Travel Safety Round-Up: 29/8/2017

We trust you had a safe and enjoyable bank holiday weekend! We’re back with a summary of international travel safety updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help get your week off to an informed start…

 

Country Date  
     
 USA

26-08-2017 21:56 PM GMT

Tropical storm Harvey will continue to affect parts of the southern USA from Texas to Louisiana until 30 August 2017; high winds, heavy rain and severe flooding are still expected with the possibility of sporadic tornadoes throughout the region.

 USA

25-08-2017 17:13 PM GMT

Hurricane Harvey is forecast to affect parts of the southern USA from Texas to Louisiana from 25 August until 30 August 2017; high winds, heavy rain and severe flooding is expected and sporadic tornadoes are possible; you should track weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any mandatory evacuations; we are aware of the cancellation of flights from major airports in the affected areas; check with your airline before travelling into potentially dangerous areas.

 Peru

25-08-2017 16:20 PM GMT

strikes are taking place in the historic centre of Lima and some other parts of the country, leading to temporary transport disruption; you should monitor the news and follow local advice.

 Switzerland 25-08-2017 15:18 PM GMT

The village of Bondo in the Canton of Graubünden remains only partially accessible following a mud slide in the Bondasca Valley on Wednesday 23 August 2017; the main cantonal road between Stampa and Castasegna is closed until further notice; if you’re in the area, you should follow the instructions of Swiss security authorities and local traffic advice.

 India 25-08-2017 15:09 PM GMT

A number of deaths have been reported in violent clashes following the conviction of the head of the Dera Sacha Sauda spiritual organisation; high alerts and a ban on unauthorised gatherings are in place throughout Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh until 30 August 2017; the British Deputy High Commission and British Council offices in Chandigarh are closed until Monday 28 August, due to the possibility of further serious violence; you should avoid large gatherings, follow the advice of the local authorities, monitor local media and keep in touch with your travel company; local road and rail travel may be significantly disrupted during this period.

 Tonga

25-08-2017 15:00 PM GMT

The Tongan parliament was dissolved on 25 August 2017 and new elections will be held on 16 November; if you’re in Tonga you should monitor the local media and contact the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa if you need further advice or assistance.

 Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon & Saudi Arabia

25-08-2017 14:36 PM GMT

Link to updated guidance regarding continued restriction of electronic devices for some flights to the UK; contact your airline or travel company if you have further questions.

 Macao 25-08-2017 13:48 PM GMT

Tropical Storm Pakhar is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to Macao from around 27 August 2017; you should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities; Typhoon Hato has caused significant damage to infrastructure in Macao; travel and public transport are severely disrupted due to storm damage to roads and the ferry terminal.

 China

25-08-2017 13:28 PM GMT

Tropical Storm Pakhar is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to southern coastal regions of China from around 27 August 2017

 Hong Kong

25-08-2017 13:17 PM GMT

Tropical storm Pakhar is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to Hong Kong from around 27 August 2017

 Spain

25-08-2017 12:03 PM GMT

Terrorism section – two terrorist-related incidents in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona and Cambrils, near Salou, on 17/18 August 2017 have now concluded; update to threat level: terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Spain.

Please note: change in terrorism threat level assessment for Spain

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 Philippines

25-08-2017 09:16 AM GMT

Tropical storm Pakhar is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to northern areas of the Philippines from around 25 August 2017

 Ghana

25-08-2017 08:18 AM GMT

Safety & security section (Political situation) – on 25 August 2017, opposition parties in Togo have called for a day of reflection following recent protests; there may be protests in the vicinity of the Togolese embassy in Accra around 30 and 31 August; you should avoid crowds and demonstrations and monitor local media.

(Local travel) – land disputes and political tension, isolated inter-ethnic violence and civil unrest can occur at any time; if you’re travelling in affected areas remain alert and keep in touch with daily developments through local media.

