Travel Safety Round-Up: 14/5/2018

Start your week with essential travel safety information in our regular summary of notifications from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). 

Please remember, all information is accurate when published but can 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. 

 

 

Country Date  
     
Indonesia 13 May 2018; 9:26am

Summary and Terrorism section – on 13 May 2018 there were explosions at three churches in Surabaya in East Java causing a number of deaths and casualties.

The Embassy are in contact with the local authorities. If you’re in the area, you should monitor local media, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities. See Terrorism.

Bolivia 12 May 2018; 11:27pm

Blockades around the city of Sucre have been suspended for the weekend of 12/13 May, though could resume at any time. Monitor news and social media and contact local authorities before travelling.

Nicaragua 12 May 2018; 1:57am

Amendments to information about the possibility of roadblocks causing disruption to major routes following the recent violence in Nicaragua.

The FCO continues to advise against all but essential travel to Nicaragua; if you’re in Nicaragua, you should stay well away from all demonstrations and gatherings, even if apparently peaceful, as it is against Nicaraguan law for foreigners to join marches and participation risks arrest.

Liberia 11 May 2018; 6:18pm

Terrorism – Terrorist attacks in Liberia can’t be ruled out. As seen in Mali, Côte D’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, terrorist groups continue to mount attacks on beach resorts, hotels, cafés and restaurants visited by foreigners. You should be vigilant in these locations and avoid any crowded places and public gatherings or events.

Kenya 11 May 2018; 5:18pm

Summary and Terrorism section – addition of information on police statement for Holy Month of Ramadan.

Safety and security section (Road travel) – addition of information on expected increase in rainfall affecting roads.

Entry requirements (Work permits) – additional information on work permits and e-permits.

Indonesia 11 May 2018; 1:45pm

Natural disasters section and summary – on 11 May 2018, Mount Merapi, near Yogyakarta in central Java, erupted; the Indonesian authorities have set a 3km exclusion zone around the volcano; if you’re in the area, you should monitor local media, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities.

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories 11 May 2018; 9:04am

Addition of information on Jerusalem Day 12/13 May; addition of information on the opening of the new US Embassy on 14 May; addition of information on 70th anniversary of Palestinian displacement on 15 May.

Jordan 10 May 2018; 3:52pm

Information on increased risk of demonstrations.

Bolivia 10 May 2018; 3:08pm

As of 10 May all roads into the city of Sucre are blocked by protestors and you will not be able to enter or leave the city; the airport is also closed.

Senegal 10 May 2018; 11:02am

Information on extended mains water cut; this will affect Dakar while essential maintenance is carried out.

Mozambique 10 May 2018; 9:00am

Addition to information on clashes with police.

Iraq 9 May 2018; 4:59pm

On 12 May 2018, national elections will take place in Iraq; there will be a heightened security presence across the country over the weekend.

Terrorists may try to disrupt the elections by carrying out attacks; the Government of Iraq has announced the closure of all land and air borders for 24 hours from 12.01am on 12 May; if you’re due to travel to or from Iraq on this date, you’re advised to contact your airline or travel company for advice on alternative arrangements and amend your plans accordingly.

Saudi Arabia 9 May 2018; 3:55pm

Safety and security section (Saudi Arabia-Yemen border) – amended information on intercepted missile attacks over Riyadh, reflecting most recent attack on 9 May 2018.

Democratic Republic of the Congo 9 May 2018; 3:33pm

Addition of information on 2 confirmed cases of Ebola in the town of Bikoro, near Mbandaka in Equateur province.

Vietnam 9 May 2018; 3:20pm

Health section – additional information on travelling with medication.

Peru 9 May 2018; 11.19am

Safety and security section (Local travel) – additional information on state of emergency.

Bermuda 8 May 2018; 3:19pm

Local laws and customs section – additional information on the Domestic Partnerships Act which comes into effect on 1 June 2018.

Venezuela 8 May 2018; 2:22pm

On 26 April 2018, the Venezuelan and Panamanian authorities agreed to restore diplomatic relations, including travel links between the countries.

Vietnam 8 May 2018; 12:34pm

Entry requirements section – additional information on extension of visa waiver until June 2021

Sri Lanka 8 May 2018; 8:57am

Health section – addition of information on dengue fever.

     

 

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