Travel Safety Round-Up: 7/10/2019

 

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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) featured a number of updates to entry requirements – make sure you know which visas and other documents you need before you travel!

 

Ecuador

Indigenous groups have convened a national march estimated to arrive in Quito on Monday 7 October; this has caused a high level of disruption; you’re advised to keep up to date with developments via local media and to allow extra time to reach your destination; you should avoid any large gatherings as they may turn violent; if you’re due to travel to the airport, you should also check the status of your flight before travelling.

6/10/2019

Rwanda

Safety and Security section – updated advice regarding a continued risk to the security situation deteriorating near the DRC or Burundi border.

6/10/2019

Iraq

At 0500 on 5 October the Government of Iraq lifted the curfew imposed in Baghdad on 3 October. Some restrictions on movement around the city may still be in place. Governors of Iraqi provinces have the discretion to impose curfews as they deem necessary. You should continue to monitor local media for updates on the situation.

5/10/2019

China

Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information and advice about visa waivers on arrival.

Addition of link to dedicated advice page on the 126th Canton Fair, taking place from 15 October to 4 November in Guangzhou.

4/10/2019

Hong Kong

Addition of information on protests planned over 5 – 7 October long weekend in Hong Kong; Summary and Local laws and customs section – addition of information on announcement that from 5 October it may not be permitted for individuals to wear a facial covering which might prevent identification.

4/10/2019

New Zealand

Entry requirements section (Visas) and summary – editorial amendments to information about the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)

4/10/2019

Laos

Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information on e-visas.

Health section – addition of information about regional air pollution.

3/10/2019

Iceland

Updated information and advice on glacial flooding in Múlakvísl.

2/10/2019

Ethiopia

Safety and security (Local travel – Amhara Region) section – factual update on violence in Chilga Woreda, Amhara Regional State; travellers should monitor local media closely and follow the advice of local authorities.

2/10/2019

Sudan

Safety and security (Local travel – South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei) section – addition of information on flooding and a cholera outbreak in Blue Nile state; you should follow official health advice and monitor developments.

2/10/2019

Saudi Arabia

Entry requirements section – addition of information about tourist e-visas.

Local laws and customs section – updated information about regulations relating to public conduct and decency.

1/10/2019

Bahamas

Change to advice against all travel; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands; the FCO does not advise against travel to the other islands of the Bahamas.

1/10/2019

Vietnam

Health section and summary – addition of information and advice about high levels of air pollution that occur in Vietnam;

1/10/2019

Tanzania

Health section and Summary – updated information on the death of a person in Dar es Salaam in September 2019; it appears probable that this is an Ebola-related death.

1/10/2019

El Salvador

Terrorism section and summary – updated information and advice on the threat from terrorism in El Salvador.

30/9/2019

Honduras

Entry requirements (Departure tax) – update to information on departure tax for domestic flights.

27/9/2019

Nepal

Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of link to Nepali Department of Immigration website for information on visa fees.

Natural disasters section (Monsoon season) – updated information and advice on travel around the country during monsoon season.

27/9/2019

 Sierra Leone

 Entry requirements (Visas) section – updated information on visas.

26/9/2019

Turkey

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck west of Istanbul in the Marmara Sea on Thursday 26 September

26/9/2019

Slovenia

Addition of information and advice about ongoing cancellations of Adria Airways flights to and from Ljubljana airport.

26/9/2019

 Cuba

 Addition of information on fuel shortages.

 26/9/2019

Egypt

Safety and security (Political and security situation) section – there is a heightened risk of demonstrations in Cairo and other cities.

25/9/2019

Various

Addition of link to information for those affected by Thomas Cook ceasing trading.

25/9/2019

Sri Lanka

Updated information and advice on monsoon rains, which have caused flooding in many places in Sri Lanka; the Centre for Disaster Management has issued a general alert; you should check local advice when planning your journey.

25/9/2019

Indonesia

Update to information and advice on violent protests which have taken place in Manokwari, West Papua Province and in Jayapura and Wamena, Papua Province during August and September 2019.

25/9/2019

Myanmar

Addition of information on social media reports of alleged bomb threats against Naypyitaw; the Myanmar government has not corroborated this information; no specific measures are recommended at this time.

25/9/2019

Albania

Summary and Terrorism section – updated information and advice about the threat from terrorism reflecting an increased threat.

23/9/2019

Philippines

The FCO continues to advise against all travel to western and central Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago. The FCO continues to advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao (excluding Camiguin, Dinagat and Siargao Islands).

23/9/2019

 

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