Travel Safety Round-Up: 8/5/2018

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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes notifications for USA, Nepal, and Hong Kong – among other destinations. 

 

 

Country Date  
     
Bolivia 7 May 2018; 4:32pm

As of 7 May 2018, there are blockades around the city of Sucre. All flights into and out of Sucre on 7 May have been cancelled; future flights may be cancelled at short notice. You should check with your airline before travelling. Do not attempt to cross blockades, and follow the advice of the local authorities before attempting to leave the city.

Central African Republic 7 May 2018; 3:03pm

Safety and Security – Local Travel – In April and early May 2018, there were clashes between armed groups and security forces across the capital, in particular the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th districts, with reports of over 20 people killed and over 180 people injured. Tensions were concentrated in particular around the PK5 area of Bangui; we continue to advise against travel to this part of the capital. Many businesses and schools in Bangui are closed as a result of unrest.

Consular Assistance – There is no British Embassy in the Central African Republic. British nationals needing urgent help should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on +44 20 7008 1500.

Korea, DPR (North Korea) 5 May 2018; 12:01pm

Summary and Safety and Security section (political situation) – additional information on tensions on the Korean peninsula, reflecting recent diplomatic engagement.

Ukraine 4 May 2018; 3:23pm

Safety and security section (Road travel) – additional information on renting vehicles; additional information on fines for minor traffic offences and methods of payment.

Iran 4 May 2018; 2:56pm

Editorial amendment to existing information regarding risks to travel; additional information on heightened risk of politicised demonstrations in run up to, on and immediately after 12 May.

Money section – additional information that bureaux de change are no longer licensed to trade currency.

Nepal 4 May 2018; 1:28pm

Additional information on reports of threats of violence in the Kathmandu Valley.

Hong Kong 4 May 2018; 1:13pm

Local laws and customs section – additional information on the ban on import and re-export of all elephant ivory and its products, including tourist souvenirs.

USA 4 May 2018; 12:18pm

Volcanic eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island; British nationals in the area should monitor local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

Tunisia 4 May 2018; 11:16am

Safety and security section and summary – addition of information on 6 May municipal elections in Tunisia; there is likely to be a heightened security presence across the country over the weekend; Terrorism section – editorial amendment to existing information about aviation security measures.

Pakistan 4 May 2018; 8:58am

Safety and security section (Air travel) – The new airport in Islamabad started operations on 3 May, with flights switching across from the old (Benazir Bhutto) facility.

You should check details with your airline prior to travel, and be prepared for potential delays or disruption.

Libya 3 May 2018; 3:11pm

Terrorism section and summary – addition of information following a terrorist attack on the High National Election Commission in Tripoli on 2 May 2018, in which at least 13 people were killed and many injured; the Ministry of Interior has declared a 3-day state of emergency in Tripoli.

Croatia 3 May 2018; 12:36pm

Safety and security section (Local travel) – addition of information on the Croatian Mountain Rescue.

Armenia 3 May 2018; 11;19am

Public rally expected to be held in Yerevan on 8 May

Zimbabwe 3 May 2018; 10:27am

Health section – addition of information on provision and quality of health care.

Qatar 3 May 2018; 8:32am

Local laws and customs section – additional information on the importation, sale and purchase of electronic cigarettes, liquids and other similar products.

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories 2 May 2018; 12:11pm

Media reports have highlighted an increased risk of instability in the region; Russia, Syria and Iran accused Israel of a strike in Syria on 9 April 2018.

Media reports suggest Iran has threatened to retaliate; please follow advice from local authorities and stay informed of the security situation through the media and this travel advice.

Armenia 2 May 2018; 9:11pm

Protests, which started in Yerevan on 13 April, are continuing and have spread to many other parts of Armenia. From 2 May, there is a likelihood that transport links, including the airport, metro and railways and some services will be inaccessible.

It is advisable to check routes before starting your journey.

You should avoid areas where demonstrations are occurring and carry a form of ID with you at all times. You should monitor the local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Maldives 1 May 2018; 3:37pm

Terrorism section and Summary – updated information on the threat from terrorism in Maldives, reflecting a reduced threat.

Nicaragua 1 May 2018; 10:22am

Amendments to information about recent street violence and continuing marches and demonstrations that, while currently peaceful, have the potential for further violence and disorder.

The FCO continue to advise against all but essential travel to Nicaragua; if you’re in Nicaragua, you should stay well away from all demonstrations and gatherings, even if apparently peaceful, as it is against Nicaraguan law for foreigners to join marches and participation risks arrest

Madagascar 30 April 2018; 3:54pm

Updated information and advice on recent political demonstrations; demonstrations in the centre of Antananarivo are ongoing; due to the possibility of violence at these events, you should avoid all protests and demonstrations, including those taking place in the area around Independence Square (“La Place du 13 mai”) and the Town Hall.

Ecuador 30 April 2018; 1:30pm

Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information on Organic Law for Human Mobility; additional information on entry via border with Peru or Colombia.

Sudan 30 April 2018; 1:04pm addition of information on acute fuel shortage throughout Sudan, including Khartourm
     

 

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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