Travel Safety Round-Up: 3/4/2018

We hope you had a great bank holiday weekend!

If you’re looking for extra peace of mind, start with the latest travel safety information, and make sure you have appropriate travel insurance for your route and destination.

This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes health, security, and terrorism notifications.

 

 

Country Date  
     
Fiji 1 April 2018; 12:20am

Tropical Cyclone: TD 12F has been upgraded to Tropical Cyclone Josie.

Ecuador 29 March 2018; 5:29pm

Addition of information on kidnapping on 26 March.

Italy, France, Germany & many other destinations 29 March 2018

Terrorists may target religious sites, including churches; you should be particularly vigilant over the Easter period.

France 29 March 2018; 4:21pm

Information on strikes at Air France and its subsidiaries on 30 March, 3 April and 7 April, SNCF trains between 3 April and 28 June, and the Port of Calais on 5 April.

South Africa 29 March 2018; 3:47pm

Entry requirements – biometric capturing has been implemented at all ports of entry; delays may occur at land borders; you should allow additional time for travel.

Vanuatu 29 March 2018; 2:36pm

Natural disasters – updated information on earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.

Vietnam 29 March 2018; 1:12pm

Safety and security (road travel) – updated figures on road traffic accidents.

Health – update to information on Dengue fever.

Thailand 29 March 2018; 12:15pm

Health – updated information on reports of rabies in domestic and wild animals.

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories 28 March 2018; 3:20pm

A mass march of Palestinians will take place throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories on 30 March.

Easter and Passover holidays will take place between 30 March and 9 April; there is a risk of increased tension in Jerusalem and at check points in and around the West Bank and Gaza during this period; you should avoid demonstrations and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Qatar 28 March 2018; 1:03pm

Entry requirements section – update to information on tourist visa-waiver on arrival in Qatar, which is for a period of up to 30 days.

Netherlands 28 March 2018; 9:01am

As from 26 March, Amsterdam public transport service (GVB) do not accept cash for buying tickets on trams, buses or metro trains in Amsterdam.

Tickets can be bought by credit card (not American Express) on buses, trams or at payment points at main bus and tram stops, Amsterdam Central Station and Schiphol airport.

Montenegro 28 March 2018; 8:45am

Entry requirements – under Montenegrin law you must carry a valid form of ID at all times, otherwise you may be fined.

Health – addition of information on reciprocal healthcare agreement between Montenegro and the UK for medical emergencies.

If traveling with medication, check with the local authorities and carry prescription medicine in original packaging with your prescription.

Cameroon 27 March 2018; 4:49pm

Change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all travel to within 40km of the Cameroon/Nigeria border and Ndian division, and against all but essential travel to the rest of the North West and most of the South West regions.

Updated information on kidnaps and clashes in the North West and South West regions.

Honduras 27 March 2018; 4:27pm

Safety and security section and summary – editorial amendments to information about situation following elections in November 2017.

Entry requirements section – update on departure tax.

Guatemala 27 March 2018; 4:06pm

Safety and security section and summary – update to statistical information on visitors and incidents of violent crime; updates to web links in other sections.

Egypt 27 March 2018; 3:29pm

Terrorism section – factual update reflecting a recent incident; on 24 March 2018.

There was a vehicle IED attack in Alexandria, reportedly targeting local security authorities; two police officers were killed.

Russia 27 March 2018; 3:06pm

Arsenal FC take on CSKA Moscow in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final tie in Moscow on Thursday 12 April; if you’re planning to travel to Russia for the match, check our information and advice page for travelling fans in addition to this travel advice.

South Africa 27 March 2018; 3:05pm

Health – as of 15 March 2018 Plasmodium falciparum malaria has been reported in 2 UK residents, who had recently returned from the Waterberg region; the National Travel Health Network and Centre provide further information.

Nepal 27 March 2018; 1:26pm

Updated information on the Chandragiri Hills cable car: removal of advice to avoid using the cable car in March 2017.

If you’re travelling in the area exercise caution and remain vigilant.

Cape Verde 26 March 2018; 2:46pm

Entry requirements section – update to passport validity requirements; your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Cape Verde; updated contact details for the Cape Verde Consulate General in the Netherlands.

Safety and security section (Road travel) – addition of advice for travellers hiring cars, scooters or quad bikes.

Saudi Arabia 26 March 2018; 1:35pm

Update to information and advice on missile attacks in Saudi Arabia; on 25 March 2018, 7 missiles were intercepted and destroyed, 3 over north-east Riyadh near King Khalid International Airport and 4 fired towards the cities of Najran, Jizan, Abha and Khamis Mushait in southern Saudi Arabia; one person was killed in Riyadh by falling debris.

In the event of a missile attack, you should stay indoors, monitor local media reports and follow the advice of the local authorities.

France 26 March 2018; 12:54pm

Terrorism section and summary – editorial update reflecting terrorist incident in the Carcassonne area of southern France on 23 March.

United Arab Emirates 26 March 2018; 12:50pm

Entry requirements section – updated information on acceptance of UK Emergency Travel Documents for entry to the UAE from 31 March 2018.

Zimbabwe 26 March 2018; 12:26pm

Health section – following an outbreak first reported in October 2017, there are continuing reports of typhoid fever in a number of areas; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Bhutan 26 March 2018; 11:56am

Entry requirements (Passport validity) – your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months after the date you intend to leave Bhutan.

 

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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