Brits told not to travel ANYWHERE around the world over coronavirus
Dominic Raab told the entire nation to stay put unless it is absolutely essential – cancelling all holidays and trips – as he updated the country's travel advice this afternoon.
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Yesterday the EU said it would ban all external travel for a month to try to stop the spread of the virus – along with countries around the world, leaving millions stranded.
The Foreign Secretary said he didn't want any more people to be stuck overseas with no way of getting home, as flights get cancelled and routes shut down.
He told MPs in the House of Commons: "With immediate effect I've taken the decision to advise British nationals against non essential travel globally, for an initial period of 30 days and of course subject to ongoing review."
He added: "UK travellers abroad now face widespread international border restrictions and lockdowns in various countries.
"The speed and range of those measures across other countries is
It's unclear exactly how long the lockdown would be for in the long run, but it means flights will likely be cancelled for weeks.
However, today's FCO update will make it far easier for Brits to get refunds on their travel insurance.
The Government said it was still up to members of the public to make decisions on whether they should fly abroad or not.
I've taken the decision to advise British nationals against non essential travel globally, for an initial period of 30 days
They stressed that anyone thinking of travelling should check their insurance policies and whether they would be valid.
But anyone looking to try and come back to the UK should try and do so as soon as possible, while flights are still running.
Repatriating everyone at the current time would be "unrealistic".
Today airports warned they would have to shut within weeks unless they received urgent help from the Government.
Boris Johnson told Cabinet this morning the UK was "engaged in a war against the disease which we have to win".
Today's news comes as:
- Doctors warned that asthma sufferers and anyone who gets the flu jab should stay at home
- Cinemas are set to close their doors to the public as the coronavirus crisis continues to escalate
- Experts said the lockdown could last up to 18 MONTHS – and warned that thousands would have died without this week's drastic measures
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