Travel Safety Round-Up: 11/12/2017

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued dozens of notifications over the past week relating to the current situation in the Middle East and North Africa – you’ll find a summary of these alerts in today’s safety round-up. If you are travelling to the region, be sure to check news and updates for your specific destination. 

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Country Date  
     
USA

08-12-2017 21:33 PM GMT

Large wildfires continue to affect the Southern California region. Thousands are still under mandatory evacuation orders in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Diego Counties. The risk of continued wildfire activity is still very high. Current conditions allow for wildfires to spread quickly, so remain cautious and monitor local media reports. Always follow the advice of local law enforcement officials. Follow any evacuation orders quickly, as you may have little time to escape a fast moving fire.

Trinidad and Tobago

08-12-2017 17:22 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Crime) – there have been some recent disturbances in the Beetham area that have caused major disruption to traffic on the highway.

Terrorism section – addition of information on the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s national counter-terrorism strategy.

Local laws and customs section – addition of information and advice on laws and local attitudes on LGBT issues.

Lebanon

08-12-2017 15:24 PM GMT

Several groups have announced public protests in Beirut and across Lebanon following a major US announcement on the status of Jerusalem; you should remain vigilant at all times and avoid political gatherings and demonstrations; monitor local news and follow the advice of the police and other security agencies.

Egypt, Turkey 08-12-2017 11:11 AM GMT

There may be protests and demonstrations in some Middle Eastern and North African countries following the US announcement on the status of Jerusalem; you should avoid any demonstrations and follow instructions of the local police authorities.

Honduras

07-12-2017 21:00 PM GMT

We advise against all but essential travel to Honduras with the exception of the Bay Islands.

Estonia, Cyprus, Greece, Gibraltar, Spain, China, Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Haiti, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Peru, Falkland Islands, Ecuador, Argentina, Serbia, Romania, Poland, Ireland 08-12-2017 10:24 AM GMT

Local law and customs section – addition of information and advice on laws and local attitudes on LGBT issues

Tunisia 07-12-2017 16:24 PM GMT

There are likely to be protests and demonstrations across the Middle East and North Africa region following the US announcement on the status of Jerusalem on 6 December 2017; protests are planned on Friday 8 December in many towns in Tunisia, including in central Tunis around Avenue Habib Bourguiba; you should avoid any demonstrations and follow the instructions of the local police authorities.

Indonesia

07-12-2017 16:17 PM GMT

Natural disasters section (Mount Agung, Bali) – addition of information on reducing effect of ash plumes on health.

Algeria, Oman, Kuwait, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Bahrain, Tunisia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan, Qatar

07-12-2017 14:57 PM GMT

There may be protests and demonstrations in some Middle Eastern and North African countries following a major US announcement on the status of Jerusalem; you should avoid any demonstrations and follow instructions of the local police authorities.

Israel 

07-12-2017 14:21 PM GMT

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to the Old City of Jerusalem from 6pm (local time) on Thursday 7 December until 6am on Saturday 9 December 2017; following President Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on 6 December.

Palestinian factions have called for mass protests across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, on 7 and 8 December; the security situation could quickly deteriorate, particularly around the Old City of Jerusalem; you should avoid all demonstrations across the West Bank and follow the advice of local police authorities.

 

 

 

Please note: As of 12:00 on 11/12/2017, advice against travel remains in place for all areas in red on this map, according to the FCO’s website. Advice against travel to the Old City of Jerusalem above does not affect ongoing advice against travel to these areas.  

 

Maldives 07-12-2017 13:35 PM GMT

Terrorism section – in November 2017, the Maldivian authorities confirmed that a number of men had been arrested on terrorism charges.

Israel

06-12-2017 10:09 AM GMT

Palestinian factions have called for three ‘days of rage’ in the West Bank from 6 to 8 December 2017 in anticipation of a major US announcement on the status of Jerusalem; protests and demonstrations are expected to take place across the West Bank, including at checkpoints; you should avoid any demonstrations, follow the instructions of the local police authorities and keep up to date with our travel advice; removal of information about the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on 2 November 2017

Cameroon 06-12-2017 09:58 AM GMT

The FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to the city of Buea in the South West region; updated information on clashes in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.

Honduras

06-12-2017 01:18 AM GMT

On 1 December 2017, the government declared a ten day curfew. On 4 December curfew times were revised to between the hours of 8pm and 5am; you should remain indoors during the curfew at all times and continue to follow the advice of the local authorities.

Ethiopia  05-12-2017 17:27 PM GMT

Safety and security section and summary – on 3 December 2017, a German tourist was shot and killed in an Ethiopian guide shot and wounded while sightseeing at Erta Ale, in the Danakil area of the Afar region of north-east Ethiopia; there is now an increased military and police presence in the area; travel may be disrupted and entry to some sites may be prohibited at short notice; if you’re in the area, exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities; you should only travel to this area with a recognised tour company – such tours are normally supported by an armed police or military escort.

Nepal 05-12-2017 16:51 PM GMT

The second phase of federal parliament and provincial assembly elections will take place on 7 December 2017; road travel will be subject to disruption on polling day; passengers arriving into Tribhuvan Airport will be transported to the city centre on buses provided by the Nepal Tourist Organisation; some border crossing with India will be closed from 6 to 8 December; rallies and protests may take place; a number of blasts involving small IEDs targeting election-related events have taken place; you should remain vigilant, take extra care in public places and avoid large gatherings. 

USA

05-12-2017 16:34 PM GMT

Revised information on US immigration measures for nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as some Venezuelan government officials and their families

Georgia

05-12-2017 13:59 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Crime) – crime levels are low but there have been incidents of pick pocketing and burglary involving British or other foreign nationals.

Seychelles

05-12-2017 11:40 AM GMT

The Public Health Authority in Seychelles reports that it has lifted travel restrictions imposed after the outbreak of pneumonic and bubonic plague in Madagascar; you’re no longer required to spend 7 days outside of Madagascar before entering Seychelles and quarantine will no longer be enforced, although public health surveillance will continue at ports of entry. Air Seychelles has indicated that flights to Madagascar will resume on 18 January 2018

Indonesia

05-12-2017 06:52 AM GMT

Natural disasters section and summary – the current period of increased volcanic activity from Mount Agung in Bali may continue for some time and further travel disruption can’t be ruled out; you should continue to monitor local media, follow the advice of the local authorities and keep up to date with this travel advice; if you’re planning to travel to Bali, see the checklist and information page issued by the British Embassy in Jakarta to make sure you’re fully prepared before you travel

Vietnam

04-12-2017 10:52 AM GMT

Safety & security section (Road travel) – as of December 2017, the Vietnamese authorities have advised that British issued International Driving Permits (IDPs) are not accepted in Vietnam; if you want to drive a car or motorcycle in Vietnam you’ll need to get a Vietnamese driving licence.

     

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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