Travel advice

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Latest update: special charter flights

The Government is working in a new partnership with the airline industry to help British people travelling abroad to return to the UK.

Where commercial routes remain feasible airlines, including Virgin, Easyjet, Jet2 and Titan Airways, will be responsible for getting their passengers with pre-booked tickets home. Where commercial routes do not exist, the government will provide up to £75 million to enable special charter flights to priority countries to bring back UK residents.

Special charter flights will operate in some countries to help British tourists and short term visitors and their families to return to the UK. To see if you are eligible and to find out how to book, see the ‘Return to the UK’ section of for the travel advice page of the country that you are in.

If there are no special charter flights for the country you’re in, follow the guidance in the ‘Return to the UK’ section of that country’s travel advice.You should also sign up for email alerts, to get our latest advice if the situation changes.

1. Return to the UK now if you’re travelling abroad

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people travelling abroad to return to the UK now, if commercial flights are still available.

If you’re travelling abroad, you should:

  1. contact your airline or travel company now
  2. keep up-to-date with our travel advice pages. We are updating information on returning from the country you’re in as quickly as we can
  3. for real-time updates, follow our embassy or high commission’s social media for the country you’re in

2. Do not travel abroad unless it’s essential

The FCO advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide until at least 15 April due to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice. 

To change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:

  1. contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
  2. get in touch with your insurance provider

The FCO was already advising against all but essential travel or all travel to some areas or countries due to risks that do not relate to COVID-19. This advice remains in place. Check FCO travel advice pages for the latest information.


If you live in Castle Point and are currently aboard & struggling to get back to the UK, please email: with your current location, passport details and date of birth.