Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice

Exceptional travel advisory notice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice took effect immediately on 17 March and applies initially for a period of 30 days.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice. 

If you now need to change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:

  1. contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
  2. get in touch with your insurance provider
  3. continue to follow the NHS coronavirus guidance

Check FCO travel advice pages for the latest information.

If you're concerned about friends or family overseas

If you are concerned about a friend or family member who is currently overseas, you can read the guidance on this page and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's country-specific travel advice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office strongly encourage any British person travelling or living overseas to sign up for email updates to travel advice. Your family member or friend can do this on each country-specific page. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office cannot give any further updates or detail by phone.

For further information on the support the Foreign & Commonwealth Office can, and cannot, provide, see their guidance on support for British nationals abroad.

Further information

Further information about Foreign & Commonwealth travel advice can be found here.