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*?
|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.
*Please read our Policy Wording for full details of cover provided by Safe Journey – including the option to cancel if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your route or accommodation, up to 6 weeks prior to your departure – as well as terms, conditions and exclusions. And it all costs as little as £5.17 per person for a single trip of up to 8 days!