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Travel Alerts: 14/10/2019

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As we approach 31 October, remember to ensure you have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport from your date of departure and keep a close watch on news and updates. If you plan on driving in Europe after 31 October, you will need a Green Card from your motor insurer.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is one of the best sources of information when it comes to travel. Here’s our latest summary of their notifications that may affect British travellers.




Date Issued


Summary – Typhoon Hagibis. Although the typhoon has passed, there remains a severe risk of flooding and landslides. Monitor the warnings and advice given by local authorities.

The match between England and France due to be played on Saturday 12th in Yokohama was cancelled due to typhoon Hagibis. Rugby World Cup advise to follow all official advice.



Latest update: In light of nationwide disruption and ongoing demonstrations since 3 October, the FCO now advises against all but essential travel to Ecuador (excluding the Galapagos Islands).

Government has announced a curfew in Quito and neighbouring valleys from 3pm on 12 October, restricting all movement until further notice. Quito Airport inaccessible on 12 October.


Hong Kong

Addition of information on protests planned over the weekend 11-13 October.



Updated information and advice on potential spread of fire and power cuts in California.



Terrorism and Summary – updated information following reports of a shooting in the city of Halle, eastern Germany on 9 October.

(A shooting in Halle by a right-wing extremist killed two people and injured several others.)



Safety and security – updated information and advice on the rainy season; the government of Jordan has started to issue flood alerts, particularly along the Jordan valley; drivers and those hiking could be impacted.



Safety and security (Local travel – Syrian border) and Summary – Turkey has announced that its military forces intend to enter north-eastern Syria.



Safety and security (Political situation) and Summary – updated information on presidential and legislative elections.


Papua New Guinea

Safety and security (Local travel) and Summary – Mt Ulawun volcano in West New Britain province erupted on 1 October 2019; Hoskins Airport remains open but visitors should check with their airline/travel operator if visiting New Britain; update to paragraph on visiting Bougainville.



Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information and advice about visa waivers on arrival.


New Zealand

Entry requirements section (Visas) and summary – editorial amendments to information about the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)



Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information on e-visas; Health section – addition of information about regional air pollution.



Does your travel insurance policy cover things like natural catastrophes or terrorism? They’re often limited or excluded so check your policy wording carefully. OneStop4: cruise insurance policies automatically include Catastrophe cover of up to £1,500.

You can also add Extra Peace Of Mind* to our non-cruise policies. This adds a range of benefits, including cover for up to £1,500 for Catastrophe; (cancellation or curtailment in case of fire, flood, earthquake, explosion, tsunami, volcanic eruption, landslide, avalanche, hurricane, cyclone or storm); on top of your elected cancellation/curtailment limit and it also covers cancellation if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your destination, up to 6 weeks before you depart, thus allowing you to be “disinclined to travel”.

You should always check the FCO’s website for updates about your route and destination before you travel to ensure you have all the latest information.


*Please read full details, Ts+Cs and exclusions in our Policy Wording.