Travel Safety Round-Up: 23/5/2018

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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) covers Indonesia, Russia, and the all-important UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv, Ukraine. Could your next trip be affected? 

 

Country Date  
     
Jordan 23 May 2018; 9:21am

Safety and security section (Tribal violence) – addition of section; Local laws and customs section – additional information on Ramadan which began on 16 May and will finish on 14 June.

Macedonia 22 May 2018; 11:47am

Safety and security section (Local travel) – the main road connecting Kosovo and Macedonia has been closed on the Kosovan side, between Kacanik and Hani i Elezit, due to landslides. There are alternative routes into Kosovo, though there could be delays.

Pakistan 22 May 2018; 11:33am

Terrorism section – There are reports that extremists may look to carry out attacks in the districts of Dir and Chitral, including targeting foreign nationals.

Albania 22 May 2018; 9:02am

Safety and security section (Political section) – additional information on anti-government protest in central Tirana on 26 May.

Belarus 21 May 2018; 3:54pm

Entry requirements section – addition of section on travelling between Ukraine and Belarus for the UEFA Champions League final.

Burma 21 May 2018; 5:06pm

Safety and security section (Political situation) and Local travel (Kachin State) – additional information on various conflicts; on 15 May there were 2 explosions with no casualties on the train track between Mandalay and Myitkyina.

Russia 21 May 2018; 3:20pm

Addition of information on the 2018 FIFA World Cup; the Football Supporters’ Federation have published a guide to the tournament.

Kosovo 21 May 2018; 11:04am

Safety and security section (Road travel) – The road between Kacanik and Hani i Elezit, the main road connecting Kosovo and Macedonia, has been closed due to landslides. Although there are alternative routes, including via Gabrica e Eperme/Glloboqica, there may be delays.

Thailand 21 May 2018; 10:54am

Summary and Safety and security section – reordering of information to highlight avoidance of any protests, political gatherings, demonstrations or marches.

Cuba 19 May 2018; 2:20am 

A domestic flight from Havana to Holguin crashed at Jose Marti Airport at 1208h on Friday 18 May 2018. Jose Marti Airport has re-opened and is now operating as normal. You should stay in contact with your airline in case of continued travel disruption.

Russia 18 May 2018; 2:09pm

Local laws and customs section (Visitor registration) – if you’re visiting for the 2018 World Cup, registration must take place within 72 hours.

Democratic Republic of the Congo 18 May 2018; 11:03am

Change to areas where the FCO advise against travel; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to the Equateur province; Health section – additional information on Ebola outbreak.

Sri Lanka 18 May 2018; 10:43am

General alert issued by the Centre for Disaster Management over the onset of the South Western Monsoon.

Cuba 18 May 2018; 9:34am

Local laws and customs section – addition of information on the export of antiques and artworks; addition of information on importing photography equipment and professional photography; addition of information on drones.

Russia 18 May 2018; 9:00am

Safety and security section – addition of information on disabled access.

Local laws and customs section (LGBT+ travellers) – additional information on public attitudes and the law.

St Maarten 17 May 2018; 3:55pm

Summary and Security and safety section (Air travel) – addition of information on reconstruction following hurricanes Irma and Maria; due to the size of the devastation, effects are still noticeable; tourists are advised to make advance accommodation reservations and there may be brief delays on arrival and departure.

Venezuela 17 May 2018; 12:04pm

Addition of information on presidential and state-council elections on 20 May; the armed forces’ plan Republica security operation is in place and will remain active until 21 May inclusive; you should avoid crowds and not cross security lines or barricades.

Dominican Republic 17 May 2018; 10:57am

Entry requirements section (Visas) – from April 2018, the tourism entry tax (previously known as a tourist card) will no longer be collected upon arrival and should be included in your air fare.

If you bought your flight earlier, you can still pay the US$10 or equivalent fee separately on arrival at the airport, or at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in London; contact your airline or tour operator if you’re unsure whether you have already paid this fee; updated information on immigration checks.

Seychelles 17 May 2018; 10:26am

Addition of information on the two seasonal changes and their affect on beach and swimming safety.

Russia 17 May 2018; 9:46am

Local laws and customs section (IT) – addition of links to guidance on cyber security.

Turks and Caicos Islands 17 May 2018; 8:50am Health section – addition of information on chikungunya virus.
Dominican Republic 16 May 2018; 5:47pm

Summary – updated visitor figures.

Safety and security section (Road travel) – addition of information on applying for a local driving licence.

Safety and security section (Air travel) – factual addition of information on use of Haitian registered airlines.

Oman 16 May 2018; 4:37pm

Addition of information on requirements set by the Oman border authorities for travellers wishing to cross into Yemen (where the FCO advise against all travel)

Thailand 16 May 2018; 3:22pm

Safety and security section – addition of information for travellers with limited mobility.

Ukraine 16 May 2018; 2:19pm

Factual addition of Kerch Bridge crossing to information on international border crossings not currently under the control of the Ukrainian authorities; it’s illegal under Ukrainian law to enter internationally recognised Ukrainian territory through a border point that isn’t currently controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.

Cote d’Ivoire 16 May 2018; 9:07am

Addition of information on political rallies ahead of local elections scheduled for later in 2018.

Senegal 15 May 2018; 9:24pm

Student protests have broken out in Dakar, St Louis and other major cities in Senegal, with violent confrontations between students and law enforcement. You should avoid university campuses while protests continue.

Nigeria 15 May 2018; 4:02pm

Summary – addition of information on Ramadan.

Ukraine 15 May 2018; 1:32pm

The 2018 UEFA Champions League Final between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid will be held in Kyiv on Saturday 26 May; if you’re travelling to Kyiv for the match, check our dedicated information and advice page in addition to this travel advice.

Safety and security section and summary – editorial amendments to existing information on areas to which the FCO advise against all travel.

Indonesia 15 May 2018; 10:29am

Terrorism section and summary – updated information on explosions in Surabaya on 13 and 14 May.

Natural disasters section and summary – editorial amendments to information on volcanic eruptions since late 2017.

Georgia 14 May 2018; 5:31pm

Addition of information on public demonstrations which took place over the weekend of 12-13 May; further demonstrations may occur over the next week; you should avoid large crowds, remain vigilant and follow local security advice.

Democratic Republic of the Congo 14 May 2018; 4:49pm

Summary – factual update on kidnap and release of 2 British nationals.

     

 

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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