The US is to extend its travel restrictions from Europe to include the UK and Ireland from Monday, as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the continent.

Earlier this week President Trump announced a ban on entry to the US for travellers who had been in any of the 26 countries within the Schengen border-free travel area within 14 days of travel.

The ban will now be extended to include the UK and Ireland from midnight Eastern Standard Time on Monday (0400 GMT on Tuesday), Vice President Mike Pence confirmed.

The ban does not include US residents, but they would be required to self-quarantine for a period of two weeks if arriving from any of the above countries, even if they are not showing symptoms.

Airlines worldwide have been forced to suspend routes and cut capacity due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The latest restrictions will affect transatlantic services from the UK operated by carriers including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Norwegian, as well as Aer Lingus from Ireland, and US airlines serving both the UK and Ireland.

Business Traveller will update this article as the impact of the ban on the above airlines becomes clearer.

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