Travel Safety Round-Up: 7/8/2017

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Country Date  
     
 Turkmenistan

04-08-2017 16:31 PM GMT

Local law & customs section – all foreign visitors are now expected to pay a new tourism tax of USD 2 a day for their stay in Turkmenistan; hotels are including the tax as a separate item on guest hotel bills.

 Mexico

04-08-2017 16:10 PM GMT

Entry requirements section – if your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Mexico, you can now choose to complete your immigration card in advance online rather than on arrival.

 Papua New Guinea

04-08-2017 14:51 PM GMT

Papua New Guinea (PNG) recently held national elections; post election there have been isolated cases of civil unrest leading to possible disruption of flight schedules and transport services;

Safety & security section (Political situation) – you should continue to exercise a high degree of caution around any political events.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

04-08-2017 12:57 PM GMT

‘Ville morte’ (general strikes) may occur throughout the country on 8 and 9 August 2017; you should remain vigilant on these days, follow local media and this travel advice.

 Iran

03-08-2017 16:25 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Visas) – if you’re transiting through Tehran airport, you should check visa requirements with your airline and the Iranian Embassy

 Montenegro

 03-08-2017 10:42 AM GMT

Under Montenegrin law you must carry a valid form of ID with you at all times, for example a driving license, passport or equivalent, otherwise you may be fined; keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place.

Entry requirements section (Border crossings) – there may be additional delays on roads approaching the border crossings between Montenegro and Croatia as Croatia implements an EU decision on enhanced border controls which involves additional checks.

 Albania 02-08-2017 13:38 PM GMT

There have been reports of wildfires in several areas throughout Albania during the summer months of 2017; monitor local and international media for the latest information.

India  

02-08-2017 12:43 PM GMT

There are ongoing instances of violence and arson in Darjeeling and Kalimpong with sporadic violence in the Darjeeling foothills and in Cooch Behar district; if you’re planning to travel in or through the Darjeeling hills, Sikkim and Cooch Behar district, monitor local media, follow the advice of the local authorities, and keep in touch with your travel company.

 South Korea

02-08-2017 09:56 AM GMT

Typhoon Noru is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of South Korea from around 5 August 2017

 Belize

02-08-2017 09:01 AM GMT

Entry requirements section – updated information on departure tax when leaving Belize by air or overland.

 Japan

02-08-2017 08:57 AM GMT

Typhoon Noru is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of Japan from around 4 August 2017

 Venezuela 01-08-2017 17:34 PM GMT

The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Venezuela, due to ongoing unrest and instability. As of the 1 August, all dependents of British Embassy staff have been withdrawn. You should consider leaving the country by normal commercial means. There’s a risk of significant disruption to transport links in and out of the country. If the political situation worsens, the British embassy may be limited in the assistance that it can provide.

Please note: Safe Journey (and most travel insurance policies) cannot cover Venezuela now that advice against travel has been issued by the FCO. 

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The above information was obtained from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) email updates, but it can change at any time. It’s always 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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