The FCO is currently advising against all travel to Hubei Province, and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. If you’re in China and able to leave, you should do so. See the latest travel advice for China.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The FCO is not advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of coronavirus risks.
Government advice on what you should do on return from certain countries/regions has changed and you will find the latest information below.
Note that this is subject to change regularly and if you are unsure, please check here for the latest information.
If you have returned from these specific areas below since February 19, you should call NHS111(if you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885. In Scotland phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours) and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
- Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
- Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
- Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)
If you have returned from these areas below since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
- Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
Based on the scientific advice, the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days who develops symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, however minor, to immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu.
- Call NHS 111 or, if you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885. In Scotland phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.
The University of London is taking all appropriate measures, taking into account guidance from UK government and other agencies.
For all our students and staff, in line with the FCO’s advice, we ask you to follow these basic hygiene rules to protect your own health and that of others:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Maintain good personal hygiene
In addition, FCO advice for anyone in China is to:
- Avoid visiting animal and bird markets
- Avoid people who are ill with breathing problems
- Follow health advice provided by the relevant Chinese authorities
- British citizens should leave if they are able to do so
We are continuing to monitor this situation carefully and will update you further should the advice change.
Further information from the FCO is available here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china
Further information from PHE is available here: www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public