The UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab has urged all Britons who are stranded abroad to return to the UK, while the commercial flights are still available.
According to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), unprecedented changes were made to travel advice, initially for 30 days period.
FCO last week revealed that essential international travel would be exempted from the changes applied in the new travel advice, VisaGuide.World reports.
The announcement reads that as travel is becoming more difficult due to the decision of most countries to close their borders, there will be further restrictions every day, possibly without notice.
“We are strongly urging UK travellers overseas to return home now where and while there are still commercial routes to do so. Around the world, more airlines are suspending flights, and more airports are closing, some without any notice,” Secretary Raab highlighted.
The Foreign Secretary advised all British nationals to return home while it is still possible.
The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also considered this situation as very difficult for all British citizens travelling abroad, as well as for those with families and loved ones overseas.
Shapps added that they are working tirelessly to ensure the people of Britain abroad a safe return to the United Kingdom.
“We’re in close contact with airlines, who are working tirelessly to ensure British citizens travelling overseas can safely return to the UK,” he said.
Besides, he said that they are working closely with the government and other departments, to put this problem to an end.
However, some British citizens are already facing difficulties to return to the UK because of international travel bans that most world countries have applied to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
The FCO is working intensively to bring all British citizens back to the UK, calling for international action to keep the air routes open so the international travellers can be eligible to return on commercial flights.