Travel Safety Round-Up: 25/3/2019

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In addition to notifications about terrorism, health, safety and security, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a number of updates to information on International Driving Permits over the past two weeks – this time for countries outside of Europe covering destinations as diverse as Nepal, Oman and Cuba. 

 

Country Date  
     
Bangladesh 24 March 2019

There are reports about the need for heightened vigilance in Dhaka. We are not aware of any specific threat. Please remain vigilant and avoid large gatherings.

North Macedonia 22 March 2019 Updated information on documents needed to receive free emergency treatment under the reciprocal healthcare agreement.
Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, New Caledonia, French Polynesia 22 March 2019

Addition/update of information about the availability of consular support.

Barbados 22 March 2019

Safety and security section (Crime) – addition of information on gang-related shootings; you should remain vigilant at all times and in all locations.

France 22 March 2019

Revised information on industrial action by French customs officers; services now appear to be improving but we recommend that you check with your service provider before travelling.

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Safety and security section (Road travel) – addition of/changes to  information about International Driving Permits from 28 March.

Belgium 22 March 2019

Refreshed general information and advice on demonstrations, which often take place in Brussels, including around transport hubs and the Schuman area.

South Africa 22 March 2019

Safety and security section (Road travel) – updated information on driving licence requirements for visitors and residents in South Africa.

Terrorism section – update to existing information on kidnap threat.

Ukraine 22 March 2019

Presidential elections will take place on Sunday 31 March 2019, with a possible second round on Sunday 21 April 2019; there is an increased likelihood of large public rallies and demonstrations; you should avoid demonstrations and take extra care at public gatherings.

Malawi 21 March 2019

The Malawi Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has advised residents around Zomba City of the risk of serious flooding. If you are in the area you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities, and be prepared to leave the area at short notice.

Australia 21 March 2019

Tropical Cyclone Trevor is affecting the Cape York Peninsula region of Queensland, the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Northern Territories bringing damaging winds, torrential rainfall and flooding.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to impact the northern coast of Western Australia also bringing flash flooding and damaging winds.

In a life threatening emergency always dial 000, or for flood and storm emergencies dial 132 500

New Zealand 21 March 2019

Summary and Terrorism section – update to information on the shootings in Christchurch on 15 March 2019, removing contact details for police hotlines issued after the incident.

Thailand  21 March 2019

Revised information on General Election which will be held on 24 March; you should be aware of local sensitivities and follow guidance from local authorities.

Mozambique 20 March 2019

The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to the Provinces of Sofala, Zambezia, Manica and Tete.

Albania 20 March 2019

Safety and security section (Political situation) – revised information on demonstrations; you should check the local media for the latest information, remain vigilant and avoid any demonstrations.

Serbia 20 March 2019

Safety and security section (Political situation) and summary – weekly protests are currently taking place in Belgrade and some other towns and cities; these usually remain peaceful, but can cause significant disruption, including to public transport; you should keep up to date with local developments and avoid any large crowds or demonstrations.

Morocco 20 March 2019

Summary and Terrorism section – updated information and advice on the threat from terrorism in Morocco, reflecting an increased threat.

USA 19 March 2019

Addition of information and advice about historically high levels of flooding currently affecting Midwestern states, including Nebraska, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri and Minnesota.

Nigeria 19 March 2019

Updated information on elections; you should continue to avoid rallies, public gatherings and demonstrations and monitor local media.

Mozambique 19 March 2019

Terrorism section – updated information and advice on the threat from terrorism in Mozambique, reflecting an increased threat.

Summary – revised information on Tropical Cyclone Idai.

Netherlands 19 March 2019

Updated information on the 18 March shooting incident in Utrecht, reflecting that the threat level in Utrecht has now been reduced by the Dutch authorities.

Togo 19 March 2019

Summary and Safety and security (Political situation) – further marches and protests, by supporters of the government and opposition are likely; you should avoid demonstrations, monitor local media and follow advice of local authorities.

Netherlands 18 March 2019

Updated information on the shooting incident in the 24 Oktoberplien (24 October Square) area of Utrecht; one suspect has subsequently been detained; if you’re in Utrecht, you should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities.

Indonesia 15 March 2019

Summary – addition of information on Polio in Papua Province.

Turkey 15 March 2019

Addition of information on Kurdish New Year and upcoming municipal elections.

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories 15 March 2019

Addition of information following incidents on 14 March of projectiles being fired from Gaza towards central Israel; Israel responded overnight on 14/15 March by targeting around 100 suspected Hamas positions in Gaza.

If travelling in central or southern Israel, familiarise yourself with the safety actions that you should take in the event of a warning siren, follow advice from local authorities and stay informed of the security situation through the media and this travel advice.

Ireland 14 March 2019

Health section – updated information on access to healthcare for British nationals visiting or living in Ireland.

Turkey  

This travel advice has been reviewed in full, with changes to areas of advice against travel in parts of south-east Turkey.

The FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to areas of Sanliurfa, Gaziantep and Siirt provinces; advice against travel to the city of Diyarbakir has changed from ‘all travel’ to ‘all but essential travel’; our advice for other provinces and for areas within 10km of the border with Syria remains unchanged.

There are also updates to information in the Terrorism section, Safety and security section (Local travel) and summary.

Russia

11 March 2019

Local laws and customs section – updated information on religious activities.

 

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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