Travel Safety Round-Up: 28/1/2019

Get your week off to a well-informed start with our summary of important notifications from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). 

There have been updates for all EU destinations regarding potential changes in case of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, including passport validity, drivers permits and flights. Get the latest info and insights here.

 

Country Date  
     
Philippines 27 Jan 2019; 8:09am

On 27 January 2019, at least 27 people were killed and many more injured as a result of bomb attacks at a Roman Catholic cathedral on Jolo Island in Sulu Province.

Brazil 25 Jan 2019

On 25 January a dam ruptured in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais near the city of Belo Horizonte. We are urgently seeking further information from the authorities. If you are concerned about British nationals in the area you should call +55 (21) 2555 9600 from Brazil or 0207 008 1500 from the UK. You should check the advice of local authorities before travelling to the area.

USA 25 Jan 2019

A number of airports are severely affected by the US Federal Government partial shutdown.

Mali 25 Jan 2019

Update on risk of terrorism in Bamako.

Nigeria 25 Jan 2019

Summary and Safety and security section (Local travel) – updated information on safety and security; the terrorist threat in Damasak and across Borno State is high, with a history of recent attacks; we continue to advise against all travel to Borno State.

USA 25 Jan 2019

Safety and security section (Tourism) – addition of information; safety rules at public venues, such as theme parks and other tourist attractions, may vary from state to state and you should be aware that regulations may not be uniform across the US.

Argentina 25 Jan 2019

Terrorism section and summary – updated information and advice on the threat from terrorism in Argentina, reflecting a reduced threat.

Dominican Republic 24 Jan 2019

Safety and security section (Crime) – revised information; safety advice and what to do if you’ve been the victim of crime.

Kenya 23 Jan 2019

Terrorism section and summary – editorial amendments to reorder information in light of the terrorist attack in Nairobi on 15-16 January 2019.

United Arab Emirates 23 Jan 2019

Entry requirements section (Visas) – amendments to information on 30-day visitor visas and visa extensions in-country.

Thailand 23 Jan 2019

Thailand will hold elections on 24 March 2019; The Royal Palace has announced that HM The King’s coronation will be held between 4 and 6 May 2019.

Montserrat 23 Jan 2019

Health section – there have been recent cases of dengue fever on some islands neighbouring Montserrat; for further information and advice on dengue fever, check the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) website.

Ghana 23 Jan 2019

Summary and Safety and security section (Local travel) – updated information and advice about the risk of localised civil unrest in Yendi, Tamale and surrounding areas, and the government’s 6pm to 6am curfew to maintain peace and security,

Various 22 Jan 2019

Addition of links to pages with latest updates for UK nationals travelling and living in Europe.

Safety and security section (Road travel) – addition of link to information on International Driving Permits if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Vietnam 22 Jan 2019

Safety and security section (Road travel) – long term UK residents of Vietnam can qualify for a Vietnamese driving licence when they are in possession of a diplomatic ID, temporary residence card or residence card validity for 3 months or more and also a valid UK driving licence or UK issued International Driver’s Permit

Spain 22 Jan 2019

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

Guatemala 22 Jan 2019

Addition of information and advice on possible disruption at border crossings during current period of migrant movements through Guatemala.

Nigeria 21 Jan 2019

Summary and Safety and security section (Local travel) – updated information on safety and security; there have been recent attacks in Baga, Monguno, Damasak and Rann in Borno State; further attacks are likely; we advise against all travel to Borno State.

Zimbabwe 20 Jan 2019

Following widespread disruption, including violent protests, in many areas of Zimbabwe during week beginning 14 January 2019, the situation remains unsettled in Harare and Bulawayo in particular.

There is a risk of further disruption, including violent protests and activity by the security services. There remains a heightened security presence in urban areas.

You should exercise caution and monitor local media and this travel advice for updates. Access to the internet has been disrupted across Zimbabwe and you should not rely on particular apps for communications as these may be blocked.

You’re advised to exercise caution and avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations. These can be unpredictable and may turn violent. Taking photographs of members of police and armed forces personnel and of demonstrations and protests is not permitted. You should avoid political activity, or activities which could be considered political, including political discussions in public places. Ensure you carry identification, so that you can produce it if required to do so by the security forces.

Colombia 17 Jan 2019

Addition of information and advice following a bomb attack against the General Santander police training academy in southern Bogota, with reports of fatalities; you should avoid the immediate area (including the Autopista Sur between Avenidas 1 de Mayo and Boyaca), remain vigilant and follow local police instructions.

Egypt 17 Jan 2019

Terrorism section – factual update to information about a roadside blast near the Giza pyramids on 28 December 2018;

Summary section – amendment to existing wording about aviation security, reflecting the lifting of restrictions on large electronic devices in 2018

China 17 Jan 2019

Health section – If you’re travelling for Chinese New Year, check the information and advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC)

Ecuador 17 Jan 2019

Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information; from 28 January 2019 permanent and temporary resident visas will be issued electronically; the online visa will be sent by email to be printed out; immigration authorities will have access to online visa records.

All visitors to the Galapagos Islands should provide a copy of their hotel booking; visitors staying with local residents should have an invitation letter from their host.

Kenya 26 Jan 2019

Updated information and advice relating to the terrorist attack in the Riverside area of Nairobi on 15/16 January; the British High Commission Nairobi will reopen for routine business on Thursday 17 January; addition of link to information on support available to those affected by the incident.

Cape Verde 16 Jan 2019

Entry requirements section (Visas) – correction to existing information on maximum duration of visa-free stay in Cape Verde; from 1 January 2019, if you have a British Citizen passport you can enter Cape Verde as a visitor for stays of up to 30 days without a visa.

Philippines 16 Jan 2019

National and local elections will be held across the Philippines on 13 May 2019; the official election period runs from 13 January to 12 June; the Philippines Bureau of Immigration have specifically warned foreign nationals against participating in any protests and political rallies; you should avoid any demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities.

Argentina 15 Jan 2019

An outbreak of Hantavirus has been reported in Epuyén, Province of Chubut in southern Argentina; for more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC)

 

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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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