Travel Safety round-Up: 6/1/2020

Happy new year! The Safe Journey team wishes you a safe and successful 2020.

Even though the busiest part of the festive season is coming to an end, there are still large crowds at airports, stations, and attractions so we need to be as vigilant as ever!

Catch up on international news that may not have been in the newspapers with our summary of alerts from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and make your 2020 journeys even safer with solid planning and appropriate travel insurance – including cover for acts of terrorism*.

Country

Alert

Date Issued

Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE,

Saudi Arabia,

Turkey,

Yemen,

Syria,

Israel,

Lebanon,

Afghanistan

Following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike in Baghdad on 3 January, British nationals in the region should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.

5/1/2020

Iran

The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Iran. Advice against all travel for British-Iranian dual nationals remains unchanged.

4/1/2020

Iraq

The FCO now advise against all travel to Iraq, except for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq where the FCO continue to advise against all but essential travel; updated information and advice on the security situation.

4/1/2020

France

Safety and security section (Industrial action) and summary – updated information on ongoing industrial action across France, including planned industrial action at ports on 9 January and reduced Eurostar services

3/1/2020

Singapore

Local laws and customs (E-cigarettes and smoking) – factual update on the minimum age for the purchase, use, possession, sale and supply of all tobacco products in Singapore

3/1/2020

Solomon Islands

Entry requirements (Measles vaccination evidence requirements) – with effect from 28 December 2019, all travellers will be required to complete a Travellers Health Declaration Card on arrival.

3/1/2020

Philippines

Natural disasters – addition of information on Typhoon Ursula; Safety and security (Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago).

 

Summary – factual update on the lifting of martial law across Mindanao on 1 January 2020.

2/1/2020

Indonesia

Summary and Natural disasters – Flash floods have resulted in the deaths of at least 21 people in Greater Jakarta since heavy rainfall began on 31 December 2019.

2/1/2020

Chile

Update involving incidents at Santiago International Airport

31/12/2019

Peru

Entry requirements (Visas, UK Emergency Travel Documents) – factual update on the normal length of permission to stay; factual update on the use of UK Emergency Travel Documents in Peru.

30/12/2019

Australia

Summary and Natural Disasters – Further updates relating to serious bushfires across Australia.

30/12/2019

Belgium

Safety and security (Low emission zones) – addition of information on a new Low Emission Zone in Ghent from 1 January 2020

27/12/2019

Spain

Safety and security section (Road travel) and summary – addition of information about low emission zones.

23/12/2019

Egypt

Editorial amendments to information on the threat from terrorism.

21/12/2019

Suriname

Safety and security (Air travel), Entry requirements (Visas) and Summary – updated information on aviation safety; factual update on e-visas.

19/12/2019

Argentina

Safety and security section (Crime) and Summary – factual update following an incident on 14 December 2019.

18/12/2019

Montenegro

Safety and security section (Crime) – addition of information and advice following the detonation of an explosive device outside a bar in central Podgorica in the early hours of 16 December.

17/12/2019

Hong Kong

Factual update on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs); factual update about facial coverings; removal of information about past protests.

16/12/2019

If you’re concerned about terrorism affecting your travel plans, 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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From £5.17* per person

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From £15.66 per person

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  • Available for singles, couples and families and with no maximum age limit and no medical screening requirements.
  • For Business and Leisure travellers.
  • For UK, Channel Island and Isle of Man residents when travelling in the UK and abroad, when you have booked and pre-paid flights or accommodation.
  • Safe Journey covers up to £2000 per person for travel arrangements, if where you are staying is affected by terrorism and you want to return home.
  • Travel delays caused by acts of terrorism are covered.
  • Personal possessions including money and passports are protected whilst you travel against damage or loss as a result of acts of terrorism.
  • 24 hour (UK based) emergency assistance to help you after an act of terrorism.
  • Maximum excess per claim £100
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