Travel Safety Round-Up: 3/7/2017

It’s a new week and to help you plan your business and leisure travel, here’s a summary of the latest updates and travel advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

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 only £4.96 per person**

 

 

Country Date  
     
 Democratic Republic of the Congo

01-07-2017 13:50 PM GMT

There are reports that several towns in South Kivu Province of Eastern DRC, including Fizi, are being attacked by or have come under the control of armed groups.

 Malaysia

30-06-2017 11:10 AM GMT

Safety and security section (Local travel – Sabah) – the Malaysian authorities have designated the entire eastern portion of Sabah (extending from the town of Kudat in northern Sabah to Tawau district near the border with Indonesia) as the Eastern Sabah Security Zone, and established the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) to co-ordinate security forces’ activity in the area; the local authorities have imposed restrictions on travel by water in some coastal districts of eastern Sabah and in the coastal waters off eastern Sabah, including a night-time curfew.

 Senegal 30-06-2017 10:08 AM GMT

Summary and Safety & security section (Local travel) – changes to reflect the level of risk when travelling in the Casamance region.

 USA

30-06-2017 09:16 AM GMT

On 28 June 2017, the US Department of Homeland Security announced that it will begin implementing enhanced security screening for all commercial flights to the US; if you need more information about how this may affect your particular flight, contact your airline or travel company.

 Dominican Republic

29-06-2017 13:36 PM GMT

Take extra care if you’re travelling between Haiti and the Dominican Republic by road; there have been armed robberies in the Dominican Republic on roads close to the border with Haiti; Safety and security section (Road accidents) – updated information and advice about what to do if you’re involved in a road accident

 Portugal

29-06-2017 11:07 AM GMT

The forest fire which claimed the lives of a large number of people in the Pedrógão Grande area of central Portugal is now under control; however, further fires remain a risk throughout the summer period; forest fires are highly dangerous and unpredictable; check with local authorities if you’re considering travelling to affected areas; take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services on 112

 Korea, DPR (North Korea)

29-06-2017 10:56 AM GMT

Summary and Local laws & customs section – updated information and advice about recent cases involving the detention of foreign nationals.

 Saudi Arabia

28-06-2017 14:12 PM GMT

On 23 June 2017, Saudi security forces disrupted an imminent terrorist attack targeting the Grand Mosque in Makkah; during the security operation, which took place at one site in Jeddah and two sites in Makkah, a suicide bomber injured eleven people, including five members of the security forces.

 Thailand

28-06-2017 13:32 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Road travel) – if you’re riding a motorcycle take extra care and make sure you have the appropriate insurance and the correct licence to ride a motorcycle.

 Cyprus & Greece 28-06-2017 13:25 PM GMT

There have been reports of an increase in holidaymakers being encouraged to submit a claim for personal injury if they have experienced gastric illness during their stay; you can find more information about the action you can take if you have suffered a personal injury on the Citizens Advice website; you should only consider pursuing a complaint or claim if you have genuinely suffered from injury or illness; if you make a false or fraudulent claim, you may face legal proceedings in the UK or Cyprus/Greece.

 Zambia 28-06-2017 09:10 AM GMT

Health section – updated information and advice about the prevalence of HIV;

Money section – Zambia’s currency is the Kwacha and is available at airports, hotels, ATMs and exchange offices

 USA

27-06-2017 16:39 PM GMT

On 26 June 2017 a US Supreme Court ruling partly reintroduced temporary immigration measures for nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

 Greece

27-06-2017 15:17 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Road travel) – quad biking is considered an extreme sport and carries the risk of serious injury or worse; specific travel insurance to cover quad bike rental is essential to avoid you having to pay the costs of private health care and/or repatriation to the UK

Haiti

26-06-2017 16:18 PM GMT

Safety & security (Road travel) – ‘Route Nationale’ roads are subject to sudden and improvised blockades; you should monitor the local news and follow the advice of the local authorities before setting out on any journeys; (Crime) – crime levels have continued to increase in 2017.

Laos

26-06-2017 13:35 PM GMT

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office no longer advise against travel on Route 13 between Kasi and Phou Kon in Vientiane Province

 

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. 

 

*Please read our Policy Wording for full details of cover provided by Safe Journey – including the option to cancel if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your route or accommodation, up to 6 weeks prior to your departure – as well as terms, conditions and exclusions.

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