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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes important notifications for popular destinations such as Egypt, France, Nepal. Mexico and the USA. Information is correct at the time of publication, but it is subject to change at any time so it’s always a good idea to check the FCO page for your route and destination before you book and before you depart.
Terrorism section (Kidnapping) – factual update; a Dutch national was killed on 31 May 2019
|Eritrea||31/5/2019||Summary and Safety and security section (Local travel) – revised information; border crossings between Eritrea and Ethiopia closed.|
Summary and Safety and Security – Political Situation – Updates on 48 hour general strike and violent protests; deletion of paragraphs referring to migrants moving en masse from Honduras; the new road at El Florido border crossing to Guatemala; number of British visitors to Honduras; number for emergency services and amount of international departure tax.
Safety and security section – addition of information on consular assistance in the Hala’ib Triangle and Bir Tawil Trapezoid.
Safety and security section – addition of information on consular assistance in Hala’ib Triangle and Bir Tawil Trapezoid.
Natural disasters section (Earthquakes) – addition of information about 6 minor tremors reported in the north-western part of Quito on Tuesday 28 May.
Addition of information on severe electricity shortages in Zimbabwe and water rationing in certain parts of the country.
Updated information on a current high risk of tornados, severe storms and flooding across a number of eastern, central and southern states.
Safety and security section (East) – update to information if travelling in the states of Tabasco and Veracruz.
Health section – addition of information about air pollution.
Health section – addition of link to list of medical practitioners and facilities in Seychelles.
Malawi held Tripartite Elections (Presidential, Parliamentary and local council) on 21 May 2019. The official result of the Presidential Election was announced on the evening of 27 May. There is a possibility of unrest in the coming days. We advise all British nationals to avoid large crowds or demonstrations, and to review travel plans. You should monitor local news as well as this travel advice for the latest developments.
On 26 May 2019 a series of bomb blasts took place in Kathmandu. Initial reports from the Nepal authorities are that three Nepali nationals were killed and at least six injured. You are advised to avoid crowded areas and remain vigilant.
Latest Update: We are aware of an explosion having taken place in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon city centre in the vicinity of Rue Victor Hugo. You should avoid the area and follow the instructions of the local authorities.
Local laws and customs section and summary – update to existing information about the holy month of Ramazan (Ramadan), which is expected to finish on 4 June.
Summary and Terrorism section – change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Meluco in Cabo Delgado province.
Advice against all but essential travel to the districts of Nangade, Quissanga, Ibo, Macomia, Mocimboa da Praia and Palma remains unchanged.
Addition of information about the suspension of all direct air services between Venezuela and the USA until further notice; if you’re planning travel in the region on any of these routes, contact your travel company for more information.
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||23/5/2019||
The body of former opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is to be returned to Kinshasa on 30 May; large scale events and crowds are expected to take place through to 1 June, when a funeral will take place in Kinshasa; you should exercise vigilance and be aware that there will likely be significant disruption to journeys in and around Kinshasa, as well as to and from N’Djili airport.
Safety and security section (Local travel and Political situation) – opposition groups are planning a large scale protest in Monrovia and other main cities on 7 June 2019; you should remain vigilant, avoid large crowds and demonstrations, and follow the advice of local authorities.
Summary and Local laws and customs section – As of 1 June 2019, plastic bags have been banned in Tanzania for environmental reasons.
Factual update; on 11 May four hostages, including westerners, were rescued during a French military operation in northern Burkina Faso; 2 of the rescued hostages were French tourists who had been kidnapped from Pendjari National Park in Benin on 1 May.
Following the official announcement of the general election results on 21 May there have been demonstrations in central Jakarta; demonstrations may also take place in other cities on the islands of Java and Sumatra; you should avoid all protests, demonstrations and political rallies.
Terrorism section (Kidnapping) – British aid workers in Kenya should be satisfied that they have sufficient security arrangements in place.
Factual update: on 19 May 2019, at least 16 people were injured after an IED attack on a tourist bus near the Giza pyramids.
Latest update: Local laws and customs section – revised information on drugs offences and drugs testing.
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