Travel Safety Round-Up: 11/3/2019

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Please note, this week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes a number of changes to information about drivers licence regulations around the world, e.g. Russia and Tunisia. We haven’t listed all notifications in the summary as email notifications don’t specify these changes – please check the FCO page for your destination if you’re planning to drive when you travel. 

 

Country Date  
     
Ethiopia 10 March 2019; 12:01pm

We are aware of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 and continue to monitor the situation closely. People should follow @ukinethiopia on twitter for further updates.

Anyone worried that a British loved one may have been affected should call Ethiopian Airlines’ emergency numbers: Airport emergency hotline: (251)11 5 17 87 33/(251)115 17 47 35/(251)11 5 17 41 00

For all information necessary (251)11 5 17 89 45/(251)11 5 17 89 87/(251)11 5 17 82 31/(251)11 5 17 85 58. You can also call the Foreign Office on +44207 008 1500 or British Embassy Addis Ababa on +251 116 170 100.

Thailand 10 March 2019; 8:37am On 10 March 2019 a number of explosions occurred in Satun City and in Pattalung Province in the South of Thailand.
France 8 March 2019

Industrial action by customs officers at ports/airports.

Cameroon 8 March 2019

Safety and security section (North West and South West regions) and summary – updated information and advice following the extended general strike in the North West and South West regions in February 2019

Cameroon 8 March 2019

Correction to maps to reflect a change to the road network between the towns of El Obeid and Umm Ruwaba in North Kordofan state.

The FCO continue to advise against all but essential travel to areas of North Kordofan and West Kordofan states south of the Kost-El Obeid-En Nahud road.

Venezuela 8 March 2019

There is currently a prolonged and widespread power cut affecting Caracas and much of the rest of Venezuela.

Caracas International Airport has also been affected; mobile signals and internet are working intermittently.

The British Embassy Caracas will remain closed until the power supply is restored; if you’re in Venezuela and you need urgent help, you can still contact consular staff on +58 (212) 3195800

Armenia 8 March 2019

Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information and advice reflecting that the current visa policy for British nationals visiting Armenia may change after 29 March 2019

Ukraine 8 March 2019

Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information and advice reflecting that the current visa policy for British nationals visiting Ukraine may change after 29 March 2019;

Safety and security section (Road travel) – updated information about International Driving Permits.

Pakistan 8 March 2019

Updated information on flights, reflecting that flight operations have now resumed at a number of major airports under restricted airspace.

Tunisia 8 March 2019

Terrorism section and summary – updated information on the state of emergency to reflect its extension on 7 March by one month.

Safety and security section (Road travel) – addition of information about driving licence requirements, including changes to International Driving Permit requirements from 28 March 2019

France 8 March 2019

Passengers travelling from France to the UK via the Eurostar, Eurotunnel or northern ferry ports should be aware that industrial action by customs officers is causing significant delays to all services; you should check with your service provider before travelling.

India, 

Turkmenistan

7 March 2019

Turkmenistan Airlines have made changes to the alternative arrangements for flights between the UK and Ashgabat; if you have an existing booking you should contact Turkmenistan Airlines for further information.

Senegal 7 March 2019

Presidential elections on 24 February passed peacefully, with the re-election of President Macky Sall, for a second term; you should continue to exercise caution and avoid any demonstrations and large public gatherings.

Nigeria 6 March 2019

Summary and Safety and security section (Local travel) – information on the threat from terrorism.

Kenya 6 March 2019

Following industrial action by some airport staff, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is currently experiencing disruptions. You should check with your airline before departing for the airport.

Nigeria 5 March 2019

Updated information following the results of the Presidential election and on the Gubernatorial election to be held on 9 March, including potential travel restrictions.

Pakistan 5 March 2019

Updated information on flights, reflecting that flight operations have resumed at Lahore and Faisalabad airports under restricted airspace.

Safety and security section (Local travel: Karachi) and summary – addition of information about increased security forces presence and possible travel disruption while Pakistan Super League cricket matches are held in Karachi in March.

Germany 5 March 2019

Liverpool take on FC Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League in Munich on Wednesday 13 March; addition of link to information and advice page for travelling supporters.

Zimbabwe 5 March 2019

Summary and Money section – revised information on the economic situation and currency.

USA 4 March 2019

Addition of information and advice following a tornado outbreak in Alabama, Georgia, the Florida panhandle and parts of South Carolina on 3 March.

Brazil 4 March 2019

Updated information on security in Rio de Janeiro, following the conclusion on 31 December 2018 of a military intervention that had put the army in charge of security.

Egypt 4 March 2019

Safety and security section (Rail travel) – addition of factual information; on 27 February 2019, a train collided with a platform in Cairo, killing at least 22 people.

Algeria 3 March 2019

Summary and Safety and security section – Demonstrations have taken place across Algeria. Demonstrations and other forms of protest may continue to take place throughout the country in the run up to the Presidential elections on 18 April 2019.

Solomon Islands 28 Feb 2019

On 5 February, a bulk carrier vessel ran aground in Kangava Bay on Rennell Island; the surrounding area has been affected by the resulting fuel leakage, which has not yet been controlled; you should take local advice on precautions if visiting affected coastal areas.

Bangladesh 28 Feb 2019

On 24 February 2019 an attempted hijacking took place of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Dhaka to Dubai via Chittagong; the Bangladesh Civil Aviation Ministry is conducting an investigation into the incident.

Djibouti 28 Feb 2019

Entry requirements section (Visas) – removal of information about visas applications in Ethiopia; applications for visas should be made online well in advance of travel.

Thailand 28 Feb 2019

Thai Airways have resumed all normal flight operations between Thailand and Europe; if flying with Thai Airways you should check with your tour operator, travel agent or the airline for up to date information on your flight status before travelling to the airport, as some flights may be subject to delay.

Ecuador 27 Feb 2019

Entry requirements section (Visas) – the maximum stay in the Galapagos Islands, as a tourist, is 60 days.

Indonesia 27 Feb 2019

Change to advice against travel; the FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to the city of Palu and the districts of Donggala, Mamuju Utara, Sigi and Parigi Moutong in Central Sulawesi.

Albania

26 Feb 2019

Safety and security section (Political situation) – Opposition parties held a major demonstration in central Tirana on 16 February 2019; the Opposition has announced that weekly protests will take place outside parliament every Thursday, and that another major protest will be held in central Tirana on Saturday 16 March; you should check the local media for the latest information, remain vigilant and avoid any demonstrations.

Egypt

25 Feb 2019

Terrorism section – factual update to information about a suicide bomb in Central Cairo’s Darb al-ahmar district on 18 February 2019

Lebanon

25 Feb 2019

On 25 February 2019 the UK Government announced that it will ask Parliament to proscribe the political wing of Hizballah under the 2000 Terrorism Act; Hizballah is a Lebanese political party and armed group.

Following the announcement, you should avoid large crowds, gatherings, and any related protests or demonstrations, check local media and keep up to date with Travel Advice.

Trinidad and Tobago

25 Feb 2019

There’s a higher risk from opportunistic crime during Carnival season; the local tourism and police authorities have announced plans to put in place enhanced security measures for tourists in advance of the Carnival celebrations; you should remain vigilant.

 

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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