Travel Safety Round-Up: 9/7/2018

This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes popular destinations such as Japan, Brazil, Barbados, and St Lucia.

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Country Date  
     
Russia 9 July 2018; 2:28pm

Addition of information for fans attending the England v Croatia World Cup semi-final match in Moscow on Wednesday 11 July.

Dominica 8 July 2018; 6:35pm 

Tropical Storm Beryl is approaching the Lower Antilles region and a tropical storm warning is now in place for Dominica. A state of emergency and an island wide curfew has been declared as of 1600 local time on Sunday 08 July 2018. The curfew will be in effect until 1600 on Monday 9 July 2018 unless otherwise lifted.

St Lucia 7 July 2018; 10:04pm 

Tropical Storm Beryl is approaching the Lower Antilles region and a Tropical Storm watch is now in place for St Lucia.

Barbados 7 July 2018; 10:03pm

Tropical Storm Beryl is approaching the Lower Antilles region and a Tropical Storm watch is now in place for Barbados.

Russia 7 July 2018; 5:58pm

FIFA World Cup: Match tickets bought through unofficial means may not be valid.

Haiti 7 July 2018; 4:01pm

On Friday 6 July 2018 a number of violent protests broke out in Port-au-Prince and in the rest of the country following the announcement of increased petrol prices. Civil unrest is expected to continue through the weekend.

Cameroon 6 July 2018; 8:36pm

Occasional road blocks, Buea, Fako division; additional information on kidnapping in the South West Region.

Indonesia 6 July 2018; 1:53pm

Safety and Security Section (Sea travel) – additional safety information; inter-island travel by boat or ferry can be dangerous as storms can appear quickly; make sure you’re satisfied with safety standards before travelling; avoid travelling after dark unless you’re satisfied the vessel is suitably equipped.

USA 6 July 2018; 9:55am

Health and Natural disasters (Hurricanes and Earthquakes) sections – incorporation of travel advice for American Samoa.

Japan 6 July 2018; 3:33am

Due to torrential rain, there are risks of flooding and landslides in wide areas of central and western Japan. You should check transport information in case of disruption and follow the advice of local authorities including any evacuation orders.

Pakistan 5 July 2018; 4:44pm

Health section – addition of information; 2 cases of extensively drug-resistant typhoid have been reported in travellers returning to the USA; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Angola 5 July 2018; 12:02pm

Entry requirements section (UK emergency travel documents) addition of information; UK emergency travel documents are not valid for entry or transit into the Republic of Angola.

Nigeria 5 July 2018; 9:58am

Safety and security section (Local travel) – addition of information; gunmen attacked and killed 7 police officers on 3 July in the Galadimawa area; the police have announced they will increase patrols and checkpoints within the city, especially at night; you should exericise caution.

Cote d’Ivoire 4 July 2018; 3:03pm 

Revised information on flooding; there is a risk of further, localised flooding during the rainy season; check the feasibility of your route following prolonged periods of heavy rain.

Jordan 2 July 2018; 4:27pm

Revised information; there has been increased military activity in southern Syria, close to the border with Jordan.

Armenia 2 July 2018; 4:11pm

Addition of information for fans travelling to Yerevan for 10 July 2018 Champions League first qualifying match between Celtic FC and Alashkert FC; Entry requirements section (Visas) – revised information; entrance stamp is valid for a period of 180 days; if you intend to stay longer than 180 days, you must register with OVIR.

Brazil 2 July 2018; 3:50pm

Safety and security section (Swimming) – revised information; shark attacks are a danger particularly on the beaches around the north eastern city of Recife; you should pay attention to warning signs; if unsure consult lifeguards; do not enter the water where signs are present.

 

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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