FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Italy; ABTA’s latest advice and Q&A’s for travellers is available at abta.com/coronavirus.
The Foreign Office has warned British residents against all but essential travel to Italy admit the coronavirus outbreak.
Italy had initially imposed a quarantine on northern regions but has now extended those restrictions on travel and public gatherings to the whole country.
In a statement, the FCO said: “We have amended our travel advice to recommend against all but essential travel to Italy. The safety of British nationals is always our number one priority. “The advice is that anyone who arrives from Italy subsequent to the Italian government decision should now self-isolate for 14 days.”
Advice for British customers in Italy
If you are currently in Italy, you are able to leave without restriction and airports remain open throughout the country. However, airline schedules are subject to change and some flights are being cancelled.
Customers should contact their travel provider to discuss their options and follow the instructions of local authorities and local public health advice.
Advice for customers due to travel to Italy on a package holiday
Customers who are imminently due to travel to Italy and have booked a package holiday should contact their travel provider, as you will be offered alternative arrangements.
If no suitable alternatives are available, package holiday customers should be offered a full refund.
Advice for customers due to travel to Italy who have booked accommodation and flights directly
Customers who have booked their flights and accommodation directly should speak to their airline and accommodation provider to discuss their options.
They should also check their travel insurance to see if this will cover any additional costs.
Advice for customers booked on package holidays for other destinations
Customers with an existing package holiday booked, and those considering making plans, can have confidence that there are protections in place for package holidays should the travel advice to their destination change.