UK travellers to Brazil have been urged to check that flights are operating amid fears that fuel supplies could be restricted due to a nationwide strike by lorry drivers.

The action by truckers started on Monday in protest against the rising cost of diesel.

Lorries have blocked roads in several cities in Brazil with some airports warning that they were running low on fuel.

State-owned oil company Petrobras yesterday cut the price if diesel by 10% to give the government time to negotiate with striking lorry drivers.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office altered its travel advice to Brazil last night as the dispute continued into its third day.

“On Monday, lorry drivers began a nationwide strike which is affecting some fuel supplies,” the updated FCO travel advisory said.

“Although airports are currently operating as normal, as some receive fuel by lorry and have concerns about supplies, you should check with your airline before travelling that your flight is operating as normal.”