By Lizzie Day • 15 March 2020 • 15:27
THE UK FOREIGN OFFICE HAS ADVISED AGAINST ALL BUT ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TO THE US AFTER CASES IN THE COUNTRY SOARED TO 2,951 AND 60 DEATHS, AND DONALD TRUMP ANNOUNCED A TRAVEL BAN FOR UK VISITORS.
A spokesman said: ‘We are advising against all but essential travel to the USA following the US government announcement imposing restrictions on travel from the UK (and Ireland) effective from midnight on Monday 16 March EST or 4am on Tuesday 17 March GMT.’
They said that British nationals with upcoming journeys planned or those already in the US should check with their airlines and tour operators.
Around 3.8million British citizens visit the US every year.
Donald Trump extended the United States’ coronavirus travel ban to people from the UK and Ireland yesterday, scuppering work and holiday plans for many Britons.
The President had initially excluded the UK and Ireland from the European ban of 26 countries, but added it to the blacklist yesterday afternoon as infection rates soared overnight.
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