Travel Safety Round-Up: 29/1/2018

Information is a great way to get extra peace of mind – start with the latest advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in this week’s summary.

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Afghanistan

27-01-2018 10:12 AM GMT

On 27 January 2018 an explosion occurred at the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) checkpoint near the old Ministry of Interior building in Kabul. Please follow the instructions of local authorities.

Mauritania

26-01-2018 18:30 PM GMT

Terrorism section (Kidnaps) – updated information and advice on the high threat of kidnap in Mauritania.
Zimbabwe

26-01-2018 14:07 PM GMT

There are currently outbreaks of typhoid in Harare and cholera in Chegutu; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health and Network Centre.

China

26-01-2018 11:20 AM GMT

Summary & Health sections – human infections of avian influenza are being reported in China, particularly among individuals who have been in close contact with infected birds. Before travelling, you should read more information and follow the prevention advice on the Public Health England and NaTHNaC websites.

France

25-01-2018 15:50 PM GMT

Ports in Calais and Boulogne are currently being blocked by demonstrators; you should contact your travel provider for up-to-date information before you travel.

Guinea Bissau 25-01-2018 12:07 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Emergency travel documents) – UK Emergency travel documents are accepted for entry into, transit through and exit from Guinea Bissau.

Pakistan

24-01-2018 17:49 PM GMT

Terrorism section (Kidnapping) – those engaged in humanitarian aid work, journalism or business sectors are viewed as legitimate targets. If you’re kidnapped, the reason for your presence is unlikely to serve as a protection or secure your safe release.

Albania

24-01-2018 17:32 PM GMT

Safety & security section (Political situation) – the two main opposition parties have announced that they will hold a major demonstration in central Tirana on 27 January 2018; you should check the local media for the latest information, remain vigilant and avoid any demonstrations.

Portugal

24-01-2018 17:23 PM GMT

Liverpool FC play FC Porto in the Champions League on 14 February; information and advice page for travelling fans.

Philippines

24-01-2018 17:18 PM GMT

Mayon volcano in Albay Province is demonstrating increased eruptive activity, the local alert level has been raised to level 4, meaning a more hazardous eruption may be imminent. Ash plumes can affect air quality and have an impact on health; additional advice on the potential health hazards can found on the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network website.

Some local airports in and around Legazpi City have suspended operations and further disruption to flights in the region is possible; you should check with your airline before travelling

Dominica

24-01-2018 12:46 PM GMT

Editorial changes following widespread damage caused by Hurricane Maria in September 2017; life in Dominica continues to return to a state of normality. Mains water has been restored to 85% of the population and electricity has been restored to Roseau and Portsmouth, and for all essential services

Iran

24-01-2018 10:31 AM GMT

The protests that were widespread across Iran in late December 2017 and early January 2018 have largely ceased as of mid-January. However, you should continue to remain vigilant and avoid large crowds and areas where police and security forces are deployed.

Seychelles

24-01-2018 09:59 AM GMT

There have been a spate of robberies and attacks on and around the Cote D’Or beach on the island of Praslin; incidents have taken place both after dark and during daylight hours; you should take care when walking in this area, particularly at night.

Italy

24-01-2018 09:32 AM GMT

Heavy snow falls have caused some roads and ski resorts to be closed at intervals and the risk of avalanche is quite high in many areas; you should check with your tour operator or resort before travelling. If you’re visiting a ski resort you should take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel.

USA, Canada

23-01-2018 18:17 PM GMT

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 occurred off the coast of north Alaska at 12:35 AM (local time) on 23 January 2018. The Tsunami warnings which were issued for British Columbia, south and south east Alaska, the Alaskan peninsula and the Aleutian Islands have now been lifted.

Turkmenistan

23-01-2018 16:40 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Travelling with medication) – addition of information and advice on travelling to Turkmenistan with prescription and non-prescription medication.

Sierra Leone 23-01-2018 16:40 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Political situation) – the next presidential elections are scheduled to take place on 7 March 2018. Unofficial campaigning has started and you should avoid political rallies that may occur during the official campaign period, which starts on 4 February.

Health section – updated statistics on HIV/AIDS in 2016.

Peru

23-01-2018 16:05 PM GMT

Safety and security section (River rafting and boating) – the government of Cusco has suspended tour activities in parts of the rivers in Cusco until 31 March 2018 due to high water levels.

Safety and security section (Unregulated tour services) – there are a number of unregistered tour agencies operating in Cusco and other cities; travelling with unregistered operators brings increased risks; we advise that you only use registered tour agencies; for more information, contact the Ministry of Tourism

Japan 23-01-2018 14:55 PM GMT

Local law and customs section – some common prescription and over-the-counter medicines are banned and ignorance may not be considered a defence; if you need prescription medication for long term use, you may need to provide extra paperwork, such as an import licence. You should check with the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate for advice and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare also provides information about bringing medication for personal use

Japan

23-01-2018 06:36 AM GMT

Mount Kusatsu-Shirane, near Kusatsu ski resort, in Gunma Prefecture erupted on Tuesday 23 January with reports of people injured. Japan’s Meteorological Agency has issued a level-3 volcanic alert on a scale of 5, telling people not to approach and a warning about the danger of falling volcanic rocks. If you are in the area you should monitor local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

Bolivia

22-01-2018 18:23 PM GMT

General strikes across Bolivia are expected to begin on Tuesday 23 January; there may be significant disruption in the coming days, including blockades on main transport routes and streets within cities; you should monitor local news before travelling, avoid demonstrations and follow the guidance of local authorities

Switzerland

22-01-2018 17:43 PM GMT

Updated information on the impact of heavy snowfall in the mountains; there’s an increased risk of avalanches and some road and rail connections have been affected; addition of links to information on road conditions and rail travel.

Austria 22-01-2018 14:08 PM GMT

Heavy snowfall in western parts of Austria have led to road closures and a high risk of avalanches; local authorities advise caution when traveling in the affected regions; you should keep up to date with local avalanche warning bulletins, including for Tyrol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg; for further information on how your travel plans may be affected, contact your tour operator.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

22-01-2018 13:42 PM GMT

Terrorism section and summary – updated information and advice about the threat from terrorism reflecting an increased threat; removal of information about political events held across the DRC on Sunday 21 January.

Costa Rica

22-01-2018 10:32 AM GMT

Safety and security section (Crime) – addition of information about an incident involving a tourist bus in Limon Province in January 2018, during which passengers were robbed at gunpoint; Safety and security section (Air travel) – Costa Rica’s civil aviation authority has suspended the operating certificate of Nature Air while an investigation is conducted into a fatal accident in December 2017

 

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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