Travel Safety Round-Up: 25/2/2020

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential travel to Daegu and Cheongdo in response to the coronavirus outbreak in those cities – just one of the constantly changing details around the virus and travel safety.

Once again, we have separated general travel alerts (terrorism, crime, strikes, weather, etc.) and notifications from those relating to the outbreak. As these details can change at any time, it’s essential to check the FCO pages for your route and destination before you travel.

 

General Alerts & Updates

Germany

Addition of information on a car driving into a carnival procession in Volksmarsen.

Information on a gun attack in Hanau on 19 February.

24/2/2020

France

Update to information on industrial action (‘Safety and security’ and ‘Summary’ pages)

24/2/2020

Zambia

Safety and security section (Political situation) – updated information on incidents of unrest, including reports of individuals being targeted by vigilante groups in urban and rural areas on suspicion of being responsible for attacks.

21/2/2020

Turkey

Entry requirements section (Visas) and summary – updated information to reflect announcement that from 2 March 2020, British nationals travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes will no longer need a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

20/2/2020

Belgium

Terrorism – factual update to information on previous incidents.

20/2/2020

Honduras

This advice has been reviewed in full, with amendments to the Summary, Safety and security (Political situation), Health, and Entry requirements (UK Emergency Travel Documents)

20/2/2020

Guinea

Addition of information and advice on elections to be held 1 March

20/2/2020

Russia

Addition of information and advice following media reports of radiation spikes linked to a disused metals factory on Kashirskoye Shosse, near to Kolomenskoe Park, Moscow.

19/2/2020

India

Updated information on demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

19/2/2020

Maldives

Terrorism – factual update on recent knife attacks in Hulhumale.

Local laws and customs – addition of information and advice on local dress standards.

18/2/2020

Trinidad and Tobago

Safety and security (Crime) – addition of dates for this year’s annual carnival celebration in Trinidad.

18/2/2020

Papua New Guinea

Safety and security (Local travel) – update to information on a recent independence referendum in Bougainville Island.

Entry requirements (Visas) – addition of information to reflect that some airlines might require evidence you have a visa to enter Papua New Guinea prior to travel.

18/2/2020

USA

Addition of information and advice following heavy rainfall in Mississippi.

17/2/2020

Philippines

Natural disasters (Volcanoes) – updated information on the lake Taal volcano.

17/2/2020

Gabon

This advice has been reviewed in full with factual updates to Local laws and customs on same-sex sexual relations.

17/2/2020

Iran

The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Iran for British mono nationals (except certain border areas where the FCO continue to advise against all travel).

The FCO continue to advise against all travel to Iran for British-Iranian dual nationals.

14/2/2020

Slovenia

Safety and security (Tolls) – updated information and advice on buying and displaying ‘vignettes’.

14/2/2020

Benin

Safety and security section (Northern border regions) – updated factual information to reflect a security incident at a police outpost near the W Park in February 2020.

12/2/2020

Malawi

Safety and security (Political situation) and Summary – update to information on the political situation following the High Court ruling on the May 2019 election results.

12/2/2020

Cayman Islands

Local laws and customs – factual update on same sex marriage.

Natural disasters (Earthquakes) – addition of information on an earthquake in January 2020.

12/2/2020

Brazil

Summary and Health – addition of information and advice following reports of problems with the tap water supply in Rio de Janeiro

11/2/2020

Bermuda

Local laws and customs – update to information on same sex marriage.

11/2/2020

Nigeria

Safety and security (Nigeria borders) – update to information on additional checks at some land borders.

11/2/2020

 

Coronavirus-related updates

Notifications regarding “addition of information and advice” on coronavirus have been issued for most countries over the past few days. We can’t feature all of these as that would mean listing virtually every country on the map, but have included the more specific updates from the past two weeks. Remember that there may have been previous restrictions regarding entry requirements or quarantine in previous safety round-ups.

Oman, Kuwait, Iran

Addition of information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) following reports of the first cases (in these countries.)

24/2/2020

USA

Addition of information and advice on entry restrictions in place in American Samoa to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

24/2/2020

Taiwan

From 25 February, any foreign national arriving in Taiwan from South Korea will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

24/2/2020

Mongolia

Information on the suspension of air routes in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information on entry requirements restrictions & closure of borders with China until further notice.

24/2/2020

South Korea

Update to information and advice on monitoring local sources of information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information on flights between China and a number of other countries.

24/2/2020

Jordan

Enhanced screening procedures and entry restrictions in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

24/2/2020

North Korea

Update to information about quarantine procedures and travel restrictions (Health)

24/2/2020

Italy

On February 22, the government of Italy introduced extraordinary measures that allow regions to implement civil protection measures in response to Coronavirus.

23/2/2020

Kazakhstan

Health section (Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)) – information on enhanced health monitoring and follow-up measures for travellers arriving from certain countries; you should follow the advice of the Kazakh authorities.

23/2/2020

Gibraltar

Update to Summary and Health sections to reflect the Government of Gibraltar press release regarding measures introduced in light of the Covid-19 virus, including restrictions for travellers returning from certain countries.

23/2/2020

Pitcairn

Health – addition of information on a new working practice for ships calling into the island in response to COVID-19

21/2/2020

Philippines

Health (Coronavirus – COVID-19) – updated information on travel restriction on foreign nationals who have been in or travelled via mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macao.

21/2/2020

China

Factual update to information on quarantine measures in place across the country.

Requirements in some cities, including Beijing, for people returning from travel to undergo 14 days of isolation.

20/2/2020

Kyrgyzstan

Addition of information on the closure of the Kyrgyz / China border as a precaution against coronavirus (COVID-19)

20/2/2020

Myanmar

Update to information on screening measures at border crossings.

18/2/2020

Hong Kong

Update to information on the conditions of the 14-day mandatory home quarantine period for new arrivals who have been to mainland China in the previous 14 days.

17/2/2020

Samoa, Barbados, Solomon Islands, Costa Rica, St Vincent & The Grenadines

Health screenings/precautions in place in response to Coronavirus.

14/2/2020

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories

Entry requirements (Novel coronavirus) and Summary – addition of information an advice on entry restrictions in place in response to coronavirus.

13/2/2020

Sierra Leone

Health – addition of information on quarantine measures for passengers who have visited China in the last 14 days

12/2/2020

Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda

Addition of information on travel restrictions in place on air and sea travel between Montserrat and Antigua and Barbuda as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

11/2/2020

 

Please note, the above notifications are the most recent coronavirus updates but travel restrictions are not limited to these destinations. Check your route and destination before you travel.

Information is the first step to making every journey safer, and appropriate travel insurance is more important than ever before – including cover for acts of terrorism*. You can top up your travel insurance to cover terrorism from only £5.17 per person!**

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. 

 

 

*Please read our Policy Wording for full details of cover provided by Safe Journey – including the option to cancel if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your route or accommodation, up to 6 weeks prior to your departure – as well as terms, conditions and exclusions.

**£5.17 per person applies to a single trip of up to 8 days – whether you’re travelling locally or internationally. Single trip cover is available for trips of up to 180 days continuous travel, worldwide (£53.73 pp). Annual Multi-Trip cover is also available from £15.66 per person.

 

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  • Travel delays caused by acts of terrorism are covered.
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