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Travel Alerts 19/8/2019

Wherever you go, up-to-date information is a priority! Here’s the latest summary of notifications issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – including health and safety, natural catastrophes, entry requirements, advice against travel, terrorism, and many more.



Date Issued


Series of planned demonstrations in the urban areas across Zimbabwe.


Hong Kong

Addition of information regarding a planned protest on 17 August. You should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and move away quickly to a safe place if there are signs of disorder.


Operations returning to normal at Hong Kong International Airport.

Passengers should check their flight status with their airline and on the Hong Kong International Airport website; protest activity could affect certain road routes



Terrorism section and summary – this section has been reviewed with minor amendments to information on locations where British nationals should be particularly vigilant.


Papua New Guinea

Mount Bagana in Bougainville erupted on 13 August. Air Niugini has suspended flights to the Buka and Hoskins airports following the Ulawun volcano on 3 August.

Visitors should check with their airline / travel operator if visiting Bougainville and New Britain



Updated information on a wildfire in Illea region, Manolada. The National road between Payras and Pyrgos has been closed. You should follow the advice of Greek authorities and monitor the website of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection for updates.



Portuguese fuel tanker drivers went on strike action on 12 August for an unspecified period; if you’re travelling to Portugal over the coming weeks, be aware that the strike may cause disruption to travel and other non-essential services.



Terrorism section and summary – addition of factual information about a shooting incident at the Al-Noor Mosque in Baerum, west of Oslo, on 10 August.



Safety and security (crime) – Addition of information on thieves targeting cars travelling from Lima city to the airport.


Various incl. Philippines & Nepal

Updates on risk of Dengue fever.




Updated hyperlinks on bush safety; updated information on swimming saftey. You should follow the ‘FLAGS’ precautions when swimming.



Factual update to information; on 4 August 2019, at least 20 people were killed by a car bomb in Central Cairo’s Manial district.


Costa Rica

Safety and security (Methanol poisoning) – addition to existing information on alcoholic drinks containing methanol. You should continue to take care when buying any spirit-based drinks.



Summary and Safety and security (Road travel) section updated – information included on the G7 summit in Biarritz from 24 to 26 August 2019. You should plan travel in advance, follow the instructions of the local authorities and keep up to date with developments.



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