Travel Safety Round-Up: 22/8/2018

Looking for extra peace of mind? Start with the latest travel safety information sent out by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and make sure you have appropriate travel insurance.

 

Country Date  
     
Trinidad and Tobago 22 August 2018; 1:33am

On 21 August 2018 Trinidad and Tobago experienced an earthquake in excess of magnitude 6.7. Initial reports indicate damage to some buildings and communication networks. If you’re in the area you should monitor local media, exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities. Aftershocks in the same area are possible.

USA 22 August 2018; 12:45am

The US National Weather Service has declared the state of Hawaii to be under a Hurricane Watch due to the approach of Hurricane Lane. Please follow the advice of local authorities.

Brazil 21 August 2018; 3:57pm

Safety and security section and summary – general elections are due to take place in October 2018; there is an increased risk of political and social unrest during the campaign period, particularly in the border region with Venezuela where tensions are running high over immigration.

On 17 and 18 August 2018, demonstrations in the city of Pacaraima turned violent with the crowds attacking refugee dwellings and property.

Italy 21 August 2018; 1:52pm

Since 14 August there have been a number of localised earthquakes in the Molise region of Italy, near the town of Montecilfone; for more information about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake, follow the link in our travel advice to the Italian Civil Protection website.

Madagascar 21 August 2018; 12:46pm

Summary and Safety and security section – revised information on safety and security considerations when travelling around the country.

Laos 21 August 2018; 10:23am

Summary – revised information; avoid unnecessary travel in the Attapeu region; red flood warnings have been issued for the period 20 August to 24 August, for a number of locations between Vientiane and Pakse; with further rain forecast water levels can change rapidly, please monitor and follow the advice of local authorities and local weather forecasts.

Kuwait 21 August 2018; 9:43am

Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised information; if travelling by air you can get a free tourist/visit visa issued at the airport upon arrival, which allows the holder to reside in Kuwait for 3 months.

South Korea 21 August 2018′ 9:27am

Summary and Natural disasters section – addition of information; advice on forecast that Typhoon Soulik will make landfall on the Korean peninsula on 22 to 23 August.

Mali 21 August 2018; 9:00am

Further demonstrations are possible; you should avoid all demonstrations as well as large gatherings and political meetings.

Burma 20 August 2018; 4:06pm

You’re advised to be vigilant around the first anniversary (25 August 2017) of the attacks in Rakhine.

Health section – addition of information on schistosomiasis.

India 20 Auust 2018; 12:36pm

Revised information on flooding in Kerala and Kodagu in Karnataka; if you’re travelling to, or are already in the area, you’re advised to closely monitor travel advice, media reports and follow the advice from local authorities; if your current location lies within the worst affected area and you’re in need of urgent help, you’re advised to contact the helpline number of the region; the Met department predicts little to no rain for the next 5 days; the government of Kerala has withdrawn the red alert.

Thailand 20 August 2018; 11:48am

Revised information; the Thai Meteorological Department continues to issue weather warnings for heavy rain, high seas (Upper Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea), and hazardous conditions across Thailand, especially the north, northeast, and south; the Mekong River Commission has also issued flood warnings for 20 to 24 August for Nongkhai (the border crossing to Vientiane, Laos) and Nakhon Phanom, and high waters along the Mekong; you should follow the advice of local authorities and monitor weather forecasts

Uganda 19 August 2018; 9:50pm

Safety and security section (Political section) – the arrest of a number of opposition Members of Parliament following violence around the Arua by-election on the 15 August 2018 has led to heightened political tension. There is an increased likelihood of protests, which may turn violent, across Uganda.

Laos 19 August 2018; 2:31pm

Red flood warnings have been issued for the period 20 August to 24 August, covering Vientiane, Nongkhai (opposite bank to Vientiane), Nakon Phanom, Khong Chiam and the Pakse area. With water levels continuing to rise rapidly, please monitor and follow the advice of local authorities and local weather forecasts.

Ethiopia 18 August 2018; 9:14am

Change to advice; the FCO now advises against all but essential travel to all other areas of the Ethiopian Somali Regional State, with the exception of the main road to Djibouti, and passengers on the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway.

India 17 August 2018; 3:44pm

Revised information on flooding in Kerala and affected areas of Tamil Nadu; if you’re travelling to, or are already in the area, you’re advised to closely monitor travel advice, media reports and follow the advice from local authorities.

