Looking for extra peace of mind? Start with the latest travel safety information.
This week, many of the notifications from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) were editorial updates, but we have highlighted the notices that may affect you – including safety and security, terrorism, and entry requirement information.
If you’re concerned about terrorism affecting your travel plans, you can top up your travel insurance to cover terrorism – including cancellation/disinclination to travel* – from only £5.17 per person!**
|Various||11 Jan 2019||
Addition of information about the availability of consular support.
|Tunisia||11 Jan 2019||Addition of information and advice about a public sector strike called for 17 January 2019.|
|Azerbaijan||11 Jan 2019||
Update on new Istanbul airport, which may affect passengers.
|Bangladesh||11 Jan 2019||
Safety and security section (Political violence) – factual update; on 8 January shots were fired during a demonstration in Dhaka; killing 1 person and injuring 2; 1 of whom was injured by a stray bullet; if you see a demonstration developing move away to a place of safety.
|Cuba||11 Jan 2019||
The British Embassy Havana is in contact with local authorities and urgently seeking further information following reports that a bus carrying foreign visitors has crashed between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo in eastern Cuba; if you’ve been affected by this incident and need consular assistance, call the British Embassy on +537 214 2200; if you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Cuba, call the FCO in London on 020 7008 1500
|France||11 Jan 2019||
Revised information; protests linked to the yellow vest (gilets jaunes) movement are planned on 12 and 13 January; you should avoid demonstrations wherever possible and follow the advice of the local authorities.
|Thailand||10 Jan 2019||
Safety and security section (Crime) – addition of information on gun violence; Terrorism section – factual amendments.
|Saudi Arabia||10 Jan 2019||
Safety and security (Political situation) and Terrorism sections – addition of information and advice on security operations in the Qatif region of Eastern Province.
Summary – updated information on carriage of large electronic devices in the cabin on UK-bound flights.
|Germany||10 Jan 2019||
Many flights are delayed or cancelled due to security personnel strikes on Thursday 10 January at Cologne, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart airports; check with your airline before travelling to the airport.
|Cape Verde||10 Jan 2019||
Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised information; from 1 January 2019, if you have a British Citizen passport you can enter Cape Verde as a visitor for stays of up to 90 days without a visa; in place of a visa, before travelling you should register with the Cape Verde authorities and, if arriving by air, pay a new Airport Security Tax; you should check with your tour operator or airline what arrangements are in place for your booking.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
|9 Jan 2019||
Safety and security section (Local travel) – The Ministry of Health in Rwanda has established new policies for every traveller wishing to enter Rwanda from Ebola-affected areas of DRC; you should provide advance notice of your intention to travel to Rwanda to the Rwandan Ministry of Health; you will need to comply with quarantine procedures for a period of 21 days before onward travel within or through Rwanda is permitted.
|Venezuela||9 Jan 2019||
Summary and Safety and security section (Political situation) – factual update; President Maduro will start a new presidential term on 10 January 2019; you should remain vigilant and stay informed during this time.
|India||9 Jan 2019||
Safety and security section (Political situation) – additional information on strikes.
|Gabon||9 Jan 2019||
Summary and Safety and security section (Political situation) – factual update on failed coup attempt on 7 January.
|Sweden||9 Jan 2019||
Safety and security section (Road travel) – addition of information on safety (eg seat belts);
Local laws and customs section – addition of information on children.
|Papua New Guinea||8 Jan 2019||
Monsoon season in Papua New Guinea runs from November to May; the National Weather Service has forecast heavy rain and strong wind for the 2019 season; this could lead to flooding and landslides.
|Indonesia||8 Jan 2019||
Local laws and customs section – Ramadan dates for 2019;
Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised information for stays of more than 30 days (up to maximum of 60 days).
|Madagascar||8 Jan 2019||
Summary and Safety and security section (Political situation) – update on the potential for further unrest following the expected announcement of the final results of the Presidential election on 8 January 2019, with protests taking place often without warning; you should avoid all protests and demonstrations.
|Austria||8 Jan 2019||
Continued heavy snowfall is forecast in the Austrian Alps over several days from Tuesday 8 January; this could cause travel disruption and heightened risk of avalanches in some areas; for the latest travel information, contact your transport provider and/or tour operator.
|Germany||8 Jan 2019||
According to local reports, there is heavy snowfall and a high risk of avalanches in southern Germany at present; due to heavy snowfall in Bavaria and more expected, the infrastructure has been affected; you should check your journey before travelling.
|Philippines||7 Jan 2019||
addition of information and advice on the annual procession of the Black Nazarene, which will be held in Manila on Wednesday 9 January 2019.
Natural disasters section and summary – editorial amendments.
|Nepal||4 Jan 2019||
Summary – amendments to general advice on protests and air pollution.
|India||4 Jan 2019||
There have been violent protests in some towns and cities in Kerala over the issue of women accessing the Sabarimala temple; some public services have been disrupted in the wake of clashes between police and protesters; if you’re in Kerala or due to travel there, you should monitor media reports closely, remain vigilant and avoid large public gatherings.
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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