Travel Safety Round-Up: 8/1/2018

Add to your peace of mind with the latest travel safety information and make sure you have appropriate travel insurance, including cover for acts of terrorism*.

The latest highlights from advice and updates issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) include road safety, entry requirements, and terrorism/kidnapping risks. 

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 just over £5 per person!**

 

Country Date  
     
Poland

05-01-2018 16:06 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Road travel) – addition of information on road traffic laws; when driving anywhere in Poland you must have your headlights on, at least dipped beam, even in the hours of daylight.

Brazil

05-01-2018 15:58 PM GMT

Safety and security section and summary – update to information and advice on favelas; in Rio de Janeiro, any visit to any favela can be dangerous, even as part of an organised tour; armed clashes and shootouts between police and gangs are a regular and unpredictable occurrence; Health section – there has been an increase in reported cases of Hepatitis A in Sao Paulo over the last year.

Zambia

05-01-2018 14:24 PM GMT

Health section – over 2000 cases of cholera have been reported in Lusaka in the last 3 months; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and take measures to reduce the risk of infection.

Nigeria 05-01-2018 14:02 PM GMT

Information on threat of attacks during the Christmas and New Year period removed – but you should continue to avoid places where crowds gather.

Somalia

05-01-2018 14:02 PM GMT

Terrorism section (Kidnaps) and summary – updated information and advice on the high threat of kidnap throughout Somalia.

South Korea

05-01-2018 12:04 PM GMT

The 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from 9 to 25 February and 9 to 18 March; see our information and advice page for fans travelling to the Games.

Philippines

05-01-2018 10:53 AM GMT

On 9 January 2018, the Procession of the Black Nazarene will take place in Manila and other locations across the country; road closures and high levels of pedestrian traffic will make travel in the downtown Manila area difficult and cell phone coverage is expected to be limited; you should take care in crowded places and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Bolivia

04-01-2018 17:16 PM GMT

Ongoing strikes by medical professionals across Bolivia have reduced services in public and private hospitals. Some emergency medical services may only be available on a limited basis; you should take necessary precautions.

USA

04-01-2018 16:27 PM GMT

A powerful winter storm is currently affecting several states along the east coast of the USA; the resulting 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.

South Africa

04-01-2018 10:57 AM GMT

Derailment of a Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg train near Henneman on 4 January 2017.

Fiji

04-01-2018 10:40 AM GMT

Health section – there has been an outbreak of Dengue fever in the Labasa town area; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Madagascar

03-01-2018 14:41 PM GMT

Tropical Storm Ava is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to the eastern coast of Madagascar from around 5 January 2018; you should follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

India

03-01-2018 06:50 AM GMT

There are reports of protests and disruption in parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, following a call for a state wide strike by some groups; British nationals in Maharashtra are advised to avoid crowds, monitor the news and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Liberia

02-01-2018 17:07 PM GMT

Summary and Safety & security section (Political situation) – the inauguration of the new president-elect will take place on 22 January 2018. Flights in and out of Monrovia will be busy around this time. On the day, you should expect road blocks, a high level of security and large crowds; you should plan your journey accordingly.

East Timor

02-01-2018 15:16 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Visas) – a tourist visa costs US$30 and can be issued on arrival at Dili International airport or seaport; it will be valid for a single entry and allow you to stay for up to 30 days; (Emergency travel documents) – UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for exit from Timor-Leste only. You can’t use an ETD to enter the country; if you wish to transit Timor-Leste, you should contact the Immigration Department of Timor-Leste before you travel to confirm the requirements.

     

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. 

*Disinclination to travel applies if an act of terrorism takes place within a 40-mile radius of your travel route or destination, up to 6 weeks before your departure. Please read our Policy Wording for full details of cover provided by Safe Journey, as well as terms, conditions and exclusions.

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