Travel Safety Round-Up: 29/10/2018

This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) features important information for travellers visiting Turkey, United Arab Emirates (including Dubai) and China, as well as many other destinations. 

 

Country Date  
     
Sri Lanka 29 Oct 2018; 11:48am

Protests are expected in central Colombo on 30 October; you should exercise vigilance and avoid all demonstrations or large political gatherings.

Philippines 29 Oct 2018; 10:15am

Typhoon Yutu (local name Rosita) is expected to make landfall in northern and central Luzon on 30 October; flooding and landslides are expected; you should monitor weather and travel updates, and follow the advice of local authorities.

Summary – addition of information on travel during All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day, which will be observed on 1 and 2 November in the Philippines. All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day will be observed on 1 and 2 November in the Philippines. Many people travel to their home provinces to visit family graves. Transport hubs and ports, including airports, will be very busy during this period. You should allow extra time if you are planning to travel during this busy time, or across the weekend.

Sri Lanka 27 Oct 2018; 10:27am

On 26 October 2018 the President of Sri Lanka sought to dismiss the Prime Minister, which is expected to lead to a period of political instability. You should exercise vigilance and avoid all demonstrations or large political gatherings. Monitor Travel Advice for further updates.

Nigeria 26 Oct 2018; 5:07pm

The Kaduna State Government has reintroduced a 24-hour curfew in Kaduna, effective from 11am on 26 October 2018.

If you’re in the area, you should respect curfews and follow the instructions of local authorities; due to the unpredictable situation, British Embassy staff have been advised not to travel to Kaduna until further notice.

Cameroon 26 Oct 2018; 3:41pm

Updated information following the 7 October presidential election.

Addition of information on clashes in the Anglophone (North West and South West) regions on 7 October.

Egypt 26 Oct 2018; 3:34pm

Revisions to existing information on additional airport security measures for flights departing from Egypt to the UK

Philippines 26 Oct 2018; 3:29pm

Updated information following the reopening of Borocay island.

Mali 26 Oct 2018; 2:55pm

Update to information following extension of state of emergency in Mali to 31 October 2019

Azerbaijan 26 Oct 2018; 10:29am

If you’re travelling to or from Azerbaijan via Istanbul, please note that a new Istanbul airport is due to open on 29 October 2018. 

A gradual transfer of flights from Ataturk Airport will take place through to the end of December 2018; in the meantime, many flights will continue to operate into/out of Ataturk Airport; this may affect UK-Baku flight transfers.

China 26 Oct 2018; 10:04am

Entry requirements section and summary – with effect from 1 November 2018, all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 inclusive will need to make their visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre; as part of the application process, biometric data (scanned fingerprints) will now have to be provided.

Italy 25 Oct 2018; 5:37pm

Manchester United take on Juventus in a UEFA Champions League group match in Turin on Wednesday 7 November; addition of link to our dedicated information and advice page for travelling fans.

Belarus 25 Oct 2018; 5:31pm

Chelsea FC take on BATE Borisov in a UEFA Europa League group match in Borisov on Thursday 8 November; addition of link to our dedicated [information and advice page for travelling supporters.

Comoros 25 Oct 2018; 5:16pm

Updated information on the situation on the island of Anjouan following recent civil unrest and operations by state security forces;

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

USA 24 Oct 2018; 6:43pm

US media are reporting that a number of suspicious packages and devices have been sent to prominent locations in New York City and Washington DC in the last few days, including the CNN offices at the Time Warner Center and the homes of former Presidents Clinton and Obama.

The FBI continue to investigate, but there is currently nothing to suggest that there is a specific threat to British nationals. You should continue to follow the advice of the local law enforcement authorities.

Ukraine 24 Oct 2018; 5:49pm

Update to information on a explosion at an ammunitions depot near the town of Ichnya on 9 October.

Italy 24 Oct 2018; 2:08pm

Safety and security section (Local travel) – addition of information on road safety for pedestrians.

Senegal 24 Oct 2018; 11:02am

Health section and summary – addition of information and advice about an outbreak of dengue fever in Touba, in Senegal’s central region.

If you’re visiting the city or surrounding area, including during the Magal de Touba religious festival on 27 October, you should exercise caution and take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Guyana 24 Oct 2018; 10:11am

Health section – amendments to information on mosquito-borne diseases; revised guidance on sources of health information before travel.

Benin 23 Oct 2018; 1:50pm

Terrorism section and summary – change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all travel to the Parc du W and the contiguous hunting zones of Meêkrou and Djona, and against all but essential travel to the area between the Interstate Highway (RNIE) 2 (Tchaourou to Malanville) and the Nigerian border.

Niger 23 Oct 2018: 1:48pm

Terrorism section and summary – change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all travel to the Parc du W, plus the contiguous Dosso and Tamou hunting zones.

Oman 23 Oct 2018; 12:01pm

Local laws and customs section – updated Ramadan dates for 2019.

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

Kazakhstan 22 Oct 2018; 2:15pm 

Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information on visa waiver scheme.

United Arab Emirates 22 Oct 2018; 12:43pm

Entry requirements section (Medication) – updated information and advice following an announcement by the UAE Ministry of Health that all tourists and residents entering the UAE will be required to complete an electronic form to obtain online approval to carry medication for personal use, prior to entering the country.

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

Turkey 22 Oct 2018; 10:37am

Entry requirements section (Visas) – from 29 October 2018, self service e-Visa kiosks and Wi-Fi areas where visitors can apply for an e-Visa on arrival will no longer be available in Turkish airports; you must apply for your e-Visa before you travel.

Western Sahara 22 Oct 2018; 9:17am

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

 

Please note: 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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