Travel Safety Round-Up: 13/8/2018

Check the latest updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office before you book and before you travel – you’ll also find a wealth of information on safety and security, entry requirements, health, and political activity in our weekly summary of the FCO’s latest email updates and notifications. 

 

 

Country Date  
     
France 10 August 2018; 5:49pm

Flooding in southern France

Papua New Guinea 10 August 2018; 5:04pm

Health section – revised information on outbreak of polio.

Indonesia 10 August 2018; 3:55pm

Updated information and advice; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to areas of north Lombok.

Mali  10 August 2018; 2:39pm

The second round of the presidential elections will take place on Sunday 12 August 2018; a demonstration has been called for Saturday 11 August at 3pm from Place de la Liberté to la Bourse du Travail; exercise caution, monitor the media and avoid demonstrations.

Ecuador 10 August 2018; 12:54pm

Change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to all other areas of Esmeraldas province outside the existing 20km exclusion zone along the border with Colombia.

Updated information in Safety and Security (Local travel) and Terrorism sections.

Portugal 10 August 2018; 12:31pm

Revised information; the forest fire which was burning in the area of Monchique, in the Algarve, has now been brought under control; while the weather remains dry, there is always a risk of forest fires; check the situation with the local Civil Protection authorities and report any fires you may see immediately to the emergency services on 112

India 10 August 2018; 11:53am

Heavy monsoon rain continues across the state of Kerala, claiming 24 lives; there’s flooding in most areas following the opening of Kerala’s Idukki Reservoir floodgates.

Rail and road transport has been severely affected with roads and tracks submerged and cut off; flights to and from Kochi Airport may be affected; if you’re travelling to or are in Kerala you should closely monitor travel advice, media reports and follow advice of local authorities.

Chile 9 August 2018; 5:14pm

Safety and security section (Crime) – addition of information; there have been reports of people being robbed by bogus airport taxi drivers; we advise to only use official and/or pre-booked taxis from airports and to ask taxi drivers for proof of reservation.

Pakistan 9 August 2018; 4:54pm

Summary and Safety and security section (Local travel – Gilgit-Baltistan) – information about attacks on schools and security operations in response; you should seek and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Greece 9 August 2018; 2:55pm

On 23 and 24 July, there were wildfires in a number of areas in southern Greece, including close to Athens; they were confined to limited areas, but within those the impact was high, with significant loss of life.

Parts of Greece remain on wildfire alert; most visits, including to Athens, are unaffected however; you should keep up to date with local media reports and follow the advice of the Greek authorities in affected areas.

Somalia 9 August 2018: 2:46pm

Terrorism section – update to information on the threat from terrorism and previous methods of attack, to improve readability; Safety and security section (Crime) – revised information on ongoing serious violence between opposing factions.

Nigeria 9 August 2018; 1:12pm

Addition of information; the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo could result in additional checks taking place at international airports in Nigeria; there are no direct flights from the DRC so these checks could be in place for any flight; this is a standard precaution.

Vietnam 9 August 2018; 12:46pm

Safety and security section (Local travel) – revised information on adventure tourism in rural and mountainous areas.

Natural disasters section – addition of information on tropical monsoon climate.

Thailand 9 August 2018; 12:31pm

The Thai Meteorological Department continues to issue weather warnings for heavy rain, high seas and hazardous conditions, across Thailand; you should follow advice of local authorities and monitor weather forecasts.

Zimbabwe 9 August 2018; 12:24pm

Revised information about the post-election period.

Italy 9 August 2018; 12:17pm

Local laws and customs section – it is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy; doing so may result in heavy fines; it’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas; for more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.

Iceland 9 August 2018; 12:04pm

Revised information; Iceland is volcanically and seismically active; you should monitor the Icelandic Met Office website for the latest updates and follow the advice of the local authorities; updated visitor figures for 2017.

Natural disasters section – removal of information on Öræfajökull.

Indonesia 9 August 2018; 11:59am

Updated information and advice on the post-earthquake situation in the most severely affected areas (the Gili Islands and northern and western areas of Lombok, north of the capital Mataram) and the wider region; aftershocks have occurred, including some of a significant scale; these may continue in the region in the coming days and weeks.

Guyana 9 August 2018; 8:50am

Safety and security section (Hotel safety) – addition of information on fire safety.

Local laws and customs section – addition of information on local laws and social attitudes for LGBT travellers.

Serbia 8 August 2018; 3:37pm

Health section – revised information on West Nile virus.

Turkmenistan 8 August 2018; 3:29pm

Summary and Entry requirements section – addition of information; additional charges of up US$150 are being levied at the land and sea borders for vehicles; this is additional to the visa fee; the charges are payable in cash in US Dollars on entry.

Maldives 8 August 2018; 12:30pm

Editorial amendments throughout; Summary – addition of information; Presidential elections are due to take place on 23 September 2018

Ethiopia 8 August 2018; 10:44am

On 4 August 2018 there were reports of severe civil unrest, protests and violence in a number of areas in the Ethiopian Somali Regional State, including the cities of Jijiga and Dhegahbur.

Due to the disruption, British Embassy staff have postponed non-essential visits to the Somali Regional State and to the city of Dire Dawa until the situation is clearer; anyone in the area or planning to travel should exercise caution and take local advice.

Japan 8 August 2018; 9:48am

Typhoon Shanshan is forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds in the Tokyo and Kanto region on 8 and 9 August; you should monitor local news and weather reports, check transport information in case of disruption and follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services.

Russia 7 August 2018; 4:45pm

Entry requirements (Visas) – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia FAN ID holders can travel to Russia without a visa until 31 December 2018; contact the Russian Embassy for further information.

Pakistan 7 August 2018; 2:42pm

On 14 August Pakistan celebrates Independence Day; large public celebrations are expected on and around this date; terrorists have attacked large gatherings in Pakistan in the recent past; you should remain vigilant and avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.

Democratic Republic of the Congo 7 August 2018; 2:27pm

Health section and summary – amended language on the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in North Kivu province, which originated in Béni territory.

Austria 7 August 2018; 12:19pm

Updated information on immigration controls, which may also temporarily be in place at some road and rail border crossing points with Italy and Slovakia.

     

 

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