Travel Safety Round-Up: 31/5/2017

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Below is this week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):

Country Date  
Mozambique

30-05-2017 15:48 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Air travel) – updated information about the safety of air travel following the removal of Mozambique from the list of countries subject to an EU operating ban.

Thailand 30-05-2017 15:16 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Road travel) -– most road traffic accidents involve motorcycles; the World Health Organisation rates Thailand as world’s deadliest country for fatalities on motorcycles, citing an average of 5,500 motorcyclist deaths annually.

 Norway

30-05-2017 14:00 PM GMT

Norway has extended the temporary border controls on its internal Schengen border until 11 November 2017; these border controls take place at ports with ferry traffic from Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

 India

30-05-2017 13:32 PM GMT

UK health authorities have classified India as having a risk of Zika virus transmission; for information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website,

 Sri Lanka

30-05-2017 10:01 AM GMT

Monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding, leading to displacement of people, injuries and deaths; heavy rains and landslips have also led to road closures affecting local transport links; you should seek local advice before travelling to affected areas.

 India &

Bangladesh

29-05-2017 10:34 AM GMT

Tropical Cyclone Mora forecast to intensify later on 29 May.

Egypt

26-05-2017 23:10 PM GMT

Summary and Terrorism sections – you should remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of local security officials, including in and around religious sites and during religious festivals (including the holy month of Ramadan) when terrorist groups sometimes call for attacks.

Grenada, St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, 

26-05-2017 21:44 PM GMT

The European Commission has added Mustique Airways to the EU Air Safety List due to safety deficiencies.

Philippines

26-05-2017 17:32 PM GMT

 Clashes are underway between government forces and militants in Marawi City, Mindanao. If you’re in Marawi City you should remain indoors, monitor media reporting, and follow the advice of the Philippine authorities.

On May 23 2017, martial law for the whole of Mindanao was declared for 60 days. The implications aren’t yet clear, but government officials have said measures will include the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, the imposition of curfews and establishment of checkpoints. Some airlines servicing Mindanao are offering pre-booked customers alternative options to taking their scheduled flight, in light of this announcement.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continue to advise against all travel to western and parts of central Mindanao including Marawi City; and against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao. If you don’t have essential reason to travel to the remainder of Mindanao, you should consider the implications of martial law and consider reviewing your plans whilst it is in place.

 Ukraine 26-05-2017 15:52 PM GMT

Air Urga has been refused permission to operate services to the EU due to safety deficiencies.

 Azerbaijan

26-05-2017 15:07 PM GMT

Information and advice for Northern Ireland fans travelling to Azerbaijan for the World Cup qualifier on 10 June 2017

 Egypt

26-05-2017 14:43 PM GMT

On 26th May, a bus carrying Coptic Christians was attacked in Minya province, central Egypt; there are reports of fatalities; you should avoid the area, follow the advice of local authorities and remain vigilant.

 China

26-05-2017 14:40 PM GMT

China has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drugs; there are severe penalties in China for drugs-related offences including the death penalty; Entry requirements section (Transiting China) – under certain circumstances, if you’re transiting China, you may be able to enter without a visa.

 Tanzania

26-05-2017 12:59 PM GMT

Several police officers were recently ambushed and killed in an attack in the Pwani coastal region, about 100km south of Dar es Salaam; there’s a heightened security presence in the area; you should exercise caution and monitor local media.

 Bahrain

26-05-2017 09:46 AM GMT

There have been civil disturbances across the country during the evenings of 24 and 25 May 2017, following a security operation in the vicinity of Diraz on 23 May; there’s a possibility of further civil disturbances and protests; you should follow the advice of the local authorities and if you encounter a large demonstration, protest or any civil disturbances, leave the area immediately.

