Travel Safety Round-Up: 27/11/2018

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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes updates for EU entry requirements – read more about Brexit and travel here

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Country Date  
     
Tajikistan 26 Nov 2018; 4:16pm

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

France 26 Nov 2018; 11:50am

Summary – revised information on fuel protests.

Russia 26 Nov 2018; 11:13am

Local laws and customs section (Restricted areas) – updated weblink reflecting recent changes to Russian legislation.

Democratic Republic of the Congo 26 Nov 2018; 9:44am

Latest update: This advice has been reviewed in full; Summary and Safety and security section (Political situation) – the campaigning period for the 23 December elections runs from 22 November to 22 December; in line with previous elections, the British Embassy Kinshasa will temporarily withdraw non-essential staff and dependents from 17 December.

Democratic Republic of the Congo 25 Nov 2018; 8:06pm

On 24 November the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa released a public warning that they will be shut on Monday 26 November. They state that credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. Government facilities in the DRC has come to light and they have urged U.S. citizens to exercise caution.

Reunion 23 Nov 2018; 4:05pm

Summary – protests are currently taking place in Réunion; there are reports of road blocks and barricades affecting some routes, including access to the airport; you should allow extra time for your journey; if you’re in an affected area, avoid protests, remain vigilant, keep in contact with your tour operator and follow the instructions issued by local authorities.

Argentina 23 Nov 2018; 2:53pm

Addition of information and advice on likely disruption in Buenos Aires from 29 November to 2 December due to the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

Vietnam 23 Nov 2018; 12:30pm

The British Embassy in Hanoi is aware that the Quest Festival, due to take place in Ba Vi outside Hanoi from 23 to 25 November has been unable to start on time and that festival goers are not currently being allowed entry to the site and their accommodation; if you’re attending the event, you’re advised to check the Quest Festival Facebook site and confirm that you will be allowed access to the site before travelling to the event.

Cyprus 23 Nov 2018; 12:03pm

Safety and security section (Local travel) – addition of information on new crossing points between the Republic of Cyprus and the north of Cyprus.

Pakistan 23 Nov 2018; 10:17am

There are confirmed reports of an attack on the Chinese Consulate in the Clifton area of Karachi, on the morning of 23 November 2018; law enforcement agencies have now secured the area; you should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local security authorities.

EU (multiple notifications) 22 Nov 2018; 6:19pm

Addition of link to Living In country guide.

Entry requirements section (Visas) – information on draft withdrawal agreement in principle between the UK and EU

Health section – revised guidance on sources of health information before travel.

Papua New Guinea 22 Nov 2018; 4:29pm

Revised wording on the APEC security personnel attack on the Parliament building on 20 November.

Afghanistan 22 Nov 2018; 4:05pm

Summary and Terrorism section – on 20 November 2018, a suicide attack on a wedding hall in Kabul killed approximately 55 people and injured over 85; the majority of the victims were Islamic scholars observing Mawlid al-Nabi (translated as ‘Birth of the Prophet’)

Various

21 Nov 2018

Health Section – revised guidance on sources of health information before travel.

France 21 Nov 2018; 3:07pm

Liverpool take on Paris Saint-Germain in a UEFA Champions League match in Paris on Wednesday 28 November; addition of link to our dedicated information and advice page for travelling fans.

Bahrain 21 Nov 2018; 11:59am

Summary – Parliamentary elections will take place on 24 November and 1 December; there is likely to be a high security presence throughout the country in advance of, and over, this period; you should follow the advice of local authorities.

Health Section – revised guidance on sources of health information before travel

Belgium 21 Nov 2018; 11:11am Terrorism section – factual update to the list of attacks.
Taiwan 21 Nov 2018; 9:32am

Summary – Elections take place across Taiwan on 24 November with the results released in the evening; while elections in Taiwan usually pass without incident you should be mindful around large gatherings of people at this time, such as political rallies or protests.

Curacao 20 Nov 2018; 6:08pm

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – updated information; your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

Haiti 20 Nov 2018; 5:45pm

Updated information and advice following major protests in Port au Prince and elsewhere in Haiti from 17 to 19 November; disruption may continue throughout this week.

Fiji 20 Nov 2018; 4:55pm

Summary and Safety and security section (Political situation) – factual update on general elections held in November 2018

Nepal 20 Nov 2018; 4:35pm

Nationwide political rallies and demonstrations have been announced from Wednesday 21 November to Saturday 24 November 2018

USA 20 Nov 2018; 9:15am

There are large and destructive wildfires in Butte County in North California and near Simi Valley, Ventura County in South California, with the fire perimeter extending south to Malibu in Los Angeles County; evacuation orders are in effect.

France 19 Nov 2018; 3:15pm

Revised information; protests against fuel prices continue across France, leading to blocked roads and motorways in some areas; you should follow the advice of the authorities and allow extra time for your journey.

India 19 Nov 2018; 9:24am

Grenade attack close to Amritsar, situation is currently normal

Burma 16 Nov 2018

Safety and security section (Shan State) – you’re advised to be vigilant in Taunggyi (Shan State) following the discovery on 16 November 2018 of an explosive device.

Sweden 13 Nov 2018

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

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories 13 Nov 2018

On 12 November 2018, over 370 projectiles were fired from Gaza into southern Israel; Israel responded by returning projectile fire into Gaza.

If travelling in 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.

     

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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