Travel Safety Round-Up: 9/3/2020

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential travel to areas in northern Italy affected by coronavirus (Covid-19) including Milan, Venice and Como. Advice against travel to seriously affected areas of South Korea and China also remains in place.

Once again, we have separated general travel alerts (terrorism, entry requirements, etc.) and notifications from those relating to the outbreak. As these details can change at any time, it’s essential to check the FCO pages for your route and destination before you travel.

 

General Alerts & Updates

Guyana

Summary and safety and security sections – post election violence,

7/3/2020

Tunisia

Updated information and advice on the suicide bombing near the US embassy in Tunis on 6 March (‘Summary’ page) and on requirements for those travelling from or via China, Italy, Iran or South Korea to self-isolate for two weeks (‘Health’ page).

6/3/2020

Greece

(and Turkey)

Addition of information about roadblocks, protests and violent clashes along the Greek-Turkish border (‘Summary’ page).

Link to Greek National Public Health Organisation (NPHO) updated. (‘Health’ page).

2/3 Addition of information and advice following incidents of unrest and violence on Lesvos.

6/3/2020

Laos

Addition of information on Drug laws, update to information on Visas and update on armed clashes in Xaisomboun Province.

6/3/2020

Sweden

Added the number for the Swedish Public Health Agency hotline.

5/3/2020

Various

Information and advice following announcement that Flybe has ceased operations.

5/3/2020

Indonesia

Some airlines have temporarily suspended flights to and from Bandung International Airport, West Java. Anyone travelling to, from or transiting the airport, should contact their operating airline in advance (‘Summary’ page).

4/3/2020

Croatia

Addition of link to the Croatian Office for Public Health website (‘Health’ page)

4/3/2020

Bangladesh

Update to existing information and advice on recent IED attacks to reflect an attack in Chittagong (‘Terrorism’ and ‘Summary’ pages).

2/3 Addition of information and advice on an ongoing security operation by Bangladeshi security forces in Nhilla in the south-east of Bangladesh, close to the border with Myanmar.

4/3/2020

Turkey

Editorial amendments to information on visa requirements for visits of up to 90 days.

3/3/2020

Rwanda

The ‘Entry requirements’ page has updated information about visa fees.

2/3/2020

Iran

Information about the temporary withdrawal of dependents and some staff at the British Embassy.

1/3/2020

Togo

Protests may take place following the presidential elections on 22 February 2020. You should exercise caution, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and monitor events via local media.

28/2/2020

Mali

The ‘Safety and security’ and ‘Terrorism’ pages have updated information about recent changes in the security situation in parts of Segou province/region.

28/2/2020

Sri Lanka

Information on visa fee exemptions for short visits until 30 April 2020.

27/2/2020

Myanmar

The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Kyaukpyu, Ramree and Toungup townships in Rakhine state. The ‘Safety and security’ page (Local travel) has updated information about a recent increase in outbreaks of violence in these areas.

26/2/2020

Azerbaijan

Addition of information and advice about using bank cards in Azerbaijan (‘Money’ page).

26/2/2020

Eritrea

Updated information on the availability of bottled water.

26/2/2020

Turkmenistan

Addition of information on likely delays to the issuing of letters of invitation (LOIs) (‘Entry requirements’ page)

26/2/2020

Mozambique

The area of Cabo Delgado province where the FCO advise against all but essential travel has been expanded to include Mueda and Muidumbe districts. The ‘Summary’ and ‘Terrorism’ pages have updated information.

25/2/2020

 

Coronavirus-related updates

Notifications regarding “addition of information and advice”, “addition of precautionary measures” or “update to information” on coronavirus Covid-19 have been issued for almost every country over the past few days. We haven’t listed all of these, but have included the more specific updates below. Remember that there may have been previous restrictions regarding entry requirements or quarantine in previous safety round-ups.

 

South Korea

Update of information on reduced flights to South Korea in relation to coronavirus (Covid-19).

The FCO now advise against all travel to the city of Gyeongsan. Travel advice for the city of Cheongdo has also been changed from ‘all but essential travel’ to ‘all travel’.

9/3/2020

Italy

Summary and Health Section – The FCO now advises against all but essential travel to a number of areas in northern Italy, due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) and various control and isolation measures imposed by the Italian authorities on 8 March.

Further information on the extension of the area of isolation announced by the Italian authorities for the whole of Lombardy and other provinces in northern Italy.

5/3 Updated link to Department of Health and Social Care/Public Health England advice for travellers returning to the UK from Italy, to reflect a change to advice for returnees from southern Italy (‘Health’ page).

8/3/2020

Russia

Update to information regarding self-quarantine (summary and health pages).

Addition of information and advice following reports of a small number of Coronavirus cases in Russia, heightened screening measures at airports and passengers may be asked on arrival in Moscow to sign a document agreeing to self-isolate at home for a period of 14 days.

8/3/2020

Israel

Addition of information about Bethlehem in relation in coronavirus (health pages)

8/3/2020

Barbados

Update concerning further quarantine conditions on arrival in Barbados when travelling from Italy and certain other countries.

8/3/2020

Saudi Arabia

Addition of information on measures introduced by the Saudi authorities aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

7/3/2020

Hong Kong

Summary and Health – details of health declaration form for passengers into Hong Kong.

The Department of Health has announced that as of midnight 7th March all passengers arriving to Hong Kong will be required to complete and submit a health declaration form.

7/3/2020

St Martin and St Barthélemy

Confirmed cases in St Martin and St Barthelemy.

