those in the travel sector for fear it will damage tourism.

The UK government explains: “If youre a resident or visitor travelling to the UK, you must:

– provide your journey and contact details

– not leave the place youre staying for the first 14 days youre in the UK except in very limited situations (known as self-isolating)

“You may be fined up to £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details. You may be fined more if you break this rule more than once.

“You may also be fined up to £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate, or you could face further action.”