Travel Safety Round-Up: 9/9/2019

 

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This week’s summary of advice and updates from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) includes a lot of updates on Hurricane Dorian, but there’s also important information on health and safety, demonstrations and protests, and other events that could affect your next trip.

 

Canada

Hurricane Dorian is affecting parts of Atlantic Canada with strong winds and some flooding in coastal areas. Dangerous storm surge impacts are likely in portions of the gulf of St Lawrence, south western Newfoundland, and eastern Nova Scotia. Hurricane force winds are still occurring in portions of eastern Nova Scotia and are spreading into western Newfoundland.

You should monitor local weather forecasts and the Canada government website and follow the advice of local authorities.

8/9/2019

Japan

Typhoon Faxai is forecast to make landfall in the Kanto region of Japan on 8 September. Strong winds and heavy rainfall are expected overnight into 9 September with potential disruption to transport and other essential services. If you are in the affected area, monitor news and follow the advice of the local authorities.

If you are due to travel, check with transport operators for changes to schedules.

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Heavy rain warnings issued on 28 August for Kyushu region have been lifted, but evacuation orders remain in place in some towns due to the possible risk of landslides.

Local laws and customs section – addition of information on customs regulations on meat products.

8/9/2019

South Korea

Korean authorities have advised citizens in Seoul to remain indoors on Saturday 7 September due to strong winds from Typhoon Ling Ling’s passage near the Korean Peninsula. You should check with local authorities or the Korean Meteorological Agency website for any further advice or updates.

7/9/2019

Bahamas

The FCO now advise against all travel to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands due to the impact of Hurricane Dorian; updated information on initial damage reports and local advice on departure options from affected areas.

6/9/2019

Portugal

Portuguese fuel tanker drivers are taking part in industrial action between 7 and 22 September; If you’re travelling to Portugal between these dates, be aware that this may reduce the availability of fuel in petrol stations and disrupt travel plans.

6/9/2019

Vanuatu

Summary – updated information on crime; update to information on the availability of consular support.

6/9/2019

Bangladesh

Terrorism section – factual update to information on terrorist incidents this year.

6/9/2019

Jamaica

On 5 September, a State of Emergency was announced comprising the Parishes of Clarendon and St Catherine: this will last initially until 19 September.

5/9/2019

Vietnam

Updated information and advice following further testing at the scene of a fire at a light bulb factory in the Thanh Xuân district of Hanoi on 28 August.

5/9/2019

Hong Kong

Updated information and advice on upcoming protests; there will be potential disruption to traffic to and from Hong Kong International Airport on Saturday 7 September; passengers should allow extra time to travel to the airport.

5/9/2019

Mozambique

Summary – there have been recent demonstrations directed at commercial trucks from South Africa in Matola, south of Maputo; if you’re travelling in the area, you should exercise caution, avoid all demonstrations and follow instructions of local authorities.

4/9/2019

Indonesia

Safety and security section (Papua and West Papua) and summary – updated information on protests in Manokwari, West Papua Province, and Jayapura, Papua Province, during August and early September 2019.

There are reports of difficulties with internet connections and communications may be limited.

4/9/2019

Zambia

There have been recent demonstrations directed at South African owned businesses in parts of Lusaka; you should avoid all demonstrations and follow the instructions of local authorities.

4/9/2019

Nigeria

Addition of information and advice following recent attacks and demonstrations directed at South African owned businesses in several cities in Nigeria, and on a temporary blockage of the airport road in Abuja.

4/9/2019

New Zealand

Addition of information and advice on a current measles outbreak concentrated in Auckland; removal of information about road closures on State Highway 6 earlier in 2019.

4/9/2019

Georgia

Updated information and advice on small-scale demonstrations and opposition rallies.

4/9/2019

Bolivia

Safety and security section (Road blockades) and summary – there are currently blockades in and around the town of Uyuni; trips to the salt flats have been affected; if you’re planning travel to the area, check local advice before travelling; don’t attempt to cross blockades.

2/9/2019

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories

On 1 September 2019 there was an exchange of fire between the militant group Hizballah and the Israeli Defence Force, across the Blue Line with material damage but no reported injuries on either side; you should keep up to date with the news and this travel advice while travelling.

1/9/2019

Sudan

Updated information on the political and security situation; Safety and security section (Local travel – East Sudan) – addition of information about a state of emergency declared in Port Sudan following inter-tribal violence.

30/8/2019

Uganda

Health section and Summary – Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed a small outbreak of Ebola in the Kasese District on 29 August 2019.

30/8/2019

Burkina Faso

On 11 July 2019, parliament extended the state of emergency existing in some regions for a further 6 months.

30/8/2019

Cayman Islands

Safety and security section (Emergency assistance) – updated contact telephone numbers for Birth and Death registration enquiries and Visa information.

29/8/2019

Malawi

Since elections in May 2019, Malawi has seen widespread demonstrations, which have on occasion turned violent; if you’re in Malawi, avoid large crowds or demonstrations, monitor this travel advice and local media for updates and keep any local and international travel plans under review.

28/8/2019

Tunisia

Summary and Terrorism section – updated information on extension of state of emergency.

28/8/2019

Bolivia

Addition of information on presidential elections to be held on 22 October 2019.

28/8/2019

Belarus

Money – factual update to advice on foreign currency exchange; you may be asked to present your passport when exchanging money.

27/8/2019

 

 

 

 

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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