Travel Alert: 18/9/2017

Most of the advice and updates issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over the past week have related to Hurricane Irma and other extreme weather, but there have also been cautions regarding terrorism, strikes, and political tensions. 

Remember that things like terrorism and natural disasters are often excluded or limited in standard travel insurance policies – read your policy wording carefully and check that you have the cover you’re looking for. You can top up your travel insurance to cover terrorism – including disinclination to travel* – from only £4.96 per person**

 

Country Date  
     
 Anguilla

18-09-2017 03:35 AM GMT

Anguilla was severely impacted by the passage of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday 6 September 2017 and is expected to be impacted by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday 20 September; the hotline for British people affected or concerned about others is +44 (0)20 7008 0000; if you are planning to travel to Anguilla, you should be aware that our ability to provide assistance to you will be extremely limited at this time

 British Virgin Islands  

17-09-2017 22:33 PM GMT

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is currently advising against all travel to the British Virgin Islands; tropical storm Maria is expected to develop into a hurricane and make landfall on the BVI on Tuesday 19 or Wednesday 20 September; following the extensive damage caused by hurricane Irma, there is a high risk of further severe damage; coastal flooding is also highly likely.

If you are in the British Virgin Islands, you should identify shelter immediately and be ready to take cover when the hurricane approaches; if you are currently outside BVI, you should not return to the territory at this time; the local authorities have introduced a curfew from 6pm to 9am until further notice; you should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities.

The hotline for British people affected or concerned about others is +44(0)20 7008 0000; you should use whatever means you can to confirm to family that you are safe.

 Turks and Caicos Islands

17-09-2017 00:47 AM GMT

It is possible that further storms will affect the Caribbean. The impact of these could be particularly severe in light of the damage already done by Hurricane Irma.

You are advised to monitor updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of local authorities in the case of any further storms. If you are considering travelling to (these islands), you should consider your plans very carefully and ensure that you have your own contingency plans in place. If you are in (these areas), you should keep your departure options under regular review.

There has been widespread damage to infrastructure and communications with many homes and buildings damaged. Access to medical supplies, food and water are limited and power supplies have been affected. Please be aware that our ability to provide assistance to you will be extremely limited.

 Anguilla

17-09-2017 00:43 AM GMT

Anguilla was severely impacted by the passage of Hurricane Irma on 6 September 2017; the hotline for British people affected or concerned about others is +44(0)20 7008 0000; if you are planning to travel to Anguilla, you should be aware that our ability to provide assistance to you will be extremely limited at this time; you should consider your travel plans very carefully and make sure you have your own contingency plans in place; it is possible that further storms will affect the Caribbean.

 British Virgin Islands

15-09-2017 18:40 PM GMT

The British Virgin Islands was severely impacted by the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017; the hotline for British people affected or concerned about others is +44(0)20 7008 0000.

A curfew is in place from 6pm to 9am until further notice; mobile phone communications are improving and radio station Z-BVI is now operational; you should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities; the international airport on Beef Island is currently operating humanitarian and military/relief flights; the ferry to St Thomas (US Virgin Islands) resumed service as of Tuesday 12 September 2017, it is available to British nationals who have a direct and immediate onward flight.

A number of airlines, including FlyBVI, interCaribbean and LIAT, are resuming a limited number of regional flights to the British Virgin Islands (residents only) and from the British Virgin Islands to neighbouring countries; you should visit their websites for more details.

 St Maarten

15-09-2017 17:25 PM GMT

The airport is open to military and government-sponsored flights that are providing aid. The seaport remains closed but the authorities are working to reopen it.

 USA

15-09-2017 17:00 PM GMT

Recovery from the impact of Hurricane Irma continues. You should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities, and respect evacuation orders still in place.

The post-storm situation in Florida remains dangerous due to extreme flooding, power outages, and limited communications; all airports in Florida have reopened to commercial aircraft, but you should check with your airline before travelling.

The US Virgin Islands were severely impacted by Hurricane Irma. Curfews remain in place, and some airports are closed to commercial traffic. Check with authorities before undertaking any travel.

 Honduras

15-09-2017 16:19 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Central America Border Control Agreement) – if you‘re planning on travelling to Nicaragua, prior to your trip you should check information on entry requirements with your travel company, the Nicaraguan Immigration authorities or by contacting your nearest Nicaraguan embassy; you should also check our travel advice for Nicaragua.

 Belarus

15-09-2017 15:05 PM GMT

Arsenal take on Bate Borisov in the Europa League on 28 September 2017; information and advice page for travelling fans.

 Turkey

15-09-2017 15:02 PM GMT

Between 12 and 14 September 2017, media reports suggest that 37 terrorist suspects had been detained by police. Further attacks in Turkey remain likely and could be indiscriminate; you should remain vigilant.

 Croatia

15-09-2017 14:18 PM GMT

Natural disasters section – flash floods can occur with very little warning and can lead to dangerous water flows and disruption to transport and other networks; you should keep a close eye on weather forecasts and follow the advice of local authorities.

 Central African Republic

15-09-2017 11:26 AM GMT

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to central Bangui between the airport and the Oubangui river; the FCO advise against all travel to the rest of Bangui and the Central African Republic.

