Travel Safety Round-Up: 19 April 2017

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Here's this week's summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):

Country Date  

Korea, DPR (North Korea) & South Korea

18-04-2017 14:26 PM GMT

The level of tension on the Korean peinsula can change with little notice; in the past, heightened tensions haven’t affected daily life; get email alerts for updates to this travel advice and closely monitor local and international media coverage.

 Saudi Arabia 18-04-2017 13:34 PM GMT

Terrorism section - if you’re living in Saudi Arabia, you should regularly review and make sure you’re satisfied with the security measures provided by the management and local authorities at the residential compound where you live, the place where you work and the school where your children study.

 Morocco

18-04-2017 13:02 PM GMT

Safety & security section (Hiking) – if you’re planning to hike on Mount Toubkal or on other mountains in Morocco, seek local advice and take necessary precautions; trekking alone can be dangerous; consider joining a group or hiring a guide.

 Macedonia 13-04-2017 22:38 PM GMT

Summary and Terrorism section – updated information and advice about the threat from terrorism reflecting an increase in the level of threat; following recent attacks against churches in Egypt and other attacks against Christian targets, terrorists may target religious sites, including churches; you should be particularly vigilant over the Easter period.

 

(Please note, similar updates were also issued for Serbia, Montenegro, Tunisia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Egypt.

 Syria 13-04-2017 14:23 PM GMT

On 7 April 2017, the US carried out missile strikes on a regime airbase in response to the reported chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaikhoum on 4 April.

 Venezuela

13-04-2017 12:03 PM GMT

Political demonstrations and protests are common; you should remain vigilant and avoid protests and demonstrations; during and ahead of demonstrations, there is potential for travel disruption as a result of road closures; the authorities often use tear gas to break up protests.

Egypt

13-04-2017 11:41 AM GMT

There is a heightened threat of terrorist attacks targeting Coptic Christians in Egypt; you should remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of local security officials, including in and around religious sites and during religious festivals.

 Italy

13-04-2017 10:31 AM GMT

Italy will impose border controls on all travellers between 10 and 31 May 2017 to enhance security ahead of the G7 Leaders Summit in Taormina; expect delays and allow extra time to transit passport control at airports, seaports and border crossings; you should contact your travel provider for more information.

 Iceland

13-04-2017 10:27 AM GMT

Safety & security section (Hiking and adventure tourism) – when hiking, choose a suitable trail for your level of experience; conditions in Iceland can change rapidly.

 Zambia  12-04-2017 15:28 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Political situation) - On 12 April 2017, there were reports the main opposition leader had been charged with treason, this has heightened political tensions and increased the risk of civil unrest; you should exercise caution, particularly in densely populated areas where protests can take place with minimal warning.

 Philippines 12-04-2017 13:51 PM GMT

On 11 and 12 April 2017, Philippine authorities clashed with heavily armed individuals in Inabanga, Bohol, resulting in fatalities; if you're in or planning to travel to Bohol, be especially vigilant and review your personal security plans; monitor media reporting and follow the advice of the 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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