Travel Safety Round-Up: 28/3/2017

The majority of travel advice issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over the past week has involved the electronics ban on flights to the UK and USA from certain countries. Please note that to avoid repetition, we have not featured each country separately. For further details of the items and airports affected, please refer to this guide.

Please note that last week's attack on Westminster is not included in FCO notifications as these cover countries outside of the UK. 

 

Country Date  
 Samoa

27-03-2017 14:28 PM GMT

 Health section – cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in Samoa; you should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
 USA  27-03-2017 09:07 AM GMT

The US government has implemented additional security measures for flights departing to the US from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates; you can find further details on the US Department for Homeland Security website; if you need more information about how this may affect your flight, contact your airline or travel company.

 Australia

 27-03-2017 00:26 AM GMT

 Tropical Cyclone Debbie is forecast to cross the Queensland coast on 28 March 2017 
 Bangladesh

26-03-2017 10:51 AM GMT

 There is an ongoing security incident in the Shibbari area of Sylhet in north-eastern Bangladesh in which there have been casualties. You should avoid the area and follow the advice of local authorities.

 Tunisia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan & Egypt  

26-03-2017 00:38 AM GMT

 

Advice issued for all 6 countries regarding the recent electronics ban:

There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation; the UK government has implemented additional security measures in several countries... but direct flights continue to depart to the UK from (these countries).; you should co-operate fully with security officials; information and advice about how this may affect your flight, including if you’re transiting through Tunisia on the way to the UK

 Brazil 24-03-2017 17:38 PM GMT

 Safety and security section (Crime) – a number of tourists in Rio de Janeiro have reported robberies on the walking trail to the Christ the Redeemer statue; be particularly vigilant and never resist attackers.

 Libya

23-03-2017 14:31 PM GMT

 Safety & security section (Political situation) – there has been increased fighting in Tripoli, as well as the ‘oil crescent’ around Ras Lanuf and Sidra and in the eastern city of Benghazi; hostilities can escalate quickly into heavy fighting and the situation is likely to remain unpredictable.

 Tanzania

 22-03-2017 15:58 PM GMT

 Safety and security section (Road travel) - self-driving in Tanzania can be challenging; consider using taxis instead; if you plan to drive yourself during a visit to Tanzania, you’ll need your UK licence and an International Driving Permit; to drive in Zanzibar you’ll need your UK licence and a local Zanzibar driving permit (which you can get through your hire car company).

 Slovenia 22-03-2017 14:34 PM GMT

 Safety and security section (Road travel) – if you drive on Slovenian motorways, you must buy and display a “vignette” on the windscreen; they’re available for weekly, monthly or yearly periods, and can be purchased at petrol stations and DARS (the Slovenian Motorway Company.

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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