Travel Safety Round-Up: 19/6/2017

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Country Date  
     
 Cambodia

19-06-2017 10:49 AM GMT

Safety & security section (Crime) – in 2017, there have been incidents of lone women being sexually assaulted by men claiming to be motorbike taxi drivers in the Pub Street area of Siem Reap; you should be vigilant at all times, especially when walking alone.

Entry requirements section (Visas) – E-visas can also be obtained online prior to travel.

 Bahrain

19-06-2017 10:45 AM GMT

On 18 June 2017, an attack took place in the village of Diraz against security personnel, which led to the death of a policeman and a number of injuries.

Saudi Arabia

19-06-2017 10:29 AM GMT

Terrorism section – on 13 June 2017, one security officer was shot and injured in Qatif.

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 Mali  18-06-2017 18:50 PM GMT There are reports of a security incident at the Le Campement Resort, Kangaba. Please avoid the area and follow the advice of local authorities.
Portugal

18-06-2017 16:30 PM GMT

Avoid travelling to the areas affected by forest fires until the authorities confirm that it is safe to do so.

 Iraq

18-06-2017 14:55 PM GMT

Summary and Terrorism section – updated to include advice about heightened threat of attacks during religious or public holidays.

Portugal

18-06-2017 07:22 AM GMT

A large forest fire has so far claimed the lives of a number of people in the Pedrogão Grande area of central Portugal. Other smaller fires have also been reported elsewhere in the country due to high temperatures in recent days. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services on 112.

 Colombia

18-06-2017 00:28 AM GMT

An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Andino Shopping Centre in Bogota on 17 June 2017. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local security authorities.

 Austria

16-06-2017 16:33 PM GMT

The Austrian police have advised of a possible threat to churches in Vienna; you should be vigilant in and around Vienna, especially when visiting churches.

 Azerbaijan

16-06-2017 15:25 PM GMT

The Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place in Baku on 25 June 2017; information and advice page for travelling spectators.

 Cambodia

16-06-2017 14:03 PM GMT

Safety & security section (Crime) – in 2017, there have been several cases of lone women being sexually assaulted by men claiming to be motorbike taxi drivers in the Pub street area of Siem Reap; you should be vigilant at all times, especially when walking alone.

 Kenya

16-06-2017 09:00 AM GMT

Terrorism section – in May and June 2017, there were several attacks on security force vehicles using improvised explosive devices; the main focus of these attacks was along the Dadaab-Liboi road in eastern Garissa County; the Kenyan security forces have increased their presence in the area and made several arrests; you should remain vigilant.

 Vietnam 15-06-2017 10:05 AM GMT

Entry requirements section (Visas) – until 30 June 2018 ‘British Citizen’ passport holders travelling for tourism or business can enter Vietnam for up to a maximum of 15 days without a visa.

 Greece

15-06-2017 10:00 AM GMT

Natural disasters section – information and advice about earthquakes in Greece

 Tunisia

14-06-2017 14:43 PM GMT

Extension of the state of emergency by 4 months.
Mali

14-06-2017 13:50 PM GMT

On 9 June 2017, the US Embassy in Bamako issued a security message warning of an increased threat of attacks in Bamako.

Sudan

14-06-2017 12:14 PM GMT

There has been a serious outbreak of cholera in Sudan; for more information you should contact the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Mongolia

14-06-2017 09:01 AM GMT

Campaigning is under way for presidential elections, due to take place on 26 June 2017; you should take extra care during this period.

 Poland  14-06-2017 08:44 AM GMT

The 2017 UEFA European under-21 football championships takes place from 16 to 30 June; information and advice page for travelling fans.

 Ethiopia

13-06-2017 16:10 PM GMT

Internet services have now been restored; however, internet and other mobile data services can be restricted without notice, hampering the British Embassy’s ability to assist you; you should have alternative communication plans in place when travelling in Ethiopia; Safety & security section (Crime) – there have been incidents of violent assaults in the Bole area at night and in more secluded areas, such as the Entoto Hills, during the day; don’t travel alone in these areas if possible.

 Malawi

13-06-2017 13:20 PM GMT

A teachers strike has led to some demonstrations in Blantyre and north of Bakala in the south of the country; you should avoid all demonstrations, remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local security authorities and your tour operator.

 Bahrain

13-06-2017 12:36 PM GMT

On 8 June 2017, the Bahraini authorities announced that showing sympathy for Qatar on social media or by any other means of communication is an offence; if you commit any such offence you could be imprisoned and subject to a substantial fine.

India 13-06-2017 04:29 AM GMT

Following earlier clashes in Darjeeling with the police, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) called for an indefinite shutdown of state government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) offices. If you’re planning to travel in or through the Darjeeling hills please follow the local news and advice of the local authorities, and keep in touch with your travel company.

 

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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