Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will issue guidance on whether UK nationals overseas who have been advised to shield from coronavirus should return to the UK.
Following the change to date for answer of this PQ, I submitted a response by email on 27 March, with the following response. The Table Office have agreed this approach.
British nationals should follow the instructions of local authorities and take into account medical advice specific to their personal circumstances. In general, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recommended that all British nationals who live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, whether working or on holiday, should return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. International travel is becoming more difficult with the closure of land borders and further restrictions, such as on freedom of movement, are being introduced daily. Foreign and Commonwealth Office teams around the world are working urgently to ensure that governments have sensible plans to enable the return of British and other travellers, and ensure that the most vulnerable travellers receive the help they require.