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Important Travel Information

Every day, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issues notifications regarding health and safety, natural catastrophes, advice against travel, warnings about political activity or demonstrations, strikes, and many other global events and updates that can affect us when we travel.


Below are some of the most recent notifications relating to potential travel destinations – but please note, this is not a complete list, and it’s always a good idea to check the FCO website before you book and before you depart.





Date Issued


Safety and Security section (Political Situation): update on ongoing protests affecting Honduras.

You should monitor local and social media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities.

Updated information on the border crossing El Florido and the road to the town of Copan.

Consular Assistance section: amended instructions on how to obtain consular assistance in Honduras.


Austria, Switzerland, Italy

Safety and security section – addition of sub-section on outdoor activities and adventure tourism.

(Includes the importance of taking care when hiking, checking weather forecasts, and making sure someone knows where you’ll be going. Please visit the FCO website for full details.)

Various dates


Entry requirements section – updated information on long-term visas and Emergency Travel Documents.



Safety and Security Section – Sea Travel

Before boarding inter-island or other vessels, check the operators’ credentials and safety equipment in advance and ensure your travel insurance policy covers your planned activities. Do not travel on any overloaded vessels.

(This is important for all destinations!)



There are currently severe storm warnings, with potential for heavy rain and flash flooding in the Midwest and Northeast of the country; you should check forecasts for any weather warnings on the US National Weather Service website.



On 18 June, there was a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Japan Sea.

Tsunami cautions have been lifted, but local authorities warn of the possibility of aftershocks. There are reports of power cuts in affected areas.

You should check the Japan Meteorological website for updates and follow the advice of local authorities.



Safety and security (Local travel – Syrian border) – change to advice against travel.

The FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to Mardin.

(The FCO still advises against all travel to all areas within 10 km of the Syrian border, and against all but essential travel to various other zones, towns and provinces.)


Kenya & Tanzania

Health section – updated information reflecting a confirmed outbreak of Ebola in western Uganda.

Addition of link to guidance on travelling with mental health conditions.

18 June 2019


Safety and security section (Crime)

Update to reflect the extension of the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Denham Town and Mount Salem to 19 August and 7 September respectively.




Revised information on banking and cash

You can withdraw cash using a UK card up to the daily limit imposed by the Greek banking system (usually €600) or the daily limit imposed by your UK card issuer - whichever is the lower amount.

(Please visit the FCO website for more details on use of cards and carrying Euro to and from Greece.)


Sri Lanka

Change to advice against travel; the FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka.

(BUT please note, curfews and a state of emergency are still in place in Sri Lanka.)



Terrorism section (Kidnapping) – factual update; a Dutch national was killed on 31 May 2019



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