Is it Monday already? And September? How did this happen??? Ok… deep breaths… We trust you had a great weekend and that you have an excellent – and safe – week ahead.
As usual, we’re starting the week with a roundup of news that may affect your safety while travelling.
Remember: planning ahead can minimise personal and financial risks, so be prepared (not scared) and make the most of every moment!
FRANCE: CALAIS DELAYS
If you're travelling to or from France today or in the near future, it may be a good idea to avoid Calais if at all possible.
In addition to previous reports of obstacles being placed in the road and items being thrown at cars, the FCO has warned of planned protests today (5 Sept) by hauliers and unions. These protests are likely to disrupt traffic and cause significant disruptions to the A16 motorway around Calais.
Access to the Eurotunnel and Calais Port may be disrupted, so keep checking with your transport provider.
You can also find regular updates (in English) here.
A bomb in Davao City on Friday 2 September killed more than a dozen people. Please note that this area (within Mindanao) already carries FCO advice against travel and the government has declared a “state of lawlessness”.
Airports and other transport may be affected, so the FCO advises allowing extra time for travel if you are anywhere in the Philippines.
The terrorism threat level has been noted as high for some time, and there is also an issue with kidnapping and street crime, but it’s estimated that 150 000 Brits visited the Philippines in 2015 and the majority of trips were trouble free.
If you’re travelling to or through the Philippines, please check for updates regularly with the FCO, your hotel and transport providers, and keep an eye out for instructions from local authorities. You can also purchase comprehensive terrorism cover prior to your departure - click here for a quick quote!
FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
The European qualifiers for FIFA World Cup 2018 have begun. If you’re travelling to any of the qualifier games, please pay attention to local authorities.
In some cases, local supporters will enter and leave stadiums first – please follow instructions given at the venue and avoid large, disorganised, crowded areas.
Whether you’re visiting for a day or an extended holiday, it’s important to have the appropriate travel insurance! Read your policy wording so you know exactly what cover you have access to, and look out for exclusions such as terrorism.
A number of violent clashes were reported in Gabon following August election results, and extreme caution is recommended.
According to the FCO, “You are strongly advised to avoid unnecessary journeys during periods of unrest, follow local media and stay away from areas where demonstrations are likely to take place. Protests may quickly turn violent without warning.”
Weather alerts continue for Hurricane Lester and Tropical Storm Hermine, with warnings of mudslides, flooding, and hazardous conditions.
You need to check weather reports regularly if you’re in the vicinity of Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. A state of emergency is still in place in Louisiana due to flooding.
The annual ASEAN Summit is being held in Vientiane, Laos, from 5-9 September.
If you are travelling to or through the area, there may be some delays to domestic and international flights.
A number of cases of cholera have been reported in Burundi so caution is advised. If you travel to Burundi and feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately.
British Virgin Islands
Zika virus has been found in the British Virgin Islands. If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, please seek medical advice if you’re planning to travel to any area in which locally transmitted Zika virus has been reported.
All information is correct at the time of publication, but details can change quickly! Please check FCO updates for your destination before you book and before you travel to ensure that every journey is as safe as possible.
Please visit our FAQs page or read the full Policy Wording for more information on Safe Journey and the cover provided, as well as terms, conditions & exclusions. You can also contact us here.
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