Travel Safety Round-Up: 19/2/2018

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Below are highlights from the past week’s notifications, issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help you make informed decisions, whenever you travel. 

 

 

Country Date  
     
Zimbabwe

18-02-2018 12:24 PM GMT

On Monday 19 February there will be large political rallies and other events in the centre of Harare to mark the death of the Opposition Leader. Health section – there are currently outbreaks of typhoid in Harare and cholera in Chegutu; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health and Network Centre.

Ethiopia

17-02-2018 11:27 AM GMT

On 16 February 2018 Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency. If you are in Ethiopia remain aware of your surroundings and follow the advice of local authorities.

Australia

16-02-2018 16:53 PM GMT

Tropical Cyclone 10 is forecast to hit the north west coast of Australia from 18 February 2018 and may bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to northern parts of Western Australia.

Indonesia

16-02-2018 16:12 PM GMT

The Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) now advise against all but essential travel within 4km of the Mount Agung crater in east Bali due to ongoing volcanic activity.

On 10 February 2018, the Indonesian authorities lowered Mt. Agung’s alert status from level 4 (highest) to level 3 (standby). The authorities have indicated Mt. Agung continues to show signs of volcanic activity and the possibility of an eruption remains.

Tanzania

16-02-2018 12:51 PM GMT

By-elections are scheduled for 17 February 2018 in Kinondoni district, Dar es Salaam; there will be heightened security around polling stations and the local area and political demonstrations are expected; you should avoid large crowds or demonstrations. Traffic congestion is highly likely and may affect the administrative areas of Kinondoni, Masaki, Msasani and Oysterbay.

Kenya

16-02-2018 11:31 AM GMT

President Kenyatta was inaugurated for a second five year term on 28 November 2017 following a tense election period which saw an increase in protests across the country, some of which turned violent. Political tensions remain high and further demonstrations and clashes are possible.

Sierra Leone

15-02-2018 14:56 PM GMT

Safety & security section (Political situation) – the next presidential elections are scheduled to take place on 7 March 2018, with a run-off, if necessary, scheduled around 2 weeks after that; you should avoid political rallies. Vehicular movement will be restricted on election day and only accredited vehicles and personnel will be able to move freely around the country.

Portugal

15-02-2018 09:39 AM GMT

Entry requirements section – revised information on entry and exit requirements for children travelling alone or without a parent or legal guardian.

Ethiopia

13-02-2018 16:56 PM GMT

On 13 February 2018, there were reports of road closures and large gatherings in towns in the Oromia region, including some close to the borders of Addis Ababa, as well as around Harar and Dire Dawa. If you’re in these areas you should exercise caution, keep away from crowds and limit road journeys as much as possible until the situation has normalised. If you encounter a roadblock you should follow the advice of local authorities at the roadblock, if they’re present or if you encounter an unmanned roadblock, turn around and don’t attempt to pass it.

Israel & Occupied Territories

13-02-2018 09:51 AM GMT

Updated information on travel to the Occupied Golan Heights following 10 February military incidents between Israel and Syria.

Tonga

13-02-2018 05:02 AM GMT

Tropical Cyclone Gita has caused widespread damage. The Tongan authorities have declared a state of emergency. Essential services such as power and water have been disrupted. Monitor local media, including local radio broadcasts, for updates and follow the instructions of local authorities.

We strongly advise that extra care is taken around damaged buildings and fallen power lines. There is no permanent UK diplomatic presence in Tonga. Therefore for emergency consular assistance, please contact the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa on +676 23122 or afterhours +676 8817022. For routine consular assistance, please contact the British High Commission in Fiji on +679 322 9100.

Guinea

12-02-2018 17:10 PM GMT

Safety & security section (Political situation) – local elections took place on 4 February 2018; outbreaks of violence, including some fatalities, have occurred and continue across the country. There is a risk of road closures due to demonstrations; you should monitor local and international media reports and avoid large demonstrations or rallies.

Slovakia

12-02-2018 13:58 PM GMT

Local law and customs section – same-sex relationships are legal in Slovakia, but same-sex marriages and civil partnerships are not recognised in Slovakian law. Public displays of affection may be frowned upon or attract unwanted attention.

Tunisia

12-02-2018 13:52 PM GMT

Summary and terrorism section – update to reflect further extension of state of emergency in Tunisia by one month.

     

 

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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