Travel Safety Round-Up: 12/8/2019

 

Do you have a summer holiday coming up, or perhaps some business travel? Wherever you go, the latest travel and safety news is essential. As always, you can catch up on alerts issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with this handy summary. 

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Country Date  
Hong Kong 12/8/2019

Addition of information on cancellation of flights out of Hong Kong airport on 12 August. Passengers should check their flight status on the Hong Kong International Airport website.

Greece 10/8/2019

The Greek authorities have reported a wildfire in Elafonisos in the Pelaponessus. They are evacuating nearby campsites and hotels. They have raised the wildfire alert to category 5, red alert.

Cameroon 9/8/2019

Terrorism section and summary – updated information on types of attacks; attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners such as restaurants, bars, markets, hotels, shopping centres and places of worship.

Pakistan 9/8/2019

Summary – change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all travel to the immediate vicinity of the Line of Control.

China 9/8/2019

Typhoon Lekima is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to coastal regions south of Shanghai from Friday 9 August.

The typhoon may create some disruption to transportation and telecommunication networks. In addition, essential services including power supplies, food and water, medical care and emergencies services may be affected.

If you’re in these areas, you should monitor local and international weather updates.

India 9/8/2019

The FCO advise against all travel to the city of Srinagar and on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway; if you’re in areas of Jammu and Kashmir where the FCO advise against all travel, consider carefully your need to remain and keep your departure options under close review.

Hong Kong 9/8/2019

update to information on political demonstrations, including at Hong Kong Airport.

Bangladesh 8/8/2019

Terrorism section and Summary – update to factual information on terrorist incidents this year.

Summary – addition of information on dengue fever. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Philippines 8/8/2019

Updated information on dengue fever epidemic. You should continue to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

5/8/2019

Summary and local travel (sea travel) updated – you should avoid travel on ferries and passenger boats if possible.

Portugal 8/8/2019

Safety and security (road travel), Entry requirements (resident minors leaving Portugal), Health, Natural disasters (Forest fires) sections and Summary updated – Portuguese fuel tanker drivers are threatening strike action from 12 August for an unspecified period.

If you’re travelling to Portugal over the coming weeks, be aware that the strike may cause disruption to travel and other non-essential services; updated factual information on International Driving Permit; updated hyperlinks.

Papua New Guinea 7/8/2019

Mount Ulawun volcano erupted on 3 August. Air Niugini have suspended flights to Hoskins airport. Visitors should check with their airline/travel operator if visiting New Britain.

Australia 7/8/2019

Safety and security (Local travel, Swimming safety, Road travel), Terrorism – updated information on number of visits by British nationals; updated hyperlinks on bush safety; updated information on swimming safety. You should follow the ‘FLAGS’ precautions when swimming.

Guatemala 7/8/2019

Safety and security (Political situation), Health section – addition of information on the second round of presidential elections on 11 August; information about increase in cases of dengue fever.

Mauritania 6/8/2019

Safety and Security (Political situation) and Entry requirements (Visas) section – updated factual information on presidential inauguration; new visa requirements mean you now need to obtain a visa on arrival.

Nicaragua 6/8/2019

Summary and Health section – addition of factual information on Dengue fever. You should take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Egypt 6/8/2014

Terrorism section – factual update to information; on 4 August 2019, at least 20 people were killed by a car bomb in Central Cairo’s Manial district.

Costa Rica 6/8/2019

Safety and security (Methanol poisoning) – addition to existing information on alcoholic drinks containing methanol. You should continue to take care when buying any spirit-based drinks.

Tanzania 6/8/2019

Summary, Terrorism, Health, Safety and security (Air travel), Entry requirements (Visas), Local laws and customs – update to information on Ebola; removal of information on previous terror attacks; additional information on air travel; addition of information on e-visas; update to factual information on Ramadan 2020.

Honduras 6/8/2019

Summary, Safety and security (Political situation) and Health sections; information about increase in cases of dengue fever; and update on ongoing protests affecting Honduras.

France 6/8/2019

Summary and Safety and security (Road travel) section updated – information included on the G7 summit in Biarritz from 24 to 26 August 2019. You should plan travel in advance, follow the instructions of the local authorities and keep up to date with developments.

Niger 5/8/2019

Terrorism section – updated information reflecting recent attacks in Niger.

Nepal 5/8/2019

Summary and Health section updated – addition of information on an outbreak of Dengue fever in the southeast of Nepal. Take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Thailand 4/8/2019

On 2 August, a number of small explosions occurred in Bangkok. We are monitoring the situation closely. We advise British Nationals to remain vigilant, to follow the advice of local security authorities and to check our Travel Advice.

Russia 2/8/2019

Updated information on political demonstrations. You should check the local media for the latest information, be vigilant, and avoid any demonstrations.

Indonesia 2/8/2019

On Friday 2 August, a reported 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the south-west coast of Java, affecting multiple areas including Jakarta; if you’re in the region, you should monitor developments and follow the advice of local authorities.

Sri Lanka 2/8/2019

Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information on visas on arrival following an announcement by the Sri Lankan Department of Immigration & Emigration.

Summary – addition of information about the annual Perehera celebration in Kandy in early August.

Senegal 2/8/2019

Summary – updated information on safety. Updated information on prevalence of HIV.

Safety and security (Crime, Road travel) – updated information on crime, and public minibuses.

Local laws and customs – update to factual information on Ramadan 2019.

Health – removal of factual information on dengue fever outbreak in 2018. Updated information on prevalence of HIV.

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda 2/8/2019

Summary and Health section – updated information on Ebola virus.

Paraguay 30/7/2019

Demonstrations are taking place frequently in the downtown area of Asunción, particularly in the proximity of government buildings and offices, often without warning. You should avoid large gatherings, monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities.

     

 

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. 

 

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