Britons should stop all non-essential travel globally – Foreign minister

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Dominic Raab
Dominic Raab

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab advised British nationals on Tuesday to stop all non-essential travel globally for the next 30 days.

This is the latest stringent measure taken by the government to try to stem a growing coronavirus outbreak.

“With immediate effect, I have taken the decision to advise British nationals against non-essential travel globally, for an initial period of 30 days and of course subject to ongoing review,” Raab told parliament.

Referring to the growing number of border restrictions in other countries, Raab said Britons who decided they needed to travel abroad should be aware of the increased risks of doing so.

He added that the Foreign Office was not yet advising Britons abroad to immediately return to Britain, except for those in a few countries, but he warned those who wanted to head home to keep in mind that flights could be canceled at short notice or be stopped by travel restrictions.

Raab also said that the government would work with the freight industry to ensure the flow of goods continued with as little disruption as possible. (Reuters/NAN)

– Mar. 17, 2020 @ 16:29 GMT |

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