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Yesterday, the US Embassy London's Consular Department advised that "If you wish to return to the United States, contact airlines directly to make arrangements for departure ASAP while flights are still available!".
The advice emerges as the UK enters an unprecedented 3 week lock down in which members of the public are being told to stay at home, with the exception of leaving for essential shopping, such as food and medicine, essential work or for short exercise walks.
Yesterday, the Embassy confirmed that "US government personnel are being advised to telework, whenever possible. In accordance with guidance from local authorities, staff reporting to the U.S. Embassy are strongly advised to avoid non-essential travel on public transportation. The US Mission to the United Kingdom has suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information at uk.usembassy.gov".
The important message for US Citizens seeking to travel globally is that "Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline ... Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. US citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available."
For further information, go to the US Embassy's Health Alert via https://uk.usembassy.gov/health-alert-u-s-embassy-london-uk-march-18-2020/