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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes health, security, and terrorism notifications:
Terrorism – There has been an attack on the Asasey hotel in the city of Kismaayo, southern Somalia. It has been reported that at least 26 people have been killed and over 50 injured. Al-Shabaab have claimed responsibility.
Tropical Storm Barry in the Gulf of Mexico will affect the coastal areas of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama from Friday 12 July.
A hurricane warning has been issued for the coast of Louisiana, where a State of Emergency has been declared.
New Orleans, which has already experienced severe thunderstorms and flooding, is likely to be affected.
You should monitor local weather updates from the National Weather Service and follow the advice of local authorities.
Summary – revised information on planned protests by Civil Society Groups throughout July; if you’re in Malawi, avoid large crowds or demonstrations, monitor this travel advice and local media for updates and keep any local travel plans under review.
Safety and security section (Transport safety) – reports of robberies on interstate transport and at bus stations.
Local laws and customs section – revised LGBT information.
Summary and Health section – addition of information on Zika; for more information, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Summary and Terrorism section – updated information and advice about the threat from terrorism reflecting a decreased threat.
Summary – update on protests; if you’re in and around areas where demonstrations are taking place, follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place if there are signs of disorder.
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||10/7/2019||
Entry requirements section (Visas) – when applying for or renewing a long term visa, DRC authorities now require a certificate of “Good Conduct” from your country of residence and a “Consular Certificate” as part of the application; the Consular Certificate can be issued at the British Embassy in DRC.
Summary and Terrorism section – updated information on extension of state of emergency.
Entry requirements (Registration) – if you’re coming to Kosovo for a short stay (90 days or less), and will be staying in a hotel, hostel or other registered landlord, that business will notify the police of your presence on your behalf.
If you plan to stay in a private house then you must notify the nearest police station of where you’re staying.
If you plan to stay in Kosovo for longer than 90 days, you will need to register with the Ministry of Internal Affairs for a Residence Permit.
Summary and Safety and security section (Crime) – The States of Emergency in the parishes of St James (which includes Montego Bay), Hanover and Westmoreland have been extended to 13 August 2019.
A State of Emergency is also in place until 21 July in part of the Parish of St Andrew, which includes areas of Kingston.
Safety and security section (Road travel) – visitors should expect increased disruption to travel and extra police checks focused on the main highway between Malabo airport and the conference centre area in Sipopo, due to events centred on the ‘Year of Energy’
Local laws and customs section – the police have introduced random breathalyser testing for drivers.
This travel advice has been reviewed in full, with updates to the Safety and security (Political situation and Road travel), Local laws and customs, Entry requirements (Passports) and Health sections.
On Thursday 4 July, an earthquake struck southern California. The magnitude 6.4 tremor was centred about 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles in the remote Searles Valley area near where Inyo, San Bernardino and Kern counties meet. There have already been a number of aftershocks – including one on 5 July with a magnitude of 7.1 – and these are likely to continue. There are reports of fires and other damage in affected areas.
If you’re in the area, you should follow local media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities (who have declared a state of emergency).
Summary – addition of information and advice on glacial flooding in Mulakvisl during July 2019.
Latest update: Local laws and customs section – additional information about local laws and attitudes on LGBT issues.
Health section – addition of information if travelling with medication.
Summary – there was a volcanic eruption on the island of Stromboli, Sicily, on Wednesday 3 July; local authorities have responded and are monitoring the situation; there are no reports of significant impact on populated areas, but local authorities are assisting those on the island who wish to leave; if you’re in the area, you should follow the advice of local authorities.
Safety and security section (Local travel) – electric scooters are available as a means of transport in and around Copenhagen and other locations in Denmark.
Electric scooters are subject to road traffic rules; hiring and using these scooters under the influence of alcohol could result in a drink driver offence and a fine.
Terrorism section and summary – reviewed and updated information; Terrorism section (Kidnapping) – addition of factual information referencing incident in April 2019.
Safety and security section (Stadiums and venues) – on 26 June, a stampede occurred at Madagascar’s national stadium in Antananarivo during the country’s 59th Independence Day celebrations resulting in some fatalities.
Security and safety standards at stadiums and venues in Madagascar may be lower than in the UK; take care if you’re planning to attend events with large numbers of spectators.
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information on requirements when travelling to Kish Island.
Safety and security section (Local travel – Rakhine State) – current outbreaks of violence are affecting both north and central Rakhine, including the large towns of Mrauk U and the state capital Sittwe, as well as the roads in and out of Sittwe; mobile communications in northern and central Rakhine State have been subject to shutdowns, and cannot be relied upon.
Safety and security section (Saudi Arabia-Yemen border) and summary – addition of information about a further attack on Abha International Airport, Asir province, on 2 July.
Summary – on 26 June 2019 a fatal shark attack took place in The Bahamas: while this is a very rare occurrence, the Bahamian authorities have issued advice urging the public to exercise extreme caution in and around the waters of New Providence, adjacent islands and cays.
Summary – there are sporadic blockades on the route to South and North Yungas in La Paz because of recent problems with coca leaf growers in the area; some have turned violent; you should check with local authorities on the latest situation before travelling.
There has been disruption to local travel due to protests by lorry drivers. These have taken place in different locations around the country, at times affecting access to San Jose airport, and could reoccur without warning. Check local traffic information before planning your journey.
Terrorism section and summary – updated information on the types of locations that may be at higher risk of attack.
Safety and security (Crime) – mugging and pickpocketing can be accompanied by violence in areas popular with tourists in Santiago and Valparaiso; you should be vigilant; don’t carry large amounts of money, your passport (a photocopy is sufficient if needed) or wear valuable watches or jewellery; avoid using your mobile phone in the street; local authorities recommend you do not resist the muggers
Summary – The Foreign and Commonwealth Officer (FCO) advise against all travel to within 50km of the border with the Central African Republic in Likouala region; the FCO advise against all but essential travel to the Boko, Kindamba, Kinkala, Mayama, and Mindouli districts of the Pool region and the Mouyondzi district of Bouenza region with the exception of the region and city of Brazzaville.
|St Helena, Acension and Tristan da Cunha||1/7/2019||
Entry requirements section (St Helena Visas) – an Entry Permit costs £20 and allows a stay of up to 183 days; the fee can be paid in British Pounds, Euros, US Dollar, or South African Rand; you will need to provide evidence of a return ticket, or funds for a return ticket, medical insurance, adequate accommodation and sufficient funds for your stay.
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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.
*Disinclination to travel applies if an act of terrorism takes place within a 40-mile radius of your travel route or destination, up to 6 weeks before your departure. Please read our Policy Wording for full details of cover provided by Safe Journey, as well as terms, conditions and exclusions.
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