Travel Safety Round-Up: 16/7/2018

The FIFA World Cup is over but UEFA travel notifications have begun! Don’t miss the latest information for your next destination from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – it’s easy to keep track with our weekly summary…

 

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Pakistan 14 July 2018; 8:07am

Safety and security section (Political situation) and summary – In recent days, rallies have been the target of terrorist attacks. On 13 July, bombings occurred at campaign events in Mastung (Baluchistan), killing over 125 people, and in Bannu (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). Earlier in the week, 13 people were killed in a terrorist attack on an event in Peshawar. You should avoid getting caught up in demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.

Tanzania 13 July 2018; 3:26pm 

Safety and security section – addition of information on travel near the border with Mozambique.

Uzbekistan 13 July 2018; 3:16pm

Entry requirements section (Visas) – the Uzbek government have announced a trial of a new e-visa system for tourists from 15 July 2018, and 5 days visa free for transit passengers travelling via Uzbekistan to a third country.

Greece 13 July 2018; 2:06pm

Amendment to information on cash withdrawal limit, which is now €5,000 per month.

Safety and security section – addition of information on quad biking and keeping hire cars secure.

Local laws and customs section – advice for those seeking seasonal employment and updated information on local law on nitrous oxide.

Entry requirements section – addition of advice when travelling with prescribed medication.

Health section – updated information on EHIC replacements and availability of medication.

Mali 13 July 2018; 11:13am

Safety and security section (Political situation) – presidential elections are scheduled to take place on 29 July 2018.

Local laws and customs section – updated information on Ramadan to reflect 2019 dates.

Terrorism section – minor editorial amendments.

South Africa 12 July 2018; 5:38pm

Safety and security section (Crime) and summary – addition of information and advice relating to an ongoing police investigation, after a series of incendiary devices were placed at different locations in the Durban area.

Mexico 12 July 2018; 3:18pm

From 16 July 2018, our consular services in Mexico City will be operating from the British Embassy at Río Lerma 71, Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500, following a period of temporary relocation to the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico after the 19 September earthquake.

Pakistan 12 July 2018; 1:49pm

Safety and security section (Political situation) and summary – on 10 July 2018, 13 people were killed in a terrorist attack on a campaign event in Peshawar; you should avoid getting caught up in demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.

Mozambique 12 July 2018; 12:42pm

Safety and security section (Air travel) – flights operated by the Government-owned airline LAM are prone to cancellation without notice; you should check your flight information between 24 and 48 hours before your scheduled departure.

Cameroon 12 July 2018; 11:30am

many towns in the Anglophone regions observed a general strike on Monday 9 July which turned violent in some places; there are reports of deaths in Buea and Kumba as a result of clashes between separatists and government security forces; these general strikes (or ‘ghost towns’) are called for each Monday and can become violent.

Singapore 12 July 2018; 11:30am

Local laws and customs section – updated information; disrespecting public servants is treated seriously by the police; addition of link to further information on the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Macedonia 12 July 2018; 11:22am

Rangers take on FC Shkupi in a UEFA Europa League qualifying match in Skopje on Tuesday 17 July 2018; if you’re travelling to Macedonia for the match, check our dedicated information and advice page for supporters.

Afghanistan 12 July 2018; 11:18am

There continue to be fatal roadside bombings and attacks on military and civilian vehicles; you should vary your routes and routines; update on landmark locations and places where terrorist attacks have happened.

Cambodia 12 July 2018; 10:52am

Addition of information on the general election, which will take place on Sunday 29 July.

Haiti 12 July 2018; 10:38am

Updated information on protests during the weekend of 6 to 8 July 2018; calm has now returned; however, you should remain vigilant at all times, avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media; removal of information about hurricane recovery from 2016 and national strikes in 2017.

Taiwan 11 July 2018; 9:57am

Typhoon Maria has passed; the British Office Taipei is reopened.

France 9 July 2018; 5:34pm

Updated information on planned strikes for 19 July affecting SNCF trains.

Hong Kong 9 July 2018; 4:33pm

Safety and security section (Crime) – updated information on personal attacks, including sexual assaults.

Tunisia 9 July 2018; 4:04pm

Terrorism section and summary – on 8 July 2018, militants attacked security forces near Ghardimaou close to the Algerian border; a number of Tunisian National Guard officers were killed.

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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