Travel Advice Round-Up: 22/5/2017

Information is one of the keys to peace of mind, so make sure you have all the facts, and the appropriate travel insurance to protect you financially from possible risks – including cover for acts of terrorism*.

This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes entry requirements and changes in travel advice, as well as safety information. 

Country Date  
     
 Thailand

22-05-2017 08:43 AM GMT

On 22 May 2017, there was an explosion inside Phra Mongkut military training hospital, near the National Monument in Bangkok which caused a number of injuries; you should follow the advice of the local authorities.

 Sudan  21-05-2017 14:53 PM GMT

There have been reports in recent days of renewed clashes between Government forces and rebel groups in the areas around the Libyan border and in Southern Darfur.

 Peru

19-05-2017 16:01 PM GMT

 Entry requirements section (Visas) – your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay; on arrival, you’re normally given permission to stay for up to 183 days; if you enter Peru without an entry stamp then you’re required by law to apply for a new entry stamp at the nearest immigration office

 Vietnam

19-05-2017 14:12 PM GMT

Safety & security section (Local travel) – a number of British and foreign visitors have died in Vietnam while engaged in adventure tourism in rural areas; don’t stray off main routes and, where required, take a reputable guide; (Road travel) – updated information on taking taxis

 Sweden 19-05-2017 13:45 PM GMT

Summary – Manchester United take on Ajax in the Europa League final on 24 May 2017; information and advice page for travelling fans

 Saudi Arabia

19-05-2017 11:35 AM GMT

On 12 May 2017, 3 people were killed and 9 others injured after being shot by gunmen in Al Musawara village in Al-Awamiya, Qatif, Eastern province; on 16 May, also in Al Musawara, one police officer was killed and 5 others injured by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) fired at their vehicle

 Brazil 18-05-2017 19:44 PM GMT

A number of protests are expected to take place across Brazil over the coming weeks in response to political developments. Roads and public transport may be severely disrupted. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place, monitor local media and follow the advice from the local authorities.

 Rwanda

18-05-2017 15:18 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Visas) – you’ll need a visa to enter Rwanda; 30 day tourist visas are available on arrival for £20 or $30

 Oman

18-05-2017 15:12 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Visas) – removal of information about visas for stays of under 10 days, which are no longer available; you can still get a visa on arrival at any land, sea or air entry port in the country; a one-month tourist visa costs Omani Rials (OMR) 20; you can extend this by 30 days for a further OMR20

 Venezuela

18-05-2017 14:16 PM GMT

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 80km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Tachira, Barinas, Apure and Bolivar; within 80 km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in Amazonas state as far south as 100 km (62 miles) south of Puerto Ayacucho; and within 40km (25 miles) of the rest of the Colombian border. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Venezuela except for: Los Roques Archipelago National Park, Delta Amacuro state, the remainder of Amazonas state, and Bolívar state south of a line from El Caura – El Casabe – Guarento – Km 88 San Isidro.

 Bahrain

18-05-2017 12:43 PM GMT

Safety & security section (Demonstrations) – information about planned demonstrations from 18 to 20 May, 2017
 Ecuador

18-05-2017 10:22 AM GMT

On 14 May 2017, various rivers burst their banks in Azuay province, causing significant flooding in the sectors of Cuenca, Giron, Paute and Gualaceo; the Cuenca-Azogues road was disrupted

 Guatemala 18-05-2017 08:30 AM GMT

Safety and Security section (Crime) – a violent armed attack involving a group of tourists, including five British nationals, was recently reported at La Laguna, Pasaco, in the department of Jutiapa

Cote d’Ivoire

16-05-2017 15:20 PM GMT

The government reached an agreement with disgruntled elements of the armed forces on 16 May 2017 resulting in soldiers ending their protests, lifting roads blocks and returning to barracks; you should remain vigilant near military barracks, military installations, large crowds and demonstrations; monitor local media and follow instructions given by local police and security personnel

Zimbabwe

16-05-2017 14:53 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Air travel) – Air Zimbabwe has been refused permission to operate flights to the EU because the airline has been unable to demonstrate that it complies with international air safety standards; British government employees travelling to and within Zimbabwe have been advised to use carriers that aren’t subject to the EU operating ban

 Portugal

16-05-2017 08:52 AM GMT

 Natural disasters section – forest fires often occur during the summer months; there’s a heightened risk of fires starting earlier in 2017 due to the dry weather; take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas, make sure cigarette ends are properly extinguished, don’t light barbecues and don’t leave empty bottles behind

     

 

Remember that this information is subject to change at any time, so it’s always 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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