Coronavirus UK update: What is UK Foreign Office’s China travel warning? Latest advice

As coronavirus continues its spread around the globe, travel restrictions, lockdowns and warnings have been issued for those in China. Britons in the coronavirus-hit Chinese province of Hubei could be flown home as early as Thursday.

The Foreign Office has yet to confirm details, but a teacher in Wuhan city told the PA UK citizens were being given details of forthcoming flights.

Those stuck in the city of Wuhan and surrounding areas have been urged to contact the British consulate before 11am on Wednesday if they wish to leave.

The British embassy in Beijing has said transport to get UK citizens out “may happen quickly and with short notice”.

Meanwhile, the FCO updated its travel advice to urge UK citizens to avoid the country, adding it may become more difficult for British nationals in other provinces to leave.

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What is the UK Foreign Office’s travel warning?

The advice from the FCO said: “The Chinese government continue to impose further restrictions on movement within China in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

“It may become harder over the coming weeks for those who wish to leave China to do so.

“If you feel that you may want to leave China soon, you should consider making plans to do so before any further restrictions may be imposed.”

China has imposed travel restrictions between its major cities while the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has suspended all tour group companies’ activities to prevent further virus spread.

The British teacher living in Wuhan, who asked not to be named, told PA she had been in contact with the British authorities who informed her that while she could return to the UK, her husband, who has a UK visa, would not be allowed to as he was a Chinese national.

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