Welcome to this week’s travel safety summary! Please note that recent updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) include visa and travel information for Sri Lanka, however advice against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka is still in place.
Liverpool FC take on Tottenham Hotspur FC in the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid on Saturday 1 June 2019; if you’re travelling to Spain for the match, check our dedicated information and advice page.
Summary and Safety and security section – addition of information about possible heightened tension on Cameroon’s National Day on 20 May.
Summary and Safety and security section – change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise British-Iranian dual nationals against all travel to Iran; all British nationals should consider carefully the risks of travelling to Iran.
Violence erupted in Beoumi (400 km north of Abidjan) on 15 May between different ethnic groups and the situation is not yet contained, despite the presence of security forces. A curfew is in place from 1800 to 0600.
Entry requirements section (Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)) – From 1 October 2019, British nationals travelling by air or cruise and entering New Zealand without a visa (tourists) will need to hold an ETA before travelling to New Zealand; you will be able to apply for an ETA from July 2019.
Entry requirements section (International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL)) – the IVL will be introduced alongside the ETA and will last as long as the ETA is valid.
Safety and security section (Local travel – Khartoum) – violence in Khartoum on 15 May as security services clashed with protesters, involving live fire, while attempting to remove barricades.
The Solomon Islands general election took place on 3 April and a new Prime Minister was elected on 24 April; this led to some violent protests and looting in central and eastern Honiara; local police restored security; however, there is an ongoing court case which may cause further disturbances over the coming months; you should monitor local media and be vigilant around any political demonstrations and large gatherings.
Voting in India’s general elections ends on 19 May 2019, and the results will be issued on 23 May 2019; there may be heightened political activity in the run up to and after the results are announced; you should exercise caution and avoid large gatherings.
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Safety and security section (Crime) – updated information about increased crime in Lubumbashi.
Health section – updated information on Public Health England’s Returning Workers Scheme for those travelling to Ebola affected areas.
Gdansk Pride will take place on 25 May 2019; the march will start in central Gdansk at 2pm; large crowds are expected; recent Pride events have passed without incident, but you should exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities.
Change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all travel to within 5km of the border with Burkina Faso; Safety and security (Local travel) – addition of information on risk of kidnapping.
Change to advise against travel; the FCO now advise against all travel to the Pendjari National Park and adjacent hunting grounds; the area between the Parc du W National Park and the border with Niger; and to all other areas within 5km of the border with Burkina Faso.
Safety and security (Local travel) – addition of information on risk of kidnapping.
Local laws and customs section – revised information on Common Law and Sharia Penal Code.
Safety and security section (Local travel – Khartoum) – recent increase in the number of roadblocks appearing without warning and causing severe disruption in parts of Khartoum and elsewhere.
Safety and security section (Saudi Arabia-Yemen border) – on 14 May 2019, Saudi authorities confirmed that a drone attack had targeted oil pumping stations in Dawadmi and Afif resulting in damage to the East-West pipeline.
Road travel – you can drive using UK driving licences in Saudi Arabia for 3 months from arrival; for longer periods, you will need to convert your UK licence to a local one.
Safety and security section (Local travel – Khartoum) – recent clashes between armed militia and protesters involving live fire and tear gas around the site of the protest; you should monitor developments closely and avoid any protests or sit-ins.
There were outbreaks of violence across parts of North Western Province on 13 May, and an island-wide night-time curfew was imposed.
Terrorism section – Addition of factual information on a pre-emptive counter-terrorist operation on 11 May 2019.
The Sri Lankan authorities have confirmed that passengers with a passport and a valid flight ticket (including electronic ticket) can travel to the airport during curfew periods.
Safety and security (Balochistan) – On 11 May, armed militants attacked the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar in southern Balochistan. Three people were killed and four injured.
The State of Emergency in the parishes of St James, which includes Montego Bay, Hanover and Westmoreland has been extended to 13 August 2019.
Summary and Safety and security section (North West and South West (Anglophone) regions) – Armed separatists have announced a general strike in the Anglophone regions.
Information on new law forbidding the use of disposable plastic objects on the island of Capri; violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.
Addition of information on 8 May bombing in Lahore.
Local laws and customs section (E-cigarettes and smoking) – The minimum age for the purchase, use, possession, sale and supply of all tobacco products in Singapore is 19 years old; this will be raised to 20 years old in 2020; failure to comply carries fines.
Updated information on strikes.
Entry requirements section (Visas) – As of April 2019, you can apply for an e-visa or e-tourist card via the official Suriname e-visa website before you travel.
Entry Clearance section (Regional travel) – Thailand currently allows only two crossings per annum at the land border between Laos and Thailand.
All Turkish Airlines flights to Tajikistan are now from the new Istanbul Airport.
Updated information for the new Istanbul Airport.
The Sri Lankan government continues to use curfews to support ongoing security operations; these have been limited to certain areas and have been put in place at short notice, so you should keep up to date with developments.
Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised visa information.
Local laws and customs section – It’s Sri Lankan law that you must carry an official form of identification at all times; for foreign nationals, the acceptable form of identification is your passport; if you do not have it with you and you’re stopped by the authorities, you may be detained.
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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