British abroad advised to return home immediately

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The British High Commission to Malta has advised all UK travellers who are currently in Malta and who reside in the United Kingdom to return home immediately.

In a video published on Facebook, the British High Commissioner to Malta Stuart William Gill explained that the Foreign Office amended its travel advice and urged all UK travellers around the world to return home now.

Those UK residents who are still in Malta can book a commercial flight with Air Malta which is still running some scheduled flights to Heathrow Airport, the British High Commissioner remarked.

Air Malta has rolled out its ‘lifeline schedule’ in order to repatriate stranded foreigners after the airport was closed for inbound passenger flights. Maltese residents and citizens stranded abroad had up to 21 March to register in order to ensure their repatriation.

Around one million British national are currently either abroad on holiday or for work purposes. The British government has urged its nationals to return without delay, warning about the uncertainty of the current situation due to the global outbreak of coronavirus.

Return to the UK now if you’re travelling abroad

⚠️ Important Travel Advisory Notice ⚠️The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people travelling abroad to return to the UK now, if commercial flights are still available. This advice was published on 23 March and takes effect immediately.

Posted by UK in Malta – British High Commission Valletta on Monday, 23 March 2020

The British government is worried that its citizens may be stranded in other countries once flights are suspended.

A total of 335 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus – an increase of 54 since Sunday.

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