Travel Safety Round-Up: 20/11/2017

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This week's summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes health, security, and terrorism notifications, as well as changes to terrorism threat levels and travel advice. 

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Country Date  
     
United Arab Emirates

19-11-2017 11:40 AM GMT

Safety and security section – Political Situation Following recent missile launches into Saudi Arabia from Yemen, claims have been made in public media suggesting that there may also be attempts to target missiles at the UAE. In the event of any incidents, you should monitor local media reports and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Zimbabwe  

19-11-2017 01:13 AM GMT

The political situation in Harare remains uncertain and there continues to be a military presence in and around the city; this doesn't appear to have been replicated in other parts of the country. You should continue to exercise caution when travelling around the capital. You should avoid large gatherings and any demonstrations.

USA 17-11-2017 16:45 PM GMT

Removal of information about restrictions on the carriage of electronic items on flights departing to the US from a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, which have now been lifted by the US Department of Homeland Security

Mongolia

17-11-2017 16:27 PM GMT

Entry requirements section - you can only use a UK Emergency Travel Document (ETD) to enter Mongolia if you’re a permanent resident or for airside transit. ETDs can be used to exit Mongolia. If your ETD has been issued in Mongolia and you are a permanent resident in Mongolia, you’ll need an exit visa from the Immigration Authority. If you don’t have a residence permit, you won’t need an exit permit to exit Mongolia on an ETD

Nigeria 17-11-2017 15:34 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Criminal kidnaps) – in the past five years several foreign nationals, including British nationals, have been kidnapped, and in some cases killed, in Nigeria; most of these kidnaps occurred in the Niger Delta region

Spain

17-11-2017 12:47 PM GMT

Terrorism section and summary - updated information on the threat from terrorism reflecting a reduced threat.

 

What do these terrorism threat levels mean? Find out here>>

Burma

17-11-2017 11:22 AM GMT

Summary and Safety & security section (local travel) – the Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Paletwa township in southern Chin state due active armed conflict; if you’re visiting Mount Victoria in Mindat township you should seek advice from tour operators before travel.

 

How does advice against travel affect you? More info >>

Libya

17-11-2017 11:00 AM GMT

Terrorism – foreign nationals have recently been kidnapped in the south-west of Libya; there remains a continuing high threat of kidnap across the whole of Libya

Tanzania

16-11-2017 13:42 PM GMT

In October and November 2017, there were 2 accidents affecting Coastal Aviation flights to the Serengeti National Park. In the most recent incident, all 11 people on board were killed

Eritrea 16-11-2017 13:28 PM GMT

Money section – there are low limits on local currency that can be taken from Eritrea; if you attempt to take more than 1,000 Nakfa you may have it confiscated; if you attempt to carry more than 5,000 Nakfa you may be subject to prosecution

India 16-11-2017 12:31 PM GMT

Health section and summary - update to existing information on urban air pollution; severe air pollution is a major hazard to public health in Delhi, and a serious concern in many other Indian cities; children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected; you can find further information and advice on air quality on the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

Ukraine

15-11-2017 16:05 PM GMT

Safety and security section (Crime) - addition of information about incidents of marriage fraud and attempted extortion in Ukraine affecting foreign nationals.

Cambodia 15-11-2017 11:55 AM GMT

On 16 November 2017, Cambodia’s Supreme Court is expected to finalise a case to dissolve the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party; there is likely to be a heightened security presence in Phnom Penh from 15 November; Access to popular tourist sites may be affected; you should avoid protests and demonstrations, monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities

Indonesia

14-11-2017 13:38 PM GMT

Entry requirements section – the Indonesian embassy has introduced a new e-visa system; you should submit your visa application online. The embassy will no longer accept a handwritten visa application form unless you’re a British Overseas territories citizen or if you’re applying for a diplomatic visa; if you fall into this category you should send a written request to obtain the visa form from the Indonesian embassy

Sudan

14-11-2017 12:25 PM GMT

On 6 November 2017, following the dissolution of the legislative council by presidential decree, a state of emergency was announced in Gezira. There’s an increased risk of demonstrations and protests; you should exercise vigilance and avoid large crowds and demonstrations wherever possible.

Jamaica

13-11-2017 17:17 PM GMT

Public order incidents and demonstrations can occur across Jamaica, and may cause significant disruption to traffic and public transportation. You should avoid all demonstrations; they have the potential to turn violent and are often used by criminals as cover for robbery and theft

Tunisia 13-11-2017 10:20 AM GMT

The state of emergency in Tunisia was extended by a further 3 months on 10 November 2017.

Terrorism section - update to factual information about a knife attack on 2 police officers in Tunis on 1 November 2017.

     

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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