Travel Safety Round-Up: 04/04/2017

As always, we’re keeping a close watch on international travel alerts to help you make every journey safer. Here’s a summary of the latest advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

 

Country Date  
     
Ecuador

03-04-2017 15:54 PM GMT

There have been demonstrations across Ecuador following the second round of presidential elections on 2 April 2017; you should monitor local media carefully and avoid large gatherings.

Russia 03-04-2017 14:20 PM GMT

There are reports of explosions on the St Petersburg metro resulting in a number of casualties; all metro stations in St Petersburg are currently closed; if you’re in the area you should take extra care and follow the advice of the local authorities.

 Australia 03-04-2017 11:00 AM GMT

Large areas of Queensland and northern New South Wales remain flooded; the Australian government has activated a disaster response plan; you should monitor the media closely and follow the advice of local emergency services.

 Colombia 01-04-2017 22:37 PM GMT

There have been heavy rains across South West Colombia causing flooding, landslides and mudslides. Putumayo province and the provincial capital Mocoa have been particularly affected. There has been damage to local infrastructure, including roads and bridges, affecting transport routes. If you are in South West Colombia, or planning to travel to the area, please monitor local news and follow the authorities’ advice.

 Paraguay  01-04-2017 02:40 AM GMT

There are ongoing violent protests in the centre of Asuncion. You should avoid the area and follow the advice of the local authorities.

 China

31-03-2017 16:05 PM GMT

Beijing Capital Airport will close one of its three runways from 12.01pm on 2 April until 12pm on 29 April 2017 for resurfacing; this is likely to cause delays and disruptions; you should check with your airline for the latest information about your flight. 

 Democratic Republic of the Congo

30-03-2017 15:11 PM GMT

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office now advise against all travel to the provinces of Kasaï, Kasaï Central and Kasaï Oriental.

 Kenya

30-03-2017 10:54 AM GMT

The central county of Laikipia has seen numerous invasions by cattle herders onto privately held ranches and conservancies, in some cases leading to violence and arson; security forces are seeking to enforce private property rights; you should check the latest situation at your destination ahead of travel to the region.

 France

30-03-2017 10:42 AM GMT

All vehicles, including motorbikes driving in central Paris, Lyon and Grenoble will need to display a special ‘pollution sticker’; if you have a vehicle registered in France, you can apply now for a sticker from the French Ministry of the Environment website.

 Belarus

29-03-2017 14:28 PM GMT

On 25 March 2017, the security forces used force to disperse opposition rallies and marches, more rallies could take place in Minsk and other large towns between now and 9 May 2017; you should maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public places and avoid large crowds and demonstrations; Entry requirements (visas) – if you intend to work as a journalist make sure you receive accreditation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that you’re clearly identifiable at all times.

 Democratic Republic of the Congo

29-03-2017 11:00 AM GMT

There are reports of protests in Kinshasa and other cities in DRC; you should avoid travel around Kinshasa, including to and from N’Djili airport and avoid areas where demonstrations may take place, including universities; you should monitor local media and this advice for further updates.

 Ecuador

28-03-2017 14:42 PM GMT

Natural disasters section (Rainy seasons) – the Metropolitan District of Quito declared an emergency on 23 March 2017 following heavy rains in the capital; there has been localised flooding and some landslides; heavy rains are expected to continue for several weeks; you should monitor local media and check with your tour operator to avoid disruption.

Safety and security section (Hiking) – there have been numerous accidents, including fatalities from hypothermia while climbing Pichincha; you should consider taking a guide who knows the route well.

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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