 Thailand

15-09-2017 09:31 AM GMT

Tropical Cyclone Doksuri is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of Thailand from 15 to 18 September 2017; you should follow the advice of the local authorities

Japan

15-09-2017 03:48 AM GMT

Tensions remain high on the Korean peninsula due to a series of DPRK (North Korea) nuclear and missile tests. There remains a risk of further missile and nuclear tests, which could lead to a further increase in regional tensions, and may affect Japan. Closely monitor developments, and follow instructions from the local authorities.

Typhoon Talim is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of Japan from around 16 September 2017. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow instructions issued by the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Guatemala

14-09-2017 19:48 PM GMT

Summary and Safety and Security, Entry Requirements and Natural Disasters Sections – removal of information about a tsunami warning in the region following a recent earthquake off the Pacific coast of Mexico on 8 September 2017; addition of warning of demonstrations and roadblocks in current political crisis; update on entry requirements under the Central America Border Control Agreement for onward travel to Nicaragua.

Mexico

14-09-2017 15:34 PM GMT

Hurricane Max is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to western states in Mexico, including Oaxaca and Guerrero, from Thursday 14 September 2017. Tropical Storm Norma is also forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to western states in Mexico, including Baja California Sur, from around Sunday 17 September; you should follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Lebanon

14-09-2017 14:41 PM GMT

On 14 September 2017, the US Embassy in Lebanon issued a security alert to its citizens regarding ongoing threats in Lebanon, including in Jounieh. Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Lebanon. You should be vigilant at all times, avoid crowds and crowded places and follow the advice of the Lebanese authorities.

France

14-09-2017 11:28 AM GMT

On 21 and 23 September 2017, French unions have called for protests and strike action across France and this could cause disruption and delays to transport services including rail networks and some maritime ports; you should allow extra time for your journey.

Jordan

14-09-2017 09:39 AM GMT

The Desert Highway (highway 15) has occasionally been closed due to unrest in Ma’an, and parts of the highway between Karak and Aqaba may also be blocked at times; if you’re in the area you should exercise caution and follow police instructions, particularly in Ma’an town where security force operations have been taking place recently.

Antigua and Barbuda 13-09-2017 19:03 PM GMT The island of Barbuda was seriously hit by Hurricane Irma on 6 September 2017 and further affected by Hurricane Jose on 9 September 2017. Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage to infrastructure and essential services. Many buildings have been destroyed or damaged. The airport has been damaged and some telephone and internet communications cut. The government of Antigua and Barbuda has evacuated the population of Barbuda to Antigua. They are also organising emergency supplies of food, drinking water and medical supplies. You should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. There are no reports of damage to hotels or tourist infrastructure on Antigua. The airport is open. Visitors should follow the advice of the local authorities and their tour operators.
Cuba 13-09-2017 18:50 PM GMT

Havana and Varadero airports reopened on Tuesday 12 September, and Thomas Cook and Thomson flights started to take British customers out of Cuba on 12 September. Thomas Cook has set up hotline numbers for affected Thomas Cook customers and concerned family and friends. Affected Thomas Cook customers only can call +44(0)1733 224 536. Concerned family and friends of Thomas Cook customers can call +44(0)1733 224 569. Most areas do not have mains water supply or electricity, so extra care is needed during hours of darkness.

Ethiopia

13-09-2017 17:39 PM GMT

Tensions are raised on the border between the Somali Region and Oromia following recent clashes; there have been protests in Jijiga, the capital of the Somali Region; road travel may be disrupted; if you’re in the area, exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Côte D’Ivoire

13-09-2017 14:21 PM GMT

Health section – there has been an outbreak of dengue fever in Côte D’Ivoire; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Burma

13-09-2017 09:23 AM GMT

Safety & security section (Local travel – Rakhine state) – in late August and early September 2017, security operations in northern Rakhine have involved the clearance of villages and mass displacement of populations. There has also been burning and looting of property; there’s a significant risk of intercommunal violence in Rakhine state and international NGOs can also be the target of hostility

Togo

12-09-2017 16:59 PM GMT

Marches and protests are planned in Lomé and around the country for the week commencing 18 September 2017; you should remain vigilant, avoid crowds and demonstrations and monitor local media.

Germany

12-09-2017 16:40 PM GMT

Air Berlin services are subject to severe disruption due to staff shortages; if you’re travelling with Air Berlin you should check your flight status before travelling

Uzbekistan

12-09-2017 14:08 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – your passport should be valid for at least three months after you’ve entered Uzbekistan.

Canada

12-09-2017 10:39 AM GMT

The Invictus Games takes place in Toronto from 23 to 30 September 2017; information and advice page for visitors.

Peru

12-09-2017 09:07 AM GMT

Entry requirements section (Immigration) – 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. If you’re unable to provide evidence of an entry stamp you must apply for an exit or expulsion order at the Immigration Office in Lima; you won’t be allowed to leave Peru without this, and you may be prevented from re-entering Peru for the next ten years.

Russia

11-09-2017 16:42 PM GMT

Entry requirements – If you’re travelling on a British passport issued since January 2017, you should make sure you’ve signed your passport before you travel. Some British nationals who haven’t signed their new passports have been denied entry into Russia.

South Korea

11-09-2017 16:33 PM GMT

Health section and summary – updated information about air pollution, which is common in South Korea throughout the year and especially during the summer months; the UK government’s assessment of the security situation in South Korea remains unchanged.

     

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. 

 

*Disinclination to travel applies if an act of terrorism takes place within a 40-mile radius of your travel route or destination, up to 6 weeks before your departure. Please read our Policy Wording for full details of cover provided by Safe Journey, as well as terms, conditions and exclusions.

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