Tunisia has been struck by two suicide attacks and that’s one of the biggest alerts over the past week from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – read more about terrorism and safety in Tunisia here.
There have also been warnings about the heat wave over the past few days, and we hope you’re keeping cool and hydrated wherever you are! Scroll through the list and catch up on more global news that could affect travel…
Updated information and advice following 2 suicide bombings targeting security personnel in central Tunis.
If you’re in Tunis, remain vigilant, keep up to date with developments and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.
Concerned about terrorism affecting your travel plans? You can top up your travel insurance to cover terrorism – including disinclination to travel* – from just £5.17 per person.**
Following the large scale demonstration in front of Parliament on the evening of 20 June, there are further planned demonstrations every evening outside Parliament on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi.
Terrorism section (Kidnap) – addition of section on kidnap.
Extreme temperatures are expected across Spain in the last week of June; the Spanish authorities have issued heatwave warnings; these temperatures bring an increased risk of forest fires; check on the outbreak of fires with the local civil protection authority; anyone affected should follow the advice of the local authorities.
Large numbers of people are expected to participate in the annual march on 1 July, starting in Victoria Park at 2.30pm
If you’re in and around areas where demonstrations are taking place, follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place if there are signs of disorder.
On 22 June 2019, a Myanmar navy vessel docked in Sittwe Township, Rakhine State, was attacked resulting in casualties; since 21 June 2019, there has been a shutdown of mobile internet in 8 northern Rakhine townships and Paletwa township in Chin State.
the FCO advise against all but essential travel to Abha International Airport and its grounds, located in Asir province.
Updated information on recent drone attacks.
Pilgrimage section – updated information following announcement of annual Hajj restrictions imposed by the Directorate of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia.
Safety and security section (Political situation) – country-wide demonstrations and other forms of protest are continuing; you should take precautions for your personal safety, avoid political gatherings and demonstrations and take local advice.
Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised information on visas; (Algerian border) – the land border between Algeria and Morocco is closed you should not attempt to cross it.
Due to construction works, from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July, water will be cut in some districts of Lima and Callao; cistern tanks will be made available; further information is available on the SEDAPAL website.
Summary – addition of information on recent military threats.
Safety and security section (Sea travel) – update on commercial vessels in and around the Gulf of Oman.
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Mount Ulawun Volcano in West New Britain province erupted on 26 June; villages closest to the volcano have been evacuated; parts of the New Britain Highway have been cut off by lava flow.
All flights into Hoskins airport have been cancelled indefinitely; you should check with your travel provider or airline before travelling.
Health section – removal of information on Avian Influenza; addition of information on Dengue Fever.
Extreme temperatures are expected over the last week in June; during a heatwave you should drink water regularly and avoid strenuous activity and alcohol.
Safety and security (Political situation) – Large-scale protests and acts of civil disobedience are possible country-wide in the run-up to, during and after local elections due on Sunday 30 June; you should check local media for the latest information, remain vigilant and avoid any demonstrations.
Summary – updated information on air pollution management measures; cities may limit vehicle access to town centres and main roads, including the Paris region.
Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information on visa processing times and biometrics.
(Cruise ships) – updated information if your passport is lost/stolen while ashore.
As of 24 June 2019, the only legal tender in Zimbabwe is the “Zimbabwe Dollar”; there is a shortage of physical cash and it’s currently not possible to make cash withdrawals using an international bank card; you should check with your tour operator or hotel what payment methods will be accepted.
The Budapest Pride March will take place on 6 July; you should take care if you’re planning to attend the march as counter demonstrations are possible; you should follow the instructions of local authorities who are policing the event.
There are currently drinking water supply problems being experienced across Eritrea due to the closure by the Eritrean Government of many of the water purification and bottling plants; you should be aware of this shortage when planning your visit.
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Summary and Terrorism section – updated information and advice on threat from terrorism, reflecting a decreased threat.
Entry requirements section (Visas and Registration) – clarification of visa rules and simplified online registration procedure for foreigners.
Addition of information for travellers visiting the Elqui Valley and/or the wider Coquimbo region for the Solar Eclipse on 2 July.
Health section – addition of information on outbreak of Guillain-Barre syndrome in Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Junin and Lima regions.
Summary and Safety and security section (Rail travel) – factual update on derailed train near Boromchal station in Moulvibazar in the north east of Bangladesh on 23 June.
State Media have announced there were attacks targeted against senior regional government officials in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar on 22 June 2019. Roads in to and out of both cities may be closed at short notice. Anyone in Addis Ababa or the areas around Bahir Dar should keep a low profile and follow the advice of local authorities. All internet connections, including mobile data, are currently not working.
Safety and Security section (Political Situation): update on ongoing protests affecting Honduras; you should monitor local and social media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities.
Updated information on the border crossing El Florido and the road to the town of Copan.
Consular Assistance section: amended instructions on how to obtain consular assistance in Honduras.
Entry requirements section – updated information on long-term visas and Emergency Travel Documents.
Safety and security section – addition of sub-section on sea travel.
Safety and security section (Local travel) – groups of demonstrators may sometimes block streets in downtown Asunción near government buildings; you should avoid large gatherings, monitor local media and follow advice of local authorities.
Safety and security section (Outdoor activities and adventure tourism) – updated safety information.
On 18 June, there was a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Japan Sea. Tsunami cautions have been lifted, but local authorities warn of the possibility of aftershocks. There are reports of power cuts in affected areas. You should check the Japan Meteorological website for updates and follow the advice of local authorities.
Summary and Safety and security (Local travel – Syrian border) – change to advice against travel; the FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to Mardin.
Safety and security (Road travel) – additional information regarding import of vehicles.
Updated information reflecting a confirmed outbreak of Ebola in western Uganda.
Addition of link to guidance on travelling with mental health conditions.
Terrorism section – addition of factual information about a terrorist attack in Konduga, Borno State on 17 June
Update on security situation; the security situation remains tense; all airlines, apart from Emirates, are running their normal schedules.
Entry requirements section (Emergency Travel Document) – travelling via the United States of America on an ETD.
Entry requriements section (Visas) – if you overstay your visa then you should expect to pay a fine before leaving the country.
Entry requirements section (Visas) – as of 1 May 2019, companies and individuals who are inviting foreign citizens to Mongolia can request entry permissions online for visa on arrival.
Please note: 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.
Be vigilant wherever you go, and report any suspicious items or activity.
*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.
**£5.17 per person applies to a single trip of up to 8 days – whether you’re travelling locally or internationally. Single trip cover is available for trips of up to 180 days continuous travel, worldwide (£53.73 pp). Annual Multi-Trip cover is also available from £15.66 per person.