Travel Safety Round-Up: 19/3/2018

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The updates below were issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over the past week: 

 

 

Country Date  
     
Nepal 19 March 2018; 4:27am

There are reports that a local group has made threats of violence against businesses, and local and international schools in the Kathmandu Valley, particularly the Chandragiri Hills cable car attraction in Thankot; you’re advised to avoid using the cable car during March 2018 and remain vigilant if travelling in the area.

Slovakia 18 March 2018; 628pm

There have been protests across Slovakia following the murder of an investigative journalist; while these have so far been peaceful, you should monitor local media coverage, avoid any demonstrations and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Panama 16 March 2018; 426pm

On 13 March a protest in Colon turned violent resulting in blocked streets, disruption to railways and looting north of Calle 16; if you’re in the area, you’re advised to remain vigilant, monitor local media, avoid any protests or large gatherings and follow the advice of local authorities.

Qatar 18 March 2018; 1:54pm

Entry requirements (Visas) – you can obtain a 90-day tourist visa-waiver on arrival in Qatar.

Turkey 16 March 2018; 1:16pm

Updated information around Newroz celebrations on 20 to 21 March.

Nepal 16 March 2018; 11:53am

Safety and security section (Air travel) – editorial amendments reflecting US Bangla Airlines crash at Kathmandu International Airport on 12 March.

Pakistan 15 March 2018; 5:31pm

On 14 March 2018 an explosion at the Nisar police check post near Raiwind on the southern outskirts of Lahore caused numerous fatalities and mulitiple injuries; you should avoid the immediate area of the incident for the time being due to the ongoing police investigation.

Addition of information about Pakistan Day on 23 March and the Pakistan Super League eliminations and final, in Lahore and Karachi respectively, between 21 and 25 March; terrorists have attacked large gatherings in Pakistan in the recent past; travellers should remain vigilant and avoid all large crowds and public events, including sporting events.

Serbia 15 March 2018: 2:30pm

Health section – editorial amendments to information on current health issues in Serbia; since October 2017 there have been more than 3,000 cases of measles in Serbia.

The National Travel Health Network and Centre advise anyone travelling abroad to make sure they’re up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK.

Tanzania 15 March 2018; 1:03pm

Local laws and customs section – you should carry identification (a copy of your passport and visa/permit) at all times.

If you’re planning to send your passport to the UK for renewal or replacement while in Tanzania, you’re advised to attend your local Immigration Service office and request a certified copy of your passport bio data page and any work or residence permits.

Entry requirements section (Visas) – if you’re getting a visa on arrival, you may be asked for proof of your return journey.

Madagascar 15 March 2018; 11:40am

Addition of information and advice on Tropical Storm Eliakim, which is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to the north-east coast of Madagascar, in particular the Masaola Peninsula, from around Friday 16 March 2018.

Panama 14 March 2018; 3:53pm

On 13 March a protest in Colon turned violent; there are reports of blocked streets, disruption to railways and looting north of Calle 16; if you’re in the area, you’re advised to remain vigilant, monitor local media, avoid any protests or large gatherings and follow the advice of local authorities.

Tunisia 14 March 2018; 3:13pm

Terrorism section – update to reflect further extension of state of emergency in Tunisia by 7 months.

Russia 14 March 2018 2:11pm

Addition of information and advice for British nationals currently in Russia or due to travel in the coming weeks.

Due to heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia, you should be aware of the possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment at this time; you’re advised to remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publically on political developments.

While the British Embassy in Moscow is not aware of any increased difficulties for British people travelling in Russia at this time, you should follow the security and political situation closely and keep up to date with this travel advice.

Laos 14 March 2018; 11:55am

Entry requirements (visas): overstaying your visa is a serious offence in Laos and police are likely to issue heavy fines and detain those caught; tourist visas can be extended 2 times and up to a total of 90 days; tourists are required to check in with immigration every 30 days to obtain this extension.

Maldives 13 March 2018; 5:11pm

Latest information and advice on the State of Emergency which was extended by the Maldives government on 20 February.

Turkmenistan 13 March 2018; 2:17pm

Safety and security section (Political situation): Parliamentary elections will be held on 25 March 2018; you should avoid demonstrations or large gatherings of people.

Uzbekistan,

Tajikistan

13 March 2018; 1:23pm

Safety and security section (Local travel) – The Tajik authorities have announced that the border crossing between Panjakent (Tajikistan) and Samarkand (Uzbekistan) is going to open in March 2018, there is no further information at this time.

USA 12 March 2018; 8:25pm

We are aware of reports of two parcel bomb explosions in Austin, Texas earlier today. Local authorities have confirmed that no foreign nationals were involved in either incident. British Nationals in the area should remain alert and follow the advice and instructions from local law enforcement authorities.

Sri Lanka 12 March 2018; 3:08pm

Updated information and advice on the nationwide State of Emergency in Sri Lanka; additional security personnel have been deployed in some areas; access to a number of social media platforms is restricted.

Bandaranaike International Airport is operating as normal; no reports of ongoing incidents in major tourist areas.

Oman 12 March 2018; 11:38am

Entry requirements section – updated information on visa requirements for Oman; you should apply for an e-visa through the Royal Oman Police portal before you travel.

Nepal 12 March 2018; 10:26am

On 12 March a US Bangla Airlines flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh, crashed on landing at Kathmandu International Airport with reports of multiple casualties; disruption to flights is likely; if you’re travelling to or from Kathmandu, you’re advised to check the status of your flight with your airline and follow the advice of the local authorities.

 

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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