Travel Safety Round-Up: 8/4/2019

Today’s summary of notifications from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes updates on International Driving Permits (IDP) for various destinations outside the EU/EEU – please note that many of these came into effect on 28 March, even though we have not yet exited the EU. 

The FCO has updated entry requirements for some countries, and added guidelines to doing business in EU and EEU countries after Brexit. We will continue to publish regular Brexit travel updates on our blog, and you should also check the gov.uk page for your specific route and destination.

 

Country Date  
     
Sudan 7 April 2019

Revised information and advice on protests in Khartoum.

Sudan 6 April 2019

On 6 April 2019 major protests took place across Sudan. You should continue to monitor developments, follow the instructions of local authorities, and limit movements outside of your accomodation. Sudan’s state of emergency remains in effect.

Tunisia 6 April 2019

Terrorism section and summary – updated information on the state of emergency in Tunisia to reflect its most recent extension by one month on 6 April; Local laws and customs section – addition of information about drones.

Greece 5 April 2019

As of 7 April 2019, the Hellenic Police will begin implementing systematic passport control checks for all European citizens travelling to/from destinations outside the Schengen area (including the UK).

This is in line with the 2017 Schengen Borders Code regulation EU 2017/458, which will eventually be applied by all Schengen member states according to the individual timescales.

Waiting times at passport control may be affected on departure from and arrival into Greece. You should ensure you arrive at the airport in good time.

Libya 5 April 2019

Since 3 April 2019 there has been a significant build-up of militarised forces in the west of Libya; sporadic armed clashes have taken place to the south and west of Tripoli; forces opposed to the recognised government have reportedly gained control over a number of towns; Prime Minister Serraj has announced a state of emergency and full mobilisation of military and security units loyal to the government.

Indonesia 5 April 2019

General elections will be held in Indonesia on 17 April 2019; you’re advised to avoid any protests, demonstrations and political rallies.

Cameroon 5 April 2019

Safety and security section (North West and South West (Anglophone) regions) and Summary – Armed separatists have announced an extended general strike in the Anglophone regions.

Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus 5 April 2019

Entry requirements section – updated information on passport validity and visa requirements.

Sudan 5 April 2019

Summary and Health section – removal of information on Chikungunya; Safety and security section (Crime) – there have been reported incidents, including of foreign nationals being threatened and mugged, in the Al Sunat Forest area of Khartoum.

Uganda 3 April 2019

Summary and Safety and security section – kidnap of a foreign national in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Nepal 3 April 2019

From 1 April 2019, Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport will be closed from 10pm to 8am daily for runway maintenance work; it’s expected that this closure will be for a period of 3 months; during this time, flight schedules are likely to be changed; check the website of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal for more information.

Turkey + various others April 2019

All commercial passenger flights operating to and from Istanbul Ataturk Airport are due to be transferred to the new Istanbul Airport between 5 to 7 April 2019.

During the transition period there will be a short period of time where no flights will operate from either airport, and thereafter restrictions of the frequency airlines can operate at, until the transfer is completed; passengers travelling via Istanbul may be affected by delays and cancellations during the transition period and for a limited period after the transfer, and should contact their airline for further information.

Moldova 2 April 2019

Summary and Safety and security section (Transnistria) – revised information on Presidential elections in Ukraine; a second round will take place on Sunday 21 April 2019; during this time there’s an increased likelihood of large public rallies and demonstrations including in the Odessa Oblast, which borders Transnistria.

Italy 2 April 2019

Milan Linate airport will be closed from 27 July to 27 October 2019 for improvement work; the most convenient airports for Milan and the surrounding areas during this time will be Milan Malpensa and Bergamo Orio al Serio.

Turkey 2 April 2019

Entry requirements section (Visas and Passports) – updated information regarding passport requirements.

Turkmenistan 2 April 2019

Safety and security section (Road travel) – updated information about driving licence requirements.

Rwanda 2 April 2019

Safety and security section (Local travel) – Rwanda has changed its own travel advice, which advises Rwandan nationals against travel from Rwanda to Uganda; this does not affect travel by other internationals including British Nationals, but does mean additional checks may take place at the border.

Ecuador 1 April 2019

Natural disasters section (Volcanoes) – addition of information and advice about volcanic activity at Sangay volcano in the Amazon region.

The Ministry of Tourism has issued an official statement asking all visitors not to approach the immediate surroundings of the volcano and not to attempt climbing it.

