COVID-19 Update: 26 February 2020

Advice for travellers returning to UK

Updated advice for travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province and other specified areas has been issued by the government.

If you have travelled from:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of
    Italy.
    As of 25 February 2020:
    10 in Lombardy (Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano)
    1 in Veneto (Vo’ Euganeo).
    Full updated list available on the Gov.UK website.
    There is also a map of Italy available with infected areas.
  • 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)

You should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area
  • Contact your line manager to inform them

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Further information on self-isolation is available on the Gov.UK website.

Full guidance for travellers is also available on the Gov.UK website.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following
areas:

  • China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and
develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
  • Contact your line manager to inform them

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

If you have returned from these areas since February 19 and develop symptoms
please follow this advice (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)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised UK nationals to leave China
where possible. If the situation continues to escalate the pressure on the Chinese
health system may intensify, and it may also become harder for people to travel.This
change does not affect our advice for those returning from Wuhan or mainland
China.

Advice from Public Health England