Travel Safety Round-Up: 28/8/2018

Be prepared - not scared - with Safe JourneyCatch up on what’s been happening around the world over the bank holiday weekend with the latest notifications from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). 

 

Country Date  
     
Greece 24 August 2018; 5:39pm

Health section and summary – addition of information and advice following a number of cases of West Nile virus in Greece in 2018.

India 24 August 2018; 12:33pm Update to information on Kerala floods, reflecting the revised reopening date for Kochi Airport (29 August).
Thailand 24 August 2018; 10@54am

Update to information on weather warnings issued by the Thai Meterological Department,

Kyrgyzstan 24 August 2018; 9:57am

Addition of information and advice about the World Nomad Games, which will take place in Kyrgyzstan from 2 to 8 September 2018.

Zimbabwe 23 August 2018; 1:39pm

Updated information and advice on the post-election period; the Constitutional Court is expected to rule on a legal challenge to the election result by 24 August; the ruling may spark further protests or demonstrations; police road closures are likely to be in place in parts of central Harare during this period; you’re advised to exercise caution and avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations.

USA 23 August 2018; 1:35pm

Updated information and advice on Hurricane Lane, which is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to the state of Hawaii from 24 August 2018

Japan 23 August 2018; 

Typhoon Cimaron is expected to pass through western Japan on 23 and 24 August, bringing heavy rain and strong winds areas to wide areas of Shikoku and Western Honshu; there is an increased risk of flash flooding and landslides, particularly in areas that were affected by typhoons in July earlier this year.

You should monitor the progress of the storm and follow instructions issued by the local authorities; the Japan Meteorological Association provide information in English.

Korea, DPR (North Korea) 23 August 2018; 9:10am

Typhoon Soulik is forecast to pass over the Korean peninsula on 23 and 24 August, with the prospect of heavy rain or strong winds affecting North Korea; you should monitor the progress of approaching storms and review your travel plans.

Trinidad and Tobago 22 August 2018; 1:33am

On 21 August 2018 Trinidad and Tobago experienced an earthquake in excess of magnitude 6.7. Initial reports indicate damage to some buildings and communication networks. If you’re in the area you should monitor local media, exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities. Aftershocks in the same area are possible.

USA 22 August 2018; 12:45am

The US National Weather Service has declared the state of Hawaii to be under a Hurricane Watch due to the approach of Hurricane Lane. Please follow the advice of local authorities.

Brazil 21 August 2018; 3:57pm

Safety and security section and summary – general elections are due to take place in October 2018; there is an increased risk of political and social unrest during the campaign period, particularly in the border region with Venezuela where tensions are running high over immigration.

On 17 and 18 August 2018, demonstrations in the city of Pacaraima turned violent with the crowds attacking refugee dwellings and property.

Italy 21 August 2018; 1:52pm

Since 14 August there have been a number of localised earthquakes in the Molise region of Italy, near the town of Montecilfone; for more information about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake, follow the link in our travel advice to the Italian Civil Protection website.

Madagascar 21 August 2018; 12:46pm

Summary and Safety and security section – revised information on safety and security considerations when travelling around the country.

Laos 21 August 2018; 10:23am

Summary – revised information; avoid unnecessary travel in the Attapeu region; red flood warnings have been issued for the period 20 August to 24 August, for a number of locations between Vientiane and Pakse; with further rain forecast water levels can change rapidly, please monitor and follow the advice of local authorities and local weather forecasts.

Kuwait 21 August 2018; 9:43am

Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised information; if travelling by air you can get a free tourist/visit visa issued at the airport upon arrival, which allows the holder to reside in Kuwait for 3 months.

South Korea 21 August 2018′ 9:27am

Summary and Natural disasters section – addition of information; advice on forecast that Typhoon Soulik will make landfall on the Korean peninsula on 22 to 23 August.

Mali 21 August 2018; 9:00am

Further demonstrations are possible; you should avoid all demonstrations as well as large gatherings and political meetings.

Burma 20 August 2018; 4:06pm

You’re advised to be vigilant around the first anniversary (25 August 2017) of the attacks in Rakhine.

Health section – addition of information on schistosomiasis.

India 20 Auust 2018; 12:36pm

Revised information on flooding in Kerala and Kodagu in Karnataka; if you’re travelling to, or are already in the area, you’re advised to closely monitor travel advice, media reports and follow the advice from local authorities; if your current location lies within the worst affected area and you’re in need of urgent help, you’re advised to contact the helpline number of the region; the Met department predicts little to no rain for the next 5 days; the government of Kerala has withdrawn the red alert.

Thailand 20 August 2018; 11:48am

Revised information; the Thai Meteorological Department continues to issue weather warnings for heavy rain, high seas (Upper Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea), and hazardous conditions across Thailand, especially the north, northeast, and south; the Mekong River Commission has also issued flood warnings for 20 to 24 August for Nongkhai (the border crossing to Vientiane, Laos) and Nakhon Phanom, and high waters along the Mekong; you should follow the advice of local authorities and monitor weather forecasts

 

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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