Check what the Foreign Offfice says

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Usually the inbox of Just about Travel is fairly quiet at the weekend. But in these coronavirus times, travel can be anything but quiet.

Check with the FCO before you fly

Not so this weekend as in addition to the usual ones expected there were another nineteen e-mails all from the Foreign Office (FCO) and carrying travel advisories.

Because of the coronavirus, governments are responding almost on a daily basis so travellers and holidaymakers about to depart need to look daily at what the FCO says about their intended destination. After all, there is little point travelling to a place for a seven day break or a just a few days if it means you are going to have to go into some sort of quarantine for 14 days or even longer.

Just from this weekend, for example, we learn that Britons cannot enter Northern Italy and, if we do, any people who have been there or in Italy in general will either not be allowed to enter Turkey, Israel, Barbados and may be denied entry to St Kitts & Nevis..

France joined Denmark in banning gatherings of more than 1,000 people and something of the order of 16 million people are in lockdown in Northern Italy although some seem to have left the area as the news broke.

If anyone living in the UK plans to fly to Kuwait then plan for a longish stay because the authorities are likely to give you a medical examination and could also quarantine you for fourteen days. Bangladesh may treat you similarly.

Two states in India – Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim – have banned entry of all foreign nationals.

If you have a safari holiday in Kenya in mind then you might have to undergo screening whether you have symptoms or not.

There was some doubt as to whether Russia’s decision that all visitors from countries affected by coronavirus should self-isolate for fourteen days on arrival in Moscow but the FCO managed to establish on Sunday early evening that this didn’t apply to visitors from the UK.

Those thinking that they can escape travel hassle by heading to the souths seas of the Pacific can think again.

All people visiting French Polynesia (which includes Tahiti) need to present a medical certificate, issued at least 5 days before arrival in French Polynesia, certifying their current state of health.

All of the above was correct as of midnight, Monday morning. It may not be correct come Monday evening making it vital that all passengers check with the travel advisory side of the FCO to see if they will be affected by any travel restrictions.

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