Good morning and welcome to this week’s Travel Alert, where we bring you the latest safety information from around the world.
Most of the information this week relates to weather, politics, and basic entry requirements for the countries concerned… We sincerely hope we’re able to send you many more updates with little or no actual terrorism involved!
There have been attempts though, so remember that it’s still important to be alert and be prepared at all times.
An attempted act of terrorism in Paris was prevented last week when police discovered a car filled with gas canisters and fuel containers. The car was near Notre Dame Cathedral and a cell of young women is responsible, and seven arrests have been made so far.
If you're travelling to France, avoid crowded areas and keep a close watch on local news reports, as well as any instructions given by local authorities. We must all be alert at all times, and report any suspicious items or activities.
The French Government's SAIP app, launched prior to Euro2016, is still available - it's a free download and will provide real-time updates on any terrorism alerts.
Following last week’s warnings, there have been violent demonstrations in many areas of Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and Sao Paolo.
The FCO says “These are likely to continue in the coming days due to the current political situation; avoid demonstrations, monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities.”
At present, the Paralympic Games are continuing without incident. If you’re in Rio now, you should follow the news carefully and avoid large crowds. Don’t wait around after leaving a stadium or event, and look out for pickpockets, who will still be operating in the area.
The good news this week Spain’s terrorism threat level has been changed from “high” to “general” by the FCO.
If you’re travelling to the Benitachell and Javea areas of Spain check with your travel company whether you’ll be able to access your accommodation, as large areas have been evacuated due to forest fires.
The FCO has provided advice for Celtic fans travelling to Spain for tomorrow’s game (13 Sept) against Barcelona
- Carry identification at all times, and make sure your passport is valid for your entire stay in Barcelona.
- Remember your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but don’t rely on this alone – travel insurance is essential, even if you’re only away for a day or two!
- If you lose your passport, you’ll need to get an Emergency Travel Document from the British Consulate in Barcelona.
- Celtic supporters will be accommodated in Blocks 421 to 537
- Celtic supporters may be asked to remain for up to 20 minutes after the match. Follow the instructions of authorities and avoid disorganised/crowded areas.
- Remember that drinking alcohol on the streets is banned and can incur high fines! It’s also against the law to wear swimwear or go bare-chested in public areas – for men and women.
The above advice should be taken note of by all sports fans travelling to games in the EU this week!
A state of national emergency has been declared, “On account of lawless violence in Mindanao.”
If you are in the Philippines or are planning to travel there, speak to your travel providers and keep a close eye on the situation. Co-operate fully with local authorities, and allow extra time for all travel due to heightened security measures.
Hurricane Newton is now threatening states of Baja California Sur, Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Nayarit and Sinaloa.
The airports of Los Cabos and La Paz, as well as the port in Mazatlán are currently closed.
Elections will be taking place nationally on 18 September. If you’re travelling to Russia, keep up to date with local news for the latest information.
You should avoid large/disorganised crowds in general, but be particularly aware of any demonstrations that may start and move away from the area.
Political protests were set to begin on 7 September. The FCO has made particular mention of 14 September, when large-scale protests are expected in Caracas.
“Remain alert to developments and avoid protests, which can become violent with little notice; there may also be significant delays on the main routes into/out of cities affected by protests (including to/from Maiquietía International Airport on 14 September).”
Please note that British diplomatic missions in Turkey will be closed for the national religious holiday (Bayram) from 12 to 15 September 2016.
Please note that all information is correct at the time of publication, but can change at any moment. It's important to travel with appropriate travel insurance, and to check FCO updates for your destination before you book and before you travel to make every journey as safe as possible.
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