Travel Safety Round-Up: 16/4/2018

 

Today’s headlines mostly involve Syria, and there are related notifications for the entire region from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – you’ll find these and other key FCO alerts and updates below. 

 

Country Date  
     
Israel 14 April 2018; 3:27am

There may be protests and demonstrations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in response to military action taken by the US, France and the UK in Syria, following the chemical weapons attack in Douma on 7 April. You should avoid any demonstrations and follow the instructions of the local authorities.

Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Iraq 14 April 2018; 2:29am

There may be protests and demonstrations in the region in response to military action taken by the US, France and the UK in Syria, following the chemical weapons attack in Douma on 7 April. You should follow local media and be alert to local and regional developments that might trigger public disturbances. You should avoid any demonstrations and follow the instructions of the local authorities.

 Cambodia 13 April 2018; 11:37pm

Plots to bomb Siem Reap and Phnom Penh foiled.

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Terrorories 13 April 2018; 5:09pm

Addition of information on mass protests on the Gazan side of the Gaza/Israel border each Friday, which are expected to continue to take place each Friday throughout April and May.

USA 13 April 2018; 4:46pm

Information and advice on Winter Storm Xanto, which is forecast to affect the central USA from Friday 13 April.

Portugal 13 April 2018; 2:34pm

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Lisbon from 8 to 12 May 2018; if you’re planning to travel to Lisbon for the Song Contest and associated events, check our dedicated information and advice page in addition to this travel advice.

Pakistan 13 April 2018; 12:46pm

Safety and security section (Air travel) – addition of information on the new airport in Islamabad, scheduled to open on 20 April 2018; there is the potential for some delays or disruption to flights around the opening date; if you’re planning to travel to or from Islamabad in this period, monitor advice from your airline and be prepared to review your travel plans accordingly.

Korea, DPR (North Korea) 13 April 2018; 12:07pm

Safety and security section (Air travel) – minor update to factual information on use of Air Koryo by FCO staff.

Saudi Arabia 13 April 2018; 12:03pm

Safety and security section (Saudi Arabia-Yemen border) and summary – updated information reflecting incident on 11 April 2018, during which 3 missiles were intercepted and destroyed, one over south-west Riyadh, one over Najran and one over Abha; there are reports that drone attacks were intercepted over Abha and Jizan.

Peru 13 April 2018; 10:05am

Safety and security section and summary – due to recent accidents, the Public Ministry has suspended all adventure sports in the region of Cusco until further notice.

Colombia 13 April 2018; 12:15am

Bomb attack on police vehicle in northern Antioquia.

Ecuador 12 April 2018; 4:43pm

Safety and security section (Local travel), Terrorism section and summary – updated information and advice on the security situation and recent incidents in the northern province of Esmeraldas.

Indonesia 12 April 2018; 1:14pm

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – addition of information on dual nationality; (UK Emergency Travel Documents) – if you apply for an ETD whilst in Indonesia, you may need to get an exit permit from Immigration to leave the country;

Travelling with medication – addition of information and advice when travelling to Indonesia with medication.

Health section – addition of information on air quality and tap water.

British Virgin Islands 12 April 2018; 10:28am

Summary and Safety and security section (road and sea travel) – major update on recovery process after Hurricane Irma;

Entry requirements section (departure tax) – additional information on environmental and tourism levy.

Azerbaijan 11 April 2018; 9:59am

The 2018 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will take place at the Baku city circuit from 27 to 29 April 2018; see our information and advice page for spectators travelling to Azerbaijan for the race.

Italy 11 April 2018; 9:14am

Addition to information on earthquakes.

St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 9 April 2018; 12:12pm

Safety and security section (Local travel,Getting to St Helena and Ascension); updated information on the travel route to the islands; updated contact details for St Helena government UK representative.

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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