Bolivia

24-08-2017 19:22 PM GMT

Dispute between local communities on the Island of the Sun (Isla del Sol) on Lake Titicaca that could affect foreign tourists; there are blockades near the town of Achacachi, which are also affecting the road between La Paz and Copacabana; public transport has been affected; do not attempt to cross blockades, and check with your tour company before travelling.

Togo 24-08-2017 17:17 PM GMT

Further protests likely in Togo; day of reflection planned for Friday 25 August and marches on Wednesday 30 August and Thursday 31 August; exercise caution.

Turkmenistan

24-08-2017 16:25 PM GMT

A number of car-free days are likely to be introduced leading up to the Asian indoor and martial art games (AIMAG) from 17 to 27 September 2017; during AIMAG there will be severe disruption to Ashgabat’s road network, but buses and state taxis from the airport to the city will run normally.

Entry requirements section (Visas) – there have been unconfirmed reports of stricter immigration checks, possible border closures to foreign visitors and denial of transit visas during the run up to AIMAG; the Turkmen authorities haven’t released any information about changes to entry requirements.

Angola 24-08-2017 14:55 PM GMT

Elections took place on Wednesday 23 August 2017; although the electoral process has been largely peaceful so far, you should avoid political gatherings and demonstrations and follow the advice of the local security authorities.

Jordan

24-08-2017 12:50 PM GMT

The Desert Highway (highway 15) has occasionally been closed due to unrest in Ma’an, and parts of the highway between Karak and Aqaba may also be blocked at times; if you’re using the highway you should exercise caution and follow police instructions.

Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Egypt 23-08-2017 16:45 PM GMT

Link to updated guidance about additional security measures which may apply to flights departing from (these countries) to the UK; you should contact your airline or travel company if you have further questions.

Haiti

23-08-2017 14:23 PM GMT

Summary & Health section – there are no central emergency services in Haiti; you should research local police and medical facilities, and keep contact details with you; medical facilities are very limited and offer a poor standard of care; Entry requirements section (Entry tax) – tourists must pay a US $10 tourist fee payable in cash on arrival

Vietnam

22-08-2017 16:00 PM GMT

Health section – as of August 2017, there has been a significant increase in the number of dengue fever cases; the majority of cases are in southern Vietnam, but there has been a sharp increase in the number of cases in the north, especially Hanoi; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre

Korea, DPR (North Korea)

22-08-2017 13:59 PM GMT

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to North Korea (DPRK); tensions are high on the Korean peninsula following a series of North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests in 2016 and 2017; there remains a threat of further missile or nuclear tests, which could lead to further instability in the region; the security situation in North Korea can change without warning and with no advance notice of possible actions by the authorities. This represents a significant risk for British visitors and residents; the British Embassy in Pyongyang has limited ability to provide consular assistance.

Qatar

22-08-2017 13:31 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Visas) – you can get a free 30 day visa waiver on arrival in Qatar; if you hold one of the other types of British passport, you must get a visa before arrival.

British Indian Ocean Territory

22-08-2017 12:47 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Permits) – access to the British Indian Ocean Territory is restricted and a permit is required in advance of travel; there are no commercial flights and permits for yachts are only issued to allow safe passage through the Indian Ocean (outer islands only); access to Diego Garcia is only permitted to those with connections either to the military facility or to the territory’s administration.

Singapore

22-08-2017 11:22 AM GMT

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – entry is normally refused if you have a damaged passport or pages missing; make sure your passport is in good condition before arriving in Singapore, being refused entry can result in significant cost and a long stay at the airport.

Togo

22-08-2017 09:59 AM GMT

On 19 August 2017, 2 people were killed during demonstrations in Lomé over demands to restore the 1992 constitution; you should avoid crowds and demonstrations and monitor local media

Uganda 21-08-2017 15:30 PM GMT

Entry requirements section – you’ll need a visa to enter Uganda; you can apply at the Ugandan High Commission in London or online; you should give yourself sufficient time to apply for a visa and make sure when applying that the start date and validity covers the period you wish to travel.

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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