Information is one of the keys to peace of mind, so make sure you have all the facts, and the appropriate travel insurance to protect you financially from possible risks - including cover for acts of terrorism*.
This week's summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes a tropical cyclone, strike action, elections, and various other cautions.
08-05-2017 06:00 AM GMT
|Tropical Cyclone Donna now upgraded on 8 May to a Category 5 Cyclone.|
06-05-2017 16:06 PM GMT
Two explosions in the Quaipo area of Manila were reported in the early evening of Saturday 6 May 2017. Reports indicate a number of fatalities and serious casualties. You should avoid this area, keep up to date with local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.
05-05-2017 17:24 PM GMT
Reports received that Boko Haram is actively planning to kidnap western foreign workers in Bama Local Government Area of Borno state, along the Kumshe-Banki axis. Potential risk of kidnapping in areas where there is a Boko Haram presence, especially in the north-east of Nigeria.
05-05-2017 15:27 PM GMT
Strike action by security guards at Portuguese airports from 13 to 17 May 2017 may cause delays; if you’re travelling during this period, make allowance for the additional time it may take to go through security control and to check-in luggage.
|New Caledonia||05-05-2017 14:44 PM GMT||
You should monitor the progress of Tropical Cyclone Donna, which may bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to New Caledonia from around 7 May 2017
05-05-2017 13:16 PM GMT
The annual Jewish pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba is taking place from 12 to 15 May 2017; expect a heightened security presence and be vigilant during this period
|Albania||05-05-2017 10:10 AM GMT||
A municipal election is due to be held in Kavaje on Sunday 7 May 2017; there’s a significant risk that the planned protests may turn violent; you should take extra care and keep well clear of all demonstrations.
|Trinidad and Tobago; St Vincent and the Grenadines; St Lucia; Grenada; Barbados||
04-05-2017 16:20 PM GMT
Natural disasters section - you should monitor the alert level of the underwater volcano ‘Kick’em Jenny’, located 5 miles off the coast of Grenada, which showed an increased level of activity in April 2017
|Portugal||04-05-2017 14:56 PM GMT||
Information and advice on Pope Francis’s visit to Portugal and increased border controls between 10 and 14 May 2017.
|China||04-05-2017 09:48 AM GMT||
Entry requirements section (Visas) - you may be asked to provide your previous passport in support of your visa application.
04-05-2017 08:51 AM GMT
The Vanuatu Meteorology Department issued a tropical cyclone warning on 4 May 2017 for the whole of Vanuatu; tropical cyclone Donna is due to affect the provinces of Torba, Penama, Sanma and Malamba with damaging and destructive gale force winds from 4 May 2017 onwards; hazardous sea and weather conditions could lead to flooding, especially in low lying areas, and landslides throughout the whole of Vanuatu; you should monitor the progress of this tropical cyclone and follow the advice of the local authorities.
04-05-2017 08:45 AM GMT
On 4 May 2017 the Solomon Islands government issued a weather warning associated with tropical cyclone Donna for the provinces of Makira and Temotu; hazardous sea and weather conditions could lead to flooding and landslides; you should monitor the progress of this tropical cyclone and follow the advice of the local authorities.
03-05-2017 09:40 AM GMT
Entry requirements section (Passport validity) - a number of British nationals have been refused entry due to their passport being damaged; make sure your passport is in good condition before arriving in Vietnam.
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.
*Please read our Policy Wording for full details of cover provided by Safe Journey – including the option to cancel if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your route or accommodation, up to 6 weeks prior to your departure – as well as terms, conditions and exclusions.
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