The previous travel ban was due to be lifted on the 16th April.
Via official statement, the UK Foreign Office has now changed its travel restrictions to advise the British public against all non-essential travel “indefinitely” amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The previous ban on travel was placed up until 16th April.
Shared across social media platforms this past Saturday, the FCO said: “We advise against all non-essential global travel indefinitely".
"The situation is rapidly changing".
"Travellers could face severe disruption and be unable to return to the UK".
Travel update ✈️: The Foreign Office indefinitely advises against all non-essential global travel— Foreign Office ?? (@foreignoffice) April 4, 2020
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Speaking on this, a spokesperson for UK Travel Trade Association, Abta, said: “Although the advice has now changed for an indefinite period, this is now in essence the same as any ‘all but essential’ travel advice and it could be removed at any time".
“As such there is no change to the advice for members and customers in this regard".
"Travel companies can still look at imminent departures and decide how far in advance they will begin to offer alternative arrangements/ refunds or equivalent options".
With many thousands of travellers currently stranded overseas as a result of coronavirus, the government is ramping up efforts to bring home.
Following the announcement on 30th March by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, more than 1,450 British travellers have flown home on specially chartered flights.
Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps said:
We continue to work with airlines round the clock to reunite British citizens with their families and loved ones. With more airlines pledging support, this huge operation becomes a little easier, speeding up the process and helping ensure a greater number of people return home quickly and safely."
As of present, there has been no official indication as to when this indefinite ban is likely to be lifted.
More to follow.