Travel Safety Round-Up: 15/10/2018

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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes health, weather, and terrorism notifications.

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Country Date  
     
Portugal 13 Oct 2018; 2:05pm

Hurricane Leslie is expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds to Portugal and Madeira this weekend 13 to 14 October; you should monitor local weather updates from the Portuguese Meteorological Institute website and follow the instructions of local authorities.

If you’re travelling to or from Portugal or Madeira, check with your tour operator or airline company for any delays or disruptions to your travel plans.

Haiti 13 Oct 2018; 1:38pm

Wednesday 17 October is Dessalines Day in Haiti and demonstrations are likely; you should avoid all demonstrations, monitor local news and follow the advice of local authorities.

Zimbabwe 12 Oct 2018; 3:43pm

Summary and Health section: Zimbabwe continues to experience a shortage of cash; some basic commodities are not available in supermarkets and some businesses have closed.

An increasing number of businesses will only accept US dollars in cash, rather than credit or debit cards; this includes some medical providers.

There have been growing queues for fuel in Harare; you’re advised to ensure you have sufficient fuel for any journey.

Burkina Faso 12 Oct 2018; 1:45pm

Change in level of advice; the FCO now advises against all travel to within 40km of the eastern border with Niger; the south-eastern provinces of Gourma, Kompienga, and Tapoa (including the W National Park and the Arly National Park and their contiguous reserves and hunting areas).

Tajikistan 12 Oct 2018; 10:36am

Updated information on the situation around the Afghan border and a terrorist attack near Dangara in July where 4 tourists were killed while cycling; if you’re travelling in the area you should exercise caution and vigilance.

Burundi 11 Oct 2018; 5:16pm

Change to advice against travel; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advise against all travel to areas of Bujumbura Rural province west of the Rusizi river towards the Democratic Republic of Congo border, with the exception of the Rusizi Delta Nature Reserve.

Pakistan 11 Oct 2018; 3:46pm

A number of religious groups have announced their intention to stage protests across the country, starting on the afternoon of Friday 12 October, in response to a Supreme Court case; protests can occur with little warning and while most remain peaceful, they can turn violent quickly; you should avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.

Australia 11 Oct 2018; 1:53pm

The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will be held from 20 – 27 October; addition of link to our dedicated information and advice page for those travelling to the games.

Mongolia 11 Oct 2018; 11:06am

Entry requirements section (Border crossings) – revised information; there now 8 border points open to British passport holders; Health section – revised guidance on sources of health information before travel.

Italy 11 Oct 2018; 9:33am 

A red weather alert is in currently in place for Sardinia and the provinces of Imperia and Savona in Western Liguria; the town of Capoterra is heavily flooded and is now isolated, and the State road 195 is closed; you should monitor local weather updates and follow the instructions of local authorities; if you’ve planned travel to or within affected areas, you should keep your plans under review.

USA 10 Oct 2018; 7:41pm

Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida northwest ‘Panhandle’ as a strong Category 4 storm on Wednesday 10 October.

Life-threatening storm surges and very dangerous winds are expected along the coast, and hurricane-force winds will be felt far inland, including parts of Georgia and Alabama. Heavy rainfall is likely to cause inland flash flooding. Tornadoes are also possible.

A state of emergency has been declared in Florida, Alabama, southern and central Georgia, and across South Carolina. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Center and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation or ‘shelter in place’ orders.

Sudan 10 Oct 2018; 12:58pm

Addition of information on outbreak of Chikungunya in the east of Sudan.

India 10 Oct 2018; 12:38pm

Health section – revised guidance on sources of health information before travel.

Oman 10 Oct 2018; 11:41am

Tropical Cyclone Luban, currently developing in the Arabian Sea, is expected to move westward through the Gulf of Aden; the storm is not currently expected to make landfall in Oman, but there is the possibility of heavy rains and strong winds in Southern Oman from 10 October; you should monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Spain 10 Oct 2018; 10:12am

There have been flash floods in the island of Mallorca overnight on 9 to 10 October causing significant disruption and some road closures; please follow the advice of local authorities.

The emergency services number is 112; if you’re in Mallorca and need urgent help you can get in touch with the consulate by calling +34 933 666 200; if you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Spain, call 020 7008 1500

USA 9 Oct 2018; 10:23pm

Hurricane Michael is forecast to make landfall as a major hurricane when it reaches the northwest Florida Coast overnight on 9/10 October. A state of emergency has been declared in Florida and Alabama and 92 counties in southern Georgia. You should monitor local and international weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Cuba 9 Oct 2018; 7:13pm

Hurricane Michael passed over the west of Cuba from 8 to 9 October and brought heavy rains and high winds to the west of the island. There has been coastal flooding in Isla de la Juventud and Pinar del Rio province, and some areas lost power.

Services are being restored. Bus services in and to western provinces may be affected for a few days. You should stay in touch with your tour operator, hotel or owner of casa particular if you plan to go to Pinar del Rio.

Afghanistan 9 Oct 2018; 4:03pm

On 20 October, parliamentary elections will be held across Afghanistan; travel, particularly in urban areas, is likely to be difficult as security forces increase protective measures for voting centres; there’s a high likelihood of protests over the election period and an increased risk of terrorist attacks, particularly at large gatherings; you should follow the instructions of local authorities.

Ukraine 9 Oct 2018; 3:36pm

At 3.30am on 9 October, there was a large explosion at a Ukrainian ammunitions depot near the town of Ichnya, in the Chernigov oblast; the Ukrainian authorities have declared an emergency situation; a 16km exclusion zone has been established around the site; airspace (30km zone) has also been closed while rail and road transport are suspended; if you’re located in the vicinity of the explosion you should follow the advice of the local Ukrainian emergency services.

Tunisia 9 Oct 2018; 10:04am

Summary and Terrorism section – factual update on extension of the state of emergency in Tunisia.

Algeria 8 Oct 2018; 3:44pm

Safety and security section (Dual nationals) – children (under the age of 19 years and one day) leaving Algeria need written authorisation from their father to travel if they’re travelling alone.

 

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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