British passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship are returning to the UK on a US flight this afternoon.

The flight K4377, carrying 135 British nationals and their dependents, departed Oakland Airport at 11:15pm local time and is expected to arrive at Birmingham Airport this afternoon.

The passengers are travelling on N705CK, a 747 cargo plane which has been fitted with seats for the flight.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said:

“The safety, health and welfare of British nationals is always our top priority, and we have been working tirelessly with the US authorities to ensure all British nationals who wished to return could do so.”

All British nationals will be required to self-isolate for 14 days in line with Public Health England guidance when they land.