Travel Safety Round-Up: 12/3/2018

 

Be prepared - not scared - with Safe JourneyPlanning to travel this week? Be prepared with the latest alerts and updates issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over the past week, and make sure you have the appropriate travel insurance when you book.

 

Country Date  
     
Japan 11 March 2018; 12:24am

There has been increased volcanic activity in recent days from Mount Shinmoedake in southern Kyushu,

After further eruptions on Saturday 10 March Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a warning about the danger of falling rocks around a 4km radius; if you are in the area you should monitor local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

Cyprus 9 March 2018; 5:47pm Safety and security section (Local travel) – updated information and advice for British nationals entering Cyprus through the North.
Croatia 9 March 2018; 4:45pm

Safety and security section (road travel) – you must have winter tyres on vehicles between 15 November and 15 April; updated statistics from Department for Transport on number of road deaths.

Japan 9 March 2018; 3:46pm

Local laws and customs section – while attitudes towards tattoos are increasingly accepting, many public amenities do not admit anyone with tattoos and other establishments ask for tattoos to be covered up.

Entry requirements section – update on bringing medication into Japan.

Ethiopia 9 March 2018l 3:10pm

Updated information on the State of Emergency, which was declared on 16 February and confirmed by the Ethiopian Parliament on 2 March.

South Africa 9 March 2018; 1:35pm

Revised information about water restrictions in the Western Cape.

Health section – there has been an outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa; the South African Ministry of Health has advised against the purchase and consumption of ready to eat meat products; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Sri Lanka 9 March 2018; 6:44am Updated advice on curfews in the Kandy administrative region.
Montserrat 8 March 2018; 5:22pm

Safety and security section (Sea travel) – update on use of ferry; you’re encouraged to pre-book your ferry journey.

Sea conditions at various times of the year can disrupt the operation of the ferry service.

Malaysia 8 March 2018: 3:11pm

Health section – updated information on rabies infected areas.

Local laws and customs section – updated information on laws and local attitudes in Malaysia.

Philippines 8 March 2018; 1:16pm

Eruptive activity of the Mayon volcano has reduced and the Philippines authorities have lowered the alert to level 3; an exclusion zone remains in place and you should continue to follow developments on the PHIVOLCS website.

Local laws and customs section – addition of information and advice for LGBT travellers.

Sri Lanka 8 March 2018; 12:10pm

Further update to information and advice on the situation in Kandy administrative region following a number of violent incidents; there are no reports that major tourist areas elsewhere in Sri Lanka have been affected, and Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo is operating as normal;.

Removal of reference to recommendation by Sri Lanka Tourism for tourists not to travel into Kandy, which has been lifted.

United Arab Emirates 8 March 2018; 9:57am

Entry requirements section – updated information on acceptance of UK Emergency Travel Documents for entry to the UAE from 30 March 2018.

Mexico 6 March 2018; 6:17pm

Safety and security section (Main tourist destinations) and summary – updated information and advice on safety and security following detonation of an explosive device on a tourist ferry operating between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel on 21 February.

Algeria 6 March 2018; 10:55am

Entry requirements section – updated information and advice on documentary requirements when travelling with children.

Brazil 5 March 2018; 5:44pm

Health section and summary – updated information on cases of yellow fever in Brazil; check the NaTHNaC website for information on yellow fever vaccination recommendations for British travellers.

Please note that Rio de Janeiro state authorities recommend that all visitors to the state, including to the island of Ilha Grande, are vaccinated against yellow fever.

Burkina Faso 5 March 2018; 1:56pm

Terrorism section and summary – editorial amendments reflecting security incident in Ouagadougou on 2 March.

     

 

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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