Tavel Safety Round-Up: 17/9/2018

This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) focuses on recent hurricanes, typhoons and tropical storms, but there are also important notifications relating to entry requirements and health alerts. 

Make sure you’re fully informed for your next trip! 

 

Country Date  
Hing Kong 17 Sept 2018; 9:10am

Typhoon Mangkhut caused adverse weather conditions to Hong Kong on Sunday 16 September; significant ongoing disruption to air travel, as well as other modes of transport; you should follow advice of local authorities about disruption to travel and services.

Portugal 14 Sept 2018; 7:03pm

Tropical Storm Helene is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions as it moves through the Azores this weekend, 14-15 September.

Costa Rica 14 Sept 2018; 4:34pm 

Addition of information on a national strike that has been ongoing since Monday 10 September 2018; avoid large gatherings and be aware of possible road obstructions particularly in and around cities; if travelling within the more populated areas you should check local travel information.

China 14 Sept 2018; 4:23pm

Typhoon Mangkhut is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to Guangdong, Hainan and Guangxi provinces from around Sunday 16 September; you should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of local authorities.

Europe  14 Sept 2018; 2:30pm

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – addition of link to guidance from HM Passport Office on passport validity requirements for travel to most countries in Europe if the UK leaves the European Union with no deal.

Philippines 14 Sept 2018; 2:49pm

Typhoon Mangkhut (local name Ompong) is expected to impact around northern Luzon on Saturday 15 September; flash flooding and landslides are expected; you should monitor weather updates, follow the advice of local authorities and check with your travel operator.

USA 14 Sept 2018; 2:00pm

Revised information on Hurricane Florence; transport networks are subject to disruption and flights between the UK and North Carolina on 14 September have been cancelled; keep in contact with your tour operator or transport/accommodation provider as appropriate; removal of information on Hurricane Olivia.

Montserrat 14 Sept 2018; 1:18pm

Ferries and flight services have been disrupted as a result of Tropical Storm Isaac; you’re advised to check with your travel operator before travelling.

India 14 Sept 2018; 11:40am

Local laws and customs – revised information based on changes to the law.

Ethiopia 14 Sept 2018; 11:31am

On 12 and 13 September 2018, there was sporadic violence as large crowds gathered in various parts of Addis Ababa; with the planned arrival of the senior leadership of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in Addis Ababa on Saturday 15 September 2018, it is expected that large crowds will again gather; you should exercise particular caution around Addis Ababa and in particular anywhere where large crowds are gathering, as per the advice below; British Embassy staff have been advised to avoid the area around Meskel Square and the Stadium area on Saturday 15 September 2018

Libya 13 Sept 2018; 1:32pm

Latest update: Safety and security section (Political situation) and summary – update to information on clashes in Tripoli since August 2018 and the temporary closure of Mitiga airport.

Terrorism section and summary – addition of information about an attack on the National Oil Corporation in central Tripoli on 10 September.

Indonesia 13 Sept 2018; 12:14pm

Entry requirements section (Visas) – update to existing information; the visa waiver scheme and visas on arrival aren’t available if you’re travelling on a British Overseas Citizen, British Subject, British National (Overseas) or British Overseas Territory citizen passport; instead, you must apply for a visa before you travel.

USA 13 Sept 2018; 10:40am

Tropical Storm Olivia passed over the Hawaiian Islands on 12 September causing some localised disruption; you should follow the advice of local authorities.

Bahrain 12 Sept 2018; 5:23pm

Safety and security section (Demonstrations) – Ashura is an important religious occasion observed by many across Bahrain, which runs this year from 11 to 21 September; whilst Ashura religious processions and events are expected to be peaceful, there is a possibility they could be targeted by anti-government protestors, which could lead to clashes with the police.

French Guiana 12 Sept 2018; 4:07pm

Health section – addition of information on Yellow Fever.

USA 12 Sept 2018; 2:01pm

Updated information on Hurricane Florence; tropical storm winds are expected in coastal areas of North and South Carolina from Thursday 13 September, with the storm expected to make landfall in North Carolina as a category 4 hurricane on the morning of Friday 14 September.

Taiwan 12 Sept 2018; 1:24pm

Typhoon Mangkhut is forecast to continue strengthening and pass between Luzon (Philippines) and Taiwan on Saturday 15 September; you should monitor weather alerts and follow the advice of local authorities.

Macao, Hong Kong 11 Sept 2018; 5:25pm

Typhoon Mangkhut is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to Macao & Hong Kong from around Sunday 16 September; you should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of local authorities.

Peru 11 Sept 2018; 4:23pm

Safety and security section (Local travel) – revised information on state of emergency; addition of section on Migration from the North.

Zimbabwe 11 Sept 2018; 3:48pm

A Cholera outbreak was declared in Harare by the Ministry of Health on 6 September; the situation is being monitored by the World Health Organisation.

Ecuador 11 Sept 2018; 9:57am

Entry requirements section – addition of information on Yellow Fever certificate requirements and travelling with children;

Health section – from 12 September 2018, all tourists travelling to the Galapagos Islands will be required to have a valid health insurance policy.

Hong Kong 10 Sept 2018; 3:48pm Summary and Health section – addition of information on dengue fever.

 

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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