Trump Bans UK and Ireland Travellers, Whilst UKGovernment Advises Against Travel to US

Over the last week, there have been some significant changes to how countries are approaching their efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The US last week announced that travellers from many countries in the EU had been banned, including Italy, France and Spain. At the time, cases in the UK and Ireland were relatively low and Trump declared that the ban excluded UK and Ireland.

However, as more cases have come to light, on Saturday Trump announced that the UK and Ireland had also been added to the ban. He also revealed that the US would consider placing domestic bans if "an area gets a little bit out of control”. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided an update regarding domestic travel in the US, advising about the risks of being in crowded travel settings such as airports, given that it increases potential exposure to COVID-19.

UK and Ireland ban details

As of Monday 16 March, residents of the UK and Ireland are banned from travelling to the US for 30 days. Any US residents flying to the US will be screened at the airport they arrive at and asked to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. Many airlines have cancelled flights as a consequence of the various travel bans and lockdowns in countries including Italy, now joined by Germany, Portugal and the Czech Republic.

The UK Foreign Office has advised against travelling to the US, for anything but essential travel. Cruise ships have been highly impacted by coronavirus and the latest one to be affected is a Caribbean cruise ship that is now stranded due to coronavirus cases being confirmed onboard. Many cruise companies are now cancelling their upcoming cruises to try and prevent similar incidents occurring.

What next for the UK?

The UK government is holding daily meetings to discuss the action plan and are expected to release a daily briefing to update the citizens of the UK. Over the weekend, there has been a large jump in the number of deaths in the UK due to coronavirus, with Sunday’s update revealing that there was now a total of 35 deaths in the UK.

The government has come under scrutiny due to what is deemed to be a less serious response as other countries have been taking. Whilst the health secretary confirmed over 70s would be asked to self-isolate for some time, this is not in action yet. Schools are mostly still open, whilst schools in many countries across Europe have been closed.

It is expected that further controls to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus will be issued over the coming days, with people being urged to work from home where possible.

Supermarkets have been hit by people panic buying and there are fears that the NHS will not be able to cope with the projected numbers of patients that could end up needing treatment for the virus.

In the meantime, the travel industry is being majorly impacted and once the 30-day ban that the US have put in place is over, there is likely to be an extension and continued heavily limited travel between countries.

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