Planning to travel any time soon? Here’s the latest round-up of alerts and updates issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Remember that many standard travel insurance policies limit or exclude cover for things like terrorism and natural catastrophes – here are some simple guidelines to help you check. If you’re concerned about terrorism affecting your travel plans, you can top up your travel insurance to cover terrorism – including disinclination to travel* – from just over a fiver per person!**
|Philippines||29 April 2018; 3:30pm||
Labor Day protests are scheduled to take place in several provinces and cities on Tuesday 1 May. Additional information on Mayon volcano activity in Albay Province.
|Angola||27 April 2018; 3:30pm||Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information on changes to the visa regime.|
|France||27 April 2018; 9:16am||
Removal of April strike dates for Air France and subsidiaries, and addition of May strike dates.
|Madagascar||26 April 2018; 1:50pm||
Additional information on the on-going risk of political demonstrations in Antananarivo.
26 April 2018; 12:33pm
Safety and security section (Road travel) – additional information on international driving permits/temporary local licenses; (Stadiums and venues) – addition of information on security and safety standards at stadiums and venues.
Entry requirements section (Visas) – additional information for persons of Palestinian origin.
|Fiji||26 April 2018; 9:38am||Health section – addition of information on Meningococcal disease.|
|Burundi||25 April 2018; 1:18pm||
Addition of information on referendum on constitutional change on 17 May 2018.
|Philippines||25 April 2018; 11:55am||
Additional information on the closure of Boracay Island to tourists.
|Eritrea||25 April 2018; 10:59am||
The FCO advise against all travel to within 25km of the border with Ethiopia, with the exception of the town of Senafe; and advise against all travel to within 25km of Eritrea’s border with Sudan, with the exception of the town of Tessenei.
|Nicaragua||24 April 2018; 10:46pm||
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Nicaragua.
|Cambodia||24 April 2018; 12:41pm||
Updated visitor figures for 2017; Safety and security section (Political) – date of national election will be 29 July 2018.
|Canada||23 April 2018; 11:25pm||
In an incident in Toronto on 23 April a vehicle struck a number of pedestrians near Yonge and Finch. Local authorities have confirmed that they are dealing with a number of casualties, and an investigation is ongoing. The area surrounding the incident has been sealed off, and disruption to local transport services can be expected. Please follow the advice of the local authorities.
|Saudi Arabia||23 April 2018; 5:19pm||
Terrorism section – addition of information on incident in Asir region on 19 April.
|Chad||23 April 2018; 12:48pm||
Local laws and customs – 2018 dates for Ramadan.
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information if your visa is valid for longer than a short visit.
Health section – updated statistics on AIDS.
|Tanzania||23 April 2018; 9:25am||
Safety and security section (Crime) – addition of information on the increase of residential burglaries in Zanzibar.
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 before you book – and before you depart.
*Disinclination to travel applies if an act of terrorism takes place within a 40-mile radius of your travel route or destination, up to 6 weeks before your departure. Please read our Policy Wording for full details of cover provided by Safe Journey, as well as terms, conditions and exclusions.
**£5.17 per person applies to a single trip of up to 8 days – whether you’re travelling locally or internationally. Single trip cover is available for trips of up to 180 days continuous travel, worldwide (£53.73 pp). Annual Multi-Trip cover is also available from £15.66 per person.