Travel Alert: 18 October

Welcome to this week's safety alerts, travel information and insights, brought to you by the Safe Journey team.

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Thailand 

The death of Thailand's beloved King last week has highlighted the importance of cultural sensitivity when we travel. Sensitivity is primarily about being a decent human being, but it can also affect your safety!

Reports have surfaced of a Thai man being mobbed for disrespectful facebook posts, and while visitors may not have to follow the stricter regulations enforced for locals, respect and observance of some core customs is advised, particularly in the first month of mourning. 


What To Do

The FCO has recommended wearing darker clothing and behaving in a respectful manner in public areas. 

Music is not being played in public, so avoid playing your own music in public areas and remember that you're a visitor. Locals may ignore disrespectful tourists or refuse service... and if there is a problem and you need assistance, it's fair to say most people will be far more likely to help if you haven't offended them. 


If You're Travelling To Thailand

Most attractions are expected to operate as normal, but some bars, clubs and entertainment venues will remain closed or operate for limited hours only, during the first 30 days of mourning.

Flights and other transport shouldn't be affected, but check with your airline or tour operator if you're scheduled to travel over the next few weeks. Be vigilant as always, and avoid any large gatherings or demonstrations which may arise. 

 

International Updates

Germany

Several people are still missing following a huge explosion in Ludwigshafen yesterday, at the world's largest chemical producer. Residents were being advised to stay indoors and keep windows shut, but fires now seem to be under control. The exact cause is still under investigation but work on a pipeline is thought to have been the trigger.

 

Hungary

The FCO reports that there are some political demonstrations in Budapest. If you're in the area, avoid all political protests and gatherings.

 

Iraq

A battle against IS/Daesh is underway in Mosul which may continue for weeks or months. Advice against all travel or all but essential travel is already in place throughout Iraq, and we're quite sure few people are planning a visit, but you should also be vigilant if you're visiting other countries in the region, such a s Turkey or Jordan.

 

South Africa

There have been a number of student protests in the past few weeks, some of which have become violent. Stay away from any demonstrations, and protests, and be on the lookout, particularly around universities.

 

USA

A Republican campaign office in North Carolina was firebombed on Sunday. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported, but caution is advised leading up to the elections.

 

Turkey

Antalya was hit by three rockets on Friday 14 October but no injuries were reported. Further attacks in the Southeast resulted in the deaths of four soldiers and 16 injuries. If you're travelling in Turkey, be alert at all times and follow any instructions given by local authorities.

 

Libya

An attempted coup on Friday in Tripoli has l eft Libya's peace process "on the verge of collapse". The FCO continues to advise against all travel to Libya.

 

Adverse Weather Conditions

Typhoons are set to cause hazardous sea and weather conditions in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Southern China this week.

 

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