New travel advice from the Foreign Office

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At the beginning of July, the blanket non-essential international travel advice changed and travel corridors were announced by the UK Government. This allowed people more freedom to take holidays and trips abroad. Since that time many people have taken advantage and booked holidays far and wide. Many travel insurance companies are now also covering covid-19 related issues so that’s also helped to reassure many people about their trip abroad.

One of the biggest disadvantages we have seen has been the speed at which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has changed the advice on certain countries and caught people out even while on holiday. Some countries in the travel corridors, where you didn’t have to quarantine when returning, have been removed from the list at very short notice and some people returning have had to self-isolate for 14 days on return to the UK.

The FCO through the Travel Aware programme has now issued new guidance and advice for people planning a trip abroad this Autumn and Winter.  

Advice Summary

The key points in the latest briefing are as follows:

  • Travel Advice is subject to change and this could be at short notice. You should be prepared for the situation to change in your destination.
  • Keep up to date with the travel advice for your destination so you know what actions to take before you depart. Advice on all countries can be found on the FCO travel advice page
  • It is strongly recommended you sign up to  travel alerts for your destination. You will be notified of the latest changes to travel advice whether you’re at home or abroad.
  • You should familiarise yourself with any local laws or regulation before travel and ensure you follow them when you reach your destination.
  • It’s important to have the correct travel insurance. Many insurers are now offering cover for Covid-19.

FCO department changes

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has long been looking after us and providing advice and assistance for international travel. It is set to change from 1st September 2020 when it merges with the Department for International Development. It will be known as the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

However, the advice and guidance it provides will remain the same and the Travel Aware and Travel Advice pages will not be changing so it will still be the first place you should visit for up to date advice on any planned destination for your holiday.


You can still take a holiday abroad. There are many places that are on the travel corridor list and many thousands of people have enjoyed getting away since July 4th. If you research your destination well, keep in touch with Government advice and look at the experiences of other travellers there’s no reason why you can’t find a great destination for your Autumn or Winter break.

Posted by Graham Morley

Graham Morley

Graham is the Business Development Manager for Compare Holiday Money.


  • Avatar Mrs Pat Gilmore says:

    I am booked to fly to New Zealand from Heathrow via Singapore on 24th October and will be staying with my daughter for approx 6 months after going into their quarantine facility for 2 weeks. I have New Zealand residency so I am allowed. Is there likely to be a problem with this, I have travel insurance booked for the entire trip.

  • Graham Morley Graham Morley says:

    Thanks for your comment Pat.
    I can’t give you specific advice on this but you should find all the information you need on the New Zealand High Commission website. Have a fantastic trip!

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