Travel Safety Round-Up: 11/9/2017

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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) once again focuses on hurricanes, and our thoughts are with everyone affected. 

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Country Date  
     
 USA

11-09-2017 06:53 AM GMT

Hurricane Irma is travelling over Florida, and is expected to affect coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina from the morning of Monday 11 September 2017, and parts of North Carolina from Monday afternoon; the authorities in Puerto Rico, Florida, the US Virgin Islands, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have declared a state of emergency; mandatory evacuations are in place in parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina; you can find further information and updates on the websites of FEMA, Florida Disaster, Georgia Emergency Management, South Carolina Emergency Management and North Carolina Emergency Management, as well as on the websites of local authorities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands; you should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities and any evacuation orders. The situation could deteriorate significantly. Our ability to provide assistance may be extremely limited. You should ensure you have your own contingency plans in place and consider your travel plans very carefully, staying in contact with your airline and/or tour operator as appropriate.

Cuba

11-09-2017 06:45 AM GMT

Hurricane Irma passed over Cuba on 7 to 10 September. Many areas, particularly the northern coast, are without electricity and are damaged and/or flooded. Many roads are closed are due to flooding and storm damage or debris. The electricity was switched off in Havana as a precaution before the storm and has remained off. Some areas have problems with water supply. Airports will remain closed until safe. There are no reports of any casualties or injuries to British nationals in Cuba. Those evacuated to Varadero are accommodated locally until they can depart. British nationals in Cuba should follow the advice of their tour operators who are guided by local authorities, and where possible stay in touch with their airline. Independent travelers should follow advice of their hotel or casa particular.

 Haiti

10-09-2017 14:00 PM GMT

Rain associated with Hurricane Irma caused flooding in parts of the north coast of Haiti; this may make certain coastal areas difficult to reach; please heed the advice of local authorities before attempting to reach areas off the main arterial roads.

 USA

09-09-2017 19:48 PM GMT

Hurricane Irma is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to Florida from the evening of Friday 8 September 2017, coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina from the morning of Monday 11 September 2017, and parts of North Carolina from Monday afternoon; the authorities in Puerto Rico, Florida, the US Virgin Islands, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have declared a state of emergency; mandatory evacuations are in place in parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina; you can find further information and updates on the websites of FEMA, Florida Disaster, Georgia Emergency Management, South Carolina Emergency Management and North Carolina Emergency Management, as well as on the websites of local authorities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands; you should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities and any evacuation orders.

The situation could deteriorate significantly. Our ability to provide assistance may be extremely limited. You should ensure you have your own contingency plans in place and consider your travel plans very carefully, staying in contact with your airline and/or tour operator as appropriate.

 Cuba

09-09-2017 15:18 PM GMT

As of 10:00 hrs local, 9 September, the following Provinces are in Alarm; Guatanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Holguin, Las Tunas, Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Cienfuegos, Matanzas, Villa Clara. Havana, Mayabeque, Artemisa; the Alert phase applies to Pinar Del Rio; the Isla de la Juventud has been moved into the Information phase; you should follow the advice of the local authorities and any orders given to evacuate to or remain in a place of safety; tour operators, hotels and owners of casas particulares should be aware of the advice in place in each area.

Pakistan

09-09-2017 07:38 AM GMT

Updated information about advice to exercise caution when travelling to and around Lahore.

 Dominican Republic

09-09-2017 03:51 AM GMT

Hurricane Irma passed the north coast of the Dominican Republic on 8th September. There are no reports of serious damage to hotels or tourist infrastructure and all airports are open.

 Antigua and Barbuda 09-09-2017 02:25 AM GMT

The island of Barbuda was seriously hit by Hurricane Irma on 6 September 2017; this has caused extensive damage to infrastructure and communications; many buildings have been destroyed or damaged; the government of Antigua and Barbuda is evacuating the population of Barbuda to Antigua;

Hurricane Jose is also forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to north-eastern parts of the Caribbean from around 9 September 2017; you should continue to monitor updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the instructions of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

 Guadeloupe

08-09-2017 16:42 PM GMT

Addition of a contact number for the Prefecture in Guadeloupe.

 South Africa

08-09-2017 16:35 PM GMT

Safety and security section – there are ongoing tensions between Uber and metered taxi drivers, which at times escalate into violence. You should exercise caution when using either service, particularly if using the Gautrain or travelling to and from airports in South Africa.

 France (St Martin)

08-09-2017 16:27 PM GMT

The French overseas collectivity of St Martin was severely affected by the passage of Hurricane Irma on 6 September 2017; Hurricane Jose is also forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to north-eastern parts of the Caribbean from around 9 September 2017; for advice and links to more information, see our travel advice for St Maarten (the Dutch part of the island) and our page on GOV.UK covering the UK government response to Hurricane Irma and advice for affected British nationals.

 Mexico

08-09-2017 16:22 PM GMT

Following an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 off the coast of Chiapas, there remains a risk of aftershocks; the British Embassy in Mexico City is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure while we confirm that there has been no structural damage to the building; removal of information about a tsunami warning.

 St Maarten

08-09-2017 13:03 PM GMT

The French authorities have opened 2 phone lines for concerned citizens in St Martin (the French part of the island); the contact numbers are +590596393600 for calls within the Caribbean and +33(0)182710337 for calls from France.

 Anguilla, British Virgin Islands

08-09-2017 12:41 PM GMT

Hurricane Jose is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to (Anguilla and British Virgin Islands) from 9 September 2017; you should monitor updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of the local authorities; Hurricane Irma caused severe and critical damage to north-eastern parts of the Caribbean; the UK is providing assistance and financial support and is making an urgent assessment of the needs of communities in Anguilla.

 Guadeloupe, St Maarten, St Kitts and Nevis

08-09-2017 10:15 AM GMT

Hurricane Jose is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to north-eastern parts of the Caribbean from around 9 September 2017; you should monitor updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the instructions of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Mexico

07-09-2017 16:50 PM GMT

Hurricane Katia is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to eastern parts of Mexico from around 08 September 2017; you should follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Guadeloupe, Martinique, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba 07-09-2017 16:19 PM GMT

Hurricane Irma passed through north eastern parts of the Caribbean on 6 September 2017, causing some damage to (these islands). There is still a risk of hazardous seas and weather conditions; you should follow the advice of the local authorities and if you require assistance you can call “cellule de crise”or crisis centre on +33 (0) 1 82 71 03 37

Turkey

07-09-2017 12:29 PM GMT

It’s illegal to be a member or supporter of a terrorist organisation in Turkey. Some organisations in the region though not proscribed in the UK, such as YPG, Gulen/FETO, are illegal in Turkey.

St Lucia, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines

06-09-2017 16:41 PM GMT

You can find further information on the impact of Hurricane Irma on the website of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

Qatar

06-09-2017 13:39 PM GMT

Safety and security (Road travel) – you can drive using an UK licence for up to 12 months from your arrival in Qatar; after this, you must obtain a Qatari 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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