Britons have been advised to avoid all non-essential foreign travel for 30 days as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the “fast-changing international circumstances” of the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, required changes to the official travel advice.

“UK travellers abroad now face widespread international border restrictions and lockdowns in various countries,” he told MPs in the Commons.

“The FCO [Foreign and Commonwealth Office] will always consider the safety and the security of British nationals, so with immediate effect I’ve 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.”

Britons who travel abroad should be “fully aware of the increased risks of doing so”, the FCO said.

“That includes the risk that they may not be able to get home, if travel restrictions are put in place.

“Anyone still considering travel to be realistic about the level of disruption they are willing and able to endure, and to make decisions in light of the unprecedented conditions we face.”

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