Sri Lanka 1 April 2019

Safety and security section (Crime) – revised information; there have been reports of thefts from hotels and guesthouses and of some street crime targeting tourists; you should take precautions to safeguard your valuables, especially passports and money.

Colombiaa 29 March 2019

Protests and road blocks in the departments of Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Huila and Caqueta, affecting the Pan-American Highway in southern Colombia.

Mexico 29 March 2019

Summary and Safety and security section (East) – There has been a recent increase in violence in the State of Veracruz, including the city of Veracruz; illegal roadblocks have been reported more frequently.

Comoros 29 March 2019

Presidential elections took place in Comoros on 24 March; on 28 March 3 people were reported killed during a shooting at a military base in Moroni; further post-electoral tensions are possible; you’re advised to avoid crowds and demonstrations throughout Comoros and to obey local security instructions.

Netherlands 29 March 2019

Terrorism section – editorial amendment reflecting shooting incident in the 24 oktoberplien (24 October Square) area of Utrecht on 18 March 2019.

Venezuela 28 March 2019

A prolonged and widespread power cut affected Caracas and much of the rest of Venezuela on 25-27 March. Power has returned to many parts of Caracas, though supply remains fragile.

Caracas International Airport has also been affected, and you should check with your airline whether it has changed its schedule. Mobile signals and internet are intermittent in areas without power.

The British Embassy in Caracas is currently operating normally. If you are in Venezuela and you need urgent help, call +58 (212) 3195800.

Brunei 28 March 2019

Local laws and customs section – updated information on the legal system in Brunei.

Various 28 March 2019

On 28 March 2019, Icelandic airline WOW Air announced that it has ceased operation; all its flights have been cancelled; see the WOW Air travel alert for more information.

Benin 28 March 2019

Entry requirements section (Visas and Passports) – revised information on contact details and passport validity.

New Zealand 28 March 2019

Safety & Security Section – Due to extreme weather conditions a Civil Defence Emergency was declared on New Zealand’s West Coast on 26 March 2019.

State Highway 6 is down to one lane in many places between Hokitika and Makarora and is closed by a bridge washout between Fox and Franz Josef. Anyone considering travel to the West Coast should check the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) website and the Civil Defence West Coast Facebook page.

Iceland 27 March 2019

There may be disruptions to bus and coach services between Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik due to planned industrial action; this is likely to last 48 to 72 hours at a time throughout Spring 2019 and other airports in Iceland may also be affected.

Before travelling, you should contact your bus or coach company for the latest information and factor in any possible delays to your journey time.

Kazakhstan 27 March 2019

On 20 March 2019, the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, was formally renamed Nur-Sultan.

Mozambique 27 March 2019

Following Tropical Cyclone Idai there’s an increased risk of typhoid fever and cholera in a number of areas of the country; you should familiarise yourself with the symptoms and follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Mauritius 27 March 2019

The Mauritian authorities have removed the cyclone warning for the island of Rodrigues; conditions are still poor, with strong winds and high waves and much of the island remains without power; you should continue to monitor and follow the advice of the Mauritius Meteorological Services.

Mozambique 27 March 2019

Revised information on areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai; access to the affected areas remains challenging; many roads and bridges in the affected areas are impassable; extensive flooding still exists; you should continue to monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation.

Somalia 26 March 2019

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry into Somalia, including Somaliland.

Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about providing a letter of invitation on arrival in Somalia, outlining the purpose of travel.

Various 26 March 2019

Safety and security section (Road travel) – addition of information about International Driving Permit changes from 28 March 2019.

Armenia 26 March 2019

Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information.

Nigeria 26 March 2019

Election update: tensions will continue to run high across Nigeria; you should continue to avoid rallies, public gatherings and demonstrations and monitor local media.

Various (EU/EEU) 25 March 2019

Summary section – addition of link to guidance on doing business.

Kenya 25 March 2019

Entry requirements section and summary – updated information on visa application options; addition of information about obtaining an exit stamp if travelling on an Emergency Travel Document;

Safety and security section – updated information on driving licence requirements and train travel;

Local laws and customs section – update to information about laws on smoking in public places.

India 25 March 2019

General elections are due to take place between 11 April and 19 May 2019; political rallies and meetings will occur across the country during this time; you should exercise caution and avoid large gatherings.

     

 

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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