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Travel Alerts: 16/9/2019

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is one of the best sources of information when it comes to travel. Here’s a handy summary of their latest updates relating to popular destinations…

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Date Issued


A wildfire has been reported on Zakynthos, close to Keri Village. If you’re in the area, you should follow the advice of Greek authorities and monitor the website of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.


Costa Rica

Summary, Safety and Security and Terrorism. Addition of information on protests, strikes and recent attacks in San Jose.



Addition of information on the Canonisation of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman on Sunday 13 October in Rome at St Peter’s Square; addition of link to dedicated advice page.



Spain’s meteorological office (AEMET) has issued an “extreme risk” weather warning for the regions of Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Almeria and Balearic Islands due to torrential rain; flash floods are causing road closures and serious disruption to transport services.

If you are in these areas you should exercise extreme caution and follow the advice of the local authorities.



Summary and Health section – The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported an unconfirmed case of an unidentified illness in Tanzania in September 2019; you should monitor this advice for updates, and keep up to date with developments on the National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO websites.


Hong Kong

Updated information on upcoming protests planned for 14 and 15 September; the 14 September protest may cause delays or disruption at or on approach to Hong Kong International Airport; if you’re travelling to the airport, allow extra time for your journey.



Entry requirements section – updated information on immigration requirements for those staying in Thailand on long-term visas.



Terrrorism section – updated information and advice on kidnapping.



We (FCO) continue to advise against all travel to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands, however, travel to other islands of The Bahamas is unaffected.

Updated information on cruise operators offering transit to Nassau; you should check with travel operators.



Health section and Summary – addition of information on dengue fever; you should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.



Summary, Safety and security (Political situation) and Terrorism sections – updated information on extension of state of emergency; addition of information on presidential elections.



Several bushfires are currently burning across south east Queensland including in the Sunshine and Gold Coast regions; local authorities have advised residents to evacuate in some locations, whilst others remain on a Watch and Act alert; addition of information and links to advice and updates from Queensland Fire & Emergency Services.


Sri Lanka

Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information on visas on arrival following an announcement by the Sri Lankan Department of Immigration & Emigration.

Terrorism section and summary – updated information to reflect the lifting of the nationwide state of emergency imposed after the April 2019 attacks.



Removal of information on industrial action by fuel tanker drivers between 7 and 22 September to reflect the fact that the strike has been called off.



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


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.



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.


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.