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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:
|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.
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.
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.
Update to information on the availablity of consular support.
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.|
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.
Summary – addition of information on significant delays expected at the main border crossings between France and Spain from 23 to 26 August.
Terrorism section (Kidnap) – updated information and advice on the threat from kidnapping in Iraq.
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.
Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – revised guidance on passport validity.
Safety and security section (Road travel) – updated information on licence requirements if driving in North Macedonia and neighbouring countries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consider carrying an Emergency ID Card to help the health services assist you in an emergency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Safety and security (crime) – Addition of information on thieves targeting cars travelling from Lima city to the airport.
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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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