Christmas is almost here but that doesn't mean we should take a break from being informed!
You'll find the latest highlights from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in our handy summary below.
The FCO has updated 'laws and customs' sections for dozens of destinations regarding local attitudes and laws on LGBT issues but email notifications do not contain specific details - please check these and other local laws and customs for your destination before you go. These laws and customs may include appropriate dress when visiting public areas or religious sites, and other important information for your visit.
17-12-2017 17:29 PM GMT
On Saturday 16th December a landslide affected Santa Lucía village, Chaiten- X Region de Los Lagos. Local authorities have implemented an evacuation plan. If you are a British National, living or visiting the area we advise you to monitor the local news closely and follow the advice of local authorities. If you need Consular Assistance please phone the British Embassy +562-3704100
15-12-2017 20:43 PM GMT
Earthquake of magnitude 6.5 has struck the coast of West Java
14-12-2017 16:51 PM GMT
Updated information on the 10pm to 5am curfew, which has been lifted in most cities but is still in place in Trujillo, Tela, Siguatepeque and Cortes; you should remain indoors during the curfew at all times and continue to follow the advice of the local authorities.
14-12-2017 13:35 PM GMT
Safety and security section (Road travel) - addition of information on legal requirements when travelling by car with children
|Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territories||13-12-2017 17:50 PM GMT||
Updated information on calls for mass protests across the West Bank following President Trump’s announcement on 6 December recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
13-12-2017 11:39 AM GMT
Entry requirements section – UK emergency travel documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from French Polynesia.
12-12-2017 17:37 PM GMT
Summary & Terrorism section – while the last terrorist attacks to take place occurred in March 2017, targeting security forces, there is a risk that future attacks could target public gatherings. There’s also the risk that foreign nationals could be directly targeted in future attacks; you should consider your movements carefully and follow any specific advice of the local security authorities.
12-12-2017 16:35 PM GMT
Entry requirements section - addition of links to further information on conditions for travel between Cuba and the United States.
12-12-2017 11:56 AM GMT
Local laws and customs section - updated information reflecting the change in Australian federal law on 7 December 2017 to recognise same-sex marriages.
12-12-2017 10:25 AM GMT
Entry requirements section (Medication) – some prescribed and over the counter medicines that are available in the UK may be considered controlled substances in Qatar; if you need to bring controlled/prescription medication into Qatar, make sure you carry it in its original packaging, accompanied by your prescription and an official letter signed and stamped by your doctor stating the type of medication and why it's required; for further information you should contact the Qatari Embassy.
11-12-2017 17:48 PM GMT
On 11 December there was an explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, 42nd Street and 8th Ave, Manhattan, New York. The suspect has been arrested. As a result of this incident you may see additional police across the city including at transport hubs. You should remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of the local security authorities.
11-12-2017 13:45 PM GMT
Entry requirements section – Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are not valid for entry into Gabon but ETDs are accepted for airside transit and exit from Gabon
11-12-2017 13:07 PM GMT
Health section - as of 1 October 2017 the cost to expatriates and visitors of using state medical facilities has been further increased; if you're working in Kuwait, check whether your employer provides private medical insurance; if not, you're strongly advised to take out personal medical insurance for yourself and any dependents.
11-12-2017 11:10 AM GMT
Health section – the Ministry of Health of Madagascar officially announced the containment of the plague outbreak on 27 November 2017; the current plague season is predicted to continue until April 2018 and further outbreaks cannot be ruled out. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.
Local law and customs section – although homosexuality is not prohibited by law, public attitudes are less tolerant than in the UK and public displays of affection may attract negative attention; see our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.
11-12-2017 10:37 AM GMT
Summary and Entry requirements section – until 31 December 2018, you can travel to Kazakhstan without a visa, provided your stay does not exceed 30 days (the day you arrive counts as day 1, regardless of arrival time). If you wish to stay longer than 30 days, you’ll need a visa.
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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