Coronavirus: Travel abroad & British citizens overseas

Updated 21st June 2020, 11:40. For the latest medical advice, visit NHS.uk/Coronavirus.

The Foreign Office still advises against all unnecessary travel overseas, and are working around the clock to support British travellers who are finding difficulties getting back to the UK. If you are a permanent resident overseas, you should stay and follow the advice of the local authorities in the country you live in.

If your travel it essential, it is your responsibility to make sure you check travel advice before travelling. Use the link above to check advice and sign up for email alerts. You should: 

  • Make sure you have the appropriate travel insurance. If you have concerns about coronavirus, contact your travel provider to check what will be covered should you become sick or are required to self-isolate or quarantine by the local authorities. 
  • Check with your airline, tour operator, cruise line, or other transport and accommodation providers for any coronavirus-related changes. 
  • Plan ahead for any potential disruption. 
  • If you are older, or have pre-existing medical conditions, you are likely to become severely ill if you catch coronavirus. You should check NHS guidance before travelling. 

Check travel advice

Isolating arrivals at the border

From 8th June, the government has asked people travelling to the UK to make some sacrifices to stop coronavirus cases from being imported. In the same way as people in the UK have made large sacrifices to control the spread of coronavirus.

This means when people enter the UK, they will be asked to supply their contact details and details of their accommodation, and to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days, other than those on a short list of exemptions. 

These rules will be reviewed every three weeks. 

Consular help

If you require consular assistance, you can contact them at any time by calling your nearest British embassy, high commission, or consulate.