Today's newspapers report that the USA is on a terror alert (read more in our lead article below) and a man was arrested at Heathrow on Saturday on suspicion of posessing "terrorist related material" according to the BBC. Wherever you go this week, keep your eyes open and be prepared - not scared.
Remember to check the latest advice provided by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) before you book AND before you travel, to ensure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions.
We wish you a safe and successful week!
Three separate acts of terrorism took place over the weekend, and with world leaders meeting in New York for the UN General Assembly, the city is on a terror alert.
The first incident reported was a pipe bomb in New Jersey, which was planted in a rubbish bin along the route of a race, which was raising money for the Marine Corps.
A second explosion took place on Saturday night in the Chelsea area of New York City, injuring 29 people. Another device was then found four blocks away. The FCO reported yesterday (Sunday) that the affected area was still sealed off for investigation, and that anyone in the area should follow the instructions of local authorities.
The third attack was a stabbing that took place in a Minnesota shopping mall on Saturday night. IS have claimed responsibility for the attack, in which nine people were injured before the perpetrator was shot by police.
Safe Journey Policy Holders
If you have a Safe Journey policy (purchased on or before 17 September) and are scheduled to travel in, to or through an area within 40 miles radius of one of these attacks, up to 42 days after the attack took place, cancellation cover will apply should you be disinclined to travel. If you were already staying within 40 miles radius of one of these incidents when it took place, curtailment cover would apply if you would like to leave early.
Should you need to make a claim, please click here for the appropriate contact details.
Please note that a Safe Journey policy purchased after an attack (e.g. today) would not provide cover for the above acts of terrorism. It would, however, provide cover for any future acts of terrorism.
A backpack containing "explosive devices" was found near a New Jersey station this morning. One of these devices exploded when a bomb squad used a robot to try and disarm it. Fortunately, nobody was injured.
Our thoughts are with everyone affected in the USA. Please be alert and stay safe!
Airports are expected to be extremely busy around Rio de Janeiro from today.
If you're travelling in, to or through Rio, allow extra time for check-in and immigration, as well as travel to and from airports.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Protests are taking place in several cities today (19 September) including Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Goma and Bukavu.
You should remain vigilant and avoid unnecessary journeys, including travel to and from N'djili airport.
ADVICE AGAINST TRAVEL
The FCO has advised against all but essential travel to the states of Bauchi and Zamfara.
The FCO has advised against all but essential travel from south of Gush Etziron Junction to all areas in the southern West Bank, after a spike in security incidents.
Please remember that Safe Journey and most other travel insurance policies won't cover you if you travel to an area if the FCO has advised against travel, or against all but essential travel.
Other areas of these countries which do not have advice against travel would still be covered by Safe Journey.
Sabancaya volcano in Arequipa, Peru, has been active.
Local authorities have advised the public not to trek or climb in the areas of the Sabancaya and Ampato volcanoes in Arequipa.
Skopje and the surrounding region of Macedonia experienced a number of moderate quakes last week. If you're in the area, make sure you're familiar with steps to take in case of further incidents.
Typhoon warnings have been issued for Taiwan and Japan.
Please note, all information can change at any time, so remember to check for FCO updates before you book and before you travel and make every journey a safer one.
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