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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is currently spreading fast around the world. Global travel and economies have already faced significant setbacks and most countries have been affected by the virus to some extent.

We have summarised the latest information to show you which countries are currently worst affected. You can also find travel insurance advice if you are thinking of going on a trip, already have one booked or are currently outside of the UK.

The latest stats on coronavirus (as of 27th April 2020)

  • The UK mortality rate is currently estimated to be 13.46%, which is currently twice as high as the global fatality rate of 6.9%.
  • The global economy is suffering, with all major stock market indices down by around between 15-20% since 21 February (FTSE 100 -17.09%; S&P 500 -15.9%; Dow Jones -18%; DAX -22.36%) and the worst single day for shares since the 2008 financial crisis occurring on 9 March. However, it seems the markets are slowly recovering.
  • A study concluded that each person with coronavirus will infect between 1.4 and 2.5 other people on average. However, a different study estimates the number to be between 2.9 and 6 people.
  • The global mortality rate is currently around 7%, significantly lower than that of SARS (9.63%) and far below MERS (34.45%) and Ebola (50%).
  • However, it is much more dangerous than the normal flu (influenza), which has a mortality rate of about 0.1%. The COVID-19 virus is therefore 70 times more deadly than the common cold.

Number of cases per country over time

Interactive map of the UK government’s travel advice and travel bans

Travel ban (light blue): Currently, the UK government is advising to not travel to any country. The government writes on their website: “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”.

Travel ban (dark blue): All flights to these destinations are suspended, alternatively you can get to the country but may not be allowed in.

Travel restrictions

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is currently advising against all travel to Hubei Province and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. If you’re in China and able to leave, you should do so.

The FCO is also advising against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan in South Korea and against all but essential travel to 10 small towns in the Lombardy region and 1 in the Veneto region of Italy.

The FCO is not currently advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of coronavirus risks.

Flight cancellations

As travel restrictions and bans have come in place, many flights gets delayed or cancelled. The region with most cancellations is Africa, where 97.66% of all flights have been aborted.

Per region

Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus

Is it safe to go into a swimming pool/can coronavirus spread in swimming pools?

Swimming pools are kept clean using chlorine, and as long as there is a normal amount in the pool, there will be enough chlorine to kill the virus and it will be safe to swim in pools.

Where is the coronavirus in the USA?

The coronavirus has currently been reported in all states except 5; Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Maine and West Virginia. The states that are currently worse off are California, Washington and New York as they all have over 100 confirmed cases.

Is it safe to travel to China?

At the moment, it’s not safe to go to China. Even if the number of cases decrease daily, the government advises against all but essential travel to the region. If you have been to China, you need to self isolate for 14 days to avoid spreading the virus.

Is it safe to travel to the USA?

After instructions from the US government, all travel from Europe (excluding the UK and Ireland) to the USA is restricted from the 14 March for at least 30 days. This means if you travel to the USA you might not be able to catch a flight back to Europe. If your flight is connecting in another European country or if you live outside of the UK, you are eligible for a full refund.

If you have visited the Schengen Area or China 14 days prior to your trip, you won’t be able to enter the country.

Even though it’s possible to travel from the UK to the USA, airlines have chosen to cancel many flights to the USA during the 30 day period. Keep in contact with your airline or travel company for the latest updates.

Is it safe to travel to Spain?

Spain is the most popular travel destination from the UK with over 19 million visitors per year. The country has over 3,000 confirmed cases although there is no travel ban at the moment. The virus has currently reached all but 5 provinces, which all are less densely populated than the more infected regions.

Is it safe to travel to France?

At the moment, over 2,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in France. There are no travel restrictions yet, but the regions in the East are more affected by the virus than the West so far. France is the second most popular destination from the UK with over 17 million visits per year.

Is it safe to travel to Germany?

All regions in Germany have had coronavirus cases, and over 2,000 people are infected, but there are no travel bans in place at the moment. 2.81 million people travelled to Germany from the UK in 2018 and it is the 7th most visited country for British people.

Is it safe to travel to Italy?

At the moment, the government does not advise anyone to go to Italy. The country has suffered over 12,000 cases and over 800 deaths due to the virus, and is therefore under quarantine. Both the British and Italian governments are advising against any kind of tourism in the country, and asking those who are there to return to their home countries.

Furthermore, if you arrived home from Italy on the 9 March or later, you must self quarantine for 14 days. If you visited just before this date, you should self quarantine if you notice any flu or cold symptoms. 4.33 million people travelled to Italy from the UK in 2018 and it’s the Brits third most popular holiday destination.

Is it safe to travel to Thailand?

