Travel Safety Round-Up: 10/7/2017

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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes health, security, and terrorism notifications:

 

 

Country Date  
     
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 07-07-2017 16:17 PM GMT

Summary and Safety & security section – robberies by people posing as taxi drivers or taxi customers are increasingly common in Kinshasa, and are often accompanied by a threat of violence; you should avoid using any taxis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; if you must take a taxi, use a privately booked one; don’t hail taxis on the street.

USA

07-07-2017 14:25 PM GMT

Updated information about security measures and enhanced security screening procedures on flights to the US.

Turkey

07-07-2017 12:42 PM GMT

Demonstrations are expected in Istanbul on the weekend of 8 to 9 July 2017; you should avoid all rallies and demonstrations and leave the area if one develops.

 Venezuela

07-07-2017 10:28 AM GMT

Summary and Safety & security section – there have been recent incidents of violence in several cities, including Caracas, Barquisimeto, Valencia and Maracay; major and potentially violent protests are likely around events on 16 and 30 July 2017

 Japan 07-07-2017 03:51 AM GMT

The Japanese Meteorological Agency has now lifted all of the emergency heavy rain warnings and evacuation orders for parts of Kyushu.

 Zambia

06-07-2017 16:08 PM GMT

On 5 July 2017, President Lungu announced that he will invoke Article 31 of the Zambian constitution, implementing certain emergency measures for a period of 7 days; the operational measures are yet to be announced.

 Norway

06-07-2017 15:43 PM GMT

Summary and Terrorism section – updated information and advice about the threat from terrorism reflecting an increased threat.

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 Malawi

06-07-2017 13:41 PM GMT

Stampede in football stadium in Lilongwe during Independence Day celebrations.

 Curaçao, St Maarten,  Bonaire, St Eustatius & Saba, Aruba

06-07-2017 11:32 AM GMT

Entry requirements section – UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from these countries.

 Sri Lanka

06-07-2017 11:30 AM GMT

Health section – updated information about cases of dengue fever

 Mali

06-07-2017 11:26 AM GMT

Summary and Terrorism section – terrorist attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners such as hotels, restaurants and places of worship.

 Lebanon

06-07-2017 10:46 AM GMT

Following the Lebanese Army’s operation on 30 June 2017 in a refugee settlement in Arsal in north eastern Lebanon, where 5 attackers exploded suicide belts, the Lebanese security agencies are conducting follow up investigations; you should be particularly vigilant and alert at this time, monitor local media and follow the advice of the security agencies.

 Congo

06-07-2017 09:48 AM GMT

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the Boko, Kindamba, Kinkala, Mayama and Mindouli districts of Pool region, the Mouyondzi district of Bouenza region and within 50km of the border with the Central African Republic in Likouala region; the FCO advise against all but essential travel to the Ngabe district of Pool region and to Brazzaville region (except for the city of Brazzaville)

Kenya

05-07-2017 13:06 PM GMT

A curfew is in place in Mandera County for the hours 6:30pm to 6:30am;

Terrorism section – on 5 July 2017 a police station in Pandanguo, Lamu County was attacked by an armed group.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

03-07-2017 10:22 AM GMT

There are reports that several towns in South Kivu province of eastern DRC, including Fizi, are being attacked by or have come under the control of armed groups; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to advise against all travel to the provinces of South Kivu, North Kivu, Maniema and several other provinces in Eastern DRC, and against all but essential travel to the cities of Goma and Bukavu.

 

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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