The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises against all non-essential travel until 16th April 2020. Do not travel abroad if you don’t have to.
India has banned all travel by non-Indian citizens into the country until 15th April 2020. If you have a visa or an OCI card, you will not be able to travel to India during this period.
Many other countries have now gone into lockdown.
If you are travelling abroad, please check https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to see what the advice is for your particular country.
UK Citizens stranded abroad
On 30/03/2020 the UK Government announced a partnership with the airline industry to bring home British people travelling abroad.
Where commercial routes remain feasible, airlines including Virgin, Easyjet, Jet2 and Titan Airways, will be responsible for getting their passengers with pre-booked tickets home.
For passengers with pre-booked tickets home, airlines are offering them alternatives where routes are cancelled, allowing them to change tickets, where permissible – including between carriers – and offering them the latest information and advice as the situation changes.
The Government advice for any UK citizens travelling abroad is to return home. If flights are running don’t wait and book your tickets as soon as possible.
If you’re travelling abroad, you should:
- contact your airline or travel company now
- keep up-to-date with Government travel advice pages. The Government are updating information on returning from the country you’re in as quickly as they can
- for real-time updates, follow the embassy or high commission’s social media for the country you’re in
More information is available here.
Where commercial routes do not exist, the government will provide up to £75 million to enable special charter flights to priority countries to bring British tourists and short term visitors and their families to return to the UK.
To see if you are eligible and to find out how to book visit the Government Travel Advice Website , search by country and go to the Return to the UK section for further advice.
If there are no special charter flights for the country you’re in visit the Government Travel Advice Website , search by country and go to the Return to the UK section for further advice.
Everyone is also advised to sign up for email alerts to get latest advice and information from the Government if the situation should change.
Returning From India
The latest advice for British nationals in India, including what to do if you wish to return urgently, can be found here .