 Nigeria 25-05-2017 16:23 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Niger Delta states) – secessionists calling for an independent state in the south-east have called on supporters to stay at home on 30 May 2017; previous similar protests have seen widespread closure of businesses; there may also be public demonstrations and protests on the days around 30 May 2017; there were outbreaks of violence the cities of Aba in Abia State and Onitsha in Anambra State during previous protests by secessionists; be especially vigilant in Abia State, Anambra State, Ebonyi State, Enugu State, Imo State, and the cities of Asaba in Delta State and Port Harcourt in Rivers State.

 Niger

25-05-2017 16:17 PM GMT

Summary & Terrorism section – terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Niger, including kidnapping; there are recent reports that terrorist groups may be targeting international humanitarian workers in Diffa province for kidnapping.

 Cambodia 25-05-2017 15:07 PM GMT

Local elections will be held on 4 June 2017; it’s possible that political tensions will increase in the run-up to the election in June as political parties step up their campaigning; monitor local media closely and avoid all protests and demonstrations as they could turn violent.

Entry requirements section (Visas) – tourist visas are available on arrival at the Phnom Penh or Siem Reap international airports for $30; if you wish to get a visa on arrival you should arrive with a passport photograph.

Nepal

25-05-2017 13:11 PM GMT

Summary – update for second round of local elections on 14 June

 Saudi Arabia 25-05-2017 11:14 AM GMT

Terrorism section – you should be especially vigilant during periods of religious significance (including the holy month of Ramadan) and public holidays; terrorist groups sometimes call for attacks at these times; terrorists carried out several attacks in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan in 2016

 Turkey

25-05-2017 10:03 AM GMT

Be vigilant around significant religious occasions (including the holy month of Ramadan) and public holidays; terrorist groups sometimes call for attacks around these times

 Indonesia

24-05-2017 17:04 PM GMT

There have been reports of a bomb explosion at the Kampung Melayu bus station in East Jakarta on 24 May 2017. You should avoid this area. The FCO continues to advise that the threat from terrorism remains high in Indonesia. You should be vigilant, take care at all times, and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Korea DPR (North Korea) 24-05-2017 15:05 PM GMT

Tensions are high on the Korean peninsula; there’s a continuing threat of further missile or nuclear tests, which could lead to greater instability in the region; there have been recent cases of foreign nationals being prevented from leaving the country and/or being detained; risks could increase if international tensions rise or the security situation deteriorates; you should follow the political and security situation very closely

South Korea

24-05-2017 15:01 PM GMT

Summary and Safety & security section – updated information and advice about the level of inter-Korean tensions; there’s no change in the UK government’s assessment of the current level of threat from inter-Korean conflict;

Safety and security section (Road travel) – updated statistics

Algeria

24-05-2017 11:28 AM GMT

Terrorism section – terrorist groups have been active across the country and pose a threat throughout Algeria, including in Algiers and other major cities.

Dominica

24-05-2017 09:44 AM GMT

Safety and security section (Political situation) – in February 2017, a political demonstration in Dominica’s capital, Roseau, was broken up by police; further, smaller demonstrations have taken place since then.

On 23 May 2017, there were reports that gunshots had been fired outside the parliament building; you should check to see if any demonstrations are planned during your visit and take extra care to avoid areas where protests may be held.

Laos

24-05-2017 09:27 AM GMT

Safety and security section (Crime) – don’t leave your passport as a deposit or guarantee when hiring motorcycles.

Local laws and customs section – don’t get involved with drugs; there have been a number of occasions where British nationals have suffered fatal overdoses from very small quantities.

Health section – there are no proper mental health services or care facilities in Laos; professional treatment including medication is difficult and expensive to obtain and emergency mental health treatment is likely to require transfer to a country offering appropriate facilities.

Comoros

23-05-2017 10:09 AM GMT

Safety & security section (Air travel) – Air Madagascar has been removed from the list of airlines banned from operating within the European Union; however, staff at the British Embassy in Madagascar are advised to use an alternative to Air Madagascar if a safer mode of transport is available.

Saudi Arabia 22-05-2017 13:14 PM GMT

Addition of a Pilgrimage section to this travel advice page offering information and advice for British nationals travelling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah

     

 

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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