Travel Safety Round-Up: 27/8/2019

 

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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:

 

Country Date  
     
Various – incl. Grenada, Martinique, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, Barbados 26/8/2019

Tropical Storm Dorian is forecast to affect the eastern Caribbean from Tuesday 27 August; you should exercise due caution and monitor local news and weather reports.

Bangladesh 25/8/2019

There have been reports of insecurity, protests and some violence in the areas of Ukhia and Teknaf in the southern part of Cox’s Bazar district, and specifically in the camps in the Teknaf area since 23 August 2019; you should exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities.

Greece 24/8/2019

Updated information; a wildfire has been reported on Samos, in Mesokampos village, which is close to Pythagorean; 2 hotels have been evacuated; you should follow the advice of Greek authorities and monitor the website of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection for updates.

Bahamas 23/8/2019

Update to information on the availablity of consular support.

Taiwan 23/8/2019

Addition of information on Tropical storm Bailu that is forecast to affect the South of Taiwan from Saturday 24th August onwards, though may not make landfall; you should exercise due caution and monitor local news and weather reports.

China & Hong Kong 23/8/2019 Factual update following political situation in Hong Kong.
Kenya 23/8/2019

Local laws and customs section – addition of information on the Kenyan census which begins on 24 August 2019; visitors, including foreign national tourists, may be asked to participate.

Terrorism section and summary – this section has been reviewed with minor amendments to information on locations where British nationals should be particularly vigilant.

Spain 23/8/2019

Summary – addition of information on significant delays expected at the main border crossings between France and Spain from 23 to 26 August.

Iraq 22/8/2019

Terrorism section (Kidnap) – updated information and advice on the threat from kidnapping in Iraq.

Afghanistan 21/8/2019

Change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all travel to the provinces of Herat, Samangan, Balkh, Ghowr, Sar-e Pol, Daykondi, Parvan, Bamian (except Bamian City, where the FCO continue to advise against all but essential travel) and Kabul (except Kabul city’s Enhanced Security Zone and Hamid Karzai International Airport, where the FCO continue to advise against all but essential travel).

Terrorism section and summary – updated information and advice to reflect an overall increased threat to Western interests.

San Marino 21/8/2019

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – revised guidance on passport validity.

North Macedonia 21/8/2019

Safety and security section (Road travel) – updated information on licence requirements if driving in North Macedonia and neighbouring countries.

Malawi 21/8/2019

Civil society groups plan to hold demonstrations throughout Malawi, including at all entry ports (including Kamazu International Airport in Lilongwe) between 26 and 30 August, with the possibility of more disruption and unrest.

If you’re in Malawi, avoid large crowds or demonstrations, monitor this travel advice and local media for updates and keep any local and international travel plans under review.

South Africa 21/8/2019

Health section – updated information on medical tourism; if you choose to attend a rehabilitation centre, do extensive research in advance, ensure you have the appropriate visa for your stay and have comprehensive travel insurance.

Jamaica 21/8/2019

Safety and security section (Crime) and Summary – The States of Emergency in the parishes of St James (which includes Montego Bay), Hanover and Westmoreland have been extended to 28 October 2019. A State of Emergency is also in place until 5 October 2019 in part of the Parish of St Andrew, which includes areas of Kingston.

Indonesia 21/8/2019

Summary and Safety and security section – Protests in Manokwari, West Papua Province and Jayapura, Papua Province; monitor local media; avoid all protests, demonstrations and political rallies in these and other areas as they could become violent with little notice.

Entry requirements (UK Emergency Travel Documents) – editorial amendments. You are reminded that some Indonesian embassies don’t issue Indonesian visas in ETDs. Contact your nearest Indonesian Embassy to check before you apply.

Spain 19/8/2019

Updated information on ongoing forest fire in Gran Canaria; if you’re in the area, check the latest updates and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Portugal 19/8/2019

Consider carrying an Emergency ID Card to help the health services assist you in an emergency.

Brazil 19/8/2019

Santos Dumont domestic airport in Rio de Janeiro is operating a restricted service for one month from approximately 24 August; check with your airline before travelling.

Zimbabwe 19/8/2019

Series of planned demonstrations in the urban areas across Zimbabwe.

Democratic Republic of the Congo 18/8/2019

New Ebola cases continue to be reported across the affected areas of eastern DRC including the provinces of Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu. Cases have been confirmed in Goma since 14 July 2019.

Myanmar 17/8/2019

Change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to all areas of Northern Shan State, within 10km of the town of Pyin-Oo-Lwin (Mandalay State) and along the Pyin-Oo-Lwin to Kyaukme road.

Updated information on 15 August attacks and the potential for further clashes.

Cameroon 16/8/2019

Summary – updated information on planned general strikes in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon from Monday 2 to Friday 6 September and Monday 9 to Friday 13 September. You should monitor local media to check for the latest information about the shutdown.

Papua New Guinea 14/8/2019

Natural disasters section (Volcanoes) – Mount Bagana in Bougainville erupted on 13 August. Air Niugini has suspended flights to the Buka and Hoskins airports following the Ulawun volcano on 3 August. Visitors should check with their airline / travel operator if visiting Bougainville and New Britain.

Norway 12/8/2019

Terrorism section and summary – addition of factual information about a shooting incident at the Al-Noor Mosque in Baerum, west of Oslo, on 10 August.

Peru 12/8/2019

Safety and security (crime) – Addition of information on thieves targeting cars travelling from Lima city to the airport.

     

 

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