Last reviewed: 6 April
What is the travel advice?
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people travelling abroad to return to the UK now, if commercial flights are still available.
The FCO has updated its travel advice to advise British nationals against all but essential international travel. Following this the University has extended the suspension of all student and staff travel for University business to cover all international travel.
As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you are not a British national please refer to travel advice from your home government or embassy.
We had some delegates booked to go to an overseas conference. The conference has now been cancelled due to fears of coronavirus. Can we claim for the cancellation costs of the trip?
If the conference was the sole or primary purpose of the trip, we would consider the cancellation of the conference to be grounds for cancellation of the trip.
A group of students were staying in a hotel where a coronavirus case has been confirmed. They are now quarantined in the hotel for 14 days. Will our travel cover meet their additional costs during the quarantine period?
Yes, although the majority of costs will usually be met by either the hotel or the authority that is enforcing the quarantine.
We are considering booking travel to China for later in the year but the FCO is advising against all but essential travel. If we book now and are then unable to travel due to the impact of coronavirus, will we be able to claim for the cost of the cancelled trip?
Probably not. The impact of coronavirus within China is severe and well publicised. Whilst it is to be hoped that the situation will improve in the coming months, there are no guarantees of this and bookings should therefore be deferred until more is known. Our insurer, UMAL, will not be able to cover cancellation of such ‘speculative’ bookings.