Travel Safety Round-Up: 5/6/2018

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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? 

Country Date  
Bolivia 4 June 2018; 9@57pm

There are blockades on many roads in the city of El Alto which may affect access to the airport on 4 and 5 June 2018. You should follow the advice of local authorities.

Guatemala 4 June 2018; 8:04pm

Airport reopening; additional information on Fuego Volcano; access to Fuego and Acatenango Volcanoes is prohibited; visitors and residents should exercise extra caution in areas to the southeast, southwest and due south of the volcano; there will be an increased risk of fast-moving debris flows in the coming days, particularly following heavy rain.

Zimbabwe 4 June 2018; 5:57pm

Updated information on the political situation; elections have been announced for 30 July 2018; in the pre-electoral period you should expect increased political activity, including political rallies and demonstrations, in all parts of Zimbabwe; you’re advised to avoid any rallies or demonstrations.

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories 4 June 2018; 4:54pm

Additional information on protests on the Gazan side of the Gaza/Israel border; protests may continue throughout June 2018; you should avoid demonstrations and follow instructions of local authorities.

India 4 June 2018; 1:25pm

Shimla is facing an acute water shortage and interruptions in water supply can be expected.

Parts of Shillong have been under curfew since 31 May due to local disturbances; traffic on the road between Guwahati airport and Shillong is restricted.

Commercial and education establishments in Amritsar are likely to remain closed on 6 June to mark the 34th anniversary of Operation Blue Star.

Guatemala 4 June 2018; 11:49am

Additional information on Volcan Fuego; visitors and residents should exercise extra caution in areas to the southeast, southwest and due south of the volcano; there will an increased risk of fast-moving deris flows in the coming days, particularly following heavy rain.

Nepal 4 June 2018; 10:18am

Additional information on reports of threats of violence; you should remain vigilant and report any incidents to local police.

Guatemala 3 June 2018; 10:39pm

Guatemala City’s international airport (La Aurora) closed on 3 June 2018 due to falling ash from a nearby volcanic eruption (Volcan Fuego). The airport authorities have stated that the airport will be closed until 1415 (local time) on 4 June; this may be subject to change.

Montenegro 1 June 2018; 5:16pm Safety and security section (Crime) – updated information on violent crime between organised criminal groups.
Turkey 1 June 2018; 4:37pm

Presidential and parliamentary elections will take place on 24 June 2018; this may result in rallies and demonstrations around the country; you should avoid large gatherings and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Belgium 1 June 2018; 1:47pm

Terrorism section and summary – editorial update on the shooting incident in Liège on 29 May, removing information about containment of the scene and reflecting incident in Terrorism section.

Uzbekistan 31 May 2018; 1:47pm

Health section and summary – air quality in the Karakalpakstan and Khorezm regions has deteriorated as a result of storms over the Aral Sea bringing salt, dust and pollutants into the air; addition of advice on minimising your individual exposure.

Turkmenistan 31 May 2018; 1:45pm 

Health section and summary – air quality in Turkmenistan has deteriorated as a result of storms over the Aral Sea bringing salt, dust and pollutants into the air; addition of advice on minimising your individual exposure.

Nigeria 31 May 2018; 10:11am

Possible additional checks at international airports following an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Health section – there have been 3 outbreaks of cholera in north-east Nigeria in 2018.

Papua New Guinea 30 May 2018; 4:29pm

Safety and security section (Local travel) and summary – addition of information on a significant increase in levels of tribal fighting in Hela, Enga, Southern Highlands and Western Highlands provinces since February 2018; if you’re planning to travel to these provinces, take care and consider enhanced security precautions.

Safety and security section (Border areas) – editorial amendments to information on occasional border clashes.

Guinea 30 May 2018; 4:13pm

Safety and security section (Political situation) and summary – updated information on demonstrations and outbreaks of violence that occurred following local elections held in February 2018.

Belarus 30 May 2018; 11:55am

Entry requirements section – addition of information on travel to Russia via Belarus for the FIFA World Cup.

Denmark 30 May 2018; 11:41am

Safety and security section (Local travel) – addition of advice and links to local guides on bicycles and cycle lanes.

Burma 30 May 2018; 11:24am

Safety and security section – removal of information about clashes in northern Shan state since 2016; other minor editorial amendments.

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.

 

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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