Travel Advice: Weekly Round-Up

 

Be prepared with the latest advice and updates from the FCO:

Country Date Summary
USA 18-02-2017 13:49 PM GMT Severe storm currently affecting California
Brazil 17-02-2017 22:47 PM GMT A police strike in the state of Espirito Santo has led to increased street violence, particularly in the city of Vitória; you should take extra care and monitor local media for updates and advice; you should avoid all demonstrations and follow the advice of the local authorities; tourist police in Rio de Janeiro are not currently issuing police reports due to the pay dispute; if you need to report a stolen passport or other item, please contact the British Consulate for advice
Ukraine 17-02-2017 17:06 PM GMT Addition of a link to information about EU restrictive measures
Spain 17-02-2017 15:40 PM GMT Leicester City FC take on Sevilla FC in the Champions League on Wednesday 22 February 2017; information and advice page for travelling fans
Pakistan 17-02-2017 12:52 PM GMT On 16 February 2017, a suicide bomber killed a large number of worshippers at the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan; there is some evidence to suggest that further attacks are being planned in areas of Islamabad and Rawalpindi; you should exercise caution and vigilance when visiting markets, restaurants, malls and other public areas
New Calendonia 16-02-2017 17:01 PM GMT There is currently an overnight curfew from 7pm to 5:30am imposed on the RP1 through St Louis until further notice; you should follow the advice of the local authorities
Ecuador 16-02-2017 17:00 PM GMT Safety & security section (Political section) – presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on Sunday 19 February 2017; Natural disasters section (Rainy season) – various provinces (Manabi, Guayas, Santa Elena, El Oro, Azuay, Pichincha and Amazon region) have experienced heavy rains in January and February 2017
France 16-02-2017 16:48 PM GMT There have recently been a number of violent demonstrations against the police in the suburbs of Saint Denis to the north of Paris; on 15 February 2017, related demonstrations in north-eastern Paris also turned violent; be vigilant and take extra care if you’re in the area; follow police advice and stay well away from any protests
Cambodia 16-02-2017 14:53 PM GMT Cambodia will hold commune elections in June 2017; increased political tensions are likely as political parties begin their campaigning
Tunisia 16-02-2017 14:33 PM GMT Summary and terrorism sections – the state of emergency has been extended by an additional 3 months
Bahrain 16-02-2017 12:17 PM GMT Safety and security section - information on protests from 16 to 17 February 2017
New Zealand 16-02-2017 11:50 AM GMT A state of emergency has been declared for Christchurch city and Selwyn district due to the current Port Hill fires; you should follow the advice of the local authorities and monitor local and social media for the latest updates
Mexico 16-02-2017 10:55 AM GMT Local law and customs section – advice on surrogacy in Mexico; assisted human reproduction, including surrogacy, might only be recognised in some Mexican states; if you’re considering a surrogacy arrangement in Mexico, you should familiarise yourself with the relevant laws and regulations and seek independent legal advice
Curacao 15-02-2017 16:45 PM GMT Safety and security section (Air travel) – updated information about air travel; UK government staff have been advised to avoid travelling on INSEL Air due to safety concerns
Nigeria 15-02-2017 16:34 PM GMT Arik Air has suspended a number of flights due to operational difficulties; if you have a booking with Arik Air, check with the airline or your travel company in case your flight is affected
Swaziland 15-02-2017 15:55 PM GMT Tropical Cyclone Dineo is forecast to bring hazardous weather conditions to Lomahasha, Big Bend and Matsamo from around 17 February 2017; you should monitor local and social media for updates
South Africa 15-02-2017 15:20 PM GMT Tropical Cyclone Dineo is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo (including Kruger National Park) from around 16 February 2017
Senegal 15-02-2017 11:52 AM GMT Entry requirements section – your passport should be valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry into Senegal; you may be refused entry if you don’t have evidence of return or onward travel
Estonia 14-02-2017 16:11 PM GMT Safety & security section (Road travel) - you can drive on a UK driving licence in Estonia, however, your UK licence isn’t valid if it was issued on or after 1 May 2015 and if you were living in Estonia when the licence was issued
Albania 14-02-2017 15:42 PM GMT The main opposition party has called for mass protests against the government in Tirana on 18 February 2017; the political atmosphere is likely to become changeable as the country approaches national elections on 18 June 2017; monitor local and international media, take extra care and avoid political rallies and demonstrations; don’t attempt to cross any roadblocks set up by protesters as this might provoke a violent reaction
Mozambique 14-02-2017 15:38 PM GMT Tropical Cyclone Dineo is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of Mozambique from around 15 February 2017
Turkey 14-02-2017 15:33 PM GMT Summary – a series of earthquakes of magnitudes up to 5.3 occurred between 6 and 12 February 2017 south west of Canakkale (Gallipoli)
Dominican Republic 13-02-2017 17:04 PM GMT

Entry requirements section – updated information and advice about use of tourist cards and checks being carried out by the local immigration authorities

 

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