As the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are warning against travelling to certain destinations and major airlines are stopping flights to particularly high-risk countries.

Understandably, the constant evolution of COVID-19 is leaving many people anxious about how it could affect their holiday plans this year.

 

So, what is the advice if you have a holiday outside of the UK coming up?

To start with, it is worth keeping a track of the latest advice from the Foreign Office website, as this is where all travel and leisure companies are getting their travel announcements from. The website is updated regularly and provides informative, up-to date health advice regarding Coronavirus disease.  

Specific recommendations are in place for those travelling to or from:

  • Mainland China
  • Hong Kong
  • Macao
  • Cambodia
  • Iran
  • northern Italy
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

 

The next step is ensuring that you have adequate Travel insurance, as during this period of uncertainty and constant development, having security and peace of mind is necessary.  The Association of British Insurers have a dedicated page for Q&As on Coronavirus, specifically dealing with queries on travel insurance, cancellation costs and potential compensation arrangements.

If you’re concerned about travelling and want updates on events as they happen, the World Health Organization has a dedicated page of rolling updates on the coronavirus disease. 

 

Advice on reducing the spread of Coronavirus

The TravelHealthPro website is offering advice for travellers from the UK on both preparing to travel abroad and reducing the spread of the virus during the COVID-19 outbreak.

A few of their key tips at this time are:

  • Keep checking up to date travel health recommendations, and if you require further advice, speak to your GP, practice nurse, pharmacist or travel clinic.
  • Contact your airline, tour operator, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers for up-to date information on your itinerary and travel plans
  • Be aware that there may be enhanced screening/monitoring at entry and exit ports. You may also be required to self-isolate for a set period, even if you do not have symptoms on your return.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.

 

Other useful information outlets on Coronavirus are:

Sky News - Coronavirus

BBC - Coronavirus

 

If you've booked a holiday abroad, or hoping to plan your summer holiday this year, make sure to keep yourself up-to-date with relevant information and announcements surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak. 

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