Travel News: FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China

Wednesday, 29th Janaury 2020:-

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China.


Following the change to FCO travel advice to China to advise against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao), British Airways has made a decision to suspend direct flight operations to China with immediate effect until 31 January.


Barrhead Business Travel will make contact with customers currently in China or Traveling to China. For those who are due to return to the UK on BA flight services during this period please make contact with Barrhead Business Travel or British Airways to arrange alternative travel arrangements.


An extract from the BA statement is as follows: 

Following Foreign Office advice against all but essential travel to mainland China we have temporarily suspended our flights to and from Beijing and Shanghai with immediate effect, until Friday 31 January, while we assess the situation.  


Advice for Customers

Travellers planning to travel to the region should read the FCO travel advice for the country which they are travelling to, which includes a link through to the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) TravelHealthPro website that provides specific travel health advice for countries.  


The Department of Health & Social care have published information for the public regarding the outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and actions taken in the UK and abroad.


NaTHNaC advise that the risk of pneumonia due to the novel coronavirus to the UK population is low and the risk to travellers to Wuhan is moderate. If you are traveling to the area, you should maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene and should avoid visiting animal and bird markets or people who are ill with respiratory symptoms. Individuals should seek medical attention if they develop respiratory symptoms within 14 days of visiting Wuhan, either in China or on their return to the UK. They should phone ahead before attending any health services and mention their recent travel to the city.


Various FCO Travel Advice Updates 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for: 

Papua New Guinea

Solomon Island: 

The update is to the Summary and Health sections – updated information and advice following an outbreak of coronavirus in China and elsewhere in the region.



There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus. The virus originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province but cases have been confirmed in other parts of China and in some countries in the region. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the Papua New Guinea authorities. Further advice is available from Public Health England and the TravelHealthPro website.

The overall level of advice for these countries has not changed. Please click on the links for the specific country advice to view the full travel advice and any restrictions in place.

The links for all FCO travel advice pages that have been updated in relation to Novel Coronavirus can be accessed below:





Hong Kong:








New Zealand:


North Korea:

Papua New Guinea




Solomon Island:

South Korea:

Sri Lanka: