Is it safe to travel to Italy? Latest advice warns Brits to self-quarantine if returning from ANY part of the country

BRITS returning from ANY part of Italy have been told to self-quarantine if they have symptoms of coronavirus as new travel advice extends the warning from the north of Italy to the entire country.

As cases exceed 3,800 and regions remain on lockdown, here is the latest travel advice if you are going to Italy.

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What is the travel advice for Italy?

The UK government has updated their travel advice, warning any holidaymakers who have been to any part of Italy to self-quarantine if they have any symptoms of coronavirus.

Brits who have travelled to the locked down regions are told to self-quarantine even if they have no symptoms, as cases near 4,000.

The region of Lombardy has been hit the worst with but cases have been reported across the country.

The Foreign Office state: "The FCO advise against all but essential travel to 10 small towns in Lombardy (Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano) and one in Veneto (Vo’ Euganeo), which have been isolated by the Italian authorities due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)."

They also add: "The government of Italy introduced extraordinary measures that allow regions to implement civil protection measures in response to coronavirus, including the isolation of the towns above.

"These measures were extended on March 1 and include school closures and changes to sporting fixtures in the regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna, as well as in provinces closest to the outbreaks."

The advice is to "stay indoors and avoid contact with other people" if quarantining yourself.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have raised the warning to Level 3, recommending all but non-essential to Italy.



Can I cancel my holiday to Italy?

If you are due to fly to one of the affected regions that has been warned against, airlines might now offer to change your flights free of charge.

Although, because the government advice only concerns specific towns and not airports, airlines are not obliged to.

Regions that are deemed safe to travel will not be affected by the new government advice, with airlines unlikely to allow you to change your flights without a fee.

You should contact your travel insurance provider to see if you are covered.

British Airways are allowing passengers to delay their travel, and have cancelled a number of flights to Milan due to a drop in demand.

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