Travel Safety Round-Up: 5/2/2018

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We’ve summarised notifications from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help you keep track of safety advice and alerts around the world. 

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Country Date  
     
Jamaica

02-02-2018 17:49 PM GMT

Updated information and advice on the state of emergency in the parish of St James, which includes Montego Bay

Maldives

02-02-2018 17:12 PM GMT

Updated information on protests on the streets of central Malé on 2 February 2018; further demonstrations are possible over the weekend; if you’re in Malé, you should exercise caution and avoid any protests or rallies; there are no reports that outlying islands, resorts or Malé International Airport are affected.

Paraguay

02-02-2018 17:07 PM GMT

Heavy rainfall and flooding has affected a number of areas in Paraguay, including some areas of Asuncion. Local authorities have declared a 30-day emergency due to slow but increasing flooding of the Paraguay River; you should exercise caution if visiting the affected areas, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Uzbekistan

02-02-2018 17:04 PM GMT

Entry requirement section (Passport validity) – your passport should be valid for at least three months after you’ve entered Uzbekistan; editorial amendments throughout.

Côte d’Ivoire

02-02-2018 13:50 PM GMT

Security forces in Bouake clashed in early January 2018, resulting in the destruction of military buildings; in the event of unrest, you should monitor local media and follow the instructions given by local police and security personnel.

Brazil

02-02-2018 11:12 AM GMT

There has been an increase in reported cases of yellow fever, particularly in the states of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais; you should take steps to avoid mosquito bites and check the requirements for vaccination.

Ecuador

02-02-2018 10:33 AM GMT

Safety & security section (Political situation) – a national referendum will be held on Sunday 4 February 2018; you should monitor local media and avoid all large gatherings; Entry requirements section (Visas) – from 1 May 2018 it will be mandatory for tourists to carry valid health insurance.

South Africa 01-02-2018 17:59 PM GMT

The Western Cape is suffering from prolonged drought; if you’re planning to travel to the area, you should be mindful of water consumption and comply with local restrictions.

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – some immigration officials request a passport should have at least 6 months validity on the date of entry to South Africa; to avoid problems at the airport on arrival it’s recommended you meet this requirement.

Safety & security section (Local travel) – don’t walk alone, especially in remote areas or on beaches after dark or when beachgoers have left and if you’re hiking, do so in large groups (Rail travel) – updated information and advice on rail travel.

Ecuador

01-02-2018 17:07 PM GMT

Terrorism section – on 27 January 2018, a car bomb was detonated outside a police station in San Lorenzo, a town near the Colombian border in the Esmeraldas province resulting in 28 people injured. The Ecuadorean government has declared a state of emergency in the province.

USA

01-02-2018 10:11 AM GMT

A winter storm is currently affecting several states along the east coast of the USA; hazardous weather conditions have led to power outages and travel disruption in some areas, including delays and cancellations to flights.

If you’re in the area or due to travel, you should monitor local media, follow the advice of the local authorities and check with your airline or transport provider before travelling to your point of departure; you can check forecasts and weather warnings for the area you’re in on the website of the US National Weather Service.

Lebanon

31-01-2018 17:27 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (UK Emergency Travel Documents) – updated information on local procedures for getting an ETD following loss or theft of a British passport; minor editorial amendments to other sections.

Azerbaijan

31-01-2018 14:16 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Road travel) – updated information on taxis.

Entry requirements section (Visas) – you can make an application for an online visa via the Asan Visa website (Dual nationals) – if you’re a British passport holder with links to Azerbaijan (through birth or otherwise) and wish to check your nationality status, contact the State Migration Service.

Colombia

31-01-2018 13:06 PM GMT

On 27 and 28 January 2018, three bomb attacks took place at police stations in the north of Colombia, including in the city of Barranquilla.

Papua new Guinea 31-01-2018 10:13 AM GMT

The island of Kadovar was evacuated in January 2018 following a volcanic eruption; there may be some disruption to flight services to Wewak; you should contact your airline or tour operator fo further information.

Kyrgyzstan

30-01-2018 13:14 PM GMT

On 30 January 2018, a significant fire occurred at the Osh bazaar on the outskirts of Bishkek; you should avoid the immediate area until further notice. There are also separate, ongoing problems with heating and water supplies in Bishkek, which could pose health and safety issues; you’re advised to monitor local media for updates.

Albania

29-01-2018 14:28 PM GMT

Safety & security section (Political situation) – the two main opposition parties held a major demonstration in central Tirana on 27 January 2018. Further large-scale protests are possible; you should check the local media for the latest information, remain vigilant and avoid any demonstrations.

Slovenia

29-01-2018 11:50 AM GMT

Safety & security section (Road travel) – from 1 April 2018, vehicles over 3.5 tonnes will be required to register for an electronic tolling system.

United Arab Emirates

29-01-2018 10:57 AM GMT

Entry requirements (Passport validity) – if you’re transiting the UAE (and not passing through Immigration), your passport only needs to have a minimum of 3 months validity from the date of transit.

     

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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