Travel Advise for Overseas Visitors Traveling to the UK

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05 March 2020

Visitors can be reassured that the UK Government along-with international colleagues and the World Health Organization have been working in close collaboration to monitor the situation in China and around the world, to limit the impact of the coronavirus with the health and safety of people rightly the priority.

The UK Government is closely monitoring the situation. The UK’s public health measures are world-leading and it is always well prepared for new diseases with its approach kept under continuous review. The UK’s Chief Medical Officers have advised anyone who has travelled, or returned, to the UK from Wuhan and Hubei Province in China as well as these other specified areas: Iran; Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy; Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea; Hubei province (who has returned in the past 14 days); that you should immediately: call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area; and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms of the virus. In Scotland phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. If you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

The UK’s Chief Medical Officers advised anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild. The UK Government is carrying out enhanced monitoring of direct flights from these areas. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport. These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.

It has also advised that if you have returned from these areas – Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam; Cambodia; Laos or Myanmar since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

“Health protection teams have been in place at Heathrow since 22 January and in Gatwick and Manchester since 29 January. Posters and leaflets have been sent by Public Health England electronically to all 28 UK international airports and all UK Eurostar terminals. This is a fast moving situation and the best source of information for any visitors with individual questions or concerns isPublic Health England.’’

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