United Kingdom Travel Alerts and Warnings

How your travel plans in the UK may be affected by COVID-19. What you need to know about lockdowns and travel disruptions in the United Kingdom.


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Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the UK – 24 March, 2020

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice, and their advice to citizens of the UK is that if you are currently traveling abroad, return home now, where and while there are still flights available.

For travelers or residents who are currently within the UK, a lockdown has been put in place, asking people to remain in their primary residence and avoid all but essential travel beyond home. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, will order police to enforce a strict COVID-19 lockdown, banning gatherings of more than two people and placing strict limits on exercise.

Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, campsites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.

Follow the advice from the WHO: wash your hands consistently, maintain at least 3ft (1m) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early (call before visiting your doctor).

Stay up to date with local news and media to monitor the local situation closely, and pay attention to your government's travel advice.

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Previous travel alerts for the United Kingdom

Storm Dennis causing disruptions across the UK – February 2020

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for large parts of the UK as Storm Dennis passes over the region.

Following Storm Ciara last week, which caused nearly 1 million power cuts and widespread travel disruption, Storm Dennis has led to a record number of flood alerts and warnings being put in place for England and Wales.

Ongoing severe weather may cause further disruption to your flights or travel itinerary.

Stay up to date with weather reports and contact your airline to find out if your flights have been canceled or delayed.

Red weather alert: Severe winter storms - 1 March 2018

Winter Storm Emma is combining with the Siberian storm known as the "Beast from the East" to create the most serious winter conditions the United Kingdom has seen for years. A red weather alert - the highest level - has been issued by the Met Office for parts of Devon, Somerset and South Wales, and amber or yellow warnings are in effect for the rest of the country.

Harsh conditions are expected to continue into next week in some areas. Heavy snow is predicted for the entire region, with freezing rain also possible. Due to hazardous road conditions, unnecessary trips should be avoided. Travelers should be prepared for long travel delays and cancellations on bus, rail, and air travel. Check the Met Office for the latest weather information.

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