The Foreign Office has warned against all non-essential foreign travel amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab made the stark warning in the House of Commons today, which applies for 30 days.
He told MPs: “Based on the fast-changing international circumstances, today I’m announcing changes to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice.
“UK travellers abroad now face widespread international border restrictions and lockdowns in various countries.
“The FCO will always consider the safety and security of British nationals.
“So with immediate effect I’ve taken the decision to advise British nationals against non-essential travel globally for an initial period of 30 days.”
He also warned Britons abroad that they risked being stranded by restrictions in other countries.
The FCO is not currently advising British people to immediately return to the UK if they are overseas, except for a few countries detailed in travel advice.
The number of coronavirus cases has risen above 1,500 in the UK, with 55 deaths.
FCO guidance reads: “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice.
“The FCO was already advising against all but essential travel or all travel to some areas or countries due to risks that do not relate to COVID-19. This advice remains in place.”
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday told Brits to avoid pubs, clubs and theatres.
He said “now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact and to stop all non-essential travel” as he urged people to work from home "where they possibly can".
Johnson added that anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days.
The PM announced the government will no longer be supporting mass gatherings with emergency workers.
Brits were also told to avoid any non-essential social contact and to shield the "most vulnerable" for 12 weeks.
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