Booking a trip? Want to know what’s going on in the world? Here’s some of the latest safety information from around the globe.
The FCO issues advice against all travel, or against all but essential travel, to areas it considers dangerous. If we refer to “advice against travel” this could mean all but essential travel or all travel. In either case, you don’t want to go there!
Remember that if you ignore FCO advice and go anyway, most insurance – including Safe Journey – would become invalid.
Ataturk Airport is the 11th busiest in the world, and last night’s attack has had far-reaching effects with 41 killed, more than 240 injured, and countless others affected by this act of terrorism.
The FCO reports that flights are slowly resuming with a high security presence.
Please note that if you have a Safe Journey policy and are already in Istanbul, you can choose to curtail your trip and transport back home will be arranged for you.
Another act of terrorism in Istanbul took place on 7 June, with a bomb on a police bus killing 11.
FCO advice remains the same (you can view full details in our 6 June update) and at the moment, advice against travel to Istanbul has not been issued.
Following last week’s Leave vote, the governments of all EU countries – from France to Latvia – have assured British passport holders that there will be no immediate changes to their border requirements, or to British citizens living in EU countries.
As we reported on 24 June, travel insurance will also not be affected for the time being.
Euro 2016 is in full swing and while England may be out (we’re gutted but congrats to Iceland!), there’s still lots of fun to be had and fantastic games to watch.
Security is on high alert to ensure safety. No terrorism has been reported so far, but authorities ask that everyone remain cautious.
Responsible celebrating and holidaying are encouraged, and we have hopefully seen the last of any hooliganism and fighting. Visitors are reminded that alcohol and balconies don’t mix well…
For safety updates and alerts, download the official terrorism alert app, SAIP, available for iOS and Android.
Lebanon was hit by a series of suicide bombings on 27 June, and as of 28 June five people have been killed and 15 injured in this tragic attack.
Please note that the FCO had advice against travel in place for much of Lebanon already, and this still applies.
The 12 June shooting in Orlando truly shook us all. We join in remembering the 49 lives taken in this shocking attack and wish strength and speedy recovery to those injured and to everyone affected.
No travel warnings have been issued and authorities seem to all consider the attack an isolated incident.
The city of Orlando is encouraging tourism and theme parks reported increased security to ensure visitors’ safety.
Terrorism at a border post on 21 June resulted in 20 casualties and anyone in the area was advised to follow instructions of local security authorities.
No warnings have been issued for popular tourist destinations such as Petra, however the terror threat remains high.
According to the FCO: “You should avoid large crowds, political gatherings and demonstrations. Violent incidents have taken place at the Zaatari refugee camp and on several university campuses. Stay away from downtown Amman and the centres of other towns and cities after Friday midday prayers.”
FCO advice against travel to the area around the Syrian border remains in place.
A shooting took place in a popular Tel Aviv market on 8 June and while visitors were warned to be vigilant and avoid crowded areas, the FCO did not issue advice against travel to the area.
Advice was issued on 22 June, however, cautioning travellers to be extremely careful travelling on Route 443 between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. There have been a number of serious incidents, including shooting and stabbing, and if using that route one should “avoid stopping between the Maccabim checkpoint and Jerusalem if possible.”
Not terrorism-related but important to note is the WHO’s health information for those travelling to the 2016 Olympic Games.
The organisation provides details on the Zika virus, as well as vaccinations required and other health issues. Read the full details here.
- Much of the above advice has been obtained via the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
- Information was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change.
- Always check the FCO website for updates on your destination before you book AND before you travel.
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