A new strain of coronavirus discovered in the south east of England, which is said to be up to 70% more transmissible has led to significant disruption to international travel.
Flights from the UK have been temporarily banned by a number of countries in Europe and across the world. And, in some cases, restrictions are being placed on travellers from the UK, or people who have visited the UK in the last two weeks.
The Netherlands was the first country to announce a ban on travel to and from the UK. Since then, a further two dozen countries have introduced restrictions – this number is expected to increase throughout today.
Scott Pawley, managing director of Global Travel Management said:
We are in constant contact with airlines, hotels, other travel suppliers, industry bodies and UK government departments to make sure we are on top of the situation as it develops.
Scott also has advice for anyone travelling – or planning travel – over the next few days:
If you or your colleagues have booked travel over the coming days with Global Travel Management, we will be working hard to make sure your trip goes ahead; or to keep you informed of any changes that must take place. We will be checking your flights regularly, so that we are aware of any forced changes. We will be monitoring the situation with regards to further travel restrictions. And, most important, we will let you know if the situation with your travel changes, as soon as we can.
If you have any travel plans in the coming days and weeks, let us know. We will give you all the advice and help we can, as we always aim to do.