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Travel Alerts: 4/2/2020

 

There have been dozens of notifications and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) about Coronavirus in China and about limits to travel between China and various other destinations.

We have listed general notifications and alerts first, and all notifications regarding popular destinations affected by Coronavirus are in a separate table below. As always, please remember that these details can change at any time so check the relevant FCO pages for your route and destination before you travel.

 

General Notifications & Alerts

Country

Alert

Date Issued

Myanmar

Summary and Safety and security section – update to information on security incidents in Rakhine.

Health – update to information and advice on Polio.

31/1/2020

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zamia, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique

Update to information on South African Airways international and domestic flight schedules.

31/1/2020

Various – EU & EEU

Entry requirements section (Visas) and summary – updated information on visa rules to 30 January 2021

30/1/2020

Philippines

Updated information on the lake Taal volcano; on 26 January the authorities reduced the alert level from 4 down to 3.

30/1/2020

Chile

Information on a ‘state of emergency’ in some parts of the Atacama Region (Third Region), following floods and landslides.

30/1/2020

Peru

Safety and security (Spiritual cleansing) – addition of information on reports of sexual assault during the ceremonies.

30/1/2020

Brazil

Natural disasters section and summary – addition of information and advice following severe rainfall and flooding in parts of Minas Gerais, south-eastern Brazil.

29/1/2020

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories

There have been calls for protests in the West Bank from 28 January in response to anticipated political announcements; you should avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings.

28/1/2020

USA

Updated information and advice related to the 7 January earthquake off Puerto Rico.

28/1/2020

Turkey

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Elazig and neighbouring provinces in the east of Turkey on 24 January. You should avoid the immediate vicinity and follow the advice of local authorities.

25/1/2020

Vietnam

Safety and security (Road travel) – addition of information on changes to drink driving legislation.

Local laws and customs – update to information on detention and access to lawyers.

23/1/2020

 

Notifications regarding Coronavirus

Country

Alert

Date Issued

China

The FCO continue to advise against all travel to Hubei Province, and now advise against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao)

Suspension on flights to and from China by some airlines, including British Airways.

Regular updates are being posted as new information becomes available.

Current

USA

With effect from 2 February, the US Government will not permit entry to the USA of any foreign nationals who have visited China 14 days or less prior to their travel to the USA.

More information for travellers to the USA can be found on the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) website

3/2/2020

Hong Kong & Macao

Entry requirements section (Visits to mainland China) and summary – updated information to reflect Hong Kong SAR Government announcement on border crossings with mainland China and ferry crossings to/from mainland China and Macao.

If you’re travelling, you should check your travel plans with your travel provider before departure.

As of 28/1/2020 anyone who has travelled to Hubei province within the last two weeks, apart from Hong Kong residents, will not be permitted entry to Hong Kong.

3/2/2020

South Korea

With effect from 4 February 2020, foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter South Korea

3/2/2020

Vietnam

As of 1 February 2020, anyone who has visited China in the previous 14 days will be refused entry.

3/2/2020

Australia

Australia will deny entry to anyone who has left or transited mainland China from 1 February, with the exception of Australian citizens, permanent residents, and immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents.

3/2/2020

 New Zealand

On 2nd February New Zealand announced temporary restrictions on travellers (including those transiting) from mainland China in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

3/2/2020

Maldives, Solomon Islands, Philippines, Nepal, Marshall Islands, Fiji, Laos, Myanmar

Information on Coronavirus (there may be screening in place but as yet no limits on entry)

Please see respective pages for full details.

1/2/2020

Antigua and Barbuda

Border closed to all visitors travelling from China.

31/1/2020

Tanzania

Health section and summary – addition of information on strengthened screening measures at airports for passengers travelling from China and other countries affected by coronavirus.

31/1/2020

Singapore

Health section and summary – updated information and advice on the coronavirus outbreak and information on extended measures introduced by the Singapore Government.

31/1/2020

 Mongolia

Entry requirements section and summary – updated information on measures implemented by the Mongolian government to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including a ban on foreign nationals entering the country from China.

31/1/2020

Cambodia

Summary and Health section – update to information and advice on the outbreak of coronavirus in China and elsewhere in the region, including Cambodia.

31/1/2020

India

Addition of information on Coronavirus. There has been a confirmed case of the virus in Kerala.

31/1/2020

Macao

Health section and summary – updated information and advice on measures announced by the Macao government designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

30/1/2020

Finland

Health and Summary – addition of information and advice on coronavirus, following a confirmed case in Lapland.

30/1/2020

 Taiwan

Health section – link to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control website, for measures that Taiwan is taking to combat coronavirus.

30/1/2020

UAE

Summary and Health section – Updated information and advice following an outbreak of coronavirus in China and elsewhere including four reported cases in the United Arab Emirates

29/1/2020

Japan

Health – addition of information on enhanced quarantine procedures at entry points to Japan in response to coronavirus.

29/1/2020

Sri Lanka

Information and advice following confirmation by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health that a patient has tested positive for coronavirus.

28/1/2020

France

Updated information and advice following an outbreak of coronavirus in China, and elsewhere, including France.

25/1/2020

Samoa

As of 23 January 2020, the Samoan authorities have issued a new health advisory and restrictions in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Check with your airline or tour operator that you meet all the requirements.

24/1/2020

Thailand

Updated information and advice following an outbreak of Uoronavirus in China and elsewhere in the region.

22/1/2020

 

Read more about the Coronavirus outbreak and its effect on travel on our blog.

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