Travel Safety Round-Up: 10/2/2020

Coronavirus is a serious concern and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to update details on how various governments are responding. Many have implemented health checks at airports and other entry points, and/or have banned entry by anyone who has recently visited China.

There are lots of general notifications and alerts too though, completely unrelated to the virus, and we have summarised these for you as always. You’ll find all alerts relating to Coronavirus in a separate table below, to make it easier to find the information you need.

Please remember that details are changing rapidly so it’s essential to check the FCO pages for your route and destination before you depart.

 

General Alerts & Updates

El Salvador

As of 8 February, there are calls for large demonstrations; avoid large gatherings and exercise caution in public areas.

9/2/2020

Anguilla

Entry requirements section – addition of information on departure tax.

Safety and security section (Sea travel) – addition of information on services to St. Martin/St. Maarten.

7/2/2020

Cameroon

Safety and security section and summary – addition of information and advice on municipal and legislative elections scheduled for 9 February 2020

7/2/2020

Niger

The FCO now advise against all travel within 40km of the south-western border with Burkina Faso.

7/2/2020

Burkina Faso

The FCO now advise against all travel to Burkina Faso, except the capital Ouagadougou where the FCO continue to advise against all but essential travel.

7/2/2020

Nigeria

The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to areas within 40km of the state border with Kaduna and Zamfara states in Niger State, west of the Kaduna River.

7/2/2020

Pakistan

Addition of information and advice about upcoming domestic and international cricket matches from 20 February to 22 March 2020.

6/2/2020

Mexico

Safety and security section (Crime) – addition of information on scams and virtual kidnapping.

Entry requirements section – updated information on requirements for proof of accommodation and onward travel.

6/2/2020

Maldives

Addition of information and advice about arrests made in relation to a knife attack on foreign residents in Hulhumale.

6/2/2020

Dominican Republic

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – updated information on passport validity requirements to enter the Dominican Republic.

Health section – addition of information and advice on cosmetic and elective surgery.

5/2/2020

Kuwait

Entry requirements section (UK Emergency Travel Documents) – updated information and advice on using an ETD for exit from Kuwait

5/2/2020

Turkey

Addition of information following the crash of a domestic flight on arrival at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport on 5 February

5/2/2020

Tunisia

Changes to some areas in western Tunisia where the FCO advise against all but essential travel; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Mount Orbata.

5/2/2020

Montenegro

Safety and security section (Political situation and summary) – updated information on recent protests.

3/2/2020

Zambia

Safety and security section (Political situation) and summary – addition of information and advice following recent demonstrations and a curfew in parts of the town of Chingola, Copperbelt region.

3/2/2020

Myanmar

Summary and Safety and security section – update to information on security incidents in Rakhine.

Health – update to information and advice on Polio.

31/1/2020

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zamia, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique

Update to information on South African Airways international and domestic flight schedules.

31/1/2020

Various – EU & EEU

Entry requirements section (Visas) and summary – updated information on visa rules to 30 January 2021

30/1/2020

Philippines

Updated information on the lake Taal volcano; on 26 January the authorities reduced the alert level from 4 down to 3.

30/1/2020

Chile

Information on a ‘state of emergency’ in some parts of the Atacama Region (Third Region), following floods and landslides.

30/1/2020

Peru

Safety and security (Spiritual cleansing) – addition of information on reports of sexual assault during the ceremonies.

30/1/2020

Brazil

Natural disasters section and summary – addition of information and advice following severe rainfall and flooding in parts of Minas Gerais, south-eastern Brazil.

29/1/2020

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories

There have been calls for protests in the West Bank from 28 January in response to anticipated political announcements; you should avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings.

28/1/2020

USA

Updated information and advice related to the 7 January earthquake off Puerto Rico.

28/1/2020

 

Coronavirus-related updates

Latest updates for border/travel restrictions to non-residents (and quarantine for some residents) who have recently visited or transited through China include: Grenada, Sri Lanka, Palau, Guatemala, Taiwan, Canada, India, Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Brunei, Vietnam, North Korea, Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Antigua & Barbuda, Mongolia, Cambodia.

Notifications of screening in place and some flights cancelled: Myanmar, Madagascar, Tanzania

Other recent coronavirus updates: Samoa, Micronesia, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Russia, Italy, Finland, UAE.

China

Travel restrictions following outbreak of Coronavirus, including internal restrictions and closure of Hong Kong border crossings.

Updated information and advice on coronavirus and consular support; if you’re in China and able to leave, you should do so.

9/2/2020

Taiwan

Health section – further clarification on entry procedures for arrivals who have transited in China, including Hong Kong and Macao from 10 February.

7/2/2020

Macao

Updated information for travellers entering Hong Kong, reflecting quarantine requirements implemented by the Hong Kong SAR Government.

7/2/2020

Hong Kong

Addition of contact details for the Hong Kong authorities for those on board the World Dream cruise ship.

Health section – updated information on implementation of a 14-day mandatory home quarantine period for new arrivals who have been in mainland China in the previous 14 days.

Addition of information on screening measures for those transiting through Hong Kong International Airport.

Indefinite closure of the Kai Tak Cruise and Ocean Terminals.

7/2/2020

Macao, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Thailand

Addition of link to advice from the Department of Health and Social Care if returning to the UK from these countries.

6/2/2020

Japan

Updated information on Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantine to include assistance telephone number for friends and family in Japan.

6/2/2020

USA

With effect from 2 February, the US Government will not permit entry to the USA of any foreign nationals who have visited China 14 days or less prior to their travel to the USA. More information for travellers to the USA can be found on the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) website.

3/2/2020

 

Please note, the above notifications are the most recent coronavirus updates but travel restrictions are not limited to these destinations. Check your route and destination before you travel.

Information is the first step to making every journey safer, and appropriate travel insurance is more important than ever before – including cover for acts of terrorism*. You can top up your travel insurance to cover terrorism from only £5.17 per person!**

Remember that this information is subject to change at any time, so it’s a good idea to check the FCO website and local news for your travel route and destination – before you book and before you depart. 

 

 

*Please read our Policy Wording for full details of cover provided by Safe Journey – including the option to cancel if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your route or accommodation, up to 6 weeks prior to your departure – as well as terms, conditions and exclusions.

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