Travel Safety Round-Up: 6/8/2018

Looking for extra peace of mind? Start with the latest travel safety information, and make sure you have appropriate travel insurance, including cover for acts of terrorism.

This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes updates on fires and extreme weather conditions in Europe – please take care if you’re travelling. 

 

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Portugal 5 August 2018; 11:53pm

A major forest fire in the area of Monchique, in the Algarve has been burning for 3 days. The fire has now reached the town of Monchique, and Portuguese authorities are evacuating affected areas of the town and surrounding areas.

If you are in this area, follow the instructions of the Portuguese police and Civil Protection authorities. Civil Protection Portugal can be reached on 800 246 246 or www.prociv.pt.

For your own safety, travel to the Monchique area is not advised under any circumstances until cleared by the Portuguese authorities.

If you need consular assistance, or you have concerns about family or friends in the area, please call (+351) 21 392 4000 or in the UK (+44) 207 008 1500.

Indonesia 5 August 2018; 4:05pm Summary and Natural Disasters – 7.0 magnitude earthquake on north-east side of Lombok Island.
Ethiopia 4 August 2018; 5:52pm

There have been reports of severe civil unrest, protests and violence in a number of areas in the Ethiopian Somali Regional State, including the cities of Jijiga and Dhegahbur. The situation is still developing but anyone intending to travel either to the Ethiopian Somali Regional State or to the nearby cities of Dire Dawa or Harar should reconsider and take local advice.

Argentina 3 August 2018; 4:57pm

Safety and security section (Crime) – update on tourist police contact details; (Extreme Sports) – revised information; you should ensure your travel insurance includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation.

Zimbabwe 3 August 2018; 1:21pm

An increased police and military presence is likely following a violent protest on 1 August in the Harare Central Business District; during the post-election period, political gatherings and demonstrations may occur; these can be unpredictable, and may turn violent; you’re advised to exercise caution and avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations.

India 3 August 2018; 1:18pm

Authorities across north-eastern states have increased security presence after the publication on 30 July of a revision of the National Register of Citizens in the state of Assam.

Namibia 3 August 2018; 11:14am

Entry requirements section (Travelling with children (under 18)) – addition of information on immigration rules relating to travel with children.

Afghanistan 3 August 2018; 9:36am

On 2 August 2018, 3 foreign nationals were abducted and murdered in Kabul; the exact motives for this are unclear.

Rwanda 2 August 2018; 8:58pm

Summary and Health section: Visitors to the region should be aware that on 1 August, 4 cases of Ebola were confirmed in Béni territory in North Kivu province in DRC. The latest updates can be found on the WHO website.

Guadeloupe 2 August 2018; 4:24pm

Health Section – addition of information on Chikungunya

Portugal 2 August 2018; 1:06pm

Revised information; the Portuguese authorities are forecasting a sharp increase in temperatures over the next week and you can see the latest weather forecast on the Portuguese Met Office’s website; take care when out in the sun and consult the NaTHNaC website for advice on sun protection; high temperatures also carry an increased risk of forest fires; check on the outbreak of fires with the local civil protection authority and report any you may see immediately to the emergency services on 112

Honduras 2 August 2018; 10:51am

Entry requirements (Departure tax) – the cost of departure tax is now US$47.59 (or Lempira equivalent)

Mali 2 August 2018; 10:35am

Presidential elections took place on Sunday 29 July 2018; there have been reports of election related attacks across the country; although some recent election related demonstrations have been peaceful others have turned violent; further demonstrations are likely and you should avoid them as well as large gatherings and political meetings; exercise caution and monitor the media.

Cambodia 2 August 2018; 3:44am

You should be aware of a heightened risk of flooding in the provinces of Stueng Traeng, Kratie and Kampong Cham.

The Cambodian Ministry of Water Resources has warned residents living along the Mekong river that water levels will continue to rise in the coming days due to heavy rain and due to the recent dam collapse in southern Laos. Localised flooding has been reported in the south of the country around Sihanoukville and Kampot. You should follow all guidance issued by the local authorities.

Democratic Republic of the Congo 1 August 2018; 5:54pm

Summary and Health section – revised information; on 1 August, 4 cases of Ebola were confirmed in Béni territory in North Kivu province; the latest updates can be found on WHO’s website.

