Travel Safety Round-Up: 12/6/2017

It’s a new week and to help you plan your business and leisure travel, here’s a summary of the latest updates and travel advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

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Country Date  
     
 Russia 09-06-2017 14:05 PM GMT

On 12 June 2017 opposition demonstrations are planned in towns and cities across Russia; in Moscow these will take place on Prospect Akademika Sakharova.

 Morocco 09-06-2017 08:38 AM GMT 

Safety and security section – a series of demonstrations has taken place since October 2016 in northern Morocco, mainly around the town of Al Hoceima; there have been some reports of limited violence during these protests; there have also been a number of smaller scale protests in other cities; these have remained peaceful to date; as of 7 June 2017, the demonstrations around Al Hoceima are occurring on an almost daily basis; more demonstrations are planned and a heavy security presence remains in place.

 Kosovo 09-06-2017 09:16 AM GMT

National elections are scheduled to take place on 11 June 2017; there will be an enhanced security presence; monitor local and international media, take extra care and avoid all political rallies and demonstrations.

India  09-06-2017 08:22 AM GMT 

Safety and security section (East and north-east India) – on 8 June 2017 protests broke out in Darjeeling after a clash between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters and police officials; GJM has called for a 12 hours bandh (strike) on 9 June 2017 from 6am to 6pm across the area (Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik); if you’re travelling in or through the hills, avoid large gatherings, follow the advice of the local authorities and keep in touch with your travel company.

 United Arab Emirates
08-06-2017 15:30 PM GMT

Summary and Local laws & customs section – the UAE authorities announced on 7 June 2017 that showing sympathy for Qatar on social media or by any other means of communication is an offence; offenders could be imprisoned and subject to a substantial fine.

Summary – if you’re a British national holding Qatari residency, and you wish to transit through or enter into the UAE, normal entry requirements to the UAE should apply.

Nigeria  08-06-2017 16:14 PM GMT 

On 7 June 2017 Boko Haram launched co-ordinated attacks in the south-west and eastern areas of Maiduguri, Borno State, targeting mosques, residential areas and educational institutions; initial reports indicated that at least 14 people were killed and a further 40 injured.

 Lithuania 08-06-2017 13:02 PM GMT 

Safety and security section (Crime) – a small number of tourists have reported incidents on public transport and around the train station area of Vilnius where they have been approached by small groups of people asking for money or help; be vigilant in these areas.

Iran  08-06-2017 13:24 PM GMT
On 7 June 2017, there were 2 security incidents in Tehran – one in the Majles (the Iranian parliament) in central Tehran and another at the Imam Khomeini Shrine near Imam Khomeini international airport; if you’re in the area, take care and follow the advice of the local security authorities.
 South Africa

08-06-2017 07:30 AM GMT

As a result of fires in Knysna, emergency services are evacuating residents in the area. The Eden District Municipality is advising travelers to stay away from the area. If you are in the area please monitor local media reports for further updates. British Nationals should contact 021 405 2400 for any consular emergencies.

Angola 07-06-2017 16:51 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Political situation) – presidential elections are scheduled for 23 August 2017; there is likely to be an increase in political gatherings and demonstrations and a heightened police and military presence on the streets; you should avoid demonstrations and respect any advice or instruction from local security authorities

Qatar

07-06-2017 16:15 PM GMT

Latest update: Summary – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt have suspended diplomatic ties with Qatar; severe disruption of movement due to full closure of all air, naval and border crossings from these countries into and from Qatar until further notice, leading to flight cancellations and a disruption in air, road and sea travel; restrictions on entry to the UAE have also been placed on certain holders of Qatari Residence Permits; these restrictions don’t apply to British nationals

Bosnia and Herzegovina 07-06-2017 14:03 PM GMT

Safety and Security section (Political situation) – on 8 June 2017, protests are expected to take place at several locations in Mostar, against an event at the city stadium to support Croat prisoners in the Hague, scheduled for 8pm; you should exercise caution, especially in the vicinity of the protests, as well as the stadium.

 India

07-06-2017 11:05 AM GMT

Safety & security section (Western region) – following an incident in the Mandsaur District of Madhya Pradesh between protesting farmers and the police in which 5 people were killed, further sporadic violence has been reported in Piplia Mandi town and police have been deployed to contain the situation; if you’re travelling in the area avoid large gatherings, follow the advice of the local authorities and media and keep in touch with your travel agent.

 Nigeria

07-06-2017 10:51 AM GMT

 ***Change in travel advice***

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office no longer advise against travel to Jos city and the Riyom and Barkin Ladi local government areas (LGA) of Plateau State.

 Iran

07-06-2017 09:50 AM GMT

There are reports of 2 security incidents in Tehran; an attack is ongoing in the Majles, the Iranian parliament, in central Tehran; there was an earlier incident at the Imam Khomeini Shrine near Imam Khomeini international airport which is believed to be over; if you’re in the immediate area you should take care and follow the advice of the local security authorities.

 Ukraine

07-06-2017 08:48 AM GMT

Money section – you’ll need to present your passport if you wish to exchange currency worth 150,000 Hryvnia (UAH) or over.

 Qatar

06-06-2017 16:45 PM GMT

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt have suspended diplomatic ties with Qatar; severe disruption of movement due to full closure of all air, naval and border crossings from these countries into and from Qatar until further notice, leading to flight cancellations and a disruption in air, road and sea travel; you should contact your airline or tour operator for more information.

 South Africa

06-06-2017 14:48 PM GMT

A severe weather warning has been issued for Cape Town; if you’re in Cape Town or plan to visit, monitor media reports for updates on the impact on travel and safety; the British Consulate General in Cape Town will be closed on 7 June 2017; you should contact 021 405 2400 for any consular emergencies

 Australia

06-06-2017 13:42 PM GMT

Terrorism section – on 5 June 2017, a person was shot dead and another taken hostage in Melbourne in a confirmed act of terrorism.

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 Philippines

06-06-2017 13:17 PM GMT

Safety & security section (Crime) – on 2 June 2017, a gunman set fire to a casino in Pasay, Manila; 38 people were killed, including the gunman; the Philippines authorities have identified this as a criminal act.

 Democratic Republic of the Congo 06-06-2017 09:30 AM GMT

Local law and customs section – in May 2017, the Senate of the Democratic Republic of Congo adopted a law banning homosexual couples and trans-sexual couples from adopting Congolese children.

 Albania

05-06-2017 15:28 PM GMT

The political atmosphere is likely to remain changeable as the country approaches national elections on 25 June 2017; monitor local and international media, take extra care and avoid all political rallies and demonstrations; don’t attempt to cross any roadblocks set up by protesters as this might provoke a violent reaction

 Qatar

05-06-2017 14:29 PM GMT

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt have suspended diplomatic ties with Qatar; there will be severe disruption of movement and partial or full closure of all air, naval and border crossings from these countries into and from Qatar from the early hours of 6 June 2017, leading to flight cancellations and a disruption in air and sea travel; you should contact your airline or tour operator for further information.

 United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt

05-06-2017 14:08 PM GMT

Authorities have announced the suspension of diplomatic relations with Qatar; all air and sea points of entry between UAE / Saudi Arabia / Bahrain / Egypt and Qatar will be closed in the early hours of 6 June 2017; if you have a query relating to your travel plans you should contact your airline or tour operator; there are further restrictions on travel and residence affecting UAE and Qatar nationals

     

 

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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