Heathrow Airport in London has tightened surveillance of the three direct flights that it receives from Wuhan every week; each will be met by a Port Health team. In addition, all airports in the UK have written guidance (in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese) available for unwell travellers.
The British government have been tracing up to 2,000 people who came in on flights from Wuhan. There was contention over whether the government should assist the repatriation of UK passport holders from the greatest affected areas, or restrict travel from affected regions altogether.
An evacuation flight from Wuhan landed at RAF Brize Norton on 31 January and the passengers, none of whom are showing symptoms, are being taken to quarantine, in a staff residential block at Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral. Some British nationals in Wuhan had been informed that they could be evacuated but their spouses and/or children with mainland Chinese passports could not. This was later overturned, but the delay meant that some people missed the flight.
On 31 January two cases were confirmed in England, both members of a family of Chinese nationals staying in a hotel in York who were taken to specialist facilities in Newcastle upon Tyne.