Travel Safety Round-Up: 5/3/2018

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Start with the latest travel safety information in this week’s summary of alerts and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO): 

 

 

Country Date  
     
Papua New Guinea

02-03-2018 17:40 PM GMT

a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Highlands of Papua New Guinea on Monday 26 February; there has been significant damage to infrastructure, including roads and telecommunications; Komo Airport has been closed; for further information on how your travel plans may be affected, you should contact your airline or tour operator.

Bhutan

02-03-2018 17:32 PM GMT

Entry requirements section – updated information and advice on visa requirements and the use of Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) to enter and exit Bhutan.

Cuba

02-03-2018 17:01 PM GMT

Hotels on the central northern coast damaged by Hurricane Irma are beginning to reopen after repairs; if you’re planning to travel to the area, you should liaise with your tour operator or hotel to find out if services are back to normal.

Azerbaijan

02-03-2018 15:15 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Political situation) and summary – presidential elections will take place on 11 April 2018; the campaign period begins on 12 March; the political situation in Azerbaijan is generally calm, but demonstrations and opposition rallies do take place from time to time; you should stay away from large gatherings and remain vigilant.

Guinea

02-03-2018 13:03 PM GMT

Money section – update on withdrawing cash and use of international credit cards.

Burkina Faso

02-03-2018 12:25 PM GMT

There have been reports of gunfire and explosions this morning in the centre of Ouagadougou, close to the French Embassy and the Army Headquarters; the situation is ongoing; you should avoid the area, stay indoors and monitor local media for updates and advice from the authorities.

Nigeria

02-03-2018 11:37 AM GMT

Safety and security section (Crime) and summary – revised information and advice about criminal intent to target areas around international hotels in Abuja; removal of reference to foreign exchange bureaux as a specific target.

It is likely that potential attacks would be carried out by armed gangs; at this time of heightened threat, avoid loitering outside hotel security cordons and be extra vigilant when travelling in their vicinity.

Ireland

01-03-2018 15:56 PM GMT

Due to severe weather conditions across the country, the Irish authorities advise that you should remain indoors until 3pm on Friday 2 March; a red weather warning is in place across the country; public transport has been suspended and Dublin and Cork airports are closed; for further information on how your travel may be affected in the coming days, you should check with your travel provider before travelling to your point of departure; monitor local media and weather reports from the Irish Meteorological Service.

Thailand

01-03-2018 13:14 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Road travel) – you must have an International Driving Permit or Thai driving licence to drive a car or ride a motorcycle in Thailand; if you use a motor vehicle without the correct licence, your travel insurance may be invalidated in the event of an injury arising from an accident.

Local laws and customs section – there are strict rules on the disposal of all forms of waste, especially polystyrene and plastic, and any act that causes damage to coastal areas.

New Zealand

28-02-2018 17:10 PM GMT

Entry requirements section – New Zealand’s immigration rules are strict, particularly regarding employment; visitors cannot work in New Zealand.

Angola

28-02-2018 16:51 PM GMT

Local authorities have confirmed that the fire at the SONILS Logistics Centre in the Boa Vista neighbourhood in the north west of Luanda is under control; you should continue to exercise extra caution in this area.

South Korea

28-02-2018 09:39 AM GMT

Safety and security section and summary – update to information on the political situation on the Korean peninsula reflecting renewal of direct contact between the North and South Korean governments.

Montenegro

27-02-2018 17:14 PM GMT

Update to information on a grenade attack on the US embassy compound premises in Podgorica on 22 February; roads around the embassy are now open as normal.

Nigeria

27-02-2018 14:04 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Crime) and summary – there have been reports that criminal gangs are intending to target foreign exchange bureaux attached to international hotels in and around Abuja’s central business district; you should be extra vigilant in these areas, satisfy yourself that your hotel’s visible security measures are robust and minimise your movements in and around foreign exchange bureaux in these areas.

Nicaragua

27-02-2018 11:38 AM GMT

Safety and security section (Road travel) – right-hand drive vehicles may not be driven in or imported into Nicaragua.

Local laws and customs section – addition of information about restrictions in Nicaragua on the import and use of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles.

 

Remember that this information is subject to change at any time, so it’s a good idea to check the FCO website and local news for your travel route and destination before you book – and before you depart. 

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