7/3/2020

French Guinea

Confirmed cases in French Guiana.

7/3/2020

French Polynesia

The authorities in French Polynesia have introduced a number of precautionary measures for visitors. See Health.

7/3/2020

Tunisia

Updated information and advice on requirements for those travelling from or via China, Italy, Iran or South Korea to self-isolate for two weeks (‘Health’ page)

6/3/2020

Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, South Africa, Poland, Monaco, Andorra, Gibraltar

Addition of information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) following a confirmed case in the country (‘Health’ and ‘Summary’ pages)

6/3/2020

India

Addition of information on coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions (‘Health’ page)

6/3/2020

Bhutan

Addition of information on a restriction on entry to all tourists including British nationals, & information on Coronavirus (Covid-19).

6/3/2020

Turkmenistan

Update to information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and arrival procedures (‘Health’ and ‘Entry requirements’ pages)

6/3/2020

Armenia

Addition of information on the extension to the temporary closure of the Armenia-Iran border until 24 March in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)(‘Health’ page).

6/3/2020

Sri Lanka

Update to information on travel restrictions and screening measures introduced by the Sri Lankan Government in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

6/3/2020

Australia

Updated information concerning travel restrictions relating to the coronavirus outbreak (‘Health’ and ‘Entry requirements’ pages).

5/3/2020

Uzbekistan

Addition of information to reflect that measures in place in response to coronavirus may be subject to change and further restrictions could be applied at short notice by the Uzbek authorities.

5/3/2020

Solomon Islands

Update to information on which passengers may require quarantine in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19)

5/3/2020

United Arab Emirates

Update to information on medical screening on arrival in the UAE (‘Health’ page).

5/3/2020

Cyprus

Update on crossing points closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

5/3/2020

Finland

Added the number for a public Coronavirus hotline and replaced a link to updated news about Coronavirus in Finland.

5/3/2020

USA

Update to information on entry requirements for American Samoa relating to coronavirus (‘Health’ and ‘Summary’ pages.

4/3/2020

China

Addition of information on control measures the authorities are taking within China (‘Health’ page)

Updated information on requirements within COVID-19 control measures for foreign nationals visiting China.

4/3/2020

Ecuador

Addition of information to reflect the Galapagos government will not allow people to enter the islands if they present symptoms or have visited the following 4 countries in the past 30 days: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea (‘Health’ page)

4/3/2020

France

Addition of information and advice on measures taken by the French authorities in coronavirus affected areas of the country.

4/3/2020

Tajikistan

Update to information following the annulment of the decision by the Tajik Civil Aviation Agency to restrict the sales of airline tickets in response to coronavirus (‘Health’ and ‘Summary’ pages)

4/3/2020

Qatar

Update to information on travel restrictions for passengers arriving from coronavirus (COVID-19) affected countries (‘Health’ page)

4/3/2020

San Marino

Addition of link to San Marino Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for further information on emergency measures in place in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

4/3/2020

Taiwan

Addition of Centers for Disease Control contact information and advice that entry procedures are subject to change at short notice (‘Health’ page)

4/3/2020

Turkey

Addition of information on entry restrictions introduced by the Turkish authorities in relation to coronavirus.

3/3/2020

Dominican Republic, Morocco, Portugal, Latvia, Ecuador, Norway, Pakistan

Addition of information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) following a confirmed case of the virus.

3/3/2020

Nepal

Update to information and advice on the local authority response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

3/3/2020

Jordan

Addition of information on enhanced screening procedures when entering Jordan.

3/3/2020

Switzerland

Addition of information about the government of Switzerland ban of events involving more than 1000 people until 15 March 2020 (‘Health’ page)

2/3/2020

Grenada

Summary – on 28 February, Government of Grenada announced that public health threat level raised to High.

29/2/2020

Azerbaijan

All flights between Baku and Tehran have now been suspended.

29/2/2020

Japan

Summary and Health – Additional measures to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the northern island of Hokkaido – declaration of state of emergency issued on 28 February and lasting until 19 March.

Addition of information on measures to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the island of Hokkaido.

29/2/2020

Jamaica

Health Section – Addition of updated information about precautionary measures, including entry restrictions introduced by Jamaican authorities regarding coronavirus – COVID-19.

28/2/2020

New Zealand, Brazil

Updated information on coronavirus (COVID-19) following the first confirmed cases in the country (‘Health’ and ‘Summary’ pages).

28/2/2020

Spain

Updated information and advice to reflect that Spanish authorities are dealing with confirmed cases of coronavirus in the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel in Tenerife.

26/2/2020

Oman

Addition of information on the suspension of some flights in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

26/2/2020

St Lucia

The Government of St Lucia has updated its entry requirements as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

25/2/2020

Various

Addition of link to advice from the Department of Health and Social Care if returning to the UK from certain countries.

25/2/2020

 

Please note, the above notifications are the most recent coronavirus updates but travel restrictions are not limited to these destinations. Check your route and destination before you travel.

Information is the first step to making every journey safer, and appropriate travel insurance is more important than ever before – including cover for acts of terrorism*. You can top up your travel insurance to cover terrorism from only £5.17 per person!**

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.

**£5.17 per person applies to a single trip of up to 8 days – whether you’re travelling locally or internationally. Single trip cover is available for trips of up to 180 days continuous travel, worldwide (£53.73 pp). Annual Multi-Trip cover is also available from £15.66 per person.

 

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