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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes updates on the tragic tsunami and earthquake in Indonesia, as well as essentials for other destinations such as entry requirements.
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|Indonesia||30 Sept 2018; 10:05am||
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Central Sulawesi on Friday 28 September 2018. Casualty figures are still being assessed, with rescue and humanitarian relief operations on-going.
Communications, buildings and transport infrastructure have been severely damaged. You should be aware of the continued risk of aftershocks. If you are in the area you should exercise caution, stay away from collapsed buildings, monitor the local news and follow the advice of the local authorities.
|Indonesia||28 Sept 2018; 7:19pm||
Following reports of earthquake of magnitude 7.7 in Central Sulawesi, the British Embassy in Jakarta is liaising with the Indonesian authorities to establish facts. You should be aware of the risk of aftershocks. If you are in the area monitor local news and follow the advice of the local authorities.
|Greece||28 Sept 2018; 3:39pm||
Summary and Natural disasters section (Weather) – addition of information; localised or severe weather extremes can affect areas of Greece over the extended summer period and this can at times cause travel disruption; you should monitor local and international weather updates and follow advice of local authorities; Health section – revised guidance on sources of health information before travel.
|Japan||28 Sept 2018; 1:20pm||
Typhoon Trami is forecast to affect a wide area of Japan until 2 October bringing excessive rainfall, strong winds and possible disruption of essential services; if you’re in affected areas, monitor local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services including any evacuation orders.
|Barbados||28 Sept 2018; 11:56am||
Entry requirements section (Departure tax) – addition of information about departure tax and additional fee to be charged from 1 October 2018.
|Portugal||28 Sept 2018; 9:52am||
Arsenal take on Sporting CP in a UEFA Europa League group match in Lisbon on 25 October; if you’re travelling to Lisbon for the game, check our information and advice page.
|Niger||28 Sept 2018; 9:26am||
Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised information; the Nigerien Honorary Consulate in London is currently closed; you should now apply for a visa from the Nigerien Embassy in Paris.
|Angola||27 Sept 2018; 4:47pm||
Safety and security section (Local travel) and summary – change to advice against travel; the FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to most of Lunda Norte province.
|Bangladesh||27 Sept 2018; 12:28pm||
Entry requirements section – revised information; your passport should be valid for at least 6 months when applying for a visa to visit Bangladesh; Property disputes section – revised contact information on the expatriate help cell.
|Macedonia||26 Sept 2018; 3:50pm||
Summary and Safety and security section (Political situation) – addition of information; political rallies and demonstrations could occur around a referendum on 30 September; you should check local media for the latest information, be vigilant, and avoid any large crowds and gatherings.
|Uganda||26 Sept 2018; 3:07pm||
Summary and Health section – revised information on Ebola outbreak.
|Vietnam||26 Sept 2018; 1:58pm||
Safety and security section (Road travel) – revised information; between September 2018 and 28 March 2019, the holders of UK issued International Driver’s Permits or UK domestic driving licences will be allowed to drive cars or ride motorbikes in Vietnam; after 28 March 2019, British visitors wishing to drive cars or ride motorbikes in Vietnam will need to present both their UK domestic driver’s licence and a UK issued International Driver’s Permit.
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||26 Sept 2018; 11:53am||
Summary and Health section – revised factual information on Ebola; on 24 September a case was also confirmed in Tchomia, approximately 200 kilometres north of the current outbreak hotspot of Beni.
|Burkina Faso||26 Sept 2018; 11:34am||
Terrorism section – revised factual information throughout the section.
|Italy||26 Sept 2018; 11:26am||
Pisa airport is currently closed due to forest fires in the area; all ingoing and outgoing commercial flights are affected; if you’re due to travel, contact your airline for information on any delays and cancellations.
|Indonesia||26 Sept 2018; 10:11am||
Updated information on the impact of August earthquakes in northern Lombok and the Gili Islands.
|Libya||26 Sept 2018; 9:49am||
Terrorism section (Kidnap section) – revised factual information on kidnap of foreign nationals.
|Jamaica||25 Sept 2018; 4:05pm||
Summary and Safety and security section (Crime) – revised wording on states of emergency; updated visitor figures.
|Netherlands||25 Sept 2018; 1:13pm||
Terrorism section – updated information and advice on the threat from terrorism in the Netherlands, reflecting an increase in the level of threat.
|Philippines||24 Sept 2018; 9:11am||
Typhoon Mangkhut (local name Ompong) struck northern Luzon on 15 September; the after effects being experienced include landslides, power outages and infrastructure damage are still being dealt with by the Philippine authorities; if you’re in the area you should monitor local news coverage and follow the advice of the local authorities.
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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