The Foreign Office is advising against all but essential travel to Malta and Vietnam.

The FCO said today: “Vietnam has announced that from noon Vietnam time (0500 UK) on 15 March 2020 all foreign nationals will be refused entry to Vietnam if in the previous 14 days they have been to the UK, or any Schengen country, even in transit. This restriction will be in place for 30 days.

“There is a high risk that British nationals will be put into 14 days of quarantine while the authorities impose travel restrictions.

“We are not advising British nationals resident in Vietnam to leave as the risks of quarantine for them are much lower.”

It also upgraded its advice to Malta,  because of travel restrictions implemented by the Maltese government related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The government has introduced a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period for all arrivals into Malta, which will affect tourists and returning residents.

Asymptomatic visitors can choose to either enter mandatory self-quarantine or to return to their country of origin as soon as possible.

All flights and ferry links to and from Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland have been suspended.

Quarantine is being enforced by spot checks and large fines.

Malta has a tourism helpline which can be contacted on +356 2169 2447 or For those travellers  on island who need provisions of food and medicine can contact +356 21411 411.