Christmas holidays are almost here, and this week the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has reminded us that, “There may be increased security in place over the Christmas and New Year period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.”
Have a look through this summary of the latest FCO notifications and check if your route or destination are affected.
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|Ghana||9 Dec 2018; 9:01pm||
This advice has been reissued with additional information in the Safety & Security and Road Travel sections and the addition of a Natural Disasters section, with information on earthquakes.
|Mali||7 Dec 2018; 8:25pm||
Terrorism – update to list of recent terrorist attacks in Mali.
|Turkey||7 Dec 2018; 4:38pm||
Terrorism section – editorial amendment to information on vigilance around significant occasions and public holidays.
|Eritrea||7 Dec 2018; 2:18pm||
Safety and security section (Local travel) and summary – change to advice against travel; FCO advice against all travel to within 25km of Eritrea’s land borders now excludes the border crossings at Debay Sima – Burre, Serha – Zalambessa and Kesadika (Adi Kuala) – Rama, plus the main paved roads leading to those crossings.
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information on entry stamps, which are not being issued at the newly re-opened land-border crossings from Ethiopia.
Safety and security section (Crime) – updated information on incidents of crime.
|Ethiopia||7 Dec 2018; 2:07pm||
Safety and security section (Local travel) and summary – change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel (rather than all travel) to within 10km of the border with Eritrea.
This advice does not apply to the main road through Axum and Adigrat, tourist sites close to the road (eg Debre Damo and Yeha), and 3 border crossings and their main access roads; you should take local advice and not walk away from roads or towns unaccompanied.
|Jamaica||7 Dec 2018; 1:38pm||
Amendment to information on states of emergency to reflect extensions to January 2019
|France||7 Dec 2018; 11:23am||
Updated information on continued protests against fuel prices across France, with demonstrations planned in Paris on Saturday 8 December.
|Various||7 Dec 2018||
Health Section – revised guidance on sources of health information before travel.
|Malaysia||6 Dec 2018; 9:48am||
A large public gathering is scheduled to take place in the Dataran Merdaka area of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday 8 December; checkpoints and other security measures may be in place; there is a separate public gathering in the Padang Timur area of Petaling Jaya (a Kuala Lumpur suburb) at the same time; you should exercise caution, monitor local information, and follow the advice of the local authorities.
|Venezuela||5 Dec 2018; 10:09am||
Summary and Safety and security section (Crime) – update to advice against travel; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 80 km (50 miles) of the Colombian border and within 40 km (25 miles) of the Brazilian border.
|Bangladesh||4 Dec 2018; 5:24pm||
Summary – voting in the Bangladesh national election is scheduled to take place on 30 December 2018, with formal campaigning due to begin on 10 December; rallies with the potential for disorder may take place throughout this period; you’re advised to avoid large gatherings and political rallies.
|Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories||4 Dec 2018; 3:36pm||
Summary – addition of information on Israeli Defence Force operations; if travelling near military operational areas, you should adhere to all official instructions.
|Bolivia||4 Dec 2018; 2:54pm||
Summary – a national civic strike will be held on 10 December and access to the airports in La Paz and Santa Cruz may be restricted; check local advice before travelling; you should not cross blockades.
|Papua New Guinea||4 Dec 2018; 12:16pm||
Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised information on visas; entry requirements can change so check the latest information with the Papua New Guinea Immigration & Citizenship Authority before travelling.
|Cameroon||4 Dec 2018; 8:56am||
Summary – Kidnappings in North West Cameroon.
|USA||3 Dec 2018; 5:53pm||
Updated information on the 7.0 magnitude earthquake outside Anchorage, Alaska on 30 November.
|Libya||3 Dec 2018; 4:10pm||
Safety and security section and summary – revised information on heavy clashes between militia groups in late August and September 2018.
Terrorism section – addition of information about an attack on the central Libyan town of Tazerbo on 24 November 2018, responsibility for which was claimed by Daesh.
|Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, Austria||3 Dec 2018||
There may be increased security in place over the Christmas and New Year period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds.
You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.
|Qatar||3 Dec 2018; 10:59am||
Terrorism section – updated info and risk on the threat from terrorism in Qatar, reflecting a decreased threat.
|Afghanistan||30 Nov 2018; 5:24pm||
Terrorism section (Kabul) and summary – on 28 November 2018, a complex attack on the G4S compound in Kabul killed at least 10 people, including one British national, and injured at least 35 others.
|Reunion||30 Nov 2018; 5:05pm||
Protests against fuel prices continue in Réunion, leading to blocked roads in some areas and the closure of certain public services; you should follow the advice of the local authorities.
|Ukraine||29 Nov 2018; 3:41pm||
Safety and security section (Crimea) and summary – addition of information on 28 November announcement that Ukraine will no longer permit foreigners to travel to Crimea.
Summary – correction to information on dates for imposition of martial law in parts of Ukraine.
|Moldova||29 Nov 2018; 2:02pm||
Safety and security section (Transnistria) and summary section – addition of information about the imposition of martial law in some regions of Ukraine, two of which border the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova.
Please note: This information is subject to 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.
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