Travel Safety Round-Up: 3/9/2018

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Here’s this week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office…

 

Country Date  
     
Libya 2 September 2018; 11:42am

Safety and security: heavy clashes between militia continue in southern Tripoli districts. On Friday 31 August, Mitiga airport was closed and incoming flights diverted to Misrata.

Bolivia &

Colombia

31 August 2018; 4:50pm Local laws and customs section – addition of information on Spiritual Cleansing.
Mali 31 August 2018; 4:36pm

A protest march is planned for 1 September; further protests are expected in this post-election period; you should avoid all political demonstrations and stay away from any blockades set up by security forces.

Cape Verde 31 August 2018; 3:38pm

Tropical Cyclone 6 is expected to bring heavy rains and strong wind to the southern islands of Cape Verde on Friday 31 August; if you’re travelling to or out of Cape Verde, check with your tour operator or airline company for any delays or disruptions to your travel plans.

Korea, DPR (North Korea) 31 August 2018; 3:28pm

Summary and Local laws and customs section – addition of factual information; a Japanese national travelling as part of an organised tour group was detained on unspecified grounds on 5 August 2018, then released and deported on 28 August 2018.

Mauritania 31 August 2018; 1:25pm

Summary and Safety and security section (Political situation) – addition of information on elections (parliamentary, regional and local) on Saturday 1 September 2018.

India 30 August 2018; 2:38pm

Revised information; floodwaters in Kerala have started to recede; the airport is operational and almost all trains are running; access to Munnar, Thekkady and Wayanad has not yet been restored due to damage caused by landslides.

If you’re travelling to or are already in Kerala, you’re advised to monitor travel advice, media reports and follow the advice from local authorities.

Pakistan 29 August 2018; 5:10pm

Addition of information about protesters travelling from Lahore to Islamabad, via the Grand Trunk Road; you should avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.

Burkina Faso 29 August 2018; 4:55pm

Summary and Terrorism section – factual update on the roadside bomb attack on local security forces on 28 August 2018, near Fada N’Gourma.

Papua New Guinea 29 August 2018; 4:35pm

Natural disasters section (Volcanoes) – addition of information; the volcano on Manam Island, off the north coast of Papua New Guinea, erupted on 25 August 2018 forcing a mass evacuation to the mainland.

South Africa 29 August 2018; 2:05pm

A bomb threat has been reported at the Mall of Africa near Johannesburg on 29 August; the mall has been evacuated and South African police are at the scene; avoid the area while the situation is ongoing and monitor local and social media for updates.

USA 29 August 2018; 10:28am

Removal of information about Hurricane Lane; update to information and advice relating to wildfires in west coast states of the USA.

Algeria 28 August 2018; 12:40pm

Summary and Health section – addition of information on cholera.

Iran 28 August 2018; 11:36am

Safety and security section and summary – update to existing information on the risk to British nationals travelling to Iran; Money section and summary – update to information on currency exchange restrictions.

     

 

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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