Travel Safety Round-Up: 23/4/2018

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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes health, security, and terrorism notifications:

 

 

Country Date  
     
Nicaragua 22 April 2018; 7:42pm

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Nicaragua.

Armenia 22 April 2018; 10:42am

Protests, which started in Yerevan on 13 April, are continuing and have spread to many other parts of Armenia. Law enforcement agencies have begun to disperse protesters.

Roads in Yerevan and other towns can be closed at short notice. You should avoid areas where demonstrations are occurring and carry a form of ID with you at all times. You should monitor the local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Nicaragua 22 April 2018; 5:32am

There has been ongoing street violence in many areas in Nicaragua. This has involved the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, resulting in serious injuries and ten reported deaths.

These incidents are unpredictable and can happen at any time. As at 9pm local time Saturday 21 April, reports indicate that major routes to the International Airport are impassable due to disorder. There are reports of escalating violence in numerous locations around the country. Exercise extreme caution when planning travel and avoid affected areas entirely.

Madagascar 21 April 2018; 1:46pm

Due to political demonstrations taking place in the centre of Antananarivo from the morning of 21 April, and the possibility of robust action by the authorities to disperse them, you should avoid the area around Independence Square and the Town Hall. 

Venezuela 20 April 2018; 5:30pm

Addition of information on trade and travel links between Venezuela and Panama; addition of information on travel between Venezuela and the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Money – addition of information on a new currency due to be introduced in June 2018.

Nigeria 20 April 2018; 4:43pm

Summary and Safety and security section (Local travel) – addition of information on protests in Abuja and other Nigerian cities; addition of information on kidnappings.

Netherlands 20 April 2018; 10:19am

Local laws and customs section – minor amendment to information on Dutch law on buying or smoking soft drugs in public places.

Austria 20 April 2018; 10:12am

Information on reports of a train collision in Salzburg on 20 April; reports of minor injuries; UK Consular staff are in touch with local authorities in case any British nationals need assistance.

Pakistan 19 April 2018; 3:43pm

Safety and security section (Air travel) – the Pakistan authorities have confirmed that the opening of the new airport in Islamabad has been postponed from 20 April to 3 May 2018; if you plan to travel around this period, you should check details with your airline and be prepared for delays or disruption.

Haiti 19 April 2018; 3:15pm

Safety and security section (Local travel) – additional information on taxis, and travel to and from Toussaint Louverture International Airport; Money – additional information on commercial transactions.

Burma 19 April 2018; 9:17am

Additional information on risk of Zika virus.

Oman 18 April 2018; 6:01pm

Safety and security section (Road travel) – updated advice on use of seatbelts.

Local laws and customs section – addition of advice on Ramadan and the use of drones.

Cameroon 18 April 2018; 4:59pm

Additional information on kidnapping.

Safety and Security section (Crime, Local travel and Rail travel) – addition of information on scams; the Ndian division in the South West; and the Douala-Yaounde-Ngaoundere railway.

Mexico 18 April 2018; 3:39pm

Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information; the cost of a replacement immigration form has risen to $500 Mexican Pesos.

Mali 18 April 2018; 12:39pm

Terrorism section – updated information on the threat from terrorism, including terrorist kidnap, in Mali, the wider Sahel region and Lake Chad Basin.

Local laws and customs section – updated dates for Ramadan in 2018.

Health section – update to contact details for private hospitals in Bamako.

Central African Republic 18 April 2018; 10:48am

Safety and security section (Local travel) – additional information on clashes and protests in the PK5 area of Bangui.

Colombia 17 April 2018; 9:34pm

Bomb attack on police vehicle in northern Antioquia.

Deteriorating security situation along Colombia-Ecuadorian border, and in Norte de Santander.

Thailand 17 April 2018; 10:34am

Health section and summary – updated information on air quality, adding Chiang Mai to urban areas affected by high levels of air pollution and smoke haze.

South Africa 17 April 2018; 9:50am

Entry requirements section (Dual citizenship) – if you hold South African citizenship, you must enter and exit South Africa on your South African passport; it is an offence under South African law for a citizen aged 18 or over to enter or leave the country on a foreign passport.

Brazil 16 April 2018; 5:11pm

Safety and security section (Favelas) and summary – updated information and advice about safety and security in favelas; we recommend that you avoid these areas in all cities, including ‘favela tours’ marketed to tourists and any accommodation, restaurants or bars advertised as being within a favela.

Botswana 16 April 2018; 4:32pm

Local laws and customs – updated information on the hunting or trading of protected wild animals.

Niger 16 April 2018; 2:26pm

Safety and security section (Political situation) – addition of information and advice following a recent increase in demonstrations in Niamey.

Terrorism section – updated advice on the threat from terrorism, including terrorist kidnap, in Niger and the wider Sahel and Lake Chad Basin.

Local laws and customs section – updated information on local laws and attitudes relating to LGBT people.

Health section – addition of contact details for private hospitals and clinics.

Occupied Palestinian Territories 16 April 2018; 1:30pm

Latest update: addition of advice on protests and demonstrations; 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.

Pitcairn 16 April 2018; 10:25am

Entry requirements section (Visas and Travelling with children) – addition of information for visits over 14 days.

Health – update on medical facilities.

Local laws and customs – biosecurity.

     

 

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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