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Travel Safety Round-Up: 7/5/2019

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 visa, security, and terrorism notifications. Could your next trip be affected?

 

Country Date  
     
Benin 6 May 2019

Two French tourists and their Beninese guide were reported missing from Pendjari National Park on Wednesday 1 May. The local authorities have confirmed that a body found on 4 May is that of the guide. There are reports that the abandoned car has also been found across the border in Burkina Faso. You should exercise increased caution if travelling in this area.

Bahrain 6 May 2019 Local Laws and Customs section – Respecting local laws and customs during the holy month of Ramadan.
Russia 5 May 2019

Possible disruption to flights to and from Moscow following an incident at Sheremyetevo airport.

Israel,

Occupied Palestinian Territories

3 May 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv on 18 May 2019; if you’re travelling to Tel Aviv for the Eurovision Song Contest, check our dedicated information and advice page.

Burkina Fasa 3 May 2019

Terrorism section – details of recent attacks in Soum and Koulpélogo Provinces.

Benin 3 May 2019

Violent protests following elections which took place on Sunday 28 April. The situation remains volatile. You should exercise caution and avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations and listen to advice from the media and local authorities.

Sudan 2 May 2019

Safety and security section and summary – change to travel advice level; the FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to Khartoum and most other areas of Sudan; updated information and advice on continuing protests.

Venezuela 2 May 2019

There have been reports of civil unrest in Caracas and other cities; if you’re in Venezuela, you should continue to remain vigilant, avoid all demonstrations, monitor developments closely and keep up to date with this travel advice.

Tanzania 2 May 2019

Tropical Storm Kenneth made landfall as an intense tropical cyclone in Northern Mozambique on Thursday 25 April 2019 and parts of Southern Tanzania have been affected; if travelling to affected regions, you should take extra care and follow any advice given by the local authorities.

North Macedonia 2 May 2019

Safety and security section (Local travel) – His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the Republic of North Macedonia on 7 May 2019.

South Africa 2 May 2019

Safety and security section (Local travel) – South Africa will hold national and provincial elections on 8 May 2019; protest marches and demonstrations can occur anywhere in South Africa and sometimes at short notice; you should avoid areas where demonstrations and marches are taking place.

Thailand 2 May 2019

Summary – revised information on the Royal Coronation.

Jamaica 2 May 2019

A State of Emergency in the parishes of St James, which includes Montego Bay, Hanover and Westmoreland has been declared until 13 May 2019.

Belarus 2 May 2019

The European Games will be held in Minsk from 21 to 30 June 2019; if you’re travelling to Belarus for the European Games, check our dedicated information and advice page.

Lebanon 1 May 2019

Revised information on groups proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000

Nepal 1 May 2019

Entry requirements section (UK Emergency Travel Documents) – updated information on acceptance of UK ETDs for entry, transit and exit from Nepal.

Mozambique 1 May 2019

Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on Thursday 25 April.

Cabo Delgado and Nampula continue to experience rain and flash flooding; travel to and through the affected region is likely to be extremely difficult for some time.

You should monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation and follow the advice of local authorities.

Sri Lanka 30 April 2019

Summary – editorial amendments to information about situation in Sri Lanka.

Solomon Islands 30 April 2019

Revised information on the clean up activity in Kangava Bay on Rennell Island following the grounding of a bulk carrier vessel on 5 February; you should take local advice on precautions if visiting affected coastal areas.

South Sudan 29 April 2019

Summary – revised information on the security situation; tensions may increase as we approach the scheduled formation of a new government on 12 May 2019.

Sri Lanka 29 April 2019

Updated information and advice on the security situation in Sri Lanka; addition of information about a ban on the wearing of clothing or objects that conceal the face in such a way that prevents the wearer’s identification; removal of information about night-time curfews, which have ceased.

Azerbaijan 29 April 2019

Entry requirements section (Visas) – If you’re applying for an e-visa to come to Azerbaijan for the Europa League final on 29 May 2019, please note in the “Purpose of visit” of your e-visa application you should select “Europa League Final”

Bangladesh 28 April 2019

There have been recent media reports suggesting Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) interest in attacking targets in Bangladesh. We are not aware of any specific threat. Please remain vigilant, especially in public places.

Sri Lanka 26 April 2019

The guidance advising against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka does not apply to flights transiting Colombo airport, providing that passengers remain airside in the airport.

Colombia 26 April 2019

The National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist organisation continues plotting possible attacks in Colombia; they may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

Venezuela 26 April 2019

Summary and Safety and security section (Crime) – change to advice; the FCO now advise against all travel to Zulia State; there is no change to rest of our advice against travel.

Nigeria 26 April 2019

Local laws and customs section – addition of Ramadan dates for 2019.

Sri Lanka 26 April 2019

Summary and Terrorism section – revised information; according to official figures more than 250 people were killed, including at least 8 British nationals, in the attacks on 21 April 2019.

Sri Lanka 25 April 2019

The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019; Terrorism section and summary – updated information and advice for British nationals in Sri Lanka.

Nigeria 24 April 2019

Safety and security section (Crime) – A British national was tragically killed in Kaduna on Friday 19 April 2019; the FCO continue to advise against all but essential travel to Kaduna; you should exercise additional vigilance in crowded public places.

Indonesia 24 April 2019

General elections were held in Indonesia on 17 April with official results set to be announced on 22 May; you should avoid all protests, demonstrations and political rallies.

Saudi Arabia 23 April 2019

Terrorism section – addition of factual information about an attack on a security facility in the town of Al Zulfi, Riyadh province, on 21 April; update to information about a separate incident at a checkpoint in Abu Hadriya in Eastern Province on 7 April.

     

 

Remember that this travel safety 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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