Travel Safety Round-Up: 4/12/2017

Make every journey safer, starting with key information so you can make informed decisions – such as this weekly summary of advice and updates issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). 

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Kenya

03-12-2017 11:17 AM GMT

President Kenyatta was inaugurated for a second five year term on 28 November 2017. Political tensions are high and demonstrations and clashes are possible throughout the country, particularly in the western region; you should exercise caution and, where possible, avoid travelling around areas where demonstrations may take place.

Honduras

03-12-2017 02:15 AM GMT

On 1 December the government declared a ten day curfew between the hours of 1800-0600. You should remain indoors during the curfew at all times and continue to follow the advice of the local authorities.

Nigeria

01-12-2017 19:20 PM GMT

The risk of terrorist attack increases around religious festivals, so will be elevated in the run up to and throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Terrorist groups have threatened to conduct bombings and attacks in the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) area during this period. You should avoid places where crowds gather, including religious gatherings and places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced people.

Bahrain

01-12-2017 12:20 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Emergency travel documents) – UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are not valid for entry into Bahrain. However, ETDs are accepted for airside transit and exit from Bahrain.

Western Sahara 01-12-2017 12:12 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Political situation) – small scale demonstrations often occur; you should avoid all demonstrations.

Egypt 30-11-2017 19:18 PM GMT

On Friday 24 November 2017, an attack on a mosque in North Sinai killed over 300 civilians; you should remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of local security officials, Avoid crowded places and gatherings, including in or around religious sites. During religious festivals (including the holy month of Ramadan), terrorist groups sometimes call for attacks. Take extra care over local holiday weekends, including the present holiday weekend from 30 November to 3 December as some terrorist attacks have occurred during these times.

Singapore 30-11-2017 11:56 AM GMT

Summary and Local law & customs section – drunk and disorderly conduct is a serious crime in Singapore; you should drink responsibly and know your limits. Penalties for drug offences are severe and can include the death penalty. There are strict laws regarding rental of short-term accommodation and further information on retention of passports during police investigations.

Sudan 30-11-2017 10:45 AM GMT

Safety and security section (Local travel – Darfur states) – on 25 November 2017, government forces arrested Musa Hilal, leader of an armed group in Darfur, following armed clashes. There have been reports of other clashes since, including in El Fasher, and further unrest cannot be ruled out; the FCO continue to advise against travel to Darfur

Bahrain

29-11-2017 17:27 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Visas) – if you’re currently a resident of Qatar, you require a visa to enter the Kingdom of Bahrain. Visas can be applied for online and you should attach a copy of your Qatari residency card to the application. Failure to obtain a visa in advance will result in a refusal of entry to Bahrain

Indonesia

29-11-2017 16:44 PM GMT

Following the eruption of Mount Agung, travel to and from Bali is currently subject to disruption and airport closures are likely to continue to occur at short notice; you should confirm your travel arrangements directly with your airline or travel agent. If you have queries about your visa or need an extension due to delayed departure from the country, you can speak to the immigration service on the third floor of the International Terminal at Ngurah Rai Airport. If you need to leave Bali urgently during airport closures there are options for overland travel and further information is available from the Customer Service desk situated on the third floor of the International Terminal of the airport. In the event of a major eruption, unless you’re asked to evacuate the area, you should remain indoors.

Zimbabwe

29-11-2017 15:50 PM GMT

The situation in Zimbabwe is calm, but ongoing political developments may result in further demonstrations, especially in urban areas; you should continue to exercise caution, avoid demonstrations or activities which could be considered political.

Korea, DPR (North Korea)

29-11-2017 14:51 PM GMT

Tensions are high on the Korean peninsula following a series of North Korean ballistic missile tests in 2016 and 2017, including 2 intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July 2017 and 1 in November 2017, 2 nuclear tests in 2016 and a nuclear test on 3 September 2017

Honduras

29-11-2017 14:21 PM GMT

Summary and Safety & security section (Political situation) – Honduras held nationwide elections on 26 November 2017. Political tensions are currently high and there are likely to be a number of demonstrations and rallies over the next few days. These have the potential to be become violent; you should avoid all demonstrations and monitor local news channels for the latest information.

Egypt 

29-11-2017 13:10 PM GMT

Latest update: Summary – on 24 November 2017, an attack on a mosque in North Sinai killed over 300 civilians; 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; take extra care over local holiday weekends, as some terrorist attacks have occurred during these times.

Pakistan

29-11-2017 12:25 PM GMT

Protests by religious parties and their supporters in many cities in Pakistan have now largely dispersed; advice previously in place for British High Commission staff in Islamabad and Karachi to limit their non-essential movements has been lifted; you should continue to avoid all protests.

Indonesia 28-11-2017 17:29 PM GMT

The FCO continues to advise against all travel to within 10km of Mount Agung in East Bali; during previous eruptions, areas beyond 10km have also been affected by mud/debris flows (particularly in valleys) and volcanic ash falls; if you’re in Bali, you should therefore exercise caution and keep up to date with developments; updated information and advice on risks to health in the affected area and wider region.

Nigeria

28-11-2017 16:20 PM GMT

Terrorism section (Terrorist kidnaps) – in the past five years several foreign nationals, including British Nationals, have been kidnapped, and in some cases killed, in the north of Nigeria, including in Adamawa state, Bauchi state, Katsina state, Kano and Kebbi state; if you’re working or travelling in areas where there is a Boko Haram presence, especially in the north-east of Nigeria, you should be aware of the risk of terrorist kidnapping.

Czech Republic

28-11-2017 11:07 AM GMT

There may be increased security in place over the Christmas and New Year period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds; you should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.

Democratic Republic of the Congo 27-11-2017 11:49 AM GMT

The political and security situation remains uncertain following the national electoral commission announcement that elections will take place in December 2018, with some calling for general strikes (‘ville morte’), civil disobedience and public protests towards the end of 2017 and beyond; you should remain vigilant and avoid travelling around Kinshasa and other large cities on days of planned protests.

Pakistan

27-11-2017 11:17 AM GMT

Following agreement with the government, protests by religious parties and their supporters in many cities in Pakistan are winding down; some disruption remains, including on the roads between Islamabad and Lahore; the advice for British High Commission staff in Islamabad and Karachi to limit their non-essential movements remains in place at present; you should avoid all crowds and protests.

Kuwait 27-11-2017 10:44 AM GMT

Terrorism section and summary – updated information on the threat from terrorism reflecting a decreased threat; Safety and security section – updated advice on local, road and sea 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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