Coronavirus UK advice: Where is it NOT safe to travel in Europe amid virus outbreak?

More than 2,000 people have died from the coronavirus since it was first discovered in December 2019. The majority of people have died in China, but other patients have died in countries such as Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Where is it not safe to travel to in Europe?

Italy has seen the worst coronavirus outbreak of any other nation in Europe, with more than 200 people infected.

As of February 25, 10 people have died as a result of coronavirus in the country.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are advising against all but “essential travel” to 10 towns which have been isolated by the Italian authorities.


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The towns in Lombardy are Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano.

The FCO also advises against all but essential travel to Vo’ Euganeo in Veneto.

Further information on coronavirus and foreign travel can be found on the TravelHealthPro website HERE.

What is the Foreign Office’s advice for returning travellers?

If you have returned from specific areas, the FCO state you should call NHS 111 and stay indoors.

You should also avoid contact with other people, and follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms.

The areas are:

  • Iran
  • 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)


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In addition, if you have returned from any of these areas and have developed symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people, and immediately call NHS 111.

The areas are:

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

If you have returned from the following areas since February 19 and develop symptoms, you should also stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel.

However, you do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

The areas are:

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

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