If your current location lies within the worst affected area and you’re in need of urgent help, you’re advised to contact the helpline number of the region.

Italy 17 August 2018; 12:55pm

Addition of information and advice on local travel disruption in Genoa following the Morandi bridge collapse on 14 August.

Russia 17 August 2018; 11:20am

Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised information; 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia FAN ID holders can travel to Russia using their FAN ID as a visa until 31 December 2018.

India 17 August 2018; 10:17am

Summary – revised information on flooding in Kerala; addition of helpline numbers.

Philippines 17 August 2018; 7:32am

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is experiencing flight disruption due to an incident late on 16 August; you should check with your airline if you’re due to travel; NAIA flight information is available on their Hotline +63 (0) 2877 1111

Philippines 17 August 2018; 5:50am

Terrorism section (Kidnapping) – addition of information; the local authorities in Palawan have recently warned the public of a heightened risk from kidnapping; if in the area, you should follow the advice of local security and remain vigilant at all times.

Anguilla 16 August 2018; 11:21am

Summary – revised information on recovery process following Hurricane Irma; Safety and security section (Road travel) – revised information on local driving licences from car rental companies; cost is US$25 which is valid for 3 months.

India 15 August 2018; 8:31pm

Heavy monsoon rain continues across the state of Kerala, claiming several lives, including following the opening of Kerala’s Idukki Reservoir floodgates.

Rail and road transport has been severely affected with roads and tracks submerged and cut off. Flights to and from Kochi Airport have been suspended until Saturday 18 August.

If you’re travelling to or are in Kerala you should closely monitor travel advice and media reports and follow the advice of the local authorities. The CIAL (Cochin International Airport Limited) helpline for stranded passengers is 0484- 3053500 and the Government of Kerala helpline number is 1800-425-5313.

Georgia 15 August 2018; 1:57pm

Entry requirements section – addition of information; we recommend you have a valid travel insurance policy as you may be asked to provide evidence of this by your airline at check-in or by the immigration authorities upon arrival in Georgia; you may face difficulties if you cannot provide evidence of valid travel insurance.

Montenegro 15 JAugust 2018; 8:54am

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – revised information; your passport should be undamaged and in accordance with local law should be issued in the last 10 years and valid for at least 3 months after the planned date of departure from Montenegro.

Democratic Republic of the Congo 14 August 2018; 3:44pm

Summary and Health section – addition of information on Ebola virus; on 14 August a case was confirmed in Ituri province; the latest updates can be found on the World Health Organisation website.

Romania 14 August 2018; 2:54pm

Summary – addition of information; there have been an increased number of political protests, centred on the main government building in Bucharest, but also affecting other major cities in Romania; you should follow local media and avoid demonstrations or other large gatherings.

American Samoa 14 August 2018; 2:48pm

Travel advice for the territory of American Samoa will now be included in our travel advice page for the USA. This page will be removed from GOV.UK shortly. If you have subscribed to receive email alerts for American Samoa, you will no longer receive updates. If you wish to continue to receive updates relating to American Samoa, you will need to be signed up to our USA travel advice.

Uganda 14 August 2018; 2:35pm

Safety and security section (Political section) – addition of information; on 13 August there were reports of shootings and violent demonstrations in Arua, ahead of a parliamentary by-election on 15 August; there remains a risk of violence in the run up to, during and after the by-election.

Vanuatu 14 August 2018; 1:41pm

The government of Vanuatu has declared a state of emergency for the island of Ambae; the government have ordered the immediate compulsory evacuation of the population of Ambae to the neighbouring island of Maewo due to the ongoing volcanic activity; if you’re in the area, you should follow the advice of local authorities, including the evacuation order.

USA 14 August 2018; 12:41pm

Addition of information; there is a presence of toxic “red tide” algae blooms in south west Florida; the counties of Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas are affected; you should follow the advice of local authorities.

Uruguay 14 August 2018; 9:08am

Safety and security section (Road travel) – revised information on traffic and driving standards.

Mali 14 August 2018; 8:56am

Safety and security (Political situation) and Terrorism sections – the Presidential election period runs from the end of July until the beginning of September; there may be a heightened risk of attack during the presidential election period.

USA 13 August 2018; 3:35pm

Edit to information; Yosemite National Park now re-opened, California and Oregon wildfires ongoing.

     

 

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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. 

 

 

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