Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

FCO advises against non-essential travel to China

The Foreign Office is now advising against all but essential travel to the whole of mainland China as the coronavirus crisis continues.

The travel advisory doesn't extend to Hong Kong and Macau, which are currently taking action to stop travel across their border with the mainland by suspending trains, ferries and buses.

The advice follows a change in the US travel advisory. US travellers are also being told to avoid non-essential travel to China.

The new FCO advice warns British citizens already in China that the Chinese government continues to impose further restrictions on movement within China in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

"It may become harder over the coming weeks for those who wish to leave China to do so. If you feel that you may want to leave China soon, you should consider making plans to do so before any further restrictions may be imposed," it said.

It is advising against all travel to Hubei Province where the outbreak began.

Preparations are being made to bring back Brits who are currently there. It is believed there are around 300 people living in the region.

British visitors to Hong Kong may be asked to provide details of their travel 14 days prior to arrival.

Non-Hong Kong residents who may have been exposed to the coronavirus may not be allowed to enter Hong Kong.

Hong Kong residents who are currently in areas affected by the virus are asked to go into 14 days of self-imposed isolation upon return to Hong Kong to prevent the spread of infection.

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