As a result of the continued threat and spread of coronavirus, major airlines are suspending flights in and out of mainland China and the Foreign Office have changed their travel advice for the country, telling Brits to leave if they can.
The UK government removed all but essential diplomatic staff from its missions in China over the weekend and have now warned: ‘If you’re in China and able to leave, you should do so.’
In a statement this afternoon, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: ‘The safety and security of British people will always be our top priority.
‘As such, we now advise British Nationals in China to leave the country if they can, to minimise their risk of exposure to the virus.
‘Where there are still British Nationals in Hubei Province who wish to be evacuated, we will continue to work around the clock to facilitate this.’
Now British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have both announced that they have suspended flights to and from mainland China, which airlines are still flying out of the country?
Which airlines are still flying to and from China?
Although BA and Virgin have both suspended flights to mainland China, along with the likes of Singapore Airlines, Delta, Air France and Qatar Airways, other commercial airlines are still operating at this time.
Commercial flights to and from Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, have almost entirely stopped.
However, flights to Hong Kong are still maintained by many airlines – including Virgin Atlantic.
At the time of writing, according to Skyscanner, airlines including low-cost airline Scoot, Tianjin Airlines, Air China, Asiana Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Hong Kong Airlines and Emirates are still flying out of mainland China to various global destinations this week.
AirChina are still flying direct to mainland China from Heathrow Airport at the time of writing and Emirates still have flights scheduled to depart London, via Abu Dhabi, bound for Beijing.
Most other major airlines are no longer flying to mainland China at this time.
The UK government have warned that it will become increasingly difficult to leave China over the coming weeks.
The Australian and American governments have both announced travel bans on anyone from China entering their countries, over fears of spreading the coronavirus and Hong Kong is expected to impose further restrictions on crossings to mainland China.
If you have a flight to or from China booked, check before traveling to the airport whether the service is likely to go ahead.