Travel Safety Round-Up: 26/2/2018

 

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued alerts for increases in the threat of terrorism in a number of destinations over the past week. Will this affect your travel decisions? 

Read about these and other updates in our handy summary below. 

 

Country Date  
     
Nigeria

23-02-2018 21:21 PM GMT

Terrorism section; Terrorist kidnaps – exercise vigilance when travelling.

Fiji

23-02-2018 17:19 PM GMT

Health section – there has been a recent outbreak of dengue fever in Nadi & Ba. The outbreak in Labasa as announced in early January is ongoing; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre

Brazil

23-02-2018 17:04 PM GMT

On 16 February 2018, President Temer signed a decree putting the army in charge of security in Rio de Janeiro city and state. The police and army now both fall under the command of an army general. The army has previously been involved in security for the 2016 Olympics and since August 2017 in operations around some favelas; you’re likely to see a police and military presence on the streets.

Bolivia

23-02-2018 16:38 PM GMT

Some roads are reported to be blockaded during ongoing demonstrations near the town of Uyuni; you should check with your local tour operator before travelling to the nearby salt flats.

Burma

23-02-2018 16:25 PM GMT

The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to the town of Lashio (including its airport) in Shan State.

Safety and security section – on 21 February 2018 a bomb exploded in a bank in Lashio, killing 2 people and severely injuring 22 more.

Montenegro

23-02-2018 14:04 PM GMT

In the early hours of 22 February there was a grenade attack on the US embassy compound premises in Podgorica. The attacker died at the scene, there were no other casualties. The Montenegrin authorities investigation into the incident is ongoing. Roads around the US embassy may remain affected for the time being; you should follow the advice of the local authorities.

Indonesia

23-02-2018 12:28 PM GMT

Natural disasters section and summary – updated information and advice on volcanic activity in Indonesia.

The FCO now advise against all travel to within 7km of the Mount Sinabung crater in North Sumatra, in addition to existing advice against all travel within 4km of the Mount Agung crater in east Bali; these are exclusion zones put into place by the local authorities.

Turkey

23-02-2018 10:01 AM GMT

Update on local law and customs; the possession, sale and export of antiquities is against the law and carries a prison sentence of 5 to 12 years as well as a substantial fine. It’s also an offence to insult the Turkish nation or the national flag, or to deface or tear up currency. If you are convicted of any of these offences you could face a prison sentence of between 6 months and 3 years.

Poland

23-02-2018 09:35 AM GMT

Terrorism section and summary – updated information on the threat from terrorism in Poland, reflecting an increased threat.

Maldives

21-02-2018 17:46 PM GMT

Updated information and advice on the state of emergency, which was extended by the Maldives government on 20 February.

India

21-02-2018 16:29 PM GMT

Safety & security section (Local travel – Goa) – updated information and advice on travelling to Goa.

South Africa

21-02-2018 15:03 PM GMT

Updated information on water restrictions; the City of Cape Town has cautioned that water restrictions may become more severe in July. After that period you shouldn’t assume an unrestricted supply of potable water.

Korea, DPR (North Korea)

20-02-2018 17:37 PM GMT

Updated information and advice on the political situation and further editorial amendments throughout.

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ireland, Iceland

20-02-2018 17:08 PM GMT

Terrorism section and summary – updated information and advice about the threat from terrorism, reflecting an increased threat.

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South Africa

19-02-2018 17:16 PM GMT

Terrorism section – updated information on the terrorist threat from extremists linked to Daesh. In February 2018, two South African-British dual nationals were kidnapped.

Safety and security section (Criminal kidnaps) – there’s an increasing threat of kidnap throughout South Africa; kidnaps can be for financial gain or motivated by criminality; British nationals can be perceived as being wealthier than locals and may be at particular risk of kidnap for financial gain.

Brunei

19-02-2018 15:20 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Emergency travel documents) – if you’re travelling on an Emergency travel document, you’ll have to obtain an exit and entry visa from Brunei Immigration before you travel.

Togo

19-02-2018 14:58 PM GMT

Updated information on ongoing political tensions in Togo; you should exercise caution, avoid crowds and demonstrations and monitor local media.

Peru

19-02-2018 11:58 AM GMT

If you enter Peru without an entry stamp you’re required by law to apply for a new entry stamp at the nearest immigration office.

     

 

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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