The destinations affected by coronavirus and how the illness could affect your holiday

As coronavirus continues to spread around the world with new cases reported daily, we take a look at the affected destinations and how it could impact on travel arrangements.

By Sophie Brownson
Sunday, 8th March 2020, 1:07 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 3:47 pm

Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were first reported in Hubei Province, China, in December 2019 and since then, further cases of the virus have been confirmed in a number of countries.

It is urging people to stay indoors and avoid contact with others if they have travelled to the UK from the places on the following list of designated affected areas in the last 14 days – even if they do not have symptoms.

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The destinations are:

:Mainland China

:Hong Kong


A number of countries have restricted travel due to the coronavirus disease









:South Korea




:Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes and chronic lung disease.

Anyone with the above symptoms is urged to use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next, but should not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Members of the public are asked to call 111 if they need to speak to someone.

So far four cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the North East and as of 9am on March 8, 2020, a total of 273 cases have been confirmed in the UK.

How coronavirus could affect your holiday:

Entry restrictions

Many countries and territories have introduced screening measures and entry restrictions at border crossings and transport hubs.

If you have recently been in China or other affected countries, you may not be allowed to enter or transit a third country.

Alternatively you may be required to enter a period of quarantine after entry.

Check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice pages for country-specific information.

Air travel

Some airlines, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, have suspended flights to and from China, or revised their schedules.

If you’re due to travel on an affected route, you will need to check with your travel company or airline to see if the flights will still go ahead.

International cruises

Some cruise line passengers have experienced disruption to their travel as a result of measures taken by individual countries to combat coronavirus.

Destinations have been changed and passengers have been stopped from disembarking. If you are due to travel on an international cruise, contact your travel company for the latest information.