Travel Safety Round-Up: 6/11/2017

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Our summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes notifications issued over the past week which may affect business or leisure travel. 

Country Date  
Solomon Islands

06-11-2017 04:17 AM GMT

You should monitor local media and be vigilant around political demonstrations and large gatherings.

Saudi Arabia 05-11-2017 15:51 PM GMT

Summary and Safety and Security section - On 4 November, a missile was intercepted and destroyed north-east of Riyadh near King Khalid International Airport.

Venezuela

03-11-2017 16:28 PM GMT

Money section and summary – information about ongoing cash supply shortages and pressure on card payment processing infrastructure; Health section – reports of an increase in cases of malaria and diphtheria in Venezuela in 2017; see the TravelHealthPro website for more information.

Afghanistan 02-11-2017 16:42 PM GMT

On 31 October 2017, a suicide bomber successfully detonated close to the British Embassy killing a number of civilians.

Vietnam

02-11-2017 12:34 PM GMT

Tropical Storm Damrey is forecast to gain strength and develop into a typhoon, bringing hazardous sea and weather conditions to South Central Vietnam from 3 November 2017; disruption to air and sea travel can be expected in addition to a significant risk of flooding; you should follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

 Ethiopia

02-11-2017 12:01 PM GMT

Entry requirements section (Visas) – to obtain a business visa for Ethiopia you may require prior approval from the Ethiopian Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs office before submitting your application to the Ethiopian Embassy; you should check the latest instructions with your nearest Embassy.

USA

01-11-2017 16:31 PM GMT

Updated information about a terrorist incident which occurred on 31 October 2017 in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

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Eritrea

01-11-2017 15:50 PM GMT

A street protest in the capital Asmara was broken up by security forces on 31 October; you should exercise caution and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings.

Israel

01-11-2017 13:37 PM GMT

Thursday 2 November 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration; there's a risk of demonstrations in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem; you should avoid any demonstrations and follow instructions of the local authorities.

 Tunisia

01-11-2017 12:08 PM GMT

Summary and Terrorism section – on 1 November 2017, two traffic police officers in the Bardo area of Tunis were attacked by an individual with a knife. A suspect was detained by security forces; if you’re in central Tunis you should be vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Mauritania

01-11-2017 10:53 AM GMT

Terrorism section - updated information about terrorist groups operating in the Sahel region; additional content about the high threat of kidnap throughout Mauritania.

 USA

01-11-2017 10:28 AM GMT

Large wildfires broke out across the State of California during October 2017, predominantly affecting the counties of Napa and Sonoma. These have now been contained, but recovery efforts are currently ongoing. Wildfires can spread swiftly, so you should remain cautious; monitor local media reports and follow the advice of local law enforcement officials, including any evacuation orders.

USA

31-10-2017 21:42 PM GMT

Following an incident involving a vehicle hitting a number of people in Lower Manhattan, local authorities have advised avoiding the area of West Street (Barclay Street to Christopher Street) in Manhattan due to the ongoing investigation. NYPD have announced that there will be additional security across the city including around the Halloween parade which is taking place tonight.

Turks and Caicos Islands

31-10-2017 17:44 PM GMT

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) no longer advise against all but essential travel to the island of Grand Turk or any other part of the Turks and Caicos Islands; if you're planning to travel to Grand Turk, you should confirm your accommodation before you travel.

 Indonesia 30-10-2017 12:20 PM GMT

On 29 October 2017, the National Disaster Management Authority for Indonesia reduced the volcanic alert level for the Mount Agung volcano in north east Bali from level 4 to level 3 due to a reduction in seismic activity; you should monitor local media reports, follow the advice of the local authorities and stay outside the exclusion zone.

     

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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