Travel Safety Round-Up: 26/3/2018

In this week’s summary of notifications issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) you’ll find advice on terrorism and kidnapping, as well as travel must-haves like visas and other entry requirements.

Information is always a good way to give yourself extra peace of mind. You should also make sure you have appropriate travel insurance wherever you go – does yours include cover for acts of terrorism*?

 

Country Date  
     
Australia 23 March 2018; 1:41pm

Tropical Cyclone Nora is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to the Gulf of Carpentaria and northern parts of Queensland and the Northern Territory from Saturday 24 March; you should monitor its progress and follow the advice of the local authorities.

France 23 March 2018; 12:04pm

There are reports of an ongoing incident at a supermarket in Trèbes, near Carcassonne in southern France; if you’re in the vicinity, you should be vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Moldova 23 March 2018; 11:12am

Safety and security section (Road travel), entry requirements section and summary – updated information on travel to Transnistria.

Australia 23 March 2018; 9:46am

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place on the Gold Coast, Queensland, from 4 to 15 April 2018; check out our information and advice page for fans, families and teams travelling to the Games.

Kenya 23 March 2018; 9:33am

Terrorism section and summary – on 14 March 2018, the Inspector General of the Kenyan Police reported that a major terrorist attack, targeting Nairobi, had been prevented by Kenyan police in February 2018.

Terrorism section (Kidnaps) – update to existing information on the threat from kidnapping in the areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somalia border, in Garissa County, in coastal areas north of Pate Island, and at the Dadaab refugee camp in north-east Kenya.

Yemen 22 March 2018; 6:04pm

Terrorism section (Kidnaps) – update to existing information on the risk of kidnap; any international presence (including UN, NGOs, oil and gas workers, journalists, teachers, students, tourists, long-term residents, and westerners of Yemeni origin) are viewed as legitimate targets if an opportunity arises; if you’re kidnapped, the reason for your presence is unlikely to serve as a protection or secure your safe release.

Maldives 22 March 2018; 1:45pm

Updated information and advice on the security situation in Maldives; the state of emergency has now been lifted.

Ecuador 22 March 2018; 11:45am

Safety and security section (Local travel) and Terrorism section – addition of information on bomb attack in Mataje on 20 March; this attack occurred within 20km of the Colombian border, an area where the FCO advise against all travel.

Nigeria 21 March 2018; 5:21pm

Terrorism section and Summary – updated information and advice on the threat from terrorism in Nigeria and the wider Sahel region, including the threat of terrorist kidnap.

Thailand 21 March 2018; 11:00am

Update to advice against travel; the FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to areas in Songkhla province north of and including the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakom, and areas north-west of and including the train line between Hat Yai and Pedang Basar.

East Timor (Timor-Leste) 21 March 2018; 10:01am

Parliamentary elections are to be held in East Timor on 12 May 2018; localised violence associated with campaign rallies has occurred in Dili; further violence is possible; you should avoid rallies, demonstrations and protests.

Money – credit cards are not always accepted outside of major hotels.

Iraq 20 March 2018; 4:23pm

Information on the resumption of international flights to and from Erbil and Sulaimaniyah airports from 19 March; you must have a visa before you travel, even if you’re intending to travel to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Denmark 20 March 2018; 3:59pm

Information on border controls; if you’re travelling from Germany using the land border or by rail, road or ferry from Sweden, you should ensure you have your passport with you; allow additional time, follow instructions of the authorities and check with your carrier, ferry operator or the Danish State Railways for further information.

Lebanon 20 March 2018; 2:47pm

Due to a potential risk of violence and protests you should exercise vigilance in the run up to elections on 6 May 2018.

Egypt 20 March 2018; 2:36pm

Information on elections to be held on 26 to 28 March.

USA 20 March 2018; 11:23am

Police in Austin, Texas are investigating the detonation of a series of small parcel bombs in different locations in the city since 2 March that have resulted in the deaths of 2 people and injuries to others; if you’re in the area should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local law enforcement authorities.

Bangladesh 19 March 2018; 5:12pm

Safety and security section (Burmese border) and summary – addition of information and advice for those considering travel to the sub-districts of Ukhia and Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar district, where Rohingya refugees are accommodated.

Safety and security section – updated link on Department for Transport assessments at Dhaka airport.

Argentina 19 March 2018; 4:59pm

Safety and security section and summary – updated visitor figures and contact details for the Tourist Police.

Entry requirements section (Visas) – if you’re travelling to Argentina for any purpose other than tourism, including non-tourist visitors to Antarctica departing from an Argentine port, you should contact the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in London for visa information.

Bolivia 19 March 2018; 3:10pm

Local road blocks are affecting bus tours near the town of Uyuni.

Sri Lanka 19 March 2018; 11:41am

On 17 March the government lifted the state of emergency imposed after recent violent clashes.

Jamaica 19 March 2018; 10:04am

Updated information and advice on the state of emergency in the Parish of St Catherine.

 

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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