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) latest advice is to not travel to the provinces of the Thailand-Malaysia border at the moment, which is in the south of Thailand. Thailand has suffered from 70 cases of the coronavirus, but there are no travel bans to Thailand at the moment. If you have visited China, South Korea, Macao, Hong Kong, Iran or Italy before entering Thailand you will be quarantined for 14 days.

Is it safe to travel to regions that don’t have many cases of coronavirus?

The only countries where the government is currently recommending against travel are shown in the map above, but many people are planning to postpone or cancel trips. The government is constantly updating its advice for people in the UK so keep an eye on the news and the government website for the latest updates.

How can I get more information about coronavirus when I am abroad?
You can check the FCO advice for the country you’re in and if you’re concerned then call the British embassy for that country (the list can be found here).

When you travel inside the EU, you should always carry your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for free healthcare.

Number of hospital beds

With the number of Coronavirus cases increasing fast, there has been a lot of speculation about hospital capacity in the UK. As of 2020, there are an average of 127,708 hospital beds available per night across Britain’s 1,257 hospitals. This means there is one hospital bed for every 430 Brits, which is 47% less beds compared to the year 2000.

Of the 10 countries that have the most cases of the coronavirus, South Korea is the best fit for the challenge with 11.5 hospital beds per 1,000 citizens. As more and more people get sick, the greater the constraints put on health care systems, and countries like Iran and the UK are facing increasing pressure due to only having 1.5 and 2.4 hospital beds respectively per 1,000 citizens.

Search interest about coronavirus and travel insurance

As you would expect there has been significant search interest on Google for the term “coronavirus”, with the volume peaking on 5 March.

Search interest in “travel insurance” and “travel advice” has also spiked, closely mirroring the wider focus on coronavirus.

    Insurance and travel tips

    For those who are thinking about travelling abroad:
    Travelling to restricted areas
  • For the time being, don’t book trips to Category 1 regions and countries as your travel insurance will not cover you and you’ll face a higher risk of getting coronavirus. Monitor the latest news and advice before visiting these countries.
  • Traveling to non-restricted areas
  • Double-check travel recommendations from the government before booking
  • Be aware that if the government doesn’t have travel restrictions in place for the destination you’re going to, insurers will not offer a refund if you decide not to travel.
  • It would be wise to get travel insurance that will cover cases of coronavirus and travel restrictions, in case coronavirus cases spike in the country you’re going to.
  • If in doubt, contact your potential airline, tour operator or other transport and accommodation providers to get their advice on travel plans and cancellation policies.
  • If you are elderly or have pre-existing health issues, catching COVID-19 is likely to increase your risk of severe infection.
  • For those who have already booked to go abroad:
    If you already have travel insurance
  • If you bought travel insurance and booked a trip before the country or region had a warning against “all but essential” travel, your travel insurance will most likely cover you.
  • The coverage should include any unused travel and accommodation costs that you can’t recover if you’re forced to cancel your trip and any necessary extra travel costs if they have to cut their trip short or rearrange the journey.
  • If you travel to any destination against the advice of the government, your travel insurance won’t cover you.
  • If the FCO doesn’t have any travel warnings for a country you’re going to visit, your travel insurance won’t pay out if you decide not to travel.
  • However it may still be worth getting insurance as the situation may worsen (and if you have the insurance before the FCO issues a travel warning you will likely be covered).
  • If you have bought travel insurance after the FCO has advised against travel to your destination, you will likely not be covered (however, you do need to check with your insurance provider).
  • If you don’t have travel insurance
  • If your flight or accommodation is cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, even if it’s not in an area where there’s an FCO warning in place, the airline or hotel should fully refund you for the booking you’ve made.
  • If there is now a FCO warning in place and you have already booked a trip via a tour operator/travel agent/using a credit card, you should contact them to see if they can get a refund or have their trip re-arranged.
  • Airbnb offers customers the opportunity to change or cancel your booking free of charge if the stay is in an area affected by travel restrictions.
  • It is not too late to buy travel insurance for an upcoming trip as well.
  • For those who are currently abroad
  • If you are now in a restricted area or have concerns, look on the FCO website and contact the British Embassy for advice.
  • Most travel insurers offer a 24-hour emergency medical advice hotline and travellers who feel they might have been affected by these outbreaks are encouraged to call their insurers for help.
  • You may be able to buy specialist travel insurance despite being abroad (although there may be a waiting period to prevent you from making an immediate claim).

– For more information about travel insurance, click here

– For more information on coronavirus, click here


  • Imperial College London
  • World Health Organisation
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • The British Insurance Brokers’ Association

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