Bangladesh 1 August 2018; 4:44pm

Safety and security section (Political violence) – following a road traffic accident involving a bus on Sunday 29 July 2018 which resulted in the deaths of 2 students there have been a series of protests across Dhaka, some of which have turned violent; you should be vigilant at all times, stay away from large gatherings, and avoid political offices and rallies.

Zimbabwe 1 August 2018; 3:24pm

As of 1 August, a demonstration is moving through the Harare Central Business District, with reports of shots fired; this is an ongoing, unpredictable situation and you’re advised to avoid the area until the crowd has dispersed; during the post-election period, political gatherings and demonstrations may occur elsewhere; these can be can be unpredictable, and may turn violent; you’re advised to avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations.

South Africa 1 August 2018; 12:53pm

Entry requirements section – updated information and advice on the acceptance of UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) for entry to South Africa; ETDs are generally accepted for entry into South Africa on emergency medical grounds only.

Spain 1 August 2018; 12:43pm

The Spanish authorities are forecasting a sharp increase in temperatures over the next week and you can see the latest weather forecast on the Spain Met Office’s website; you should take care when out in the sun and consult the NaTHNaC website for advice on sun protection; high temperatures also carry an increased risk of forest fires; check on the outbreak of fires with the local civil protection authority and report any you may see immediately to the emergency services on 112

 

Laos 1 August 2018; 9:24am

Flood alerts have been issued by the Mekong River Commission covering the river between Nakhon Phanom and Pakse, until 4 August 2018; continued heavy rainfall has been forecast and you should be aware of the elevated risks of flooding and landslides which have already affected routes between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang; avoid unnecessary travel in the Attapeu region following the breach of Saddle Dam D and the associated rescue and recovery efforts; follow the advice of local authorities and monitor weather forecasts.

Philippines 31 July 2018; 4:39pm

Terrorism section – factual update; a vehicle based IED exploded at a checkpoint in Lamitan City on the island of Basilan in Western Mindanao on 31 July 2018 causing a number of fatalities.

Thailand 31 July 2018; 3:39pm

Thai Meteorological Department has issued a weather warning for heavy rain, potentially leading to flash floods, across northern, eastern, southern, and central parts of Thailand; authorities have warned about the possibility of landslides and flooding; the Mekong River Commission also forecasts high river levels, including some flooding; you should follow advice of local authorities and monitor weather forecasts.

Turkey 31 July 2018; 1:33pm

Safety and security section and summary – update to information about the state of emergency, which has now been lifted; Safety and security section – updated statistics for 2017 on crime and road travel.

Venezuela 31 July 2018; 1:16pm

Updated information; the value for conversion from the “Bolivar Fuerte” to the new currency “Bolivar Soberano”

Indonesia 31 July 2018; 11:24am

Natural Disasters section – revised information on series of earthquakes and aftershocks on the north east of the island of Lombok on 29 July; recovery and support operations are on-going; aftershocks and landslides continue to pose a risk; if you’re in the area, you should monitor local media, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities.

USA 31 July 2018; 10:58am

Addition of information; there are also a number of wild fires in several west coast states, including California (Shasta County) and Oregon. If you’re in these areas, you should remain vigilant and consult local authority updates.

Hungary 31 July 2018; 10:01am

The Sziget Festival will take place from 8 to 15 August; large crowds are expected; keep your passport safe; a valid passport is required for everyone leaving Hungary; you should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.

Jordan 31 July 2018; 9:41am

Amendment to existing information on military activity in southern Syria, close to the border with Jordan; the FCO continues to advise against all but essential travel to within 3km of the entire Syrian border, and to within 6km of the Syrian border between routes 15 and 35

Spain 30 July 2018; 6:24pm

Taxi drivers have called an indefinite strike in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga and Bilbao; other destinations may be affected at short notice.

Tajikistan 30 July 2018; 1:53pm

Factual update on a collision between a vehicle and 7 western tourists cycling near Danghara, southern Tajikistan, on 29 July; 4 of the 7 cyclists were killed in the collision and a subsequent knife attack; if you’re travelling in the area you should exercise caution and vigilance.

     

 

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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