Travel Safety Round-Up: 2/7/2018

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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes important information about entry requirements, volcanic activity, and much more.

Could your next trip be affected? 

Country Date  
Indonesia 29 June 2018; 5:28pm

On 28 June 2018 Mount Agung in east Bali erupted, emitting gas and ash; this resulted in the temporary closure of Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport and a number of nearby regional airports for a period of time on 29 June causing flights to be cancelled and delayed.

The alert level for Mount Agung remains at level 3 and there is a 4 mile exclusion zone around the crater; you should follow the advice of local authorities.

Nigeria 29 June 2018; 3:22pm

Safety and security section (Local travel) – revised information on inter-communal violence.

Russia 29 June 2018; 3:02pm

Protests against pension reform are expected in a range of cities across Russia during the weekend of 30 June and 1 July; check the local media for the latest information.

Azerbaijan 29 June 2018; 1:38pm

Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised information; electronic visas cannot be issued to persons travelling on Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs)

United Arab Emirates 29 June 2018; 11:11am

Entry requirements section (UK emergency travel documents) – revised information; UK emergency travel documents are accepted for airside transit and exit from the United Arab Emirates.

Russia 29 June 2018; 9:30am

Revised information for FIFA World Cup; you need a FAN ID, or a visa valid for the duration of your entire trip.

Entry requirements section (Travelling between Russia and Belarus) – removal of information for fans travelling between Belarus and Russia.

Pakistan 28 June 2018; 4:57pm

Safety and security section (Political situation) – revised information; national and provincial elections are due to take place on 25 July, with campaigning and rallies in the run-up.

Ethiopia 28 June 2018; 4:34pm

There have been reports of civil unrest and gunfire in the town of Assosa, in Benishangul Gumuz regional state since 25 June; you should check with local security if travelling.

Papua New Guinea 28 June 2018; 2:25pm

Health section – revised information on outbreak of polio in Morobe, Madang and Eastern Highlands provinces; one case has been confirmed in Morobe, with reports of several more.

Zambia 28 June 2018; 2:18pm

You should exercise caution, avoid any political rallies and monitor local media, particularly around the Lusaka mayoral election on 26 July.

Ecuador 28 June 2018; 1:10pm

Natural disasters section (Volcanoes) – addition of information on the Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela Island which began erupting on 26 June. As a precaution the Galapagos National Park authorities have restricted tourist activities in the vicinity; you’re advised to monitor local news and follow instructions of local authorities.

Entry requirements (Visas) – revised information on visa extensions.

Health Section – addition of information on yellow fever vaccination.

Russia 27 June 2018; 3:03pm 

Fans travelling to Kaliningrad for the FIFA World Cup will need to have a FAN ID, and should make their arrangements for travel and accommodation in advance.

Saudi Arabia 27 June 2018; 2:31pm

Local laws and customs section – revised information on women driving; from 24 June 2018 women were legally able to obtain a licence to drive a car, motorbike and scooter.

China 27 June 2018; 12:31pm

Summary and Local laws and customs section – revised information on drug related offences.

Benin 26 June 2018; 9:11am

Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information; you can either apply for a visa from the Honorary Consulate of Benin in London before travel; or apply and pay on-line for a short stay e-visa; if successful the e-visa will be issued on arrival at Cotonou.

Guyana 25 June 2018; 1:14pm

Entry requirements section (Departure tax) – updated information; departure tax is no longer required; all taxes are now included in the ticket.

Mongolia 25 June 2018; 12:59pm

Safety and security section (Crime) – revised security advice; tourists’ mobile phones are targeted by thieves in the streets and should be carried securely; Entry requirements section (Border crossings) – revised information on 9 border points open to British passport holders.

South Korea 25 June 2018; 12:41pm

Summary and Safety and security section (Political situation) – factual update reflecting recent political developments following contact between North Korea, South Korea and the United States.

 

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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