Start 2019 with safety in mind! Catch up on global travel information with our summary of notifications issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over the holidays. It includes new items you will have seen about terrorism and other safety issues, as well as updated entry requirements and advice against travel.
|Thailand||3 Jan 2019; 5:19am||
Tropical storm Pabuk expected to hit southern coast of Thailand between 3-5 January 2019. You should follow advice from local authorities.
|Denmark||2 Jan 2019; 5:33pm||
Addition of information and advice on suspension of train services and disruption to road travel on the Great Belt Bridge between the islands of Funen and Zealand, following a commuter train crash on the bridge on 2 January.
|Burkina Faso||2 Jan 2019; 4:49pm||
Updated information following the declaration of a partial state of emergency on 31 December.
|Sudan||2 Jan 2019; 3:14pm||
Updated information and advice on protests in Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan.
|Kuwait||2 Jan 2019; 11:09am||
Safety and security section (Road travel) – addition of link to Living in Kuwait guide for information on driving licences for residents in Kuwait; addition of information on what to do if involved in a road traffic accident.
|France||31 Dec 2018||
Further protests may take place across France linked to the yellow vest (gilets jaunes) movement. This includes, but is not limited to, planned protests on New Years’ Eve.
Recent demonstrations have led to violence and extensive damage to property, in Paris and in other towns and cities across the country.
Motorists travelling through France may also still experience some delays or blockages caused by local demonstrators – you should drive with caution as some protestors may be based on roads, motorways and toll booths. In all cases, you should avoid any demonstrations if at all possible and follow the advice of the local authorities.
|Mali||31 Dec 2018||
Heightened security measures during public holidays and festivals, including during New Year celebrations.
|Philippines||31 Dec 2018||
Terrorism section – addition of factual information; on 31 December 2018 an IED exploded at the entrance to the South Seas shopping mall in Cotabato City.
Another IED was found at the same shopping mall with authorities carrying out a controlled explosion.
|Panama||31 Dec 2018||
The World Youth Day celebrations take place from 22 to 27 January 2019; if you’re travelling to Panama for the celebrations, check our dedicated information and advice page.
|Bangladesh||31 Dec 2018||
Voting for the Bangladesh National Elections took place on 30 December 2018; there were reports of violence during campaigning and on election day; political rallies with the potential for disorder, or clashes between groups and with law enforcement agencies, may still take place; you’re advised to avoid large gatherings and political rallies.
|Fiji||30 Dec 2018||
The Fiji Meteorological Service has issued a cyclone alert for Fiji. The weather system is due to affect Fiji from 31 December 2018.
|Egypt||28 Dec 2018||
Terrorism Section – On 28 December a roadside blast killed two Vietnamese tourists and wounded 12 other people on a bus near the Giza pyramids.
|Tunisia||28 Dec 2018||
Addition of information and advice about anti-government protests in late December 2018.
|Russia||28 Dec 2018||
Summary and Entry requirements section (Visas) – 2018 FIFA World Cup FAN IDs will no longer be valid as a visa to enter or remain in Russia after 31 December 2018.
If you’re currently in Russia on your World Cup FAN ID, the Russian authorities have confirmed that you must leave the country on or before 31 December in order to comply with Russian migration law; it’s not possible to extend your stay while in Russia.
Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – addition of information on visas in expired passports.
|Bangladesh||28 Dec 2018||
Summary and Entry requirements section (Visas) – Visas on arrival are usually for a period of 1 month, but as of 24 December we’ve received some reports that shorter visas have been issued to some tourists; you should be aware that overstaying your visa could risk the imposition of penalty fines for overstaying.
|Madagascar||28 Dec 2018||
Update on the potential for further unrest following the second round of the Presidential elections on 19 December 2018, with protests taking place often without warning; you should avoid all protests and demonstrations.
|Czech Republic||27 Dec 2018||
Summary and Safety and security section (Local travel) – revised information; when using public transport you must validate your ticket when you board or you could be fined.
|Bolivia||27 Dec 2018||
Summary – blockades are occurring in Copacabana; visitors in Copacabana may need to leave through the border crossing point of Desaguadero to Peru; there are also several blockades on the main road from La Paz to Copacabana; you should avoid protests and not try to cross blockades.
|Peru||27 Dec 2018||
Safety and security section (Nazca lines) – if you’re planning to overfly the Nazca Lines, check the airline company is licensed and has a good safety record.
Entry requirements section (Travelling with children) – if one parent has committed certain crimes, the other parent can request a judicial written permission from the judge.
|Italy||27 Dec 2018||
Revised information on the Catania area and airport following the recent eruption of Mount Etna; if travelling, you should follow the advice of local authorities and check the Catania Airport website.
|Ukraine||27 Dec 2018||
Safety and security section (Crimea) to enter or exit Crimea, foreign nationals will need to provide their passport and a special permit issued by the territorial body of the State Migration Service of Ukraine.
|Philippines||27 Dec 2018||
On 26 December 2018, the United States Transport Security Administration issued a public notice highlighting poor aviation security at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
|Libya||26 Dec 2018||
Summary and Terrorism section – update to factual information following attack on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli on 25 December.
|USA||24 Dec 2018||
Due to the current partial Federal US Government shutdown, a number of US National Parks are closed or have limited services available. Please check with the US National Park Service website and the Park itself before travelling. State Parks are not affected.
|Indonesia||24 Dec 2018||
Summary and Natural disasters section – on Saturday 22 December volcanic activity caused a tsunami that affected the coastline around the Sunda Strait which lies between Western Java and the South of Sumatra causing significant damage, loss of life and casualties.
The Mount Anak Krakatau volcano, located off the coast close to the affected areas, remains active; before travelling to these coastal areas of Western Java and the South of Sumatra you should check with your travel operator, monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.
|Various||21 Dec 2018||
Update to information on the availability of consular support.
|South Africa||21 Dec 2018||
Summary and Entry requirements section (Travelling with children (under 18)) – information on travelling with children has been revised in full.
|Morocco||21 Dec 2018||
Safety and security section (Crime) and Terrorism section – update to factual information following murder of 2 foreign nationals while hiking near Mount Toubkal in December.
|Cape Verde||21 Dec 2018||
Safety and security section (Crime) – there has been an increase in reports of theft or loss of items from checked luggage on departure from Boa Vista airport; airport authorities are investigating; many airlines recommend that passengers carry any valuables in hand luggage; Health Section – revised guidance on sources of health information before travel.
|Brazil||21 Dec 2018||
Summary and Entry requirements (Travelling with children) – if you’re a single parent or guardian travelling with a child, you may need additional documentation; this applies if one parent is Brazilian, even if your child only holds a British passport.
|Chile||20 Dec 2018||
Safety and security section (Crime and Political situation) – update on incidents of theft involving rental vehicles; update on demonstrations in Araucanía Region.
|Uganda||20 Dec 2018||
Safety and security section (Crime) – revised information; you should be wary of strangers approaching you or your accommodation or contacting you by phone asking for personal information or financial help.
|Venezuela||20 Dec 2018||
Summary and Safety & security section (Road travel and Air travel) – you should take particular care to check the local situation ahead of any travel to Canaima National Park and the Gran Sabana area of Bolívar State; recent protests by locals have led to the closure (sometimes for days) of Canaima airport and main roads (eg parts of Road 10 between El Callao and the Brazilian border); and there are particular shortages of fuel and other essentials in the area.
|Papua New Guinea||19 Dec 2018||
The National Airports Corporation has closed Buka airport in Bougainville Province indefinitely due to safety and security concerns regarding a lack of fencing around the runway.
|China||19 Dec 2018||
Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised information on biometric data collection; visitors transiting through Shanghai can apply online for a 144 hour visa exemption via the Shanghai General Station of Immigration Inspection; in other visa waiver transit locations, applications must be made in person on arrival.
|Vietnam||19 Dec 2018||
Entry requirements (Visas) – revised information on visas; addition of information on visa-free entry to the island of Phu Quoc.
|Haiti||18 Dec 2018||
Safety and security section (Crime) – update to information on incidents of armed robbery; recent reports indicate that single women drivers stuck in traffic jams in the Pétion-Ville area are being targeted by armed assailants.
|Rwanda||18 Dec 2018||
On 15 December near Kitabi, on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest National Park, a military incursion killed a number of civilians; if you’re travelling near the DRC/Rwanda and Burundi/Rwanda borders or through Nyungwe Forest, make sure you check this travel advice and the travel advice for DRC and Burundi.
|Taiwan||18 Dec 2018||
Summary and Health section – update to Medical Advice (Cannabis Derived Products), African Swine Fever Virus (ASF) and Animal Product Restrictions.
|Nicaragua||17 Dec 2018||
Safety and security section (Political situation) and summary – factual updates to information on political unrest; the FCO continues to advise against all but essential travel to Nicaragua.
|Italy||14 Dec 2018||
Safety and security section (Road travel) – addition of information on re-registering cars with Italian licence plates if moving to Italy.
Safety and security section (Crime) – updated advice on train travel.
|Laos||14 Dec 2018||
Addition of information about damage to the road network following the 2018 wet season.
Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – addition of information on blank pages in passports.
|Nigeria||13 Dec 2018||
Terrorism section and summary – updated information on the security environment in the north-east of Nigeria, which has deteriorated in 2018; the FCO continue to advise against all travel to Borno, Yobe, Gombe and Adamawa.
Terrorism section – updated information on the threat of terrorist kidnap.
|Ghana||13 Dec 2018||
Safety and security section (Local travel) and summary – addition of information and advice about the risk of localised civil unrest in Yendi, Tamale and surrounding areas from 14 December 2018 to 19 January 2019
|Philippines||13 Dec 2018||
Updated information to reflect extension of martial law in Mindanao by one year to 31 December 2019
|France||12 Dec 2018||
Following a shooting incident in the city of Strasbourg in north-eastern France on the evening of 11 December, the attacker remains unaccounted for; a large police and gendarmerie operation (with military reinforcements) remains underway in the city of Strasbourg and surrounding areas; you should exercise caution and follow the advice of the French authorities at all times.
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||12 Dec 2018||
Change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to the DRC, including the capital city Kinshasa.
Areas of the country where the FCO already advise against all travel are unchanged; if you’re currently in the DRC and your continued presence is not essential, you should consider leaving the country by commercial means before 17 December
|Lebanon||11 Dec 2018||
Changes to areas where the FCO advise against all travel and all but essential travel, including removal of advice against travel in some areas of northern and eastern Lebanon; addition of information on criminality in parts of the Bekka and information on travel in southern Lebanon.
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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