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Health Alert: United Kingdom, Commercial Flights Available from Multiple Airports

Location:  United Kingdom

Event:  Health Alert

U.S. Embassy London will be sending a daily update to ensure all US citizens in the United Kingdom have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Updated information will be prefaced with (NEW).  If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at SCSLondon@state.gov. 

(NEW) Information Regarding Flights to the United States

Commercial flights are still available from multiple UK airports connecting to London Heathrow for direct flights to the United States.  Trains from Scotland to London are also still available.  Please check the airport and rail websites for the latest information:

·         London Heathrow

·         Belfast City Airport

·         Aberdeen Airport

·         Edinburgh Airport

·         Glasgow Airport

·         Scotrail

·         National Rail

The Department of State encourages all U.S. citizens to enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security and health updates. 

On March 23, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus.  The new measures include the closure of shops selling non-essential goods, libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms, and places of worship.  People are not allowed to gather outside their homes in groups more than two, and social events, including weddings, are banned.  The police will be granted powers to issue fines and disperse people.  Visit the UK COVID-19 websitefor updated information. 

The Prime Minister advised that people should leave home only for the following reasons:

·         Shopping for basic necessities

·         One form of exercise a day

·         Any medical need/care for a vulnerable person

·         Travelling to and from work, only if absolutely necessary.    

The U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information at https://uk.usembassy.gov/ 

Many travelers worldwidehave reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  Anecdotally, the Embassy has been informed of hotels closing with little or no warning.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

Actions to Take:

·         Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

·         For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.

·         Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.

·         Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

·         Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in the United Kingdom.

·         Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States 




U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom

33 Nine Elms Lane

London, UK SW11 8DG

+44 (0) 207-499-9000

from U.S.: 011 44 (0)20 7499-9000




U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh

+44 (0) 131 556-8315



U. S. Consulate General Belfast

+44 (0) 28 9038-6100



State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

United Kingdom Country Information

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates



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