Travel Safety Round-Up: 25/6/2018

Looking for extra peace of mind? Start with the latest travel safety information, and make sure you have appropriate travel insurance, including cover for acts of terrorism*.

Here’s this week’s summary of the latest advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO): 

 

Country Date  
     
Saudi Arabia 25 June 2018; 9:27am

Safety and security section (Saudi Arabia-Yemen border) – factual update; there have been 6 intercepted missile attacks over Riyadh since the first missile attack on 4 November 2017, the most recent on 24 June 2018.

Ethiopia 23 June 2018; 11:44am

Addis Ababa: Saturday 23 June: A large rally in support of Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed, was disrupted by a grenade attack, resulting in c80 injured, some seriously. Minor incidents were reported as crowds dispersed, but the streets are now mostly calm. We encourage visitors to continue to follow our advice below on public gatherings.

South Africa 22 June 2018; 4:38pm

Safety and Security section (Crime) – revised information; risk of crime increases in urban areas, particularly central business districts of major cities and townships on the outskirts of major cities; a higher state of awareness is required if travelling through these areas.

Jordan 22 June 2018; 3:25pm

Revisions to information on carrying large electronic devices in the cabin on Jordan-UK flights.

Lebanon 22 June 2018; 3:20pm

Revisions to information on carrying large electronic devices in the cabin on Lebanon-UK flights; correction to explanation of advice against all but essential travel in areas of Liban-Nord district; there are no changes to the areas where the FCO advise against travel in Lebanon at this time.

Indonesia 22 June 2018; 10:13am

Safety and security section (Air travel) and summary – revised information reflecting removal of Indonesian carriers from the list of airlines not permitted to operate in the EU; Terrorism section – updated information, including on relevant locations and significant dates.

Ireland 22 June 2018; 9:55am

Safety and security section (Road travel) – revised information on road death statistics.

Nicaragua 21 June 2018; 7:04pm

Additional information on reports of particularly serious violent incidents ongoing in and around Masaya.

Madagascar 21 June 2018; 4:31pm

The FCO no longer advise against all travel to Batterie Beach, north of Toliara (Tulear).

Additional information on recent political demonstrations; you should avoid all protests and demonstrations.

Latvia 21 June 2018; 3:59pm

Addition of links to travel advice pages for fans travelling from Latvia to FIFA World Cup matches in Kaliningrad via Lithuania or Poland.

Estonia 21 June 2018; 3:54pm

Addition of links to travel advice pages for fans travelling on from Estonia via Latvia, Lithuania or Poland to FIFA World Cup matches in Kaliningrad.

Angola 21 June 2018; 2:16pm

Safety and security section (Air Travel) – additional information on TAAG, the Angolan national carrier.

Antigua and Barbuda 21 June 2018; 9:46am

Additional information on reconstruction work following 2017 hurricanes.

If you’re visiting Barbuda during the 2018 hurricane season, you should monitor local and international weather updates, follow advice of local authorities and ensure your accommodation is secure.

Peru 20 June 2018; 4:34pm

Money – additional information on reports that Intis (former currency out of circulation) is being provided by street money changers in Cusco tourist areas.

Nicaragua 20 June 2018; 12:17pm

Summary and Safety and security section (Crime, Local travel and Political Situation) – additional information on political unrest and street violence since April 2018; major routes can become impassable due to disorder and you should check local information before travel; in you’re already in the country, you should keep your departure options under review.

Turkey 20 June 2018; 12:09pm

Update to existing information on carrying electronic devices in the cabin on flights from Turkey to the UK.

Korea, DPR (North Korea) 20 June 2018; 9:50am

Safety and security section (Political situation) and summary – updated information on recent political developments.

Safety and security section (Road travel) – updated information on driving safety and availability of public transport; other minor amendments to other sub-sections of this advice.

Madagascar 19 June 2018; 2:20pm

Safety and security section (National parks) – factual update on armed attacks and robberies; most recent attacks on 13 and 17 June in Bekopa and Mahabo Morondava, involving tourists visiting the Tsingy of Bemahara; take extra care and use an official guide if travelling in this area.

France 19 June 2018; 1:58pm

Addition of information on planned strikes at Air France and its subsidiaries from 23 to 26 June; check with your airline before travelling.

Russia 19 June 2018; 11:46am

Entry requirements section (Travelling between Russia and Belarus) – updated information for the FIFA World Cup.

Cote d’Ivoire 19 June 2018; 11:29am

Addition of information on flooding in Abidjan causing closure of many routes in the city; you should check your route before travelling.

Papua New Guinea 19 June 2018; 10:52am

The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Hela and Southern Highlands provinces following significantly increased levels of tribal fighting and the declaration of states of emergency by the Papua New Guinea government; there has also been heavier than usual tribal fighting in Enga and Western Highlands provinces following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in February 2018.

If you’re planning to travel to these provinces, you should take greater care than usual and consider enhanced security precautions.

Costa Rica 19 June 2018; 9:38am

Summary and Safety and security section (Crime) – factual update on 2 incidents of robbery involving British nationals since January 2018.

Entry requirements (Visas) – addition of information on fines for overstayers; editorial amendments throughout.

Egypt 18 June 2018; 3:49pm

Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information on e-visas available through the Visa2Egypt website; although it’s still possible to get a tourist visa on arrival, it’s better to get one before you travel.

Summary section – revisions to information on carrying large electronic devices in the cabin on Egypt-UK flights.

Belgium 18 June 2018; 2:37pm

Terrorism section – editorial amendments to factual information on terrorist attacks.

China 18 June 2018; 2:30pm

Safety and security section (Crime) – addition of information on personal attacks.

 

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. 

If you’re concerned about terrorism affecting your travel plans, you can top up your travel insurance to cover terrorism – from only £5.17 per person.**

 

 

*Please read our Policy Wording for full details of cover provided by Safe Journey – including the option to cancel if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your route or accommodation, up to 6 weeks prior to your departure – as well as terms, conditions and exclusions.

**£5.17 per person applies to a single trip of up to 8 days – whether you’re travelling locally or internationally. Single trip cover is available for trips of up to 180 days continuous travel, worldwide (£53.73 pp). Annual Multi-Trip cover is also available from £15.66 per person.

Single Trip Cover

From £5.17* per person

  • Travel insurance that covers disinclination to travel if your destination is affected by terrorism before you travel.
  • Safe Journey provides comprehensive travel insurance just for acts of terrorism.
  • Single Trip insurance provides cover for up to 180 days of continuous travel.
  • Available for singles, couples and families and with no maximum age limit and no medical screening requirements.
  • For Business and Leisure travellers.
  • For UK, Channel Island and Isle of Man residents when travelling in the UK and abroad, when you have booked and pre-paid your flights or accommodation.
  • Safe Journey covers up to £2000 per person for travel arrangements, if where you are staying is affected by terrorism and you want to return home.
  • Travel delays caused by acts of terrorism are covered.
  • Personal possessions including money and passports are protected whilst you travel against damage or loss as a result of acts of terrorism.
  • 24 hour (UK based) emergency assistance to help you after an act of terrorism.
  • Maximum excess per claim £100
Buy now

*For up to 8 days travel, Worldwide. £53.73 for 180 days continuous travel, Worldwide.

Annual Multi-Trip Cover

From £15.66 per person

  • Travel insurance that covers disinclination to travel if your destination is affected by terrorism before you travel.
  • Safe Journey provides comprehensive travel insurance just for acts of terrorism.
  • Annual Multi-Trip insurance for travel durations of up to 31 days, for each trip you take during a year.
  • Available for singles, couples and families and with no maximum age limit and no medical screening requirements.
  • For Business and Leisure travellers.
  • For UK, Channel Island and Isle of Man residents when travelling in the UK and abroad, when you have booked and pre-paid flights or accommodation.
  • Safe Journey covers up to £2000 per person for travel arrangements, if where you are staying is affected by terrorism and you want to return home.
  • Travel delays caused by acts of terrorism are covered.
  • Personal possessions including money and passports are protected whilst you travel against damage or loss as a result of acts of terrorism.
  • 24 hour (UK based) emergency assistance to help you after an act of terrorism.
  • Maximum excess per claim £100
Buy now

†31 Days any-one-trip, Worldwide.