Foreign Office advises “all but essential travel”, new rules for a number of countries imposed

Published on : Wednesday, March 11, 2020

In response to coronavirus, a number of countries have imposed new rules and the Foreign Office has advised “ all but essential travel”. Amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak the whole of Italy has gone into lockdown.


The Foreign office has released the latest advice on travelling to Spain, France, Switzerland, Australia and Slovenia.


According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Spain currently has 589 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 10 deaths. There is no travel advice from the FCO warning against travelling to the country  but travellers might have to face additional screening when entering Spain.


The Spanish government has a dedicated website in English for the latest on-the-ground advice in Spain.



According to  WHO, France currently has 1,116 cases of coronavirus cases with 19 deaths, however there are no advise by the FCO against travelling to France.



Gathering of more than  1,000 people has been banned by the French government. Those intending to travel to France for an event should ensure with the organisers and see if it is still on.



The French government has said that for those travelling from a country where the ‘virus is actively circulating’ they should monitor their temperature twice a day for 14 days, wear surgical masks when they are with relatives or outside the house, avoid non-essential activities and risk individuals.



A website with dedicated advice is being upadated daily in French by the French government only.



WHO mentions that there are 332 confirmed cases of coronavirus currently in Switzerland and two deaths.


Until March 15, 2020 similarly like France, Switzerland has banned events involving 1000 or more people. It is advised to check with the organisers if the event you are going ahead before you travel.



The FCO has not advised any travel warning for Switzerland but the local government might imply some additional screening procedures on entry.



At present there 112 confirmed cases of coronavirus and zero deaths according to WHO. The FCO does not currently advise against travelling to the country but there might be additional screening for entering the country.



A ban on indoor events of more than 100 people and outdoor events of more than 500 people has been advised by the Austrian Interior Minister. So far, 16 cases death by coronavirus but no death has been confirmed by Slovenia.


Those booked to Slovenia should check with tour operator, hotels or transport providers on any impact on travel.


No advisory against travel to Slovenia has been issued and updates can be found on their website.


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