Travel Safety Round-Up: 23/9/2019

 

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued notifications for dozens of destinations today (23 September 2019) relating to Thomas Cook ceasing trading. There’s also lot of other information about popular destinations though – as always, we’ve summarised these important alerts to help you keep track.

 

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If you’re travelling and have been affected by the announcement that Thomas Cook has ceased trading, you should visit thomascook.caa.co.uk for the latest updates.

Those overseas can call the CAA helpline on +44(0)1753 330 330 and for those in the UK the Freephone number is 0300 303 2800

23/9/2019

British Virgin Islands, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Tropical Storm Karen: tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch and generally within the next 48 hours. You should follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local news and weather reports.

22/9/2019

Japan

Typhoon Tapah will bring heavy rain and winds to wide areas of Japan over the next few days, with potential disruption to transport and other essential services. You should monitor news and follow the advice of the local authorities; if you are due to travel, check with transport operators for changes to schedules.

21/9/2019

Peru

On 19 September, the government declared a 60 day state of emergency due to the risk of collapse of part of the Costa Verde cliff in Lima. You should follow the advice of the local authorities in this area.

21/9/2019

Kosovo

Terrorism section and Summary – update to information on the threat from terrorism in Kosovo.

Safety and security section – factual update on mine locations.

20/9/2019

Guyana

Safety and security (Political situation) section and Summary – the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) have suggested they would be ready to conduct elections in February 2020.

Visitors may see an increase in protests over the coming months leading to elections; you should avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

20/9/2019

Hong Kong

Updated information on protests planned for weekend of 21 and 22 September.

20/9/2019

Paraguay

Summary and Safety and security section – addition of information on forest fires currently affecting the regions of the Chaco area and Northeast regions; information on transnational criminal organisations operating along Paraguay’s eastern border with Brazil.

19/9/2019

USA

Factual update on Tropical Depression Imelda; you should monitor the progress of any approaching storms on the National Hurricane Center website and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.

19/9/2019

Malaysia

Updated information and advice on air pollution caused by ongoing forest fires; you should monitor the Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS) updates and health advisories issued by the Malaysian Department of Environment.

19/9/2019

France

Addition of information on a yellow vest protest planned for 21 September 2019.

18/9/2019

Spain

Updated factual information on recent flooding.

(13/9/2019) Spain’s meteorological office (AEMET) has issued an “extreme risk” weather warning for the regions of Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Almeria and Balearic Islands due to torrential rain; flash floods are causing road closures and serious disruption to transport services; if you are in these areas you should exercise extreme caution and follow the advice of the local authorities

18/9/2019

Botswana

Updated factual information on parliamentary elections on 23 October 2019.

18/9/2019

Serbia

Health section – some private clinics in Serbia offer treatment for addiction; you should seek advice from your local GP or health provider in the UK before undertaking such treatment.

18/9/2019

Iceland

Addition of information and advice about a glacial flood on the Skaftá river.

18/9/2019

Ethiopia

Factual update on an ongoing outbreak of Chikungunya fever in Dire Dawa; travellers in the area should take action to prevent mosquito bites.

18/9/2019

Bolivia

Safety and security section (Road blockades) and Summary – blockades in Uyuni have been lifted; there is a possibility of renewed protests and you should contact your tour operator for local information before travelling.

16/9/2019

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Entry requirements (UK Emergency Travel Documents) – update to information on ETDs.

Local laws and customs (Drugs, Alcohol) – some skincare products and E-cigarette refills may contain ingredients that are illegal in the UAE such as CBD oil; you should check the UAE Ministry of Health website.

Tourists in Dubai are able to obtain a temporary liquor licence for the duration of a month from the two official liquor distributors.

16/9/2019

Jordan

Safety and security (Road travel) section – there have been a number of fatalities recently on the Desert Highway; you should drive with care, especially at night, and avoid driving on unlit roads.

Terrrorism section – updated information and advice on kidnapping.

16/9/2019

Saudi Arabia

Summary, Safety and Security and Pilgimage Sections: Addition of information on potential threats to oil infrastructure and updated information on travel to Jeddah during the Hajj.

14/9/2019

Costa Rica

Summary, Safety and Security and Terrorism. Addition of information on protests, strikes and recent attacks in San Jose.

14/9/2019

Italy

Addition of information on the Canonisation of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman on Sunday 13 October in Rome at St Peter’s Square; addition of link to dedicated advice page.

13/9/2019

Tanzania

Summary and Health section – The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported an unconfirmed case of an unidentified illness in Tanzania in September 2019; you should monitor this advice for updates, and keep up to date with developments on the National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO websites.

13/9/2019

Thailand

Entry requirements section – updated information on immigration requirements for those staying in Thailand on long-term visas; editorial amendments to the rest of the section.

12/9/2019

Bahamas

Summary – FCO continues to advise against all travel to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands, however, travel to other islands of The Bahamas is unaffected.

Updated information on cruise operators offering transit to Nassau; you should check with travel operators.

11/9/2019

Cuba

Health section and Summary – addition of information on dengue fever; you should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

11/9/2019

 Tunisia

Summary, Safety and security (Political situation) and Terrorism sections – updated information on extension of state of emergency; addition of information on presidential elections.

 11/9/2019

Australia

Several bushfires are currently burning across south east Queensland including in the Sunshine and Gold Coast regions; local authorities have advised residents to evacuate in some locations, whilst others remain on a Watch and Act alert; addition of information and links to advice and updates from Queensland Fire & Emergency Services.

11/9/2019

Kyrgyzstan

Safety and security section (Political situation) – ongoing political tensions within Kyrgyzstan mean that there is an increased likelihood of demonstrations; you should remain vigilant and avoid all demonstrations.

10/9/2019

Mozambique

Updated information on presidential, legislative and provincial elections on 15 October; the electoral campaign period will run from 31 August to 12 October.

You should exercise caution whilst travelling around the country and avoid travelling to unfamiliar places during the week of the elections (from 13 to 20 October); you should avoid large gatherings, demonstrations and political rallies.

10/9/2019

Sri Lanka

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

Terrorism section and summary – updated information to reflect the lifting of the nationwide state of emergency imposed after the April 2019 attacks.

10/9/2019

Guatemala

Summary and Safety and security section (Local travel) – On 4 September 2019, the President of Guatemala declared a State of Siege in the Departments of Izabal, Alta Verapaz, Zacapa, Baja Verapaz, El Progreso and Peten.

You should carry valid ID at all times and be prepared for various checkpoints; allow extra time to reach your destination; and monitor local news.

9/9/2019

Marshall Islands

Health section and Summary – the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has declared a state of health emergency due to an outbreak of Dengue fever; a number of travel restrictions are in place; you should follow advice from the Ministry of Health and Human Services.

9/9/2019

 

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