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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) covers health, terrorism, and general safety & security concerns. Could your next trip be affected?
|China||29 May 2018; 7:11pm||
Health – Linked to advice, issued by the local US Consulate, about a health alert experienced by one of its employees in Guangzhou.
|Mozambique||29 May 2018; 5:52pm||
Updated information on clashes and attacks in Cabo Delgado province; at the end of May 2018, villagers were reported killed in the area of Olumbi in the district of Palma. There are reports of an increased security presence in the region, including road blocks; you should check local and social media for updates before you travel to the area and follow the advice of the local authorities.
|Zambia||29 May 2018; 5:46pm||
Safety and security section – update to information about increased risk to security in the hours of darkness; Health section and summary – updated information on cholera cases since initial outbreak reported in September 2017.
|Belgium||29 May 2018; 3:17pm||
There has been a shooting incident in the city of Liege; reports suggest that the incident on Boulevard d’Avroy is contained; cordons remain in place in the immediate area.
If you’re in the immediate area, you should take care, remain vigilant and follow the advice and instructions of the local security authorities and/or your tour operator.
|Suriname||29 May 2018; 2:47pm||
Terrorism section and summary – on 24 May 2018 a message, claiming to be from ISIS, was posted on Facebook; the message referenced the trial of 2 defendants on charges of attempting to recruit personnel in Suriname on behalf of ISIS, and threatened reprisals against the University, some schools and the prison holding the defendants; as a precaution, the police and army have been stationed at these locations; you should take sensible precautions, comply with the local authorities and review your own security arrangements.
|Oman||29 May 2018; 11:05am||
Tropical Cyclone Mekunu passed through southern Oman on 25 and 26 May; there are reports of flooded wadis and damage to infrastructure in and around the city of Salalah; you may experience difficulties travelling to affected areas in the region.
|Brazil||25 May 2018; 11:04pm||
Lorry drivers have been on strike across Brazil since Monday 21 May. This is affecting fuel deliveries to petrol stations and many have closed in major cities. Some flights and intercity bus services are subject to disruption and cancellations. You should check with your airline or bus company before travelling.
|Chad||25 May 2018; 4:55pm||
Safety and security section (Crime) and summary – the number of reports of car-jackings on roads outside N’Djamena has increased, including during daylight hours; it is recommended that you use a police or military escort when driving outside the capital, and carry working communications equipment.
|Costa Rica||25 May 2018; 4:05pm||
Northern Ireland take on Costa Rica in an international friendly match in San José on Sunday 3 June 2018; addition of a link to our information and advice page for travelling fans.
|Guinea-Bissau||25 May 2018; 1:23pm||
Safety and security section (Political situation) – the next parliamentary elections are due to take place in November 2018.
|Uganda||25 May 2018; 4:18pm||
Health section – addition of information on health screening measures at some airports and border crossings due to Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
|Kenya||24 May 2018; 3:13pm||
Entry requirements section – additional information on the e-permit process; Health section – addition of information on health screening measures at some airports and border crossings due to Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
|Burkina Faso||24 May 2018; 2:51pm||
Terrorism section – factual update on shootout on 22 May between security forces and suspected terrorists in the Rayongo district on the outskirts of Ouagadougou.
|Uganda||24 May 2018; 2:13pm||
Safety and security section (Local travel – northern and western Uganda), (Local travel – south west Uganda) and (Local travel – National parks) – changes to reflect FCO advice for the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
|India||24 May 2018; 1:07pm||
Addition of information on reports of outbreak of Nipah Virus in Kerala; travellers are advised to monitor local media.
|Pakistan||23 May 2018; 4:29pm||
Summary and Terrorism section – There are reports that extremists may look to carry out attacks in the districts of Dir and Chitral, including targeting foreign nationals; during holy periods/religious holidays, there is an increased risk of targeted attacks, including on western interests or religious minorities.
|Mali||23 May 2018; 3:05pm||
Terrorism section – additional information on the heightened risk of attack during Ramadan and the run up to presidential elections on